Homemade Vanilla Paste
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!
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!
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!
GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER!
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! Want Extra Entries? (leave another separate comment for each extra entry, saying what you did) 2. Follow me on Pinterest 3. Subscribe by E-Mail (seen on “Never Miss a Post!” on sidebar under “Search”) 4. “Like” the Desserts with Benefits Facebook page 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)
Winner #1: Dayna
Winner #2: Bianca
Winner #3: Jessica W
Congratulations to those who won and thank you all for entering the giveaway! There are many more to come