How to Make… Vanilla Powder

Luxurious homemade vanilla bean powder.

Vanilla is an essential in the kitchen, giving your desserts the most lovely and fragrant flavour. The downside is that good quality vanilla beans can be quite expensive. But did you know it’s ridiculously easy to make your own vanilla powder? And far less expensive to the store-bought version.

If you use lots of vanilla beans in your kitchen, you’re left with the scraped beans. You can of course make vanilla extract by adding them to a jar of vodka or stick them in a jar of sugar and wait. And wait… This vanilla powder is soooo much better, and quicker too.

The process of making vanilla powder is super simple and only requires one ingredient: VANILLA BEANS. And the recipe works with both whole beans or de-seeded beans. Of course, the flavour will be more intense if using the whole pods. But there’s still plenty of vanilla goodness in the scraped beans too.

You start by drying the beans in the oven. Then it’s a matter of grinding the beans in a spice or coffee grinder. That’s all folks! Zero waste vanilla powder!

…vanilla bean to vanilla stardust…

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How to Make… Vanilla Powder

vegan, gluten free, soy free, nut free



Vanilla beans, whole or de-seeded



Preheat the oven to 60 degrees Celsius. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Using a sharp knife, slit the vanilla beans lenghtwise. Place the vanilla beans on the baking tray, bake for 1 ½ hour. Cool down completely.

Cut the vanilla beans into small pieces and grind them up in a coffee or spice grinder.

Store the vanilla powder in a glass jar.



In summer, you can air-dry the vanilla beans. Place them on a small plate and wait for about 1 week.

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