Homemade Vanilla Paste recipe - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

I love vanilla bean paste.  It’s a baker’s secret weapon.  It is much more potent in flavor than plain old vanilla extract, and is speckled with the expensive and luxurious vanilla beans straight from the pod.  BUT…  I have an iiiitty bitty problem with the storebought kind–the first ingredient is sugar.

I know, you probably think I’m crazy.  When one teaspoon of vanilla paste is spread out over an entire cake batter, that teaspoon of sugar is completely negligible!

You’re right.  But I still try to avoid processed white sugar whenever I can.  The days of eating three Hersheys bars and a Snickers on a daily basis are over!

Homemade Vanilla Paste recipe - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Oh, and I also spilled my homemade vanilla extract all over my kitchen sink and had a bunch of vanilla beans leftover that I wasn’t about to waste (yes, I’m frugal), so I used them to make this Healthy Homemade Vanilla Paste!

Homemade Vanilla Paste recipe - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

I was pretty surprised by the end result — it looked and smelled exactly like Nielsen-Massey, but it tasted sooo much better.  It works at a 1:1 ratio to replace the storebought stuff, and you get the peace of mind from knowing exactly where the ingredients are coming from, along with the satisfaction of making such a great product at home!

Homemade Vanilla Bean Paste (refined sugar free, gluten free, vegan)

Yield: 1/3 cup

Serving Size: 1 tsp

Fat per serving: 0g

Homemade Vanilla Bean Paste (refined sugar free, gluten free, vegan)



  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth (you can chop up the vanilla beans if you want to save some time)
  2. Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and pour the mixture inside.
  3. Press on the vanilla bean "pulp" to get as much liquid out. Pour the vanilla paste into a pretty sealable jar.


*I used the vanilla beans used in my homemade vanilla extract.

**For a sugar-free version, use vegetable glycerine instead of the agave

I store my vanilla paste in the fridge so it will keep for as long as possible. Plus, the texture and flavor doesn't really change when cold or change a cake batter since it isn't used in large amounts.

This recipe is: fat free, gluten free, vegan!



Now it’s time for the giveaway!  I am giving away a package of 16 vanilla beans to THREE people!  Yes, three.

How to Enter the Giveaway:  1.  Leave a comment!

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Giveaway Rules:  1.  Open to US residents only;  2.  Contest begins now and ends 2/13/13 at 11:59pm  (I will use this program to choose the winners)

The Winners:

Healthy Dessert Blog  Winner #1:  Dayna

Healthy Dessert Blog  Winner #2:  Bianca

Healthy Dessert Blog  Winner #3:  Jessica W

Congratulations to those who won and thank you all for entering the giveaway!  There are many more to come  :)

Labels: 5-Ingredients-or-Less, Agave, DIY, Fat-Free, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Low-Sugar, Sugar-Free, Vegan

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Comments (189)

  1. Becca Entenberg: February 6, 2013

    I can’t get enough of vanilla beans! Just got a cookbook that features vanilla recipes.

  2. Kayle (The Cooking Actress): February 6, 2013

    OMG I need vanilla beans, I just ran out!!!

  3. Ruta: February 6, 2013

    I’ve actually never work with vanilla beans. I’ve got to add that to my to-do list. And that paste sounds awesome, I’m a lover of anything really vanilla-y.

  4. Amanda: February 6, 2013

    Looks soooo good! Bet it smells amazing too!

  5. Dayna: February 6, 2013

    It is so simple, yet looks so tasty! I hope I win! (I also followed your pintrest and facebook.)

  6. I’m so obsessed with vanilla in all of its forms. It would be amazing to make my own, and so much cheaper! Thanks for the great post!

  7. Followed you on pinterest!

  8. Jessica: February 6, 2013

    Ugh I love vanilla so much. Whenever I use it baking, I always have to triple the amount called for! Has never failed me!

  9. dessertswithbenefits: February 6, 2013

    For two extra entries, leave 2 more comments. One saying you followed me on pinterest and one saying you followed me on FB :)

  10. Alicia: February 6, 2013

    I have been wanting to try home made vanilla. Where is a good place to get the beans?

  11. Kerry: February 6, 2013

    I love vanilla, but I’ve never used actual vanilla beans before. I would love to try making this recipe. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Kerry: February 6, 2013

    I followed you on Pinterest!

  13. Lucy: February 6, 2013

    There is seriously nothing that beats fresh vanilla bean! Last year for my mom’s birthday, I made her a coconut cake made with fresh vanilla bean instead of extract and the difference was amazing. Such a treat.

  14. Kerry: February 6, 2013

    I subscribed to your e-mails!

  15. Sara: February 6, 2013

    I’ve always wanted to experiment with whole vanilla beans, but always balked at the price. So many possibilities!

  16. Sara: February 6, 2013

    …And liked on FB. That was somewhat overdue anyways.

  17. Alisha: February 6, 2013

    I love cooking with vanilla beans.

  18. Alisha: February 6, 2013

    I liked you on Facebook

  19. Alisha: February 6, 2013

    I’m following you on pinterest

  20. dessertswithbenefits: February 6, 2013

    I get my vanilla beans here on Amazon.com :)

  21. Crystal: February 6, 2013

    I’ve always wanted to bake with vanilla beans, but the price scared me away. I would love to have a chance to finally use them with this giveaway!

  22. jessica w: February 6, 2013

    I haven’t ever made bean paste, I have made my own vanilla extract though

  23. jessica w: February 6, 2013

    I Follow you on Pinterest

  24. Meg: February 6, 2013

    What a great recipe! They used to sell this at my local Trader Joe’s but I haven’t been able to find it for awhile – and I haven’t gotten around to ordering any online. Anyhow – I am very excited to try this – thanks!!

  25. jessica w: February 6, 2013

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  26. jessica w: February 6, 2013

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  27. Amanda: February 6, 2013

    This is super neat! I’ve wanted to try working with vanilla bean paste, but have never been willing to purchase it. I might have to try this!

  28. Susan Christy: February 6, 2013

    Vanilla – my favorite flavor!

  29. Susan Christy: February 6, 2013

    Follow on Pinterest

  30. Spencer: February 6, 2013

    That sounds delicious! Ever since I split open my first vanilla bean, I’ve been in love with the stuff. Can’t wait to try out this paste recipe.

  31. Carina: February 6, 2013

    I am a vanillaholic! Probably among my top 5 favorite ingredients. If a recipe doesn’t call for vanilla extract, I almost always add some anyway. And vanilla beans are even better, when I can afford to get my hands on some!!!!

  32. Carina: February 6, 2013

    I followed you on pintrest

  33. Carina: February 6, 2013

    subscribed by email

  34. Carina: February 6, 2013

    liked your facebook page

  35. Jodi Calhoun: February 6, 2013

    Very ingenious. I would really like to try that. Thank you

  36. Amy S: February 7, 2013

    Great recipe. I’ve been wanting to get some vanilla bean paste!

  37. Jackie: February 7, 2013

    Yay! I have lots of vanilla beans left over from making homemade vanilla for my wedding and I love vanilla paste, but also don’t want to use refined sugar if I can use something else. Thank you!

  38. Jackie: February 7, 2013

    Following on Pinterest

  39. Jackie: February 7, 2013

    Subscribed by email

  40. Jackie: February 7, 2013

    Liked on Facebook

  41. Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes: February 7, 2013

    Ahhh, I so can’t wait to try this. Hopefully soon if I win! Thanks for all your fabulous recipes!

  42. Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes: February 7, 2013

    I already follow you on pinterest!

  43. Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes: February 7, 2013

    like you on facebook!

  44. Hawii: February 7, 2013

    Yum ! I love vanilla bean paste ! Almost out too ! Thanks for the recipe !!

  45. shannon c: February 7, 2013

    looks great!

  46. shannon c: February 7, 2013

    I subscribe via email :)

  47. Nicole: February 7, 2013

    Ooh! I love vanilla!!

  48. Kayle (The Cooking Actress): February 7, 2013

    I already follow you on pinterest!

  49. Ashley: February 7, 2013

    I make homemade vanilla, too! Nothing more satisfying than knowing exactly what you’re consuming :)

  50. Ashley: February 7, 2013

    subscribed by email

  51. Lahonna: February 7, 2013

    I love baking & using homemade vanilla & can’t wait to try making this new buzz ingredient!

  52. hope: February 7, 2013

    i would love love love to try these in my baking

  53. hope: February 7, 2013

    Following on Pinterest

  54. hope: February 7, 2013

    liked on facebook

  55. Jessica: February 7, 2013

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! Vanilla is the finest of the flavors.

  56. hope: February 7, 2013

    suscribed to email

  57. Jessica: February 7, 2013

    I just started following you on Pinterest. :)

  58. Jessica: February 7, 2013

    I “liked” your facebook page!

  59. Jessica: February 7, 2013

    I just subscribed via e-mail!

  60. Stephanie: February 7, 2013

    I have yet to bite the bullet and buy vanilla beans online, which is silly. This sounds so delicious…and perfect for gifts.

  61. Stephanie: February 7, 2013

    I subscribe vis email

  62. Stephanie: February 7, 2013

    I like you on FB.

  63. Stephanie: February 7, 2013

    I follow you on Pinterest

  64. Jana @ delectablymine: February 7, 2013

    I love vanilla! So yummy!

  65. Mercy: February 7, 2013

    I use vanilla alot in my baking. Would love to try this!!!

  66. Mercy: February 7, 2013

    I’m following you on Pinterest

  67. Laura: February 7, 2013

    This sounds soooo yummy!! I love baking with vanilla!

  68. Heidi: February 7, 2013

    There is truly such a difference in pure, whole vanilla beans in recipes! Baking school has spoiled me by getting to use them everyday :) I would LOVE to win& to stock up my own kitchen with them!

  69. Louise: February 7, 2013

    I have never tried vanilla beans. Always concidered them too expensive, but with this recipe AND the homemade vanilla it might actually be worth concidering. Thanks for the recipes!

  70. April: February 7, 2013

    Love the vanilla bean paste recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  71. Laura C.: February 7, 2013

    I love Vanilla Bean Paste but have never paid attention to the ingredients! This is awesome to have found a recipe for my own. Thanks!

  72. Laura C.: February 7, 2013

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  73. Valeriya: February 7, 2013

    That looks so good!

  74. Louis: February 7, 2013

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  75. Meryl: February 7, 2013

    I’d love to win this!

  76. Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba): February 7, 2013

    I don’t qualify for the giveaway but I just wanted to say GREAT idea!

  77. April: February 7, 2013

    Amazing! How did you know I’ve been wanting to try some vanilla beans? :) Thanks!

  78. April: February 7, 2013


  79. April: February 7, 2013

    Followed on FB!

  80. April: February 7, 2013

    Followed on PInterest!

  81. Sophia: February 7, 2013

    Thanks for the fabulous site – I love your recipes!

  82. Joyce: February 7, 2013



    that is all.

  83. Joyce: February 7, 2013

    and, I’ve been subscribed :)

  84. Teddi: February 7, 2013

    I am so glad you came up with this! I have seen the vanilla bean paste on the stands at the grocery, but I’ve never bought it due to sugar being the first ingredient! FINALLY my dreams have been answered!

  85. Corisa: February 7, 2013

    great giveaway!

  86. tk: February 8, 2013

    i’ve never worked with fresh vanilla beans but they look so amazing!

  87. Boldski: February 8, 2013

    Give up the goods!

  88. Oh this is cool. I didn’t know I could use the whole bean!

  89. Following you on Pinterest, too.

  90. I liked your Facebook page!

  91. Kayle (The Cooking Actress): February 8, 2013

    I like you on fb!

  92. Rachel H: February 8, 2013

    I’ve just started using vanilla beans recently, and wow I was missing out! Amazing.

  93. Rachel H: February 8, 2013

    I follow you on pinterest.

  94. Britta: February 8, 2013

    I love making vanilla extract! Such an easy gift too!

  95. audrey: February 8, 2013

    I would love to win these vanilla beans and to make my own vanilla extract + paste.

  96. audrey: February 8, 2013

    I follow you on Pinterest

  97. audrey: February 8, 2013

    I follow you on Facebook

  98. rene love: February 8, 2013

    I’ve been trying to change it up and not use corn syrup or sugar. your recipe is wonderful ! I liked you on fb.

  99. Monica: February 8, 2013

    Your site gives me so much inspiration! I went to school for pastry and love applying all that I learn from you to the classic pastries I love so much. Thanks!

  100. bianca @ sweet dreaming: February 8, 2013

    nielsen massey vanilla is pure heaven…i can’t imagine how amazing this stuff is!

  101. bianca @ sweet dreaming: February 8, 2013

    liked you on fb!

  102. Kimberly U: February 8, 2013

    I recently just bought my first pack of vanilla beans and baked “the ultimate vanilla cupcake” right now. They’re delicious c; I know i wont be able to get enough of these beans! I’ll be so grateful if i win this awesome ass prize. Yes i said ass. Btw, here’s the link to the recipe i mentioned earlier: http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2011/09/ultimate-vanilla-cupcake-test-baked-by.html free vanilla beans for-the-win ;D

  103. Natalie: February 8, 2013

    I am so incredibly happy that I have discovered your blog! Yum, homemade vanilla paste!

  104. Natalie: February 8, 2013

    Following on Pinterest now, too!

  105. Judy M.: February 8, 2013

    Ah, vanilla. Love it. Never thought of making vanilla paste. Sounds great.

  106. Judy M.: February 8, 2013

    I’m subscribed

  107. Judy M.: February 8, 2013

    I follow you on pinterest

  108. Judy M.: February 8, 2013

    I liked you on FB

  109. Ashlie: February 8, 2013

    Vanilla beans! I love and need vanilla beans, please!

  110. Andrea: February 9, 2013

    Amazing idea! First tima I read about it!

  111. Andrea: February 9, 2013

    I’m following you on Pinterest :)

  112. Doris: February 9, 2013

    I like this recipe. My MoM always had a vanilla bean in the sugar container.

  113. katherine d: February 9, 2013

    i love real vanilla beans!

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  114. katherine d: February 9, 2013

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  115. katherine d: February 9, 2013

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  116. Jessica: February 9, 2013

    I would love these!

  117. Jessica: February 9, 2013

    I’m following on Pinterest!

  118. Shannon Hallstrom: February 9, 2013

    YOU ARE MY IDOL! I love your recipes and it is so nice to know that there is someone else out there that cares about nutrition and does it as a hobby! So glad I am not the only one. I follow your pinterest too.

  119. marlies: February 9, 2013

    I love vanilla! This looks amazing!

  120. marlies: February 9, 2013

    following on pinterest!

  121. marlies: February 9, 2013

    liked you on facebook! :)

  122. marlies: February 9, 2013

    subscribed to email :)

  123. Grace: February 10, 2013

    I love anything vanilla-y! :)

  124. Grace: February 10, 2013

    I am following you on Pinterest. So excited to checkout all your recipes, they look amazing!

  125. Grace: February 10, 2013

    I subscribed to your blog:)

  126. Adriana Perciballi: February 10, 2013

    I’ve been following your blog for over a year now and truly enjoy your recipes and posts. Your positive and enthusiastic personality comes through in your blog. Having to eat gluten and dairy free as well as always watching my weight has me looking forward to your next post.

  127. rachel0: February 10, 2013

    I love vanilla extract–I put it in EVERYTHING so this will be fantastic!

  128. rachel0: February 10, 2013

    followed you on pinterest!

  129. rachel0: February 10, 2013

    i subscribed via email

  130. rachel0: February 10, 2013

    liked u on fb

  131. Madryt: February 10, 2013

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Thus let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

  132. Bridgette Fultz: February 10, 2013

    I can’t wait to try the recipe! Thanks for the giveaway :)
    I follow you on Pinterest. Super excited to look through all your recipes that are pinned 😉
    Aaaaand I like you on Facebook :)

  133. Alyssa: February 10, 2013

    I want to try this and your other homemade vanilla items. Also I follow you on Pinterest

  134. Kelsey: February 10, 2013

    I love vanilla beans but they’re sooo expensive! This paste looks amazing!

  135. Corri: February 10, 2013

    Yum! Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try!

  136. Lahonna: February 11, 2013

    VANILLA…simply the best essential ingredient for baking!

  137. Lizbeth: February 11, 2013

    I’d sure love to win these vanilla beans!

  138. Annette: February 11, 2013

    I love using vanilla beans for making ice cream.

  139. Annette: February 11, 2013

    Following you on pinterest.

  140. Annette: February 11, 2013

    I subscribed by email.

  141. Annette: February 11, 2013

    Liked the Desserts With Benefits Facebook page.

  142. Maddie: February 11, 2013

    Yum! I still haven’t tried vanilla beans in my baking yet (can’t afford them),but this looks soooo amazing!

  143. Ryan: February 11, 2013

    I’ve never used whole vanilla beans before, but I’d love to try!

  144. Ryan: February 11, 2013

    I liked your facebook page.

  145. Ryan: February 11, 2013

    I followed you on pintrist.

  146. Ryan: February 11, 2013

    I subscribed.

  147. danielle: February 11, 2013

    I love your blog! The new site looks great, can’t wait to try more recipes!

  148. Jenny: February 12, 2013

    Thanks for this baking secret! I think a little bit of vanilla makes everything better, and this looks like a great recipe, I can’t wait to try it!

  149. Jenny: February 12, 2013

    And I subscribed to emails, thanks!

  150. Hannah: February 12, 2013

    I am in love with all things vanilla bean! I follow on pinterest!

  151. Hannah: February 12, 2013

    I liked the facebook page!

  152. Hannah: February 12, 2013

    I love the new blog! So great!

  153. Amy: February 12, 2013

    I’ve been drooling over the photos you’ve posted to FoodGawkers for a while now, and I finally subscribed to your blog by email. I wish I could eat each and every post — they all look so delicious!

  154. Greta: February 12, 2013

    The vanilla bean is where all the flavor is! Extracts just aren’t the same.

  155. Eric: February 13, 2013

    That looks amazing. I am also experimenting with homemade vanilla extract.

  156. Eric: February 13, 2013

    I have also followed you on Facebook.

  157. Maria B.: February 13, 2013

    I’ll have to try making this soon. I’ve seen a few recipes that called for it, but didn’t want to buy it. Thanks for the recipe!

  158. Maria B.: February 13, 2013

    I already follow you on Pinterest.

  159. Sarah: February 13, 2013

    I’ve always wanted to try working with vanilla beans!

  160. Kimberly U: February 13, 2013

    Followed you on Pinterest! c:

  161. Kimberly U: February 13, 2013

    Also followed on Facebook c:

  162. Maye Sposato: February 17, 2013

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  163. Florentino Hornak: February 22, 2013

    Really nice design and good articles, absolutely nothing else we require :D.

  164. Khadija: April 20, 2013

    Hi,I love,love,love vanilla!Thank you for the easy recipe, although I have a quick question. Do you blend the whole vanilla, pod and all?Or do you remove just the seeds?
    Thank you

  165. dessertswithbenefits: April 20, 2013

    Yup, you blend the entire vanilla bean, pod and all! :)

  166. reena2f7a: May 29, 2013

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  167. William: June 10, 2013

    This seems like a great recipe and I am about to try it, but I am curious, why add vanilla extract? What does that add to the mix?

  168. dessertswithbenefits: June 11, 2013

    I needed extra liquid in the food processor and I didn’t want to add more agave and water might detract from the overall flavor :)

  169. William: June 20, 2013

    outstanding – just made this using 8 beans, 1/2 C agave, and 1 T maple syrup (instead of vanilla extract).

  170. dessertswithbenefits: June 20, 2013

    Mmmm the extra 2 vanilla beans sounds delicious! Glad you liked the recipe :)

  171. sas ghani: June 22, 2013

    this tastes amazing ! :O

  172. LaKiesha: July 29, 2013

    Any suggestions for an alternative sweetener? Agave and I don’t mesh well.

  173. dessertswithbenefits: July 30, 2013

    Any liquid sweetener should replace the agave just fine! Honey, pure maple syrup, vegetable glycerine (for a sugar free vanilla paste), date syrup and brown rice syrup should work just as well.
    Hope you like the recipe!

  174. Agus Ramada S: September 27, 2013

    As vanilla farmer that I love vanilla bean, thank you so much for the article, last that I make own vanilla bean paste recipes use vanilla bean, ground vanilla powder, water, sugar and lemon as ingredients.

  175. sarahjaneb: October 6, 2013

    This is great! So as not to let the “pulp” left in the strainer go to waste, I put it in a jar with some homemade kombucha. I’ll let it steep for a day or so and then strain it out.

  176. dessertswithbenefits: October 6, 2013

    Oh wow, GENIUS, what a great idea!! I always wonder what I can use the pulp for when I make this but I always end up throwing it out… I hope it flavors your kombucha so it’s mighty tasty :)

  177. Veronica: October 25, 2013

    Love Vanilla and Love this easy to make Vanilla paste! :) We don’t have vanilla paste in stores in Sweden (not yet at least), but even if we did I would prefer homemade. Do you have any idea how long it will keep in the fridge?

    SarahJaneB: Sounds great with vanilla flavored Kombucha! I don’t know how to make my own Kombucha but maybe it will work to buy a big bottle of Kombucha drink and flavor it with the left over vanilla pulp.-?

  178. Christie: May 17, 2014

    Hello! Thanks for sharing this recipe, but can I just use vanilla caviar and mix it with agave instead? Please reply asap as I’m very interested in making this.

  179. dessertswithbenefits: May 17, 2014

    Mixing vanilla beans with agave will result in a much sweeter and less vanilla-y Vanilla Paste… which isn’t necessarily a problem, but you might need to use double the amount asked for in recipes.
    So, if a cake asks for 1 tsp of Vanilla Paste, try using 2 tsp :)
    Hope this helps!

  180. Erin C.: November 17, 2014

    When I try to pin this recipe, it just shows the pictures within the recipe and the only button to click is the “cancel” button. Can you help me?

  181. Erin C.-
    I’m not sure what’s going wrong here… it seems to work just fine for me! Maybe try a different browser? Sorry, I’m not a technology expert so I’m not sure what else would work. I hope that helps though! :)

  182. sarah: December 4, 2014

    Can you use Honey instead of agave nectar or would the taste be too different ?

  183. Sarah-
    I used agave because it has a very neutral flavor, but if you prefer honey you can use that too :)
    It might change the flavor a little bit but most recipes only call for 1 tsp so you probably won’t taste the honey in the end. I hope you like the recipe!

  184. Marie: December 22, 2014

    Question… ive got some left over used vanilla beans from a bottle of vanilla i made several years ago, ran completely out just recently, tried adding some new vanilla to the beans to get more flavor out of them, then realized i was better off (for the vanilla’s sake heh) keeping it with the new beans, but i havent got the heart to just toss the old beans… they smell so GOOD! Ive got plenty of fresh beans for vanilla sugar, what i really want is something like vanilla paste, BUT im on a low carb diet. Im a severe brittle type 1 diabetic (i know, why am i on a dessert site? Found you searching for “vanilla paste” heh) soooo, if i just ground up what i have and pressed it through a sieve.. what would i have? Or maybe added a bit of sweetener like stevia? Or if i cooked it down to make it thicker? (prolly ruin it right?) glycerine is high carb, as is agave syrup (and actually my research says its not nearly as much better than refined sugar as most think.. its a highly processed product itself.. sorry, but if thats ok with you and you knew it, thats fine too, everyone has their own choices and knows whats best for their OWN bodies, in my opinion :) just letting you know what ive read :) ) so anyway, any ideas for me?

  185. Marie-
    I totally understand! Tossing out vanilla beans seems like such a waste!
    I agree, you should definitely swap the glycerine and agave when you are worried about your blood sugar (although vanilla paste is usually used in tiny amounts spread throughout an entire recipe). I’m not sure of a great substitute for the syrup, but maybe try the following recipe:
    -6 Vanilla Beans
    -1 tbs + 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
    -1/4 cup Water
    -Sweetener equivalent to 1/2 cup (like 1/2 tsp liquid stevia extract)
    The texture definitely won’t be the same, but it will get the job done in recipes! You’ll still get vanilla flavor and the pretty vanilla bean flecks :)
    Hope this helps Marie!

  186. ALYCIA @ FOOD BLOGIT: February 19, 2015


  187. Alycia @ Food BlogIt-
    This lasts quite some time as long as it’s stored in a tightly sealed jar in the fridge… I’d say ~6 months?
    Happy baking! :)

  188. Sandy Little: June 5, 2015

    The vanilla beans I get are SO PLUMP and JUICY! Not too bad on the price either :)

  189. Tram Anh: June 17, 2015

    Your site is really nice and unique. This is one of the best ideas that you had come up for the people and I do hope that they can have a better future.

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