How to Make Vanilla Powder

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This post shows you how to make vanilla powder from 100% vanilla pods. It is a zero-waste recipe for a rich, robust homemade vanilla powder to add to all your baked goods, drink recipes, and more!

How to make vanilla powder homemade with zero waste

Did you know it’s super simple to learn how to make vanilla powder? Made only from 100% vanilla pods, this homemade vanilla powder is zero waste and adds a rich, deep vanilla flavor to a dish. This is much more potent than vanilla extract  ( meaning you can use 1/2 tsp powder vs 1st extract!) and maintains its flavor even when baked at high heat in an oven. (Did you know that the alcohol in vanilla extract means flavor is evaporated during the cooking process?!)

I love the fact that this homemade vanilla powder is zero-waste too! Unlike when a recipe calls for vanilla beans and the pods are discarded. This way you’ll use the entire pod. That way you can get really good value for money. No need to waste a single bit of those expensive vanilla pods again!

homemade vanilla powder in a small jar

The powder is also a great alternative to vanilla extract, for those that can’t consume alcohol. The vanilla powder can also be used to make vanilla sugar. In terms of recipes it can be used in custards, sauces, drinks, baked goods, and basically, anywhere you would usually add vanilla paste, beans, or extract. 

Some of my recipes where you could use this vanilla powder include fluffy Japanese-style pancakes, DIY Vegan magnum ice creams, and these healthy dessert-inspired overnight oats … just to name a few!

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How to Make Vanilla Powder

The process for making homemade vanilla powder is super simple. It only consists of two steps. 

The First Step:

Is to dry out the vanilla pods. While there are a few methods you can use to do this;

  • If you’re in no rush then you can simply leave the vanilla pods out on a counter for a few weeks.
  • Alternatively, place on a lined tray in the oven at 50 degrees Celcius for 1.5 hrs. 

I’ve also heard that it’s possible to microwave the beans. However, honestly, I didn’t want to try this, I prefer to try a slower, more natural way of drying them out.

The second step:

Is to grind the now brittle whole vanilla pods into a fine vanilla powder, with zero waste. You’ll find that if they aren’t dry enough then they simply won’t blend into a smooth powder. You can either use a spice/coffee grinder for this if you have one, or I simply used my hand mixer/blender. 

note* If using the oven method, the pods will still be fairly pliable when first removing them from the oven. However, as they cool down they will become more brittle.

The vanilla powder can then be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark area ( like a cupboard). This will then keep for around a year

Note* Don’t be tempted to refrigerate the vanilla powder. It will ruin it by drying out the powder and affecting the oils within. 

And that’s it! 

How to make vanilla powder homemade with zero waste

If you give this simple homemade vanilla powder DIY a go then please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Also, feel free to tag me in your creations @AlphaFoodie.

DIY: How to make Vanilla Powder

4.86 from 49 votes
By: Samira
This post shows you how to make vanilla powder from 100% vanilla pods. It is a zero waste recipe for a rich, robust homemade vanilla powder to add to all your baked goods, drink recipes and more!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 5 Vanilla Pods

Instructions 

  • First you need to dry out the vanilla pods. To do this simply place the pods on  a lined baking tray in the oven at 50 degrees Celcius for an hour and a half. *
  • Once the pods have cooled , simply pop into a spice grinder or use a hand mixer / blender to grind them down into a fine powder. **
  • The vanilla powder can then be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark area (like a cupboard). This will then keep for around a year

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Notes

* The pods will still be pliable when first removing them from the oven. However, as they cool down they will become more brittle. 
** You’ll find that if they aren’t dry enough then it simply won’t blend into a smooth powder
Course: DIYs
Cuisine: European
Freezer friendly: No
Shelf life: 1 Year

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  1. Barbara says:

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to make this. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      I hope you liked it, Barbara!

  2. Cazzycool says:

    5 stars
    I was using white ground vanilla, I only just found out I was being conned, and it is really vanilla sugar, I bought it because it also said it was organic and it tasted nice – but I had given up eating sugar so I am not happy that I was using it for months without realizing (I wondered why it was blond not dark brown).

    I can get non organic ground vanilla, organic is hard to come by and expensive so I have bought a few beans to try this, before getting a larger batch – I was using it daily several times.
    So I am going to dry the vanilla beans out (they already come black and dry but yours are like that) in the Instant Pot with Crisp air fryer lid on 50c then I will grind them. I now have non organic and organic beans because they sent the wrong ones first time round. They aren’t cheap!

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you so much for your comment!

  3. Mimi says:

    I can’t wait to make this! What type of vanilla bean is best? I have never bought them before. Thank you for posting!

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Hi Mimi,
      It’s best to buy high-quality beans that are soft, pliable, with a strong aroma. Avoid beans that are dry or brittle.

  4. LisaMarie says:

    Thank you for sharing this. This sounds amazing! The only issue I may have is finding an oven that goes down to the Fahrenheit equivalent of the recipe which is 122°. Any suggestions of alternatives?

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Hi LisaMarie,
      If your oven doesn’t go down to about 120ºF, you can select the lowest temperature setting and then keep the door propped open with a wooden spoon to allow air circulation. Alternatively, leave the pods to air dry in a well ventilated area.