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How to Make Homemade Vanilla

Is there one thing in your kitchen that you absolutely love?  Well, I have one!  It’s Vanilla.  I’m not talking about vanilla that you get at the grocery store.  I’m talking about the “good stuff”!!!!

homemade vanilla, from scratch baking, madagascar beans

I usually buy Watkins Pure Vanilla Extract, Trader Joe’s or Nielsen Massey Nielsen-Massey Real Vanillauntil…….

I started making my own and let me tell you how simple it is.  The worst part about it was I had to go to a liquor store and buy the bourbon.  I don’t drink, so I kept thinking, “What if I see someone I know, like my pastor”.  Well, I guess he might be embarrassed too as I might think he has a problem as well LOL.


Seriously, there’s nothing wrong with going into a liquor store.  You might even find yourself ministering to someone in one of the aisles.  Anyway, I grabbed a bottle of some bourbon from Kentucky.  It said it was vintage, so that looked good to me!

You won’t go back to the regular vanilla you buy at the store.  You just won’t.  Make it one morning or evening, but don’t forget about it.  Try to put the jar in a cabinet that you at least go in once a week. 🙂

Homemade Vanilla

  • Servings: lots
  • Difficulty: easy
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6-8 Madagascar Organic Vanilla Beans

1 cup of Bourbon



Pour Bourbon into a jar with a good sealing lid.  I use my Wide Mouth 20oz. Jar
pictured above.

Then, take each bean and cut it down the middle with a knife and scrape out the oh so good stuff aka vanilla beans.  This is where the magic comes from. Put the vanilla beans that you scraped off in the jar along with the entire bean.


Put the lid on tightly and then get a sticky note and write the date that you made it.  You’ll thank yourself later so you can remember how long it needs to cure for LOL.  Put your jar in a dark cabinet and shake it about once a week.  In 2 months, it should be ready!  You can transfer to a small jar for easier storage and then give some away, if you want to. 😉


This stuff is pure gold around my house!  It is my secret ingredient in all of my baking recipes. 😉


~Happy Baking~


Homemade Granola

I’ve been making this recipe for several months now and have made the mistake, I mean I have graciously, (LOL) been sharing with all my friends and family.  I have even sold it at a market that I participated in. My pastor seems to request it every time he sees me too…..

Before making my own granola, I was buying Kind or Larabar bars.  Those are really good and have all the ingredients that are healthy for me, but I still felt like I should be making my own.  I do keep the Kind bars on hand for a go to quick snack for my diabetic son.

What’s different about this recipe is that it’s no-bake and they taste amazing!  You can easily substitute the regular oats for gluten-free oats if you want.



Here’s a few pics of more with my professional look (I love my job!)


No-Bake Granola (and/or bars)

By Wendy Walker


1 ¾ cups of Organic Oats (I buy mine from my Bread Becker’s Co-op or you can buy them HERE)

½ cup of Organic Raw Pumpkin Seeds

½ cup of Organic Raw Almonds

1/8 cup of Organic Chia Seeds & Organic Flax Seeds

4 tbsp of Organic Hemp Heart Seeds

1/3 cup of Raw Honey

1/3 cup of Organic Coconut Sugar

Pink Himalayan Salt (adjust according to your liking)

1/3 cup of Organic Peanut Butter (optional)

Vanilla extract (just splash, or whatever you like. I use about 2 tsp as I love vanilla)

½ cup of chocolate (you can use chips or just rough chop a block – milk, dark, cacao, etc.) I use THESE.




Soak the almonds overnight in water and add a little salt.

Cut parchment paper to fit a 9×13 or the medium size pampered chef pan.

Toast pumpkin seeds at 250◦ for 20 minutes.  Once that is done, chop them real fine along with the flax seeds.  I use my pampered chef food chopper.

Combine oats, toasted pumpkin seeds, chia, hemp, almonds in a bowl.  In a saucepan, mix honey, sugar and salt.  Stir until it comes to a boil.  Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla.  Pour the mixture over your dry ingredients and mix well.

Let cool for about 10 minutes and then add the chocolate.  Spread the mixture on the parchment lined pan and press down.  Cover with a towel for a few hours.  Cut and enjoy!  They make about 12-15 bars.  You can also break the pieces up and use it as just granola as a topping for yogurt or pour milk on it and eat like cereal.

I buy my seeds in bulk on either Amazon or at Hoover’s in Altamonte.  They are all organic and raw.  I’m sure you can find them at Sprout’s or Health Basket if you are local.  I figured the cost out to be $1.00 per bar.  I’m sure you can get the cost down cheaper if you don’t use organic.  You could also bake this, but you receive more health benefits when they are raw and alive!


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