Homemade Date Honey: a Natural Vegan Sweetener 

If you’re looking for a natural, truly vegan sweetener, homemade date honey is great. And the best part is, it’s seriously super easy to make! We always have a jar of homemade date honey in our fridge, and we use it in cakes, oatmeal, and even salad dressings. You’ll find it in several of Soul in the Raw’s recipes. You can also just eat is as pudding, if you don’t add to much water to the blender when making it.

In Jerusalem, many stores sell Silan (which is date honey). I still recommend making your own homemade date honey – it’s much cheaper, and much more delicious. Plus, Silan is not raw – the content is cooked before being jarred. 

I recommend buying the cheapest (preferably organic) dates you can find for this, because we make it from our super cheap dry organic dates (which are not that tasty on their own) – and it tastes awesome. If you’re using dry dates, it’s best to soak them overnight and prepare the date honey from the dates, along with their soak water. If you’re using soft dates, like Medjool or Bahri, no need to soak.

Homemade Date Honey

Total Time 5 minutes


  • 4 cups pitted dates
  • Water to cover


  • I recommend filling your blender about 3/4 full of dates, and then adding enough water just to cover those dates.
  • Blend until you get a paste, and then taste it.
  • If it's too thick, you can always add more water, or more dates if too thin for your taste.


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Marina Yanay-Triner is a wellness coach and recipe developer through Soul in the Raw. Marina creates easy and delicious vegan recipes and writes about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, focusing on evidence-based nutrition information. She loves to help clients go and stick to plant based eating through her powerful coaching program, combining nutrition and cooking education along with transformational mindset work. Marina adopted a whole food, plant based lifestyle over 7 years ago, inspired by her mother's incredible healing story of reversing a crippling bladder disease. She has reversed PMS symptoms and encourage emotional healing from trauma as a result of this transition. Marina is incredibly passionate about the vegan diet for human health, animal welfare, and the well-being of our planet, all of which she envisions as co-dependent.