Caramelize sugar in a frying pan over medium-low heat. Split vanilla beans and scrape seeds. Stir sugar and add water to pan, and stirring to dissolve.
Add vanilla bean seeds and split and scraped vanilla beans. Mix, bring to a boil, and let cook for approx. 10 min. Remove vanilla beans, scrape the edges of the pan, and transfer to a jar. Close jar securely and allow to cool for approx. 2 hrs. Stir before using and enjoy in smoothies, fruit salad, and baked goods!
Homemade vanilla extract can be used to sweeten a variety of smoothies, juices, or fruit salads. It refines pastry and desserts and adds a delicious note to hot beverages.