Vegan White Chocolate

Vegan White Chocolate

Learn to make homemade vegan white chocolate with this easy recipe. Just 6 simple ingredients!

Learn to make homemade vegan white chocolate with this easy recipe. Just 6 simple ingredients!

White chocolate has its lovers, and its haters. Which one are you?

If you’re a hater, I get it. Most commercial white chocolate tastes like, well, sweetened wax. It most certainly does not taste like actual chocolate. That’s because most white chocolate isn’t made with any cacao butter.

Cacao butter is simply the creamy, cocoa fat that is separated from the fiber of cocoa beans. Without it, you can forget about anything having the smoothness of chocolate of any kind.

When you see a percentage, like 72% or 56%, on a bar of chocolate, it’s referring to the percentage of cocoa solids. The darker the chocolate, usually the more cacao solids it has.

Better quality white chocolates will also have a fair amount of cacao butter. They will also almost always contain milk, as milk helps create a lovely, creamy taste and feel. Instead of milk powder, I add cashew butter for the same effect. Almond butter also works fine, but with only a slight added taste.

Learn to make homemade vegan white chocolate with this easy recipe. Just 6 simple ingredients!

How to make white chocolate

It’s so easy to make your own vegan white chocolate at home. The only ingredient that you may not already have is cacao butter. When you open a bag of cacao butter and inhale, you may believe that you’ve already got some white chocolate. It smells so rich and chocolatey already!

But if you try to eat just plain cacao butter, you won’t enjoy it. There are plenty of recipes floating around for “fat bombs” for ketogenic dieting. They contain large amounts of cacao butter with just another ingredient or two.

We’re making actual white chocolate, though, for eating and baking. To the caca butter, we’re adding a true sweetener plus a stabilizer. Here, the stabilizer is cashew butter to keep the recipe vegan, but the stabilizer is typically nonfat dry milk. If you’d like to use nonfat dry milk in place of almond flour in this recipe, you certainly can but keep in mind that it won’t be vegan—or even dairy free any longer.

I’ve also made this recipe with (affiliate link) powdered coconut milk, and it’s worked really well, too. There are a number of brands of coconut milk powder available now, and competition usually leads to better products at a better price.

All you really need to do to make homemade white chocolate (vegan or not) is to melt cacao butter, with or without some shortening to keep the chocolate from being too rich, add your stabilizer and sugar plus salt and vanilla as flavor enhancers.

Pour the thick liquid mixture into molds, and wait. I used silicone molds in cute little shapes here, but anything flexible will do. I even have a set of silicone measuring cups that I’ve used. Or any regular ice cube tray works just fine.

Where to buy cacao butter

There are a number of brands of cacao available online and at health food stores. I really like this cacao butter (aff link) for a great combination of price and quality. Cacao butter is naturally gluten free, but check labels to be sure that yours hasn’t been exposed to gluten in manufacturing.

Rather than using 100% cacao butter, I prefer to add nonhydrogenated vegetable shortening (aff link). Although you can make white chocolate with all cacao butter, the results tend to be too rich-tasting for most people (including me!).

Learn to make homemade vegan white chocolate with this easy recipe. Just 6 simple ingredients!

Paleo Option

Since cacao is a superfood, it’s a shame to add regular confectioners’ sugar to it. I’ve taken coconut palm sugar and ground it as fine as possible, adding 1 teaspoonful of arrowroot powder or tapioca starch to it to prevent clumping.

You can make vegan white chocolate with this version of Paleo confectioners’ sugar, but the sugar has a tendency to settle out of the mixture. Heat the mixture a bit longer, and stir until it is as fully dissolved as possible before pouring into a mold.

Learn to make homemade vegan white chocolate with this easy recipe. Just 6 simple ingredients!

Like this recipe?

Prep time: Cook time: Yield: About 10 ounces chocolate


4 ounces (112 g) edible raw cacao butter, chopped

4 tablespoons (48 g) nonhydrogenated vegetable shortening*

1 tablespoon (16 g) smooth natural cashew butter (almond butter is fine, too)

1 cup (115 g) confectioner’s sugar

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

*You can replace the shortening with an equal amount, by weight, of cacao butter. The resulting white chocolate is much richer.


  • In a medium-sized heat-safe bowl, place the cacao butter and shortening. Heat indirectly by placing the bowl over small pot of simmering water, making sure that the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Allow the cacao butter and shortening to melt, stirring occasionally. The mixture will be thin.

  • With the mixture still over the simmering water, add the nut butter and mix to combine. Add the confectioner’s sugar, salt and vanilla, and mix until smooth. Remove the bowl from the pot and allow to cool briefly before transferring the mixture to a measuring cup for pouring into molds.

  • Pour the mixture into silicone molds (really any flexible container will do) and refrigerate (or leave at room temperature) for about 30 minutes, or until solid. Remove from the molds and serve.

  • Originally published on the blog in 2012. Recipe tweaked slightly, photos, video and text new.


Comments are closed.

  • Sonia Mantell
    February 8, 2017 at 1:24 PM

    What size mold did you use and where can I purchase that same size mold you used?

    Thank you!

    • February 8, 2017 at 1:43 PM

      I’m afraid I bought my molds at Michael’s and they don’t have a brand on them anywhere! I even looked on Michael’s site, and they don’t offer them. These look similar, though. Hope that helps, Sonia!

      ETA: This silicone mold looks good, too!

  • Chelsea Johnson
    February 8, 2017 at 1:03 PM

    Don’t the percentages on non white chocolate represent the amount of cocoa solids, not cocoa butter, and it’s the lack of cocoa solids that makes white chocolate white? That’s what I always thought, but I could be wrong… :/

    • February 8, 2017 at 1:36 PM

      You’re right, Chelsea! I have fixed the post. Thanks for catching that. I was going off of scattered understanding rather than real research. ?

      • Chelsea Johnson
        February 8, 2017 at 1:43 PM

        Oh thank goodness, I was questioning my sanity, lol, almost didn’t say anything cause I wasn’t sure. The recipe sounds awesome, do you think it would take flavoring like a little mint well? I’ve always loved those little pastel mint seashells…

        • February 8, 2017 at 1:44 PM

          I hear you. I question my sanity all the time. My information is usually correct, though. So I’m glad you said something! I think they would be lovely with some flavoring. Try LorAnn mint extract maybe? I love those, too!

        • Chelsea Johnson
          February 8, 2017 at 1:50 PM

          Awesome, I’ll have to try that, thanks!

  • Jen
    September 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Can you use this as a fondue to cover certain fruits? I am planning my daughters bday party and want to set out some covered fruit with white chocolate. Maybe I coud dip the fruits when it’s still in liquid form?

  • Debbie
    September 13, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Thanks for the recipe and sharing your info to all of us out there navigating the world of “living without”. My son has multiple food allergies, do you think I could substitute the almond flour with rice milk powder? What is the action of a protein in making white chocolate ? Thanks, Debbie from Winnipeg

    • gfshoestring
      September 13, 2012 at 8:17 AM

      Hi, Debbie, Rice milk powder might work if it has enough protein in it (as almond flour has quite a lot of protein). But I haven’t tested it with that sub, so you’ll have to experiment!
      xoxo Nicole

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  • January 30, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    I remember a humorous book about chocolate I read in the early 1980s, before I had reached my double digits. There was one page on white chocolate. It had a dotted rectangle, and the directions were: to know what white chocolate smells like, scratch and sniff. To know what white chocolate tastes like, cut and chew. Years later, I learned on a tour of the Theo’s Chocolate Factory that white chocolate accepts other flavors really well, hence their key lime confection.

    This recipe looks like it’s worth it.

    • January 30, 2012 at 8:16 PM

      Farida! It’s so lovely to ‘see’ you!
      Really good white chocolate does have a flavor all its own, but it is very easily complemented, as you say. It’s not like the tofu of chocolate, though (ew). I love that you said it seems worth it. It really really is. Especially for people who, at best, shrug their shoulders at white chocolate generally.
      xoxo Nicole

  • Bonnie
    January 30, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Nicole, Could you just make some and ship it to me? I cannot seem to get the hang of cooking “gluten free” Bonnie

    • January 30, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      You bet, Bonnie. ;)
      Seriously, though, if you’re looking for a place to start, this is as good a place as any. This basically couldn’t be easier to make once you have the proper ingredients. Honest.
      xoxo Nicole

  • Christin Holt
    January 30, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Nicole, I love your recipes…but I think I love your sense of humor just as much!


    • January 30, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      Thanks, Christin! That made me happy. Some consider me an acquired taste, you see… ;)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Tanya
    January 30, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Hey Nicole…that looks amazing…my son doesn’t do nuts (so no almond flour for us). Would maybe Tapioca or another flour work? Whatcha think?

    • January 30, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      Hi, Tanya,
      Another plain flour wouldn’t work. You need something with protein. If he does dairy, I’d do milk powder. If he does soy, soy powder. I haven’t tried soy powder, though, but you should give it a whirl!
      xoxo Nicole

  • Sanja Petrovic on Facebook
    January 30, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Yay! Thank you! The soy powder version did not work well for us. So now I am making this one, can’t wait to try one!

  • Michelle O
    January 30, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    I’m in HEAVEN! I have been waiting all weekend in anticipation of this post. Thank you Nicole! I cannot wait until my little boy can try this for the first time :)

    • January 30, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      Hi, Michelle,
      I’m so glad! Quick get some raw cacao butter. By the way, as a mom of a little boy, you really got me on that one. ;)
      xoxo Nicole

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