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Homemade Vanilla Extract (Vanilla-Infused Vodka)

Vanilla flavour is probably one of the most widely used flavourings in cakes, waffles, cookies and other (low-carb) treats. It's also one of the most expensive spices in the world and that's one of the reasons why most commercially available "vanilla" extracts are synthetic and contain artificial additives.

Making your own vanilla extract cannot be any easier. All you need is high-quality spirit such as vodka and vanilla beans. As you will find out, it's also very economical and you'll spend less, especially if you buy vanilla beans in bulk. You don't actually have to get organic vanilla beans, as most are grown without pesticides and fertilizers.

The best spirit for home-made vanilla extract is vodka, because you get pure vanilla flavour. If you use rum or bourbon, the vanilla taste won't be as strong, as these spirits will slightly mask the flavour.

Tip: It's also a great drink - you can have some vanilla-infused vodka as an occasional treat!

|Homemade Vanilla Extract (Vanilla-Infused Vodka)Preparation time


Nutritional values per 1 tbsp:

Total Carbs0.1grams
Net Carbs0.1grams
of which Saturated0grams

Estimated nutritional values include Stevia. This recipe yields ~ 300 ml / 10 fl oz of vanilla extract. Most calories come from alcohol.

|Homemade Vanilla Extract (Vanilla-Infused Vodka)Ingredients per small bottle:

|Homemade Vanilla Extract (Vanilla-Infused Vodka)Instructions:

  1. For making vanilla extract, use high-quality vodka. Prepare a glass jar you will use for the extract by sterilizing it in hot water.
  2. Cut the vanilla beans lenghtwise, place in the glass jar and seal well. The more vanilla beans you use, the more flavour and darker colour you will achieve. Make sure the beans are completely submerged.
    Note: Opt for really dark oily beans, as these will give the extract the best flavour.
  3. Infuse for 4-6 weeks. The longer you leave it, the more intense the flavour will be.
  4. Shake 2-3 times while it's infusing to help release the flavour.
  5. After about 4 weeks, the extract will become dark and is ready to be used. You can add stevia if you like - vanilla flavour works best!
  6. Store in a dark cool place for up to 6 months and use in your healthy baking :-)

Comments (4) -

Emily 12/18/2013 1:36:54 AM #

I make my own extract using rum but it does hide the vanilla a bit Smile


Martina @ KetoDiet 12/18/2013 8:02:41 PM #

I tried rum but it was a bit too strong for me but not bad at all.


Lesley Tighe 8/21/2015 6:03:47 PM #

Just curious, do most vanilla extracts include a sweetener?   I made my own extract by putting the vanilla pods in the bottle of vodka.  Didn't add any sweetener and I've not had any problems in my recipes.


Martina @ KetoDiet 8/24/2015 11:42:00 AM #

I think it depends but I've seen all sorts of products  - I don't use any sweeteners when I make it either. I know that Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract does include sugar but you'll have to check the label.


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