Because there is sugar in vanilla extract, that option no longer works well for me and finding vanilla essence is a royal pain in the behind. So, I’ve been using Premium Madagascar Vanilla Beans I purchased on Amazon. The Madagascar beans are delicious and super-high quality. It only took a couple of days for me to receive my package after ordering online. All in all, I would highly recommend them.
Purchasing vanilla beans in the grocery store is very expensive. You may already know this but take it from me, if you use alot of vanilla (like I do), purchase them in bulk and save yourself some money.
So, it’s actually quite simple and again, if you have a few vanilla beans hanging around, you can try this out for yourself.
You’ll want to make sure the beans are fairly dried-out before you ground them up. As you can see from my picture, I likely could have let mine sit out for a few more days or popped them in the oven to dry out a bit more but I was quite anxious to get this post done today so I did it anyway. I may have to put mine through the grinder again later. [wink, wink]
Now, after you’ve dried out your beans, take a pair of scissors and cut each pod in about three or four pieces and place them in your coffee grinder, food processor or anything appliance that can break stuff down. Personally, I use my my NutriBullet Pro 900 Series Blender for all things grinding related. It works like a charm.
Once you’ve got them in there…grind the heck out of them for a few minutes until you’re satisfied with the look and texture.
I’m going to keep mine in an airtight container or small mason jar in the fridge.
And, you can play around with the quantity to use when baking but I’ll likely use a half tsp of powder when it calls for 1 tsp of vanilla extract.
If you are looking for a fabulous organic option, I would highly recommend this Organic Vanilla Bean Powder. It’s pre-made.
If you’re wondering how you can use Vanilla Bean Powder; it’s great for all things baking-related, in custards and smoothies. Just remember that the vanilla does not dissolve when you bake it…just so you know – you will see flecks of the bean in your baking (which, personally I love).
So, there you have it! I hope you’ll try it out and come over to the Facebook Page and post some of your pictures of your sugar-free baking with us!
How do you like to use your vanilla beans?