Sweet, warm and with a hint of vanilla in every spoonful; the perfect non-alcoholic vanilla extract recipe
Looking for a NATURAL way to add sweetness and vanilla aroma to your drinks?
Vanilla gives a very pleasant touch to many culinary creations, but many vanilla extracts are made of synthetic vanilla (which lacks many of vanillin’s advantages) and most are too processed.
Also, they are can be quite pricey if they have real vanilla.
This recipe shows you a very easy and cost effective recipe for homemade vanilla flavored honey made from real vanilla pods.
And the best part? No heating or alcohol involved!
This post may contain affiliate links. This means, if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may earn an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. Here you can read my affiliate disclosure.
Reasons to make your own vanilla honey
Are you a lover of anything vanilla? Well, I am, and specially in the colder months, I get cravings for vanilla, vanilla and more VANILLA.
I could use a tablespoon vanilla extract with each cup of tea; if I don’t, it’s because it would be quite expensive with extracts that use real vanilla (plus too much refined sugar in most of them).
Fortunately, making this dream of a vanilla honey is as simple as combining 2 ingredients and letting the mixture sit for a couple of days.
Although vanilla infused honey may have a milder vanilla taste than vanilla essence (specially synthetic ones), it’s perfect to give a comforting and cozy vibe to your beverages and desserts.
So, if you like strong artificial vanilla taste, this isn’t for you, but if you are into natural vanilla flavor, this recipe is a must.
I am sure, after trying this, you won’t want to buy premade vanilla extract anymore!
Also, if you’re looking for a delicious and easy-to-make gift idea, this homemade vanilla flavored honey is just the thing.
Tips to make your own vanilla infused honey
It’s very simple to infuse your honey with vanilla.
However, since you are making a delicacy, be sure to note 2 things that will help you enjoy the best results:
- Use acacia honey (also known as locust honey):
- The honey from the acacia flower has a very light color, almost transparent, making it very appealing to the eye for infusing vanilla in it.
- It has a mild and rather neutral flavor, which allows the vanilla to stand out.
- Conveniently, acacia honey rarely crystallizes, remaining liquid for much longer than other types of raw honey.
- Handle your honey properly:
- To get the most out of its long-lasting qualities, store your honey in an airtight container and keep in a cool, dry place.
- Keeping your honey in a dark area helps it keep its taste and texture better.
- Wash and dry carefully your hands and any equipment you use (jar, knife and spoon) to keep your honey free of bacteria.
How to make vanilla infused honey
Time needed: 10 minutes
How to make your own vanilla infused honey
- Prepare vanilla bean
Cut open a fresh vanilla bean (the lang pod) lengthwise.
Scrap the vanilla caviar (seeds and pulp) with the back side of the knife.
Place both scrapped pod and vanilla seeds in a clean and dry glass jar.
- Pour honey
Cover the vanilla pod and pulp with acacia honey.
Cover with lid and store in a cool, dry and dark place.
Let sit for at least week and it’s ready to use!
Some of the little black seeds may float, but it’s fine.
What to do with the used vanilla pods
One of my favorite things about this homemade vanilla essence: you get to enjoy the vanilla pods even after using up the honey!
Once you’ve used all the honey, you may flavor milk or other drinks by pouring it in the “empty” glass (containing the remaining vanilla pods) and letting it in the fridge for 12-24 hours.
The liquid will have a delicious vanilla taste!
And you can repeat this up to 3 or 4 times.
Another option is to use the vanilla pods to flavor pudding or other recipes that need cooking milk or similar.
FAQs about vanilla flavored honey
Properly stored, vanilla infused honey is good for at least a year.
However, if moisture gets into your honey, it can get contaminated and ferment, so make sure to never get moisture into the honey.
You’ll know if your honey has fermented because it will smell and taste sour.
Yes, you could add a sliced vanilla bean over a honey filled glass as in the pictures below (that was the first time I made this honey).
But the thing is, the vanilla seeds (the tiny black particles) rise to the surface, so you need to stir them thoroughly to ensure that they come into touch with as much honey as possible. I found it somehow messy, so I find it easier to pour the honey other the vanilla beans.
Yes. However, if the honey tastes strong, it might mask the vanilla flavor. Also, it might be difficult to mix the vanilla if you use a thick honey.
Ideas to use this fresh vanilla bean honey
Feel free to use this honey for anything that calls for honey or vanilla extract.
You can substitute a teaspoon vanilla extract for one of this vanilla infused honey.
Homemade vanilla honey recipe
- A glass jar with lid
- Place a vanilla bean flat side down and cut it lengthwise so you can open it and get to the inner pulp. Scrape carefully the seeds with a knife’s backside.
- Gather the scrapped pods and vanilla seeds in a clean and dry container. Cover with the acacia honey.
- Put an airtight lid and (ideally) let sit for about a week before using. Keep in a dry and cool spot, better if dark.
If you’re looking for a tasty and easy way to add vanilla flavor to your drinks but don’t want to use extracts that use artificial substances or preservatives, this vanilla infused honey is the perfect solution.
This recipe only takes two ingredients and is so simple it’s hard not to love! It may taste less intense than some of those synthetic flavoring options out there, but still packs plenty of flavor punch! I love using this in my tea, on top of pancakes and as an ingredient in homemade desserts.
Let me know what recipes you make with yours!