How to Make Vanilla Powder

Close your eyes for a second and imagine the sweet smell of vanilla. Now, keep them closed and think about the last time you baked and used vanilla extract. Did the results give you that sweet flavor stored in your memory? Probably not, because vanilla extract uses alcohol that allows most of the flavor to evaporate during the baking process.

The good news is, you can infuse your baking with that sweet vanilla aroma and taste if you switch to vanilla bean powder. Unadulterated, pure vanilla powder is the secret ingredient used by most professional bakers because they know how to make vanilla powder from the same fresh poignant vanilla beans that are used for coffee. That's right, you can take your spent vanilla bean pods and mix them into your coffee beans overnight. The result is homemade French vanilla coffee.

Vanilla powder in a glass jar with cork top.

Prep Time: 10 mins.

Cook Time: 5 mins.

Step #1. Gather Ingredients

Vanilla bean pods in a glass tube.

In this tutorial, we will teach you how to make vanilla powder for immediate use or for storage. You will need only one ingredient: vanilla beans. You will also need something to process the vanilla beans into a fine or coarse powder (depending on your preference), like a grinder.

One vanilla bean pod is only going to make enough vanilla powder for a few recipes, depending on what you are using it for. I suggest grinding a few vanilla beans at one time and then storing the rest for later use, as the powder can last for a long time.

Step #2. Cut a Slit into the Beans

Slicing into a vanilla bean pod.

Cut the beans lengthwise and open them slightly.

Step #3. Bake the Vanilla Beans

Vanilla beans pods sitting in a baking tray.

Place the vanilla beans on a parchment-lined baking tray. Bake at 350ºF (180ºC) for 5 minutes.

Step #4. Let Them Cool

Vanilla bean pod on a cutting board.

Take them out of the oven and wait until they cool.

Step #5. Cut into Small Pieces

Chopping vanilla bean pod with a serrated knife on cutting board.

Cut the vanilla pods into small pieces.

Chopped vanilla bean pods on a cutting board.

Step #6. Grind into a Powder

Ground vanilla bean in magic bullet.

Process the baked vanilla pods until you get a fine powder.

Step #7. Ready to Use

Vanilla powder in a glass jar with cork top.

Use immediately or store in an hermetic (airtight) container, tightly closed.

1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder = 1 teaspoon vanilla extra.

Now that you know how to make vanilla powder, have a little fun with it. You can almost never go overboard with vanilla powder, so have some fun mixing it into everything. The texture of buttercreams is never offset by powder additions, and you can easily mix it with butter and sugars for sauces that delight all of your senses. Just a pinch of vanilla powder mixed with sea salt creates the perfect topping for cookies. Another pinch mixed with sugar is a great way to coat fried items like doughnuts or churros or add it to your homemade ice cream. You can add it to cake batter and even blend it into your coffee.

Once you are done experimenting, store your vanilla powder in a plastic or glass jar. Typically, it is best to keep ground vanilla in a dark area like a closet or cupboard that is not too close to the stove or microwave. You never want to refrigerate vanilla powder because it will dry out the mixture and ruin the oils. If stored correctly, vanilla powder should last for about a year, so you can make one large batch and save yourself some future hassle.

Recipes you can use this ingredient in:

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How to Make Vanilla Powder

Unadulterated, pure vanilla powder is the secret ingredient used by most professional bakers because they know how to make vanilla powder from the same fresh poignant vanilla beans that are used for coffee.
Course Flavoring
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 11kcal
Author Joss D

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut the beans lengthwise and open them slightly.
    Slicing into a vanilla bean pod.
  • Place the vanilla beans on a parchment-lined baking tray. Bake at 350ºF (180ºC) for 5 minutes.
    Vanilla beans pods sitting in a baking tray.
  • Take them out of the oven and wait until they cool.
    Vanilla bean pod on a cutting board.
  • Cut the vanilla pods into small pieces.
    Chopped vanilla bean pods on a cutting board.
  • Process the baked vanilla pods until you get a fine powder.
    Ground vanilla bean in magic bullet.
  • Use immediately or store in an hermetic (airtight) container, tightly closed.
    Vanilla powder in a glass jar with cork top.
Nutrition Facts
How to Make Vanilla Powder
Amount Per Serving
Calories 11
% Daily Value*
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or dipping sauce.

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