Homemade Vanilla Powder

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Vanilla is one of the most popular flavors in the world. I’m sure everyone has a bottle or two of vanilla extract in their spice cabinet, but what do you do when you want the flavor of vanilla but not the liquid? What if you want the flavor, but not the alcohol? I started researching this very question last week while I was working on my Homemade Hot Cacao Mix…..

Every spice cabinet needs some Homemade Vanilla Powder to make your kitchen creations taste that much better | cookingwithcurls.com

and Homemade Vanilla Powder is the answer!! You can purchase vanilla powder online, but I didn’t have the patience to wait around for it to arrive in the mail…and it’s very expensive 😉 Not that vanilla beans are not expensive themselves, but a little bit goes a long way! The flavor is very concentrated and will last through several recipes…..

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It’s crazy easy to make at home as well.

How to make Homemade Vanilla Powder

Preheat oven to 150 degrees. {that is the lowest setting on my oven} Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and lay 4 whole vanilla beans on the baking sheet…..

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Place in the oven and bake for one hour to dry the beans out. Wow, did my kitchen smell amazing!!

Pull them out of the oven and allow them to cool.

Cut the beans into small pieces and place in a coffee/spice grinder…..

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Use the finest setting {espresso} and pulverize into delicious Homemade Vanilla Powder…..

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I think I got about 3/4 of an ounce of vanilla powder {1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon}. I only needed 1/2 a teaspoon to make a batch of Double Chocolate Hot Cacao Mix.

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Yep that’s right, I went through this whole process to create a healthier, dairy-free, super delicious chocolate mix to use in my mocha, lol. But now that I have created this delicious vanilla powder, I can’t wait to try out more recipes!!

  • I used whole vanilla beans from the grocery store {two jars…yikes}. If you look around you kind find good deals on them.
  • To clean out my coffee grinder {and remove the coffee smell}, I ground up a handful of dried rice and wiped it out with a damp towel.
  • Store your Homemade Vanilla Powder in an airtight, glass container until ready to use.

More delicious vanilla recipes:


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Homemade Vanilla Powder

Every spice cabinet needs some Homemade Vanilla Powder to make your kitchen creations taste that much better, and it is easy to prepare!
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Caribbbean
Keyword: vanilla, recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 8kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson


  • 4 whole vanilla beans


  • Preheat oven to 150 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the vanilla beans on the baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, until dry.
  • Allow the vanilla beans to cool. Cut them into small pieces and place them into a coffee or spice grinder to pulverize.
  • Store in an airtight glass container.


This recipe makes 3/4 ounce. Six servings is just a guess to fill in the box.


Calories: 8kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 1g

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  1. Whaaaaaat/! This is like, the most genius thing ever!! You’re so smart to make your own – and now, I’ve gotta try it too!

  2. Hi Lisa! Thank you for sharing this nifty idea! I bet this could be turned into a “vanilla sugar” recipe by adding powdered sugar. Vanilla sugar is something I’ve seen a lot living in Europe but can’t remember if it’s a stateside thing… Anyway now I know I can make it myself!! 🙂

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