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Home Made Vanilla Powder
March 21, 2014

Firstly, some background on the power of Vanilla – it’s not just great for flavouring.  It has been used for centuries as an antioxidant and cognitive enhancing agent, and for good reason.  Vanilla contains chemicals called vanilloids that activate receptors in a similar way to capsaicin, which is well known to reduce inflammation and improve mental performance.

Vanilla has been used to calm stomach pains, reduce hunger pangs and relieve stress. Europeans believed in vanilla’s abilities to reduce joint pain and help digestion. South Pacific islanders used vanilla to reduce nausea in pregnant women with morning sickness. More recent research has claimed that vanilla can cure male impotency.

“Vanilla is an aromatic stimulant, with a tendency towards the nervous system. It has also been regarded as an aphrodisiac. It has been employed as a remedy in hysteria, low fevers, impotency, etc. But its use as a medicine is obsolete in this country, although still sometimes employed on the Continent and elsewhere.”  –Bentley, Robert and Henry Trimen. Medicinal Plants; descriptions with original figures of the principal plants employed in medicine… London, Churchill, 1880. (WZ 295 B556m 1880)

Buying good Vanilla is expensive especially when you use it often.  I love the flavour of vanilla and it helps to sweeten / flavour recipes when we don’t use a lot of sugar – not to mention the heavenly smell!   So when I saw this idea, courtesy of the wonderful Cindy O’Meara of Changing Habits, I had to share.  Quick, easy and more economical than buying the good extract or powder.  If a recipe calls for 1 tsp extract or essence I usually add about 1/2 tsp of Vanilla Powder in place.   Thank you Cindy!

Home Made Vanilla Powder
Ingredients:

  • 1 Packet of good quality Vanilla Pods (I love Loving Earth)

Directions:

  1. Place the vanilla pods still in the package in your freezer – leave for three days
  2. Using a coffee grinder, nut grinder, thermomix or kitchen wizz, place the frozen vanilla pods (now taken out of the package) and put them into your machine and grind.  If you have a Thermomix, put them on speed 10 for one minute.

Simple.

The Darker side of Vanilla.
Unfortunately there is a darker side of Vanilla.  Apparently, approximately 95% of ‘vanilla’ products are artificially flavoured with vanillin derived from the paper-pulp byproduct lignin instead of using (the more expensive fruit).   I’m not sure how accurate this is, at the end of the day, question where your products are from and stick to whole foods like this wonderful recipe provides.

1 comment on "Home Made Vanilla Powder"
Bud
October 22, 2016 at 10:39 pm
I appreciate you sharing this article post.Thanks Again. Awesome.

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