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Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe -- How to Make Vanilla Extract at Home! DIY Vanilla Extract is the perfect project and gift for the baker in your life (all natural, sugar free, fat free, gluten free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits
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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Servings: 48 servings
Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 56 d
Did you know you can make vanilla extract at home?? Yes! And did you know it requires only TWO simple ingredients: vodka + vanilla beans. This makes the PERFECT gift for the baker or food lover in your life!



  • Slice the vanilla beans lengthwise, just enough so that you pierce through one side of the bean.
  • Place the vanilla beans inside a bottle and cover completely with the vodka.  Top with a lid.  Shake the bottle vigorously, then place in a cool, dark place (like a cupboard or your pantry).
  • Shake the bottle every day for 4 weeks (I put a daily reminder on my calendar so I wouldn't forget).  For the next 4 weeks you can shake it less often, like ~3x a week.  Vanilla will be ready to use in 8 weeks.  Shake before using.

Recipe Notes

I’ve made this recipe multiple times using a wide range of alcohols — plain vodka, strawberry vodka, whipped cream flavored vodka, Fireball (yeah, I know, not the most natural product out there), and even bourbon …  the options are endless!  I want to try this using chocolate-flavored vodka and coconut-flavored vodka too (*foodgasms*)
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Amount Per Serving (1 serving = 1 teaspoon)
Calories 11
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: DIY, Fat Free, Gift, Gluten Free, Holiday, No Bake, Sugar Free