Homemade Vanilla Paste

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  :)

205 comments on “Homemade Vanilla Paste

  1. Becca Entenberg

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

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

  3. 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. Looks soooo good! Bet it smells amazing too!

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

    • dessertswithbenefits

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

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

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

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

  10. I followed you on Pinterest!

  11. 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.

  12. I subscribed to your e-mails!

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

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

  15. I love cooking with vanilla beans.

  16. I liked you on Facebook

  17. I’m following you on pinterest

  18. 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!

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

  20. I Follow you on Pinterest

  21. 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!!

  22. I am Subscribed by E-Mail

  23. I ”Like” the Desserts with Benefits Facebook page

  24. 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!

  25. Vanilla – my favorite flavor!

  26. Follow on Pinterest

  27. 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.

  28. 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!!!!

  29. I followed you on pintrest

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