How to Make Vanilla Powder

4 tablespoons
1 hr 5 min

How to make vanilla powder for baking and vanilla powder uses to use this delicious ingredient to bring a new level of flavor to your dishes. Vanilla powder is easy to make at home, and you can use your spent vanilla beans from making vanilla extract.

I've been making my own vanilla extract for years. Once the beans are spent from using them, I hated to just toss them because they still have some flavor left in them.

I started using them to make vanilla powder to use in baking recipes and drink recipes. You can also use vanilla bean powder as a substitute for vanilla extract if you don't have any made or want a nonalcohol version.

Following is a simple list of some of the most popular vanilla powder uses.

  • Use it in coffee to avoid the uncooked alcohol. I love it in this iced vanilla latte recipe.
  • Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of vanilla powder to a chai tea latte or your favorite tea recipe.
  • Use it in desserts such as cookies, cakes, brownies, and more. You can add a teaspoon to the batter or sprinkle it on top. Try sprinkling it on top of this one bowl banana bread recipe.
  • Infuse it in pancake and waffle mixes. Try it in this overnight French toast casserole or add it to sourdough discard pancakes.
  • Sprinkle on sweets or even on toast for a delicious flavor boost.

Tips for Making Vanilla Powder Recipe

There are a couple things that can make the process of learning how to make vanilla powder easier. To start, you can use a dehydrator to dry out the vanilla beans if you want to.

Additionally, as a tip it is important to note that your beans must be dry before you start grinding them. Therefore, it is incredibly important to ensure that the vanilla beans are dry and easy to break in half before you start grinding them.

If the beans are not dry, then they risk getting moisture in them. This can shorten the shelf life of your vanilla bean powder.

Another useful tip is that you can use the vanilla beans leftover from making vanilla extract. Of course, you will have to make extra sure that those beans are dried, but they can be used.

Similarly, store your ground vanilla bean powder in an airtight container. I use a mason jar with a plastic lid.

This means that you can get more from your time and resources, and this DIY vanilla powder is free to make!

How to Make Vanilla Powder
Recipe details
  • 4  tablespoons
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 1 Hours Total time: 1 hr 5 min
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  • 4 vanilla beans
  • Parchment paper

Lay out your vanilla beans on unbleached parchment paper and bake for an hour and a half in your oven at 170 degrees F. You will want to check on the beans around every thirty minutes or so to see if they are hard or not. You may have to cook these longer than an hour and a half, but be careful not to burn them. You will know that they are ready when the beans are brittle and break with ease.
Break your vanilla beans into smaller pieces, and put the pieces into an herb or coffee grinder. You can let them cool so they are easier to handle.
Grind the beans for thirty to forty five seconds and grind until there are no more chunks remaining.
Transfer the vanilla powder for baking into a sealed container for storage.
Cari @ Homesteading in Ohio
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