What Can I Use in Cooking in Place of Vanilla Extract?

A substitute for vanilla extract is vanilla bean. If a recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, use 1/2 of a vanilla bean.

One teaspoon of orange extract can be used per 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in a recipe. Almond extract is also a common and suitable substitute.

Maple syrup can also be used to replace vanilla extract, and it provides a sweet flavorful taste to baked goods.

Vanilla extract contains between 2 and 3 percent alcohol. It is one of the most common ingredients used in baking. This product can be purchased at most supermarkets in the United States.