YES, organic cocoa butter is not dairy and absolutely vegan-friendly as there are no animal ingredients or by-products involved in the production! Despite the word butter is associated with dairy milk, this is not the case. Anyway, this “butter” includes as much dairy as peanut butter — zero.
If you add reasonable amounts of cocoa butter to your diet, it will make healthier and happier.
What is Cocoa Butter?
In fact, cocoa butter (also known as Theobroma cacao) is the fat part of the cocoa bean and it is a great fat source for vegans that is responsible for the melting qualities of chocolate. Cocoa beans grow in a narrow strip of the globe between twenty degrees north and south of the equator, also known as the “Cocoa Belt”.
Farmers who don’t get enough money for their work is not the only ethical problem when we talk about cocoa. Slavery and child labor in the cocoa production industry is a common thing, but it doesn’t show any signs of decreasing.
Buy products that were certified fair trade. Only this way you can be sure the workers are well-paid and children were not exploited.
Сocoa butter is made ethically and sustainably:
- The manufacturers get cocoa butter from the football-sized cacao pod with cacao beans inside. A cocoa pod contains about 50 cocoa seeds inside surrounded by a layer of astringent and sweet mucilage.
- The beans are extracted from the pod, machines clean and roast them to make their flavor stronger.
- Then beans are removed from their individual shells, and we get tiny nuggets also known as nibs.
- Nibs are milled into a liquid (cocoa liquor).
The cocoa liquor is pressed by putting pressure on it and separated into 2 substances:
- the remnants of the nibs ( for cocoa powder)
- fatty, yellowish substance (cocoa butter)
Uses for Cocoa Butter
- Cocoa butter is a great all natural cosmetic tool that moisturizes your skin and heals it without harsh chemicals. It’s perfect for dry skin. Antioxidants in it reduce aging signs and protect skin from harmful environmental influence.
- Use on scars and stretch marks.
- Cocoa butter is most commonly used to make chocolate.
- Moreover, pure cocoa butter is a good option for people with too sensitive skin.
- Cocoa butter’s moisturizing and healing features also save from sunburns. You can also use it as an analog to aloe vera plant.
- Cocoa butter is used in many kinds of foods such as cakes or cookies
- You can use it for minor rashes healing. But make sure you use pure cocoa butter without alcohol or other fragrances for any treatments. Various additives can harm a burn.
- Cocoa butter is also an effective lip balm.
- Men can use it as a wonderful moisturizing shaving cream. Rub cocoa butter on your skin when you finish shaving to prevent razor burns and soothe your skin.
- Personalized moisturizers or DIY soap with cocoa butter as a base are great crafty cost-effective gifts.
- You can make your own cocoa butter-based moisturizer easily just adding it to your lotion.
- This butter also improves dry hair. It rejuvenates even the damaged hair and soothes a flaky or irritated scalp. To create hair mask, melt the cocoa butter and mix it with coconut or any other deeply moisturizing oil.
If you look for these skin care benefits, there are many cruelty-free and vegan-friendly products:
- Lush – produces vegan haircare and skincare cosmetics with cocoa butter. The problem is their products can be pricy for someone.
- Pacifica – this cruelty-free and vegan brand is for you if you wanna try cocoa butter’s benefits without wasting all your money.
- Alba Botanica – produces great Hawaiian Cocoa Butter Deep Conditioning Minute Mask for your hair.
Are Some Chocolate Bars Dairy-Free?
Yes, but only when manufacturers don’t add dairy-derived ingredients ( whey, casein, milk solids, milk powder) and the product isn’t produced in a facility that also processes milk products. In this case, chocolates will include traces of dairy.
So if you want vegan chocolate, look for dark chocolate and check the label before purchasing.
Cooking With Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter has many health benefits and a hint of a chocolate flavor for your dishes. That’s why cocoa butter is often used by many cookers as an analog for regular butter in vegan dessert dishes to give it a sweet kick.
Another feature of cocoa butter a very high burning temperature. This feature gives you an opportunity to cook your meals on a higher flame and not to worry about burning.
Here is a recipe of vegan cocoa butter, cook it with a Vitamix blender for better speed and ease.
Health Benefits of Eating Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter has similar health benefits as dark chocolate. It is rich in antioxidants and minerals like copper, magnesium, and manganese. Researches have shown that cocoa butter boosts heart health and lowers blood pressure saving from heart attacks and heart disease.
It also boosts the immune system. Anyway, cocoa butter is high in calories and fat and must be eaten moderately if you don’t want to get extra weight.
Remember that the more processed cocoa butter is, the fewer polyphenols it contains. The best decision is to consume raw cocoa butter for better antioxidant benefits.
Cocoa butter increases your endorphin and serotonin levels which are responsible for you to feel content and calm.
Cocoa butter is absolutely vegan as its origin is entirely plant-based and can be used in many ways to make your health, hair, and skin better. Sadly, not all cocoa butter is produced ethically. Buy fair trade products if you don’t want to encourage child slavery or farmers underpaying.
I’m a healthy living blogger who loves to help people who care about having an eco-friendly home environment and a healthy lifestyle. With proper nutrition I helped my brother to cure gastritis and my father to normalize his blood pressure.