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 dump truck 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.
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 Base¼ cup + 2 teaspoons soy milk
¼ + ⅛ teaspoon salt
1) Curdle your soy milk
2) Mix your Vegan Butter ingredients
3) Transfer the Vegan Butter to a mold so it solidifies
For more vegan butter recipes check out the Vegan Butter section.
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Thankful for Happy Chappy's note here. I think I've only just realized that everytime I've made something like this it's never been properly emulsified. I just noticed my batch "broke" after the initial mix. I realized my cocoa butter was still a little chunky so I put it back in the Vitamix and on pouring it out...broke! I wonder if treating it more like an aioli would be helpful? Blending the solid fats and slowly adding the liquid fat then the curdled soy & emulsifier? Might give it a try! Thanks for all this help!
**immediately after writing this comment I went to my partially chilled broken butter, put a stick blender in it and emulsification came right back, so there is hope beyond the point of adding the soymilk & emulsifier!
If your butter is not emulsifying, read this.
Liquid soy lecithin is the one you want to get. All others fail in comparison. On a side note, you only have 1 opportunity to add the emulsifier to the butter and that is when you add the milk mixture in. Otherwise you're gonna trash your batch and will have to start over.
Also Coconut cream works better to curdle than soymilk. When you add the salt to the milk/vinegar mixture do it AFTER the milk curdles. For some reason the milk won't curdle when the salt it is added at the same time as the vinegar.
Higher fat content to sub for clarified butter?
Would increasing cocoa butter and decreasing canola oil yield a higher fat content vegan butter similar to french butter or clarified butter?
Which butter of yours is the closest to true butter in its hydration/plasticity and melting freezing temperatures ? I'd assume the cocoa butter over the coconut but I may be wrong. I'm trying to get something as close to true butter for croissants and laminated dough and my coconut butters have been a failure, they get too firm when chilled and will crack. Also which browns the best ??? Questionsss
I wanted to make some cookies for my niece who is vegan. I had to search awhile to find the soy lecithin and xanthum gum, eventually found both on the internet (of course...) after searching my local health food stores and Whole Foods Market. Once I had all the ingredients, the preparation of the vegan butter was easy and the texture was perfect. The cookies came out great. (I had tried using the Earth Balance shortening first and the cookies did not come out well.)
I had made some extra and so I tried it on steamed broccoli - it was really good! It melted just like butter with a good, rich taste.
One comment about the apple cider vinegar. I found the "bite" from the apple cider vinegar to be a bit strong on the first batch of butter I made. Since then I have cut the apple cider vinegar in half or eliminated it completely and substituted the coconut vinegar instead to make up the volume.
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!
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!!
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!!!
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.
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?
xanthan gum replacer?
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.
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.
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!
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?
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!
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.
Just one more question... Have you tried substituting a nut milk for the soy?