Have you ever thought of making your own vanilla extract? It's super easy, only takes two ingredients and one minute of your time - the rest of the time you just wait. Do you have a friend or family member who loves to bake? Well, every baker is happy about a good vanilla extract and this one would make the perfect gift this holiday season!

Homemade Vanilla Extract [Vegan]

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  • 1/2 cup of vodka
  • 1 fresh vanilla bean


  1. Split the vanilla bean half lengthwise with a sharp knife. Scrape out the seeds with the knife and put it into a nice bottle. Add the bean inside the bottle.
  2. Cover the vanilla bean with vodka.
  3. Store in a cool dark place and in the first few weeks shake the bottle a few times.  It will be ready in a month or so (it should get that dark color).


It's like wine, the flavors get stronger over time however, you should NOT use this after about 6 months. Store in an airtight bottle in a cool, dark place, and shake before using.

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Nutritional Information

Per tablespoon: Calories: 13 | Carbs: 3 g | Fat: 0 g | Protein: 0 g | Sodium: 4 mg | Sugar: 0 g Nutrition information reflects how many calories are in each tablespoon of the fresh vodka. Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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