How To Use Cacao Butter

How To Use Cacao Butter

What is Cacao Butter 

Cacao butter, also known as cocoa butter, is the pale-yellow fat extracted from cacao beans. It is luxuriously rich, creamy and fragrant. To get cacao butter, beans are harvested from cacao pods, fermented, then dried in the sun. The shells are removed, and the beans are crushed into nibs. The nibs are milled into a liquid called cacao liquor. This is then pressed so that the cacao butter is excreted, and a solid cacao cake remains. The cake is then ground into a powder for cacao powder, and the butter is retained.   

Benefits of Cacao Butter 

Cacao butter is a source of iron, which oxygenates the blood and reduces fatigue. It also contains Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. It is sugar-free and low in sodium. The high number of antioxidants increases its shelf life, making it a stable fat that can be stored for up to two to five years.  

How to Use Cacao Butter 

Cacao butter is plant-based, dairy-free and sugar-free, making it perfect for low-carb, keto, paleo and sugar-free cooking. It is versatile in baked goods due to its subtle, chocolatey flavour. Its melting point is just below body temperature at 35°C, which is wonderful in providing that silky, melt-in-your-mouth texture for decadent desserts. And also makes it a brilliant base for homemade natural skincare products.  

Homemade Chocolates 

Cacao butter provides a nice smooth texture, a creamy consistency as well as structure for homemade chocolates. It is especially good for making white chocolate, plant-based truffles, chocolate coating/shells, nut butter cups as well as chocolate drizzle. 

Baked Goods  

Melt in a small saucepan to use as part of the fat content in baked goods like cakes, muffins, brownies, shortbreads and pie crusts. Cacao butter can also be used as a thickener for mousses and other fillings and toppings.   

Nut Butter Spreads 

Melt cacao butter in a small saucepan before blending with nuts in homemade nut butter spreads for additional creaminess. 

Hot Drinks 

Melt a tablespoon of cacao butter into your favourite milk and add to creamy hot drinks like lattes and cappuccinos. 

Smoothies 

Add a tablespoon of grated, or melted, cacao butter to smoothies to thicken them and make them more luxurious. 

Natural Skincare  

Cacao butter can also be used as a base for homemade natural skincare like body butter. It soothes the skin and makes a brilliant moisturiser.

About Indigo Products

At Indigo Herbs there are several different forms of Cacao Butter available.

Organic Cacao Butter

Organic Cacao Butter Buttons

Raw Organic Cacao Butter

Raw Organic Cacao Butter Wafers

To discover all Indigo Herbs Cacao products, including butter, nibs, powder and paste, click here.