The Perfect Vanilla Bean Coffee Syrup

The Perfect Vanilla Bean Coffee Syrup

Happy Monday everyone 👻

Today I am calling out to allllll my coffee lovers!! Well, even those of you who don’t like coffee should still stick around because I have a wonderful little recipe to share with you today that is sure to spice up any drink 😍☕

When it comes to coffee, I have accepted the fact that I have a true obsession 🙀. I mean, it’s really bad….almost every day I treat myself to some type of coffee beverage, whether it be an espresso, a plain cup of coffee, or an iced vanilla latte. I absolutely L-💛-V-E every part of the coffee experience: the taste (duh), the smell (heavenly) and drinking out of a cute & cozy mug (priceless) always puts me in the best of moods!

I don’t know about you, but most of the time I am just not strong enough to drink my coffee black (props to those who can 💪). One of my favorite ways to bring some life to my coffee is by making my own homemade coffee syrup. Not only is it suuuper easy but I feel so much better knowing what (few) ingredients are in my syrups versus the ones found at the store

Side Note:

Have you guys ever looked at the ingredients list on the back of a coffee creamer?? In the past, the thought never even crossed my mind. But that all changed after my mom and I came across an article that exposed a lot of the unnatural (and unneeded) ingredients that many of the creamers contain.

Water. Sugar. Vegetable Oil

Those are the first 3 ingredients listed on most bottles of Coffee-Mate Coffee Creamers.

Vegetable oil….what?! 😖 It doesn’t seem so bad when all the ingredients are mixed together to make the thick creamer, but when you think about just pouring plain vegetable oil into your morning cup of joe….well I don’t know anyone who would enjoy that.

Now that I’m aware of some of the extra junk that is added to those creamers, I decided to start making my own homemade coffee syrups. And don’t get me wrong, I sill drink coffee creamer from time to time. I am not that intense of an organic guru. It’s just not something that I want to consume all the time.

But don’t worry there is a SOLUTION…..cue drummmm roll……and that is making your own coffee syrups in the comfort of your own home 🏡!

Today I am going to teach you my favorite way to make an au natural, house-made vanilla bean syrup that is not only delicious, but doesn’t contain extra unnecessary ingredients that most store-bought syrups have. With this recipe, you too can make delicious vanilla lattes at home, for a quarter of the price 😊

 I originally found this recipe from the blog “How sweet eats” (check out Jessica’s food blog to find the yummiest recipes). so all credit for the recipe itself goes out to this great gal! Where ya girl 💁 comes in is with my own affordable twist/lifehack to make it even that much better🙌

This recipe is not only delicious, but easy and affordable making it a win-win for everyone 👫

One of the best parts is only 4 simple ingredients are needed:

  1. One whole vanilla bean– make sure to save the glass bottle and lid it came in as that will be used for storage 😎
  2. 1/2 cup of sugar– you can always use less if you prefer
  3. 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract– always try to avoid “imitation vanilla extract” when possible as it contains a lot of synthetic by-products compared with pure vanilla
  4. 1/3 cup of water

💰 Money Saving Tip 💰- This is gonna sound crazy, but hear me out. If you have a Whole Foods, GO THERE TO BUY YOUR VANILLA BEAN!!!! While shopping at Whole Foods I stopped by the spice section to see how much the vanilla beans were. I assumed it would be waaaay overpriced, but much to my surprise these stinkin’ beans only cost a whopping $2.99 🙀. At every other grocery store, the same jar of vanilla bean costs around $8-$12 😳😵. I know. It doesn’t make since. Isn’t Whole Foods supposed to be the overpriced store?? Anywho, don’t ask me why it is so much cheaper…. all I know is that the coffee gods are lookin’ out for us ☕🙏


  1. To begin, cut your vanilla bean down the middle to separate it into two pieces

2. Next, using a small pairing knife scrape the individual seeds out of the whole vanilla bean pod

You may be like “Anna I had no idea vanilla beans looked like this, let alone know how to open it”.

That is a-okay because I too had no idea! Luckily, I found this YouTube tutorial that does a wonderful job explaining the process 🤓

3. Now that the hard part is done the rest should be smooth sailing ⛵! Grab a saucepan and add the water, vanilla bean seeds, sugar, and vanilla extract. Place the pot on medium heat (~5-6) and thoroughly whisk your syrup until all the ingredients are combined and the sugar has dissolved

4. Once your syrup begins to simmer, reduce your heat to low. Let the syrup cook ~2-4 minutes until it starts to thicken. After that, remove the pot from the heat to let the syrup cool. While you are letting the syrup cool, cut your left over vanilla bean pod into short little strips

💰Money Saving Tip💰- Remember the original glass jar the vanilla bean came in that I told you to hang on to? It just so happens that this recipe makes the perfect amount of syrup to fill up that little glass jar. I love this hack because, 1. You don’t have to buy a jar to store the syrup in, 2. You don’t waste any of the product that you purchased, and 3. The plastic covering has the perfect cut outs that allow a clean & even pour every time!

5. Now, let’s get this baby packaged up! This is one of my favorite parts about making this recipe. Add the cut up vanilla bean pod to your glass jar, as this helps give the syrup even more flavor. Then, pour the syrup into the jar and voilà 💖

6. When storing the syrup, make sure to keep it in the refrigerator because it does not contain any added chemicals or preservatives

7.  Today, I added my syrup to my Café au lait (just a fancy term for coffee + steamed milk) sprinkled with cinnamon and coco powder on top ☕😍. However, in the summer months you’ll find me making iced vanilla lattes almost on a daily basis 🙈

And there you go, that’s all there is to it! Now the next time you reach in the fridge for coffee creamer you’ll have a healthier and more natural option that not only tastes wonderful but won’t leave you feeling guilty 😽

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for sticking around and I really hope you guys enjoyed this affordable recipe/lifehack/kinda-DIY ! I really enjoy making this syrup because it is a quick and affordable way to feel like you have a coffee shop in your own home.

Lastly, I am thinking of starting a coffee series on this blog. I mean coffee is in my logo. It make’s up 90% of my Instagram feed. And it is by far my favorite beverage on planet earth 🌍. With that being said, comment below or send me any requests for other coffee recipes you guys want to see and I am more than happy to continue to feed my addiction 🤗

P.S. – Now that fall is basically here, I’ve got a super cozy pumpkin spice latte recipe that I plan on sharing soon. And just a heads up…it’s made with REAL pumpkin puree 🍂🍁👻





  1. Masha K September 18, 2017 / 11:49 pm

    This post is absolutely awesome! Thank you for the tip on where to buy whole vanilla beans. I have always wanted to try them in my recipes, however I never allowed myself to splurge on those $8-12 bottles from most grocery stores, and to think Whole Foods had the answer all along! Also, I wouldn’t trust anyone to do a coffee series justice like you! Maybe an affogato recipe?! Keep up the great work Anna :D

    • afternoonswithanna September 20, 2017 / 11:08 pm

      I know, who would’ve thought?!? Awww thanks, your’e too sweet <3 Mmmm YES that sounds like a perfect idea! :)

  2. Karen September 19, 2017 / 12:28 am

    This looks like an awesome recipe!! Definitely making it this weekend! 😄 Love the idea of a coffee theme ☕️

    • afternoonswithanna September 20, 2017 / 11:06 pm

      Awww can’t wait to hear how it turns out!! eeeeek yay!! And yay that makes me so happy to hear, can’t wait to share more!!

  3. Margie September 19, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    Definitely going to try this vanilla bean recipe. My family loves carmel in coffee (alliterative😏). Maybe you can help concoct that one for us Carmel-o-Philes

    • afternoonswithanna September 20, 2017 / 11:02 pm

      Aww yay, let me know how you like it!! And yes, caramel sounds WONDERFUL!! I will definitely work on creating one :)

  4. Parker Lee September 19, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    You should do a post on how to froth milk!! I can never figure it out myself!

    • afternoonswithanna September 20, 2017 / 11:14 pm

      Yes, I definitely plan on it!! The frothed milk is the best part :)

  5. Bradley Chanson September 20, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    Even though I don’t typically like sweets I’ll give it a shot! Thank you!

    • afternoonswithanna September 20, 2017 / 11:14 pm

      No problem!! I hope you enjoy it :) and let me know how it goes!

  6. Leah September 24, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    I love this because I always want vanilla flavor in my coffee but creamers are always too sweet. This way I can find a perfect sweetness : vanilla balance! You should try raw cane sugar when you make it! I feel like it is sweeter (and healthier!) than the processed/refined sugar!

    • afternoonswithanna September 28, 2017 / 12:24 am

      Awww I’m so happy you like it!! YESSS what a good idea, I can’t wait to try that out the next time I make the syrup :) Thanks for the great tip

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