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Make Vanilla Soft Serve In Your Blender With 3 Ingredients

Bowl Of Homemade Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream
[1] Make this in your blender with just three ingredients (photos #1, #3, #4, and #5 © Beyond Good).

Pint Carton Of Organic Valley Heavy Cream
[2] Your blender will turn heavy whipping cream into ice cream (photo © Organic Valley).

Container Of Confectioners Sugar
[3] Check out this great ProKeeper+ Powdered Sugar Storage Container. Get yours from King Arthur Baking (photo © King Arthur Baking).

Jar Of Beyond Good Vanilla Powder
[4] Vanilla powder has a more intense vanilla flavor than vanilla extract.

3 Types Of Beyond Good Vanilla
[5] Three types of vanilla: powder, extract, and beans.


Get ready for National Soft Serve Day, August 19th. You can whip up a dessert or snack of vanilla soft serve with just three ingredients.

The third ingredient is ground vanilla, a form of vanilla that many kitchens may not have (photo #4). But it’s well worth getting a jar of it, as you’ll see below.

You can also make your own vanilla powder.

> The different types of vanilla.

> The history of soft serve (frozen custard).

> The history of vanilla.

> See more uses for vanilla bean powder below.

Thanks to Beyond Good for the recipe. Beyond Good is a company with a mission not only to source the best quality vanilla and cocoa in the world but to buy it directly from the farmers who grow it. In this way, the farmers make a good living, without giving a large share of their income to middlemen.

The company hopes that its business model has the power to change the food industry, forever.


  • 2 cups (500ml) whipping cream
  • ½ cup + 3 tbsp (100g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp Beyond vanilla powder (ground vanilla)

    1. COMBINE the cream, sugar, and vanilla powder in a Ziplock bag. Seal the bag well and shake to combine.

    2. PRESS out all the air and lay the bag flat on a baking sheet. Freeze until firm.

    3. BREAK the ice cream into chunks and place it in a blender or food processor. Process until the ice cream reaches a soft-serve consistency.

    4. SERVE immediately or transfer the ice cream to a freezer-proof container and freeze until firm.


    Mix in berries, chocolate chips, toffee bits, etc.

    Vanilla bean powder, also called vanilla powder and ground vanilla, is simply dried whole vanilla beans ground into a fine powder*. It has the consistency of powdered sugar (photo #4).

    It’s an easy way to add vanilla flavor to your recipes. You can use it instead of vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste, or whole vanilla beans.

    Vanilla powder flavor provides a much more concentrated vanilla flavor than either vanilla extract or vanilla paste, so you can use a bit less than these ratios—or enjoy a more intense vanilla flavor with the full ratio:

  • For extract and paste, use a 1:1 replacement ratio.
  • For a whole vanilla bean, use 2 teaspoons of powder per average-sized bean.

    Once you have a jar of vanilla powder, you’ll find a lot to do with it in both sweet and savory preparations.

    Cooks love to use it instead of vanilla extract when they don’t want to add additional liquid to a recipe, or when they don’t use alcohol†.

    Try it in:

  • Coffee: Add it to the ground beans before brewing.
  • Cold beverages: cocktails, ice cream drinks, and other drinks.
  • Cream sauce: Add it to sauces for chicken, pasta, pork, and seafood.
  • Hot chocolate and tea: Amp up the flavor (with tea, especially Earl Grey).
  • Ice cream: For a better vanilla flavor than vanilla extract.
  • Icing/frosting/glaze: The differences.
  • Meat rubs.
  • Meringue: Mix it with the egg whites for either the topping or the cookies.
  • Pancakes/waffles/French toast: Mix a bit into the batter.
  • Rubs and BBQ sauce:
  • Risotto: Use it as the “secret ingredient.”
  • Vanilla sugar: Mix vanilla powder with granulated sugar.

    1. DRY vanilla beans. You can either (a) leave the beans (pods) on a counter for a few weeks or (b) place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet or pan in a 125°F oven (50°C) for 1.5 hours.

    2. GRIND the dried beans to a fine powder in a spice grinder.

    3. STORE in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for up to a year.


    *Some brands may add sugar or dextrose. Check the label to see that you are buying unsweetened vanilla powder. Some add cornstarch, dextrose, or maltodextrin, which helps keep the powder from clumping.

    †The FDA stipulates that vanilla extract must contain 35% alcohol, although much of it cooks out. However, since vanilla extract is made by soaking vanilla beans in alcohol, some of the vanilla flavor will bake out along with the alcohol. Vanilla powder retains the bean’s flavor compounds, while some of them in the vanilla extract will evaporate.



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