Our Favorite Silan Uses for Fall-Inspired Recipes

From overnight oats to roasted vegetables, silan is the perfect addition to all of your favorite fall dishes. In case you haven’t been familiarized with this ingredient yet, silan is a natural sweetener. It’s sometimes referred to as “date honey” because of its thick, syrupy consistency and rich, complex flavor. Soom Silan Date Syrup is made with only dates from the fertile Jordan Valley and The Arava Desert that we steam and press to perfection. Silan is milder in sweetness yet deeper in flavor than honey or maple syrup and can be used as a substitute for any liquid sweetener. If you are new to date syrup, consider this recipe roundup your list of reasons to add it to your shopping cart! And if you’re already a fan, here are some of our favorite silan uses you can make to continue enjoying silan’s deep rich flavor this autumn season.

overnight oats - tahini and silan

Gingerbread Overnight Oats

One of our favorite ways to use silan is by adding a touch of sweetness to our breakfast. And this is especially true when it comes to oats! Similarly to using it in other instances, it adds this deep complexity, one no other liquid sweetener can achieve! If you’re not feeling up to gingerbread this “early” in the year, swap in your favorite warm fall spices. This recipe is perfect for a quick, eat on-the-go breakfast.

buckwheat banana tahini pancakes - kid-friendly - soom foods recipes

Buckwheat Tahini Banana Bread Pancakes

These Buckwheat Tahini Banana Bread Pancakes are a great breakfast option especially during the colder seasons. They’re gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and fiber-filled, and family-friendly. But did you know these flapjacks are also packed with nutrition from the buckwheat, tahini, bananas, silan, and walnuts? Keep this breakfast staple in the freezer and defrost when ready to eat!

silan bbq sauce wings

Spicy Silan BBQ Wings

It’s not football season without wings! Score big with Sofra Bakery’s recipe for their celebrated Spicy Silan BBQ Sauce! Invite friends over for a (socially-distanced) watch party and you’re sure to impress with this innovative barbecue sauce. What makes it so addictive is the blend of rich Soom Silan and explosive spices. The  flavorful, lightly sweetened sauce screams to be slathered over wings, cauliflower, or even crispy tofu!

pecan pie

Silan Pecan Pie

No fall or winter holiday dessert spread is complete without a pecan pie. It’s as traditional as pumpkin pie and as perfectly rich and comforting as apple pie. The melt-in-your-mouth chewy texture makes for a delectable finale to your Thanksgiving feast. Subbing our silan date syrup to the filling mixture creates a beautifully rich pecan pie that your guests will go nuts for (pun intended!). This recipe is great for a quick and easy filling to a pre-made pie crust, or, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can make your own. Serve this recipe with those you love most; it’ll add a beautiful, warm feeling that we all need this time of year.

Goes with Everything Tahini Sauce

Don’t let the name fool you. Although it’s tahini-heavy, this recipe benefits from the tablespoon of silan used. It adds a deep, rich sweetness that other sweeteners can’t replicate. Plus, the combination of slightly spicy and slightly sweet makes for a sauce that you’ll want to drizzle on your favorite proteins and veggies. 

carrots and parsnips with silan drizzle and goat cheese - soom foods

Spiced & Roasted Carrots with Silan Drizzle

It may be our opinion, but no other preparation comes close to roasting vegetables. After a trip through the oven, most vegetables are caramelized to perfection, intensifying their unique flavors. This roasted veggies dish takes that concept to a whole new level. By adding the sweet, fruity flavor of silan to these spiced and roasted carrots and parsnips, the result is a dish that is perfectly sweet and balanced. Make this dish pop by topping it off with feta or goat cheese for flavors that will dance on your tongue.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

This Sweet Potato Casserole is everything you love about the classic, retro dish (minus the marshmallows). But, of course, this one has an added twist to elevate the traditional recipe thanks to adding tahini and silan! It’s perfectly sweet, complete with a base layer of whipped tahini sweet potatoes, and topped with a warm, spiced crunchy oat pecan crumble. The savory nuttiness of the tahini is the perfect counterbalance to the sweet potatoes and silan date syrup. The flaky salt adds the finishing touch to this warm, fall casserole. Although your Thanksgiving celebration may look a bit different this year, it’s a great dish to add in comforting and traditional flavors during this time.

Apple Pie Beauty Smoothie

Apple Pie Beauty Smoothie

If you’re like us and enjoy sipping on smoothies all year-long, this Apple Pie Beauty Smoothie should be next on your list. It’s a nutritious treat all on its own; it seriously tastes just like an apple crumble or pie without all of the processed ingredients! 

Silan & Tahini Yogurt Bowl

Sweetened yogurt sometimes have up to 20 grams of sugar and is filled with artificial sweeteners. Try switching to plain-unsweetened Greek yogurt with a hefty drizzle of silan. Silan adds a delicious sweetness while being all-natural and nutritious. Top off your yogurt with tahini, pomegranate seeds, almonds, and homemade granola for more depth and flavor.

silan and tahini vinaigrette dressing - soom foods

Silan & Tahini Vinaigrette

Thousands of salad dressing recipes call for honey or maple syrup. Instead, switch out both of those substitutes for silan! One of our absolute favorite dressings of all time is this silan and tahini vinaigrette. It has a balanced flavor between the nuttiness of sesame, the sweetness of dates, and the acidity of vinegar.  Drizzle it on top of a salad with green apples, Craisins, and other textural and tart flavors that you enjoy.

silan butter cake - emma's torch

Silan Butter Cake

What’s not to love about Emma’s Torch’s Silan Butter Cake? Filled with simple ingredients, plus the star of the show, silan; this cake is tender, buttery, and rich. But more importantly is the mission behind Emma’s Torch. This non-profit’s mission is to train refugees, asylees, and survivors of human trafficking in the culinary arts and empower them to build meaningful careers in the culinary industry. We commend them for the hard work and support Emma’s Torch has shown the community. We are grateful to be one of their partners.