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Is Vanilla Extract Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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Want to grab your apron and do some vegan baking this weekend, but you’re not sure if vanilla extract is vegan-friendly? Keep reading to find out. 

What is vanilla extract?

Vanilla extract is made from vanilla pods that have been soaked in water and ethanol. This one is known as the more natural of the vanilla flavourings (if you’re not using the pods themselves). 


Is vanilla extract vegan?

Yes, vanilla extract is suitable for vegans. 

Is vanilla extract better than vanilla essence? 

According to our Senior Development Chef (who is a trained pastry chef), vanilla extract is superior to vanilla essence. She says: 

‘Always treat yourself to vanilla extract, it’s the real stuff!’

Vegan baking ideas with vanilla extract

Vegan buttercream recipe

vegan buttercream

Vegan sponge recipe 


Giant vegan cookie recipe

giant cookie

Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below. 


Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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