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 fertilisers.
The best spirit for homemade 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. It's also a great sugar-free drink - you can have some vanilla-infused vodka as an occasional treat!
Note: Although carbs, fat and protein are at zero, don't forget there's also alcohol and most calories in this recipe come from alcohol.
Serving size 1 tbsp/ 15 ml
Allergy information for Homemade Sugar-Free Vanilla Extract
✔ Gluten free
✔ Dairy free
✔ Egg free
✔ Nut free
✔ Nightshade free
✔ Pork free
✔ Avocado free
✔ Coconut free
✔ Fish free
✔ Shellfish free
✔ Beef free
Nutritional values (per serving, 1 tbsp/ 15 ml)
Net carbs0.1 grams
Calories from carbs 98%, protein 0%, fat 2%
Total carbs0.1 gramsFiber0 gramsSugars0.1 gramsSaturated fat0 gramsSodium0 mg(0% RDA)Magnesium0 mg(0% RDA)Potassium1 mg(0% EMR)
Ingredients per small bottle
- 4-6 vanilla beans
- 1 1/4 cups high-quality vodka or rum (300 ml/ 10 fl oz)
- Optional: 15-20 drops clear or vanilla stevia or other healthy low-carb sweetener from this list
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