White Chocolate Recipe: A Paleo and Vegan Candy

White chocolate recipe - Dr. Axe

Total Time

2 hours and 30 minutes

Serves

30–40

Meal Type

,

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound raw cacao butter
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 2 tablespoons powdered coconut milk
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 vanilla bean, cut and scraped

Directions:

  1. Soak cashews for at least 1 hour.
  2. Drain cashews and blend them in a food processor until smooth.
  3. In a double boiler, melt cacao butter, cashews, coconut milk, syrup and vanilla beans.
  4. Stir until well-combined and then pour into a mold of desired shape.
  5. Allow to cool and then chill in freezer until solidified, about 1 hour.

If you’re anything like me, you may have always avoided white chocolate. When I’m at the store choosing chocolate, I always opt for a dark chocolate. I tend to steer clear of milk chocolate and especially white chocolate. But with this white chocolate recipe, I’ve had to rethink my stance on white chocolate!


Is White Chocolate Really Chocolate?

One of the biggest questions people have about white chocolate is, well, what it is. Is white chocolate really chocolate? It’s actually not. See, white chocolate doesn’t contain any cocoa solids, which is what makes up chocolate.

So how do you get white chocolate? To make chocolate, you start with the cocoa bean, which has been removed from its pod, and extract the chocolate nib. The nibs are ground into a paste, called chocolate liquor, but don’t worry — there’s no alcohol involved! At this point, the chocolate liquor can be separated into cocoa solids and cocoa fat, also known as cocoa butter. (1)

Cocoa solids are what give chocolate that delicious flavor, but white chocolate doesn’t contain any. Instead, white chocolate’s major ingredient is flavorless cocoa butter. Additionally, white chocolate only needs to have at least 20 percent of cocoa butter to qualify as white chocolate, according to the FDA. (2)

The rest of white chocolate can be made up of milk, whey, flavorings, emulsifying agents and more. While chocolate has been eaten for centuries, white chocolate is fairly new on the scene. It was invented by the Nestlé company in Switzerland in 1930, but it’s proven to be a hit.

White chocolate recipe - Dr. Axe

You might ask yourself: How do you color white chocolate? White chocolate’s color is lighter because of the cocoa butter that’s used to make it. Without the cocoa solids that are used in “real” chocolate, white chocolate lacks the dark coloring milk and dark chocolate have.

Real white chocolate isn’t actually white, though; it’s usually a yellowish color. If your white chocolate is super white, it’s likely less of a chocolate and more of a candy.


Is White Chocolate Bad for You?

We know that dark chocolate has some health benefits, but does white chocolate have the same, or is white chocolate bad for you?

White chocolate purchased from the store isn’t your healthiest option. The bulk of white chocolate is sugar and milk, with other additives. But my homemade white chocolate recipe is a bit different. For starters, it’s vegan — we’ll use powered coconut milk instead of cow’s milk to keep it dairy-free.

White chocolate recipe - Dr. Axe

While we’ll still use cacao butter, soaked cashews will give this white chocolate recipe a deliciously creamy texture without imparting too much of a nutty flavor. We’ll sweeten things up with maple syrup, one of my favorite natural sweeteners, and add extra flavor by using a fresh vanilla bean.

White chocolate is lovely on its own, but it also goes nicely with lemon-flavored treats or on top of soufflés, like this dark chocolate soufflé recipe. This recipe will make about 30–40 pieces of white chocolate. You can keep those for the family to enjoy, of course, but this white chocolate recipe also makes a lovely, simple gift. Tie a few pieces of chocolate together with a nice ribbon and gift to teachers or friends in the neighborhood.


White Chocolate Recipe Nutrition Facts

What’s in a piece of this homemade white chocolate?

White chocolate recipe ingredients - Dr. Axe
  • 120 calories
  • 0.57 grams protein
  • 11.79 grams fat
  • 3.81 grams carbohydrates
  • 324 IUs vitamin A (14 percent DV)
  • 0.179 milligrams manganese (10 percent DV)
  • 84 milligrams sodium (6 percent DV)
  • 0.063 milligrams vitamin B2 (6 percent DV)
  • 0.056 milligrams copper (6 percent DV)
  • 0.22 milligrams zinc (3 percent DV)
  • 18 milligrams phosphorous (3 percent DV)
  • 9 milligrams magnesium (3 percent DV)
  • 0.32 milligrams vitamin E (2 percent DV)

How to Make White Chocolate

Ready to get your hands dirty and make some white chocolate?

White chocolate recipe step 1 - Dr. Axe

Start by soaking the cashews for at least an hour to soften them up.

White chocolate recipe step 2 - Dr. Axe

Next, drain the cashews and then blend them in the food processor until they’re smooth.

White chocolate recipe step 3 - Dr. Axe

Then, in a double boiler, melt the cacao butter, cashews, coconut milk, syrup and vanilla beans together.

White chocolate recipe step 4 - Dr. Axe

Watch over this so it doesn’t burn! Stir the melted mixture until it’s well combined.

White chocolate recipe step 5 - Dr. Axe

Then pour the white chocolate into a mold of your desired shape. I used plain ones here, but you can get creative with seasonal molds or fun shapes like hearts and stars.

White chocolate recipe step 6 - Dr. Axe

Allow the white chocolate to cool in the mold and then stick it in the freezer for about an hour to harden.

White chocolate recipe - Dr. Axe

Once the white chocolate has solidified, it’s ready to eat!

White chocolate recipe - Dr. Axe

Enjoy this white chocolate recipe with family and friends.

White chocolate recipe - Dr. Axe
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  1. Tali on

    You can use arrowroot to powder your truffle balls. I stUck dried blueberries for eyes and goji berry for a nose or mouth. I will display with unsalted macadamia nuts for extra snowballs effect plus maybe popcorn. I enjoyed someone’s idea to dip a fresh strawberry in white chocolate to make a red and white hat but maybe I will use a dark chocolate truffle for a hat on my snowman. I wish I could find a round fruit that would be compatible with the snowman’s body. That way I would dip a fruit in white chocolate instead of making the whole body entirely of white chocolate. A whole orange seems complicated. Maybe I will try half a banana

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  2. Tali on

    I do not have any complicated machinery like food processor: so I learned the hard way that cacao butter will never mix with maple syrup on its own.
    You must mix cashew butter first with your honey and vanilla before mixing in the melted cacao butter. It works!

    Other interesting flavors include:
    Green “matcha” tea, or a little rose water, or a few drops of mandarine essential oil, or, of course, cocoa powder.

    I started with a small measure recipe to do my experiments: 1/4 cup cashew butter, 4 teaspoons honey, 1 tsp vanilla extract all mixed together. Then I mixed in 1/3 cup of melted caCao butter. Success!

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