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Regular Vegan Butter - Cocoa Butter Base

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Regular Vegan Butter - Cocoa Butter Base

When I originally developed my first Vegan Butter recipe I had no idea it would be helpful to so many bakers. I just wanted something that was truly homemade where I had full control of the production process so I could introduce variations to tailor the vegan butter to the application I was working on. Other advantages were that it didn't need to rely on palm oil, which much of the commercial vegan butter industry utilizes, which is linked to rainforest destruction, as well as placing Sumatra orangutans in perilous danger. 

The original Vegan Butter recipe uses refined coconut oil for a base, but what happens if there begins to be environmental issues with that type of oil? What if it's difficult to find coconut oil in your area? What if you recently had a dumptruck empty 3500 pounds of deodorized cocoa butter in your driveway and you're wondering what to do with it? I don't know which one of these issues led to this, but soon after posting the first Vegan Butter recipe, people started inquiring how to make it using cocoa butter instead of coconut oil. 

So, by popular demand, here is the recipe for Regular Vegan Butter - Cocoa Butter Base. Due to the difficulty of melting cocoa butter, the process of making this variation of Vegan Butter is different which is why I decided to post it on its own recipe page. Just like coconut oil, cocoa butter comes in both regular and deodorized, also known as refined versions, where they run it through an activated charcoal filter to remove its chocolatey flavors. This results in a wonderfully versatile solid fat that's extremely useful for a variety of uses. Looking to take advantage of the chocolate flavor of regular, unrefined cocoa butter? Then check out White Chocolate Vegan Butter.

Vegan Butter Mold

When making these vegan butters it's highly recommended that you use a silicone mold like the Tovolo King Cube Extra Large Silicone Ice Cube Tray. This will allow you to make gorgeous butter cubes that can easily be slid out of the molds.

Learn more about the food science behind Vegan Butter.

Regular Vegan Butter Recipe - Cocoa Butter Base

¼ cup + 2 teaspoons soy milk
½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon coconut vinegar (if you can’t find coconut vinegar, substitute with ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar so the total is 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar)
¼ + ⅛ teaspoon salt
 
¼ cup + 3 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon refined (deodorized) cocoa butter, melted
 
¼ teaspoon xanthan gum or ½ + ⅛ teaspoon psyllium husk powder

1) Curdle your soy milk

Place the soy milk, apple cider vinegar, coconut vinegar and salt in a small cup and whisk together with a fork. Let it sit for about 10 minutes so the mixture curdles.

2) Mix your Vegan Butter ingredients

Melt the cocoa butter in a small saucepan over low heat so it's barely melted and as close to room temperature as possible. You can also use a microwave but the melting is considerably faster using the saucepan melting method. Measure it and add it and the canola oil to a food processor. Making smooth vegan butter is dependent on the mixture solidifying as quickly as possible after it's mixed. This is why it's important to make sure your cocoa butter is as close to room temperature as possible before you mix it with the rest of the ingredients.

3) Transfer the Vegan Butter to a mold so it solidifies

Add the soy milk mixture, soy lecithin and xanthan gum to the food processor. Process for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides halfway through the duration. Pour the mixture into a mold and place it in the freezer to solidify. An ice cube mold works well. The vegan butter should be ready to use in about an hour. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month or wrapped in plastic wrap in the freezer for up to 1 year. This recipe makes 1 cup (215 grams), or the equivalent of 2 sticks Regular Vegan Butter - Cocoa Butter Base.

For more vegan butter recipes check out the Vegan Butter section.

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To those having issues with the lecithin: I could only find soy lecithin granules locally. After reading about problems dissolving, I crushed the granules with a mortar and pestle and whisked them and the xanthan into the already curdled soy milk mixture. The result was a very smooth butter!
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Reviewed by Kylie September 26, 2014

Better way to dissolve lecithin!

To those having issues with the lecithin: I could only find soy lecithin granules locally. After reading about problems dissolving, I crushed the granules with a mortar and pestle and whisked them and the xanthan into the already curdled soy milk mixture. The result was a very smooth butter!

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I'm thankful for this site and for this recipe. I'll have to check out the others.
I tried making a vegan butter using the other recipe posted via UTube. It works and tastes ok for savory dishes, but definitely not for baking, especially recipes that rely heavily on butter for flavor, such as lemon curd.
It took me a couple of months to get the ingredients and to finally get my acts together in making this simple butter's recipe and I'm glad I did it. I didn't have problem with dissolving xantham gum. I did follow one reviewer and mixed it in with the curdle soy milk and whisk it well before adding it to the the rest of the ingredients. I used a powerful blender so I think it also helped. I didn't have light olive oil so I used Extra virgin olive oil and I think next time, I'll definitely use light olive oil instead because I prefer not to be able to taste the olive oil in the butter. I don't recommend using canola oil as it isn't a healthy oil, but I think with such a small amount, it might be ok to use making this butter once in a while. I used unrefined coconut oil as this was what I had and I think it was ok. The only thing I would change to this recipe is reducing the amount of salt added.

All in all, this is a really nice recipe! Thanks so much for taking the time to post a nice recipe!!
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PVBAdelina Reviewed by PVBAdelina August 19, 2014
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Vegan Butter

I'm thankful for this site and for this recipe. I'll have to check out the others.
I tried making a vegan butter using the other recipe posted via UTube. It works and tastes ok for savory dishes, but definitely not for baking, especially recipes that rely heavily on butter for flavor, such as lemon curd.
It took me a couple of months to get the ingredients and to finally get my acts together in making this simple butter's recipe and I'm glad I did it. I didn't have problem with dissolving xantham gum. I did follow one reviewer and mixed it in with the curdle soy milk and whisk it well before adding it to the the rest of the ingredients. I used a powerful blender so I think it also helped. I didn't have light olive oil so I used Extra virgin olive oil and I think next time, I'll definitely use light olive oil instead because I prefer not to be able to taste the olive oil in the butter. I don't recommend using canola oil as it isn't a healthy oil, but I think with such a small amount, it might be ok to use making this butter once in a while. I used unrefined coconut oil as this was what I had and I think it was ok. The only thing I would change to this recipe is reducing the amount of salt added.

All in all, this is a really nice recipe! Thanks so much for taking the time to post a nice recipe!!

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I love this butter, and the banana as well. And I mean LOVE. I make them all the time.

I was wondering if, with the very precise measurements, if you have not thought of weighing the ingredients. I've taken to weighing everything when I bake in grams and get much more consistent results.

Thanks for the recipes!!!

Mark
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Alisterio Reviewed by Alisterio August 01, 2014
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Fantastic! Weighed ingredients?

I love this butter, and the banana as well. And I mean LOVE. I make them all the time.

I was wondering if, with the very precise measurements, if you have not thought of weighing the ingredients. I've taken to weighing everything when I bake in grams and get much more consistent results.

Thanks for the recipes!!!

Mark

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I created this butter, and it went perfectly well. The recipe makes for a great toasting butter, as well as for a pretty good butter for my Indian butter seitan recipe. However, when used to make my Santa Claus cookies (chocolate chip cookies), the results were not so great.

Oh, the cookies tasted great, and looked great, too. Only, after less than 20 minutes on the cooling rack, they were as hard as rock!

We are a resourceful bunch, so we converted them in biscotti, but I thought you'd like to know.
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Reviewed by Isabelle January 15, 2014

Great, but not suitable for all cooking...

I created this butter, and it went perfectly well. The recipe makes for a great toasting butter, as well as for a pretty good butter for my Indian butter seitan recipe. However, when used to make my Santa Claus cookies (chocolate chip cookies), the results were not so great.

Oh, the cookies tasted great, and looked great, too. Only, after less than 20 minutes on the cooling rack, they were as hard as rock!

We are a resourceful bunch, so we converted them in biscotti, but I thought you'd like to know.

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Sorry things didn't work out Isabelle! This Vegan Butter mimics the approximately 80% fat and 20% water of traditional diary butter. This ratio is pretty close to Earth Balance Buttery Sticks too. I wonder what type of fat the Vegan Butter was substituting? If the original fat in your recipe was different, than it could lead to unpredictable results. If you're substituting for traditional dairy butter or Earth Balance Buttery Sticks, things should have been consistent in your cookies.

Feel free to private message me if you'd like to discuss. Glad it was able to be turned into biscotti though! Thanks for your feedback!

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Hi - I can't fine refined (deodorized) cocoa butter or even the oil anywhere in my part of England - is there something else I can use, please?

Thanks!
jonesian Reviewed by jonesian December 28, 2013
Last updated: December 28, 2013
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Can't find refined (deodorized) cocoa butter or oi

Hi - I can't fine refined (deodorized) cocoa butter or even the oil anywhere in my part of England - is there something else I can use, please?

Thanks!

Owner's reply

Hi jonesian! I buy all my deodorized cocoa butter online but if you do that just be sure to buy food grade cocoa butter. In this recipe I link to Regular Vegan Butter - Coconut oil base. This would be your best bet to start out with. Good luck!

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Dear Mattie,

I'm from Indonesia. I'm new to vegan baking and altough many products here I can easily used to convert regular baking to vegan baking,I want to give a shot on making my own vegan butter. My regular cooking oil is a refined coconut oil n its cheap too,given that coconut practically grows on my backyard.
Still some of your ingredients are hard to find.Soy lechitin for one is difficult to find, no matter the form. I finaly found a local place to buy a good soy lechitin in liquid forms. My biggest problem is finding xanthan gum because I can't find it anywhere from drugstore to baking store and I even try chemical store (yes,that's how desperate I am). This morning I found 1 seller, online, but i have to buy it in a bulk n its pricey. They ask for US$ (yes,its in dollar) 26 per kilo and honestly I don't think I need that much. Could you suggest me what subtitutes I can use to replace xantham gum? How about guar gum or arabic gum, does it safe for eating?

Thanks for your help and I hope to start vegan baking using my own vegan butter instead of a lump of yellow margarine.
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Reviewed by utee November 12, 2013

xanthan gum replacer?

Dear Mattie,

I'm from Indonesia. I'm new to vegan baking and altough many products here I can easily used to convert regular baking to vegan baking,I want to give a shot on making my own vegan butter. My regular cooking oil is a refined coconut oil n its cheap too,given that coconut practically grows on my backyard.
Still some of your ingredients are hard to find.Soy lechitin for one is difficult to find, no matter the form. I finaly found a local place to buy a good soy lechitin in liquid forms. My biggest problem is finding xanthan gum because I can't find it anywhere from drugstore to baking store and I even try chemical store (yes,that's how desperate I am). This morning I found 1 seller, online, but i have to buy it in a bulk n its pricey. They ask for US$ (yes,its in dollar) 26 per kilo and honestly I don't think I need that much. Could you suggest me what subtitutes I can use to replace xantham gum? How about guar gum or arabic gum, does it safe for eating?

Thanks for your help and I hope to start vegan baking using my own vegan butter instead of a lump of yellow margarine.

Owner's reply

Hi Utee! Wow, that's a lot of xanthan gum! I use it a lot in my experiments and I think I've gone through less than half a pound in the last 10 years. The most important specialty ingredient in Vegan Butter is the soy lecithin because it allows the fat to mix with the water to enable a creamy consistency. The xanthan gum can be substituted for guar gum. I prefer xanthan gum because it improves the vegan butter's ability to trap air bubbles during mixing and adds a bit of emulsification (like the lecithin already does) but it's an extremely small difference compared to other gums like guar gum. Good luck!

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This looks great! I was just wondering if I could use almond milk instead of soy milk for any of the vegan butter recipes.

Thanks!
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Reviewed by Mariana November 08, 2013

Almond milk instead of soy milk?

This looks great! I was just wondering if I could use almond milk instead of soy milk for any of the vegan butter recipes.

Thanks!

Owner's reply

Hi Mariana, my article on Regular Vegan Butter - Coconut Oil Base explains the food science of why soy milk is preferred over almond milk.
http://www.veganbaking.net/recipes/fats/vegan-butters/vegan-butter
In a nutshell, the apple cider vinegar provides acidity which alters the protein in the soy milk, leading to buttery flavors. Almond milk doesn't have enough protein to have the same level of butter flavor production but it'll still do the job to some extent if you're anti-soy. Good luck!

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Hi, I got really excited by this recipe, but having tried two batches, I have brown lecithin specks in my butter. I can only find the liquid form in softgel capsules, so I emptied some out until I had a teaspoons worth. Some of the lecithin was smooth liquid, but some was gloopy. On the second batch, I tried heating lightly with the cocoa butter to try to dissolve it, and it came out a bit better but not perfect. Any suggestions? Can't wait to perfect this recipe as I've got loads of ideas for the butter and want to get baking with it!

Thanks
Reviewed by Amy October 12, 2013

Lecithin issues...

Hi, I got really excited by this recipe, but having tried two batches, I have brown lecithin specks in my butter. I can only find the liquid form in softgel capsules, so I emptied some out until I had a teaspoons worth. Some of the lecithin was smooth liquid, but some was gloopy. On the second batch, I tried heating lightly with the cocoa butter to try to dissolve it, and it came out a bit better but not perfect. Any suggestions? Can't wait to perfect this recipe as I've got loads of ideas for the butter and want to get baking with it!

Thanks

Owner's reply

Hi Amy! I've been meaning to dive into the issue of lecithin granules not dissolving in these vegan butter recipes. I think the solution may be heating the mixture to a certain temperature while whisking until the granules disappear, but I want to test it and make sure it's a good, sound method before updating all of the vegan butter recipes- it looks like you did that and it still didn't allow the lecithin granules to dissolve.

In my earlier testing of lecithin granules in these recipes, I didn't have issues probably because of the specific ones I happened to have on hand (from Kalustyan's in NYC). Sorry it didn't work out- I should have a solution hopefully soonish!

In the meantime, I recommend ordering liquid lecithin online. It's super cheap, lasts forever and works beautifully.

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I like you recipes but I am surprised that you do not use grams for measurements - it is so much more accurate for baking.

Many thanks for your experimenting.
res1 Reviewed by res1 September 30, 2013
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please use weights in addition to measures for rec

I like you recipes but I am surprised that you do not use grams for measurements - it is so much more accurate for baking.

Many thanks for your experimenting.

Owner's reply

That's a great point res1! I actually do most of my recipe development in metric nowadays. Someday I'll have all the recipes on Veganbaking.net to have the option of metric measurements but it's going to take an incredible amount of work to get everything accurately converted. I'll probably start with the Vegan Butter recipes because that's where people tend to bring this up the most. Metric is increasingly important the more you scale up a recipe (and arguably not as important for small batches made in the home) so this will be a great benefit for people who want to make larger quantities for things like bake sales. Thanks for the feedback!

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Hey Mattie,

I wonder if your suggestion to swap out 2 Tablespoons of the cocoa butter with 2 Tablespoons canola oil will work with coconut oil based butter too. Would you use the same ratio?

Also, I discovered that soy lecithin granules provided a more buttery flavor than the liquid alternative. Problem is, granules won't dissolve properly unless you boil the mixture (not recommended since heat reduces it's emulsifying powers). So i'd like to try lecithin powder instead. How much would you use?
Reviewed by Anat September 16, 2013

Spreadable butter

Hey Mattie,

I wonder if your suggestion to swap out 2 Tablespoons of the cocoa butter with 2 Tablespoons canola oil will work with coconut oil based butter too. Would you use the same ratio?

Also, I discovered that soy lecithin granules provided a more buttery flavor than the liquid alternative. Problem is, granules won't dissolve properly unless you boil the mixture (not recommended since heat reduces it's emulsifying powers). So i'd like to try lecithin powder instead. How much would you use?

Owner's reply

Hi Anat! Swapping out 2 Tablespoons of cocoa butter with 2 Tablespoons canola oil will work for any of my Vegan Butter recipes- you're just displacing solid fats with liquid ones so the Vegan Butter gets softer. The lecithin powder should theoretically dissolve more completely if you can find it. You should be able to get by with slightly less powder, say 2 teaspoons.

You might also want to try heating the mixture up just slightly so the lecithin granules can dissolve more easily. I may update the recipe at some point to reflect this. Good luck!

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Hey Mattie,

The idea of replacing the coconut oil with cocoa butter is very intriguing!
Could you sense any difference in flavor or mouth feel?

Also, how would you turn vegan butter (either this one, or the original recipe), into a buttery spread? (Earth Balance isn't available in my country, plus your version must be a lot healthier)

A spreadable version of your vegan butter would sure be a real treat!

Reviewed by Anat August 31, 2013

Hey Mattie,

The idea of replacing the coconut oil with cocoa butter is very intriguing!
Could you sense any difference in flavor or mouth feel?

Also, how would you turn vegan butter (either this one, or the original recipe), into a buttery spread? (Earth Balance isn't available in my country, plus your version must be a lot healthier)

A spreadable version of your vegan butter would sure be a real treat!

Owner's reply

Hi Anat! I couldn't detect any difference in flavor or mouthfeel with deodorized cocoa butter. To make a spreadable version, swap out about 2 Tablespoons of the cocoa butter with 2 Tablespoons canola oil. If you want it even softer you can continue to swap out more cocoa butter for canola oil too. Good luck!

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Would I be able to substitute with Rice or Coconut milk?

Also any subs for soy and sunflower lecithin? My son is allergic to soy and sunflower seeds.

This is so cool how you were able to create your own butter, it looks like the real deal too.

mrsliang Reviewed by mrsliang August 13, 2013
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Any subs for lecithin and milks?

Would I be able to substitute with Rice or Coconut milk?

Also any subs for soy and sunflower lecithin? My son is allergic to soy and sunflower seeds.

This is so cool how you were able to create your own butter, it looks like the real deal too.

Owner's reply

Hi mrsliang! You can substitute rice or coconut milk but the Vegan Butter won't have the same flavor because there won't be enough protein. To find out why, check out my article on how to make Vegan Butter: http://www.veganbaking.net/fats/vegan-butters/735-vegan-butter

To substitute the lecithin, some people have had success with using agar powder, say 1/4 teaspoon or so dissolved into the Vegan Butter just before solidifying. I can't guarantee the agar substitute will work but let me know if you end up giving it a shot. Good luck!

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Just one more question... Have you tried substituting a nut milk for the soy?
Reviewed by Jody Foote August 08, 2013

Just one more question... Have you tried substituting a nut milk for the soy?

Owner's reply

Hi Jody! You could probably "get by" with nut milk but here's the deal: Vegan Butter utilizes the buttery flavors (likely diacetyl) that are created from denaturing (coagulating) protein with acid. In this case, soy milk provides the protein and apple cider vinegar usually provides the acid, depending on the recipe. Since nut milks have barely any protein, they won't coagulate as much, and will produce less buttery flavor. It certainly can be done with pretty much any non-dairy milk, but your Vegan Butters will be tastier if you use soy milk. Good luck!

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