For some reason it has taken me this many months to purchase cacao butter. I have put it off, or forgotten, or convinced myself I didn’t need it for a long time now, and finally a couple of weeks ago, needing one more item to make it free shipping for Vitacost, I added it to my cart. Oh what I’ve been missing out on.
Cacao butter is made using roasted and fermented cacao beans, which are then hulls, leaving a residue behind which is pressed to extract cacao butter. It is incredibly high in antioxidants, and as a healthy fat source it is good for your skin, hair and nails. This unique combination of fat and antioxidants also makes it good for reducing inflammation within the body. And while it’s true that it is high in calories and should be eaten in moderation (read: difficult), it’s a great source of healthy fats to add to your diet if you are lacking.
The best part about it though is using it in making food creations. It melts down to a liquid like coconut oil when heated and is solid like chocolate when at room temperature or refrigerated, making it ideal to combine with your choice of ingredients and then let it solidify again. The possibilities and creations in my mind are endless and I can’t wait to execute all sorts of great treats.
Today though, we’re just focusing on white chocolate. Vegan white chocolate. When I was younger, I used to love white chocolate. Ever since becoming vegan (and learning that it’s mostly just a really high sugar treat), I’ve stayed away from classic store-bought white chocolate. But given the chance to make my own, I’m totally all over it. This version I’ve created gets its green colour from the matcha, giving it an extra antioxidant boost, and gets a bit of sweetness from the stevia. It also contains Baobab powder, a superfood powder which is very rich in magnesium, an all-star for adrenal health and helping you sleep. Feel free to substitute or omit any of the superfood selections, or play around with adding your own. It’s fun to add toppings to it as well, such as goji berries and cacao nibs, but be aware that it hardens quite quickly once you place it in the fridge! Enjoy!