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 1 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…  so here I am, having made this AWESOME Homemade Vanilla Paste!

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

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!

~1/3 cup

Homemade Vanilla Paste


  • 6 Vanilla Beans*
  • 1 tbs + 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (I used homemade)
  • 168g (½ cup) Agave Nectar (or Vegetable Glycerine for a sugar-free version)


  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 strained vanilla paste liquid into a jar and seal tightly (discard the pulp, or you can reuse it to steep in homemade vanilla extract).  Store the vanilla paste in the fridge.


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

144 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. 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!

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

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

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

  9. 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.

  10. I subscribed to your e-mails!

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

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

  13. I love cooking with vanilla beans.

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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!!

  17. 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!

  18. Vanilla – my favorite flavor!

  19. 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.

  20. 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!!!!

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

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

  23. 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!

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

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

  26. looks great!

  27. Ooh! I love vanilla!!

  28. I make homemade vanilla, too! Nothing more satisfying than knowing exactly what you’re consuming 🙂

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

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