Hi, my name is Loriel and I have a massive sweet tooth.
I love all things cake-like; vanilla-maple cupcakes, chocolate bliss bars, chewy chocolate chip einkorn brownies, and coconut birthday cake. When I’m not in the mood for cake, I enjoy a light creamy chocolate mousse that can be whipped up in less than 8 minutes or some real food russian tea cakes.
It could be considered a problem (especially for around the waist and hips), but I embrace it.
I embrace it because I use wholesome, unrefined ingredients in all my sweet concoctions. That counts for something, right? 🙂
If I had to pick three of my favorite ingredients to use as far as flavoring in my sweets, it’d have to be: real maple syrup, vanilla, and coconut sugar.
Real maple syrup has natural minerals, coconut sugar is low glycemic, not overly sweet, and has naturally occurring minerals, and vanilla, well, everything tastes better when you put vanilla in it. When you add all of those flavors together, it’s like a dance party in your mouth.
With the holiday season coming up on us quick (aka reason number 234089725 to bake more sweets), I thought I would share a new concoction I created that was inspired by a vanilla powdered sugar I saw in an old cookie recipe book I have. I was flipping through it to see if there were any cookie recipes that screamed out at me that I could totally real foodify and then it dawned on me. Why not make vanilla coconut sugar!?
I would be combining two of my favorite ingredients together to create a deliciously, vanilla-ey flavored coconut sugar that would go fantastic in baked goods (stay tuned next week for apricot bars using the vanilla coconut sugar). Not only that, it would be such a cute and inexpensive holiday gift!
So here I am, super excited to share this really, really easy for vanilla coconut sugar that can also be made into a homemade gift for your loved ones (especially the foodies in your life).
All you need is time, vanilla beans, coconut sugar, and a container of some sort. You can put your vanilla coconut sugar into mason jars, or you can put them in cute little flip top bottles if you’re giving them as gifts. The flip top bottles make such a cute impression, don’t they? Add some twine, chalkboard paint, and you’ve got yourself a thoughtful, cute, yummy gift.
P.s. the gift could also be for yourself. Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone. 🙂
- Mason jar or small flip top bottle like this
- Cut a slit in your vanilla bean lengthwise
- Place vanilla bean into container you'll be using
- Fill container with coconut sugar and close top
- Let sit for at least 2 days; flavor becomes more bold with age