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Tahitian Vanilla Sauce Recipe – Great For Topping Cakes, Pancakes, Banana Bread and More

When I went to Hawaii, my husband and I ordered pancakes at our hotel and it was topped with a rich, flavorful sauce that’s been impossible to forget. My breakfast stack was topped with a vanilla cream that made me never want to use syrup again. How can I turn back after having a bite of paradise?

pancakes with tahitian vanilla sauce

For YEARS, I’ve wanted to write up a variation of it for you to try out. I FINALLY got my life together to post this vanilla sauce recipe online. I hope you try it. The original dish (pictured above) we had was from Aulani – an absolutely incredible resort and one I suggest you look into. Here’s my review.

Tahitian Vanilla Sauce Recipe

Tahitian Vanilla Sauce Recipe

Of course, in Hawaii, they love to use macadamia nuts but if you want to make this a nut-free option, please omit the last ingredient on the list.

Use this sauce for treats like cakes, cookies, pancakes, waffles, or anything else you desire. The perfect topping to satisfy your sweet tooth. We love to add it on top of this pancake recipe if you don’t know where to begin.

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean (inside only, see note)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
vanilla sauce

How To Make Tahitian Vanilla Sauce: 

Step 1 – Add heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla bean scrapings, and butter to a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, whisking constantly until it boils, about 8 minutes.

Step 2 – When mixture boils, add cornstarch and reduce heat to low. Simmer 10 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally.

Step 3 – Remove from heat and stir in nuts. Let cool until warm (about 20 minutes) before drizzling over pancakes. 

This recipe makes 2 cups.

knife vanilla bean

Tips And Substitutions

  • To scrape the inside of a vanilla bean, cut both ends off of the vanilla bean. Use a knife to carefully slice the bean lengthwise. Open up the bean and use a knife to scrape out the insides. 
  • Store leftover vanilla sauce in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 
  • Use this sauce to add additional flavor to pancakes, waffles, banana bread, cupcakes, cakes, and more.
  • Want to make this dish nut free? Omit the macadamia nuts.
  • Add a sprinkle of coconut to incorporate additional island flavors.
  • You could also add shaved chocolate to complete the dish.
dessert for breakfast
Tahitian Vanilla Sauce Recipe

Tahitian Vanilla Sauce Recipe

Yield: 8
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

When I went to Hawaii, my husband and I ordered pancakes at our hotel and it was topped with a rich, flavorful sauce that's been impossible to forget. My breakfast stack was topped with a vanilla cream that made me never want to use syrup again.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean (inside only, see note)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts

Instructions

Step 1 - Add heavy whipping cream, sugar, vanilla bean scrapings, and butter to a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, whisking constantly until it boils, about 8 minutes.

Step 2 - When mixture boils, add cornstarch and reduce heat to low. Simmer 10 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally.

Step 3 - Remove from heat and stir in nuts. Let cool until warm (about 20 minutes) before drizzling over dessert. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g

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