When we brewed our Sunday morning pot of coffee, we took this “creative uses of vanilla” tip from vanilla expert Nielsen-Massey, to infuse the Joe* with vanilla flavor.
Instead of getting a shot of vanilla syrup† in your morning latte, infuse your home-brewed coffee instead.
VANILLA IN YOUR SMOOTHIE
If you prefer a healthful green smoothie in the morning, add some pure vanilla extract to it.
The rich vanilla flavor will help meld the various vegetable flavors, enhancing the overall taste.
Also add a little fruit for sweetness—half an apple or banana, for example—and you’ll find it a “new and improved” recipe.
Stir some Pure Vanilla Bean Paste into plain yogurt.
The Pure Lemon Paste is also delicious in yogurt.
*Named after Admiral Josephus “Joe” Daniels, Chief of Naval Operations, who outlawed alcohol on board ships and ordered coffee as the beverage of service. The term, “Cup of Joe” followed, and because sailors wanted their cup “hot,” Hot Joe was shortened to “hojo.”
†Each pump of vanilla syrup is about 20 calories and 5 grams of sugar. A Grande Vanilla Latte at Starbucks is 2-1/2 cups and has four pumps, for 80 calories and 20 grams of sugar.[source] Two tablespoons of vanilla extract for the whole pot is 76 calories.