Decadent Vanilla Bean Honey
So do you remember these marshmallows? They were homemade with real vanilla beans and dipped in dark chocolate. I can’t deal with wasting any part of the precious vanilla beans, so I threw them in a jar of honey to see what would happen.
…Two weeks passed…
…Four weeks passed…
…Months and months passed…
And then it was time to act.
Vanilla pods, even sans seeds, are filled with flavor. They infuse things like sugar, tea, oil, and alcohol. Why not honey?
I thought this would be run of the mill flavored honey, but I was oh so wrong.
I have never tasted something so delicious- with a caramel flavor and texture this honey is rich and silky.
I have just a slight bias due to my honey-snob nature (amber honey is so superior, and local honey always tastes like love compared to the supermarket flavorless bears…anyway…) but I have to say this infusion was amazing.
And I didn’t have to do anything! I just threw some leftover pods in a jar and chucked it into the back of my pantry so I wouldn’t be tempted to eat it all before it was done.
It’s really best served on dark chocolate. I’m talking 100% dark- it’s the perfect combination of sweet, rich and just a little bitter. If you’re easing yourself into the world of dark chocolates and not ready for 100%, I would recommend a good 70% dark. I like Ghirardelli, Godiva, or Chocolove.
Other serving ideas:
- In ice coffee or hot coffee
- On vegan overnight oats (vegan…ish? haha)
- On a sandwich with almond butter
- Drizzled on pancakes or waffles
- Mixed with wheat germ for graham crumble
Vanilla Bean Infused Honey
- 1 cup amber honey, orange blossom honey, or good quality wildflower
- 2 empty vanilla pods
Put vanilla pods in honey. Let the combination infuse for 3 weeks-several months.
The seeds you were unable to scrape from the pod will loosen in the honey and dispuse through the mixture for a “vanilla bean” appearance too.
*Tip- the vanilla pods can be leftover from crème brulee, marshmallows, or ice cream. Don’t throw them out!
You’ll thank me in three weeks. 🙂
I think this would also work with brown rice syrup for you strict vegans!