I was originally thinking of gifting agave syrup infused with vanilla, but I knew my particular gift recipent would greatly prefer plain ole sugar so I went the basic route. You could also use evaporated cane juice instead of sugar, make homemade vanilla extract, or even just give this cute jar filled with a few vanilla beans and let your recipient figure out how best to use ’em. Lots of options, but a super cute gift nonetheless!
Makes 1 cup
1 vanilla bean
1 cup (vegan) sugar
Cut the vanilla bean in half and then slit it open. Scrape out the seeds and mix them in with the sugar. Use the dull side of your knife to bruise the spine of the bean a bit and then toss in with the sugar. Shake it a few seconds and it’s ready to go! If you are using a fresh bean, it can be a little moist and will cause the sugar to clump. Just make sure to give the jar a good shake or stir every couple of days.