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Homemade Christmas Spice Extract

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Today I've got a special treat for you! It's my Christmas Spice Extract which is perfect for the holiday baking season.

This sugar-free extract is made in the same way as classic Vanilla Extract which I've been making for years. It's so easy and so much cheaper to make your own, plus you never ever have to worry about added sugar.

This year I wanted to spice things up a little so I made this sugar-free spice extract that tastes like everything you love about Christmas!

The combination of warming spices including cinnamon, cloves, allspice and cardamom pair perfectly with fresh and citrusy orange peel, plus real vanilla pods for subtle sweetness.

And it's not just delicious, it's a cute edible gift option! I know you'll ask where I got those cute little gift jars from so I got these jars from Amazon UK and found the same jars in the US under a different name. The one drawback is that the lid is not very secure so keep that in mind to avoid any spillage, or use a different jar with a more secure lid.

Once ready, it can be used for baking, added to hot chocolate, chilled desserts and even ice cream.

I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did!

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Serving size tbsp, 15 ml

Allergy information for Homemade Christmas Spice 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, tbsp, 15 ml)

Net carbs0.2 grams
Protein0 grams
Fat0 grams
Calories35 kcal
Calories from carbs 76%, protein 10%, fat 14%
Total carbs0.5 gramsFiber0.2 gramsSugars0 gramsSaturated fat0 gramsSodium0 mg(0% RDA)Magnesium1 mg(0% RDA)Potassium5 mg(0% EMR)

Ingredients (makes about 600 ml/ 20 fl oz)

  • peel of 1 small organic orange (outer layer only)
  • 3 to 6 vanilla beans
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 6 whole allspice
  • 6 whole cardamom pods
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 600 ml vodka (20 fl oz)


  1. You'll need the outer layer of 1 organic orange, 3 to 6 vanilla beans (pods), 12 cloves, 6 allspice, 6 cardamom pods, 3 cinnamon sticks and good quality vodka.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, zest the outer layer of the orange peel. Make sure to use organic (you don't want pesticides in your extract). Also, the less of the white pith you use, the less likely you'll end up with bitter extract. Homemade Christmas Spice Extract
  3. If you're using 6 small 100 ml gift jars like I did, cut the vanilla beans in half to get a total of 6 pieces. Using a sharp knife, split each of the halves lengthwise and scrape the tiny seeds out, into each one of the jars. Add the vanilla beans, cloves, allspice, cardamom and orange zest. Break each of the cinnamon sticks in half to get 6 pieces and add to the jars.
  4. Top with neutral tasting alcohol like vodka. Cover with a lid and then turn upside down a few times to combine. Note: If you're using one large 600 ml (20 fl oz) jar, place all of the ingredients inside and add the vodka. Instead of vodka you can use rum, whiskey or bourbon. Homemade Christmas Spice Extract
  5. Let it infuse for at least 2 weeks. The extract tastes best after 4-6 weeks or longer. Keep in the pantry just like you would vanilla extract. If you start running out, just add more vodka and a little bit of each spices. Homemade Christmas Spice Extract

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, tbsp, 15 ml)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Orange peel, raw
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Vanilla extract, powder (vanilla bean)
0 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Cloves, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Allspice, dried, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Cardamom whole, dried
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Cinnamon, spices
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Vodka, distilled alcoholic beverage (~40% vol)
0 g0 g0 g33 kcal
Total per serving, tbsp, 15 ml
0.2 g0 g0 g35 kcal

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Martina Slajerova
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Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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