Homemade Vanilla Powder

I’m finally posting again! Things are getting a little easier since my mother-in-law’s passing….thank goodness. It’s still hard, and probably will be for a while.

But, now I’m finally in the mood to cook/bake again…and share with you!

I decided to post on how to make your own vanilla powder because I love it!!! It’s extremely easy to make and it has even more flavor than vanilla extract, so you can use a lil less in your baked goods.

Chopping my dried vanilla beans into pieces.

Chopping my dried vanilla beans into pieces.

This is after I had ground the vanilla bean pieces a lil bit.

This is after I had ground the vanilla bean pieces a lil bit.

After grinding the beans some more, it looks kinda like ground coffee. And, it smells SOOOO GOOD!!!

After grinding the beans some more, it looks kinda like ground coffee. And, it smells SOOOO GOOD!!!

Some folks put a lil cornstarch in their vanilla powder to make it more of a powdery consistency, instead of looking like coffee but I don't.

Some folks put a lil cornstarch in their vanilla powder to make it more of a “powdery” consistency, instead of looking like coffee but I don’t.

Homemade Vanilla Powder

Take your vanilla beans (a little or a lot, depending on how much powder you wanna make) and leave them out to dry for a couple weeks, til they’re really dried out. 

When they’re nice and dry, cut them into about 1/2-inch pieces. Put the vanilla bean pieces into a spice or coffee grinder and grind them til they’re all chopped up. If the beans weren’t dried all the way through and it isn’t very “powdery”, you can allow it to sit and dry a lil longer, then grind them a lil more.

Use it in all the baked goods and recipes where you use vanilla extract. It’s yummy!!!

*You may need to add the amount of water equal to the vanilla extract called for in your recipe. For example, if your recipe calls for 2 tsp vanilla extract, you can use 1 tsp of your vanilla powder plus 1 tsp water.

**RECIPE AND PHOTOS BY RENEE’S GOURMETS** 

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