One of the key ingredients to a delicious vanilla latte or macchiato is vanilla syrup. Although I didn’t drink fancy coffees from Starbucks very often, I still occasionally get a craving for them. With my Homemade Vanilla Syrup Recipe you can make your own coffee drinks at home! And the BEST part is that YOU control the ingredients, which means there’s nothing unexpected or unnecessary.
Here’s what’s in Starbucks Vanilla Syrup: SUGAR, WATER, NATURAL FLAVORS, PRESERVATIVE: POTASSIUM SORBATE (E202), CITRIC ACID (E330), COLOR: CARAMEL (E150D).
And here’s what’s in my Homemade Vanilla Syrup Recipe: HONEY, MAPLE SYRUP, WATER, VANILLA BEANS.
I don’t think there’s any reason for me to get into the details of WHY the Starbucks Vanilla Syrup is bad for your health, I think it’s obvious 🙂
When you make your own coffee beverages you aren’t just getting health benefits of my Homemade Vanilla Syrup Recipe, you can also choose organic coffee and raw milk or dairy-free milk alternative of your preference. You can even top them with homemade coconut whipped cream!
Since this it’s a liquid, it’s not only great for hot coffee but it will quickly blend into Iced & Cold Brew Coffee. It also makes a simple healthy vanilla cream soda if added to seltzer water. The possibilities are endless 🙂
- In a small sauce pot, combine all ingredients. Over medium heat, simmer until honey and maple syrup is melted and combined, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
- Transfer in to a bottle using a funnel to pour the syrup and add the vanilla beans as well.
- Store in the refrigerator and use within 2 weeks.