Healthy Molten Chocolate Lava Cake


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This easy paleo molten chocolate lava cake recipe is the ideal dessert for the holidays! Gooey, rich runny molten chocolate centers surrounded by a light and fluffy gluten-free chocolate cake!  A dairy-free and gluten-free chocolate dessert for special occasions. 

overhead shot of a small ramekin with molten chocolate lava cake with a spoon digging into the molten center

Girlfriend, if you’re looking for a quick and easy, healthy-ish and delicious chocolate treat to make this holiday season, look no further!

I got you more than covered with these Paleo Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes. These individual-sized paleo chocolate cakes are made with only 4 ingredients, you guys! Got some chocolate, almond flour, coconut oil and eggs? BAM – you can make lava cakes!

a spoon digging into the center of a healthy gluten-free paleo chocolate lava cake in a small white ramekin

These are made without added sugar and are dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. Should you find yourself wondering if these chocolate molten lava cakes taste healthy… !? Ahem, take another close look at them.

They’re super rich and decadent and you would never know they are secretly healthy once you dig your spoon into those glorious molten chocolate centers! And what’s not to love about a chocolate dessert with no bloat, no tummy ache, and no guilty feelings whatsoever afterward?

Why this Healthy Paleo Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes recipe is a total must-bake:

  • These paleo chocolate cakes are super gooey, runny and rich in the center but the cake part surrounding the center is light and fluffy.
  • This is a simple 4-ingredient chocolate dessert that comes together super easily – no water bath and no whipping egg whites!
  • These mini cakes are paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, and made with no added sugar, making them the healthiest way to get your chocolate dessert fix.

overhead shot of a single serving molten chocolate lava cake in a small ramekin with a silver spoon sticking in

How to serve Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes?

This time, I kept things simple and served my paleo lava cakes only with the slightest dusting of paleo icing sugar. You can make paleo icing sugar yourself using arrowroot starch and maple sugar. Here’s a great recipe.

Obviously,  these are also totes amazing with some fresh berries or a scoop of homemade dairy-free coconut ice cream on top! Oh hey, what about a pinch of sea salt or chopped nuts. Chocolate loves salt, you know.

overhead shot of a gluten-free and refined sugar-free molten chocolate lava cake with a spoon digging into the runny center

 

How to make this Paleo Molten Chocolate Lava Cake recipe:

PrepPreheat oven to 435F – 220C and place 6 ramequins on a baking sheet and set aside. You do not have to grease the ramekins as we serve the cakes in the mold.

Step 1 & 2 –  Place chopped chocolate and coconut oil in a medium bowl. Melt in the microwave. I do this in 30 seconds increments, stirring well in between each increment with a silicon spatula. Set aside and let cool down a bit.

picture collage showing coarsely chopped chocolate being melted in the microwave to make a molten chocolate lava cake recipe

Step 3 & 4 – Crack the eggs into a large bowl. Now mix with a hand mixer until they are foamy. This should take about 3  minutes.

Step 5 – Add cooled melted chocolate to the eggs and mix on low speed to incorporate.

photo collage showing how to make the batter for paleo molten chocolate lava cakes

Step 6 & 7 – Add the almond flour and mix with your spatula or hand mixer until just combined. Make sure not to overmix the batter or the paleo chocolate cakes will be dense.

photo collage showing how to properly fold almond flour into chocolate batter to make paleo lava cakes

Step 8 & 9  Spoon the paleo chocolate cake batter into the 6 prepared ramequins. I like to use an ice cream scoop for that to get them portioned out perfectly.

Step 10 – Bake your healthy molten lava cakes for 6 minutes and remove from the oven. It’s important to let them cool for about 15 minutes before serving them to give the chocolate batter time to settle around the molten center!

picture collage showing how to portion out and bake individual healthy paleo chocolate lava cakes in the oven

Can these be made in advance?

To make these ahead of time, prepare lava cakes up until baking then chill them in the fridge. About half an hour before baking them, remove the tray from the refrigerator to let the batter come to room temperature.

If you forget to take them out, you can still try and bake the cakes straight out of the refrigerator, adding about 1-2 minutes to the baking time.

overhead shot of 6 individual sized chocolate lava cakes dusted with icing sugar

Tips for making this easy Paleo Chocolate Lava Cakes recipe:

  • You want to watch your cakes closely so as not to under- or over-bake.
  • Let the paleo chocolate cakes cool down after baking! They will fall apart if you eat them straight out of the oven.
  • Keep leftover lava cakes in the fridge. They will harden but they will still be fudgy, rich and delicious so perfect as a sneaky sweet treat.

Variations on this healthy lava cakes recipe:

  • You can add a little bit of espresso powder to the batter to jazz these up. This step will bring out the chocolate flavor even more.
  • For Mexican Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes, add a pinch of cinnamon, chili and some vanilla essence to the batter.
  •  Everyone who tried these lava cakes found them sweet enough without any added sugar. However, this will depend on the chocolate you are using and your personal preferences. If you’d like to, feel free to add one to two tablespoons of (coconut) sugar when mixing the eggs.
overhead shot of a single serving molten chocolate lava cake in a small ramekin with a silver spoon sticking in
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Healthy Chocolate Lava Cakes

This easy paleo molten chocolate lava cake recipe is the ideal dessert for the holidays! Gooey, rich runny molten chocolate centers surrounded by a light and fluffy gluten-free chocolate cake!  A dairy-free and gluten-free chocolate dessert for special occasions. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Gluten-free, Paleo
Keyword gluten-free lava cake, healthy lava cakes, paleo chocolate cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Resting time 15 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 199 kcal
Author Marie

Ingredients

  • 8 oz semi-sweet or dark chocolate 2 baking bars - roughly chopped, 200 g
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil use refined coconut oil for no coconut flavor
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 435F - 220C. Place 6 ramequins on a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. Place chocolate and coconut oil in a medium bowl. Melt in the microwave, by 30 seconds increments, stirring well in between each increment. Set aside and let cool.
  3. Crack the eggs in a large bowl and with a hand mixer, mix until they are foamy.
  4. Add cooled melted chocolate to the eggs and mix on low speed to incorporate. Add almond flour and mix until just combined.
  5. Spoon into the 6 prepared ramequins (I like to use an ice cream/cookie scoop for that)
  6. Bake for 6 minutes and remove from the oven.
  7. Let them cool for about 15 minutes and serve (they will fall apart if you eat them straight out of the oven).
  8. Keep the leftovers in the fridge. The cakes will harden but they will still be fudgy, rich and delicious!

Recipe Notes

Tips :

  • You want to watch your cakes closely so as not to under - or over-bake.
  • Let the paleo chocolate cakes cool down after baking! They will fall apart if you eat them straight out of the oven.
  • Keep leftover lava cakes in the fridge. They will harden but they will still be fudgy, rich and delicious so perfect as a sneaky sweet treat.

Variations:

  • You can add a little bit of espresso powder to the batter to jazz these up a little bit. This will bring out the chocolate flavor even more.
  • For Mexican Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes, add a pinch of cinnamon, chili and some vanilla essence to the batter.
  •  Everyone who tried these lava cakes found them sweet enough without any added sugar. However, this will depend on the chocolate you are using and your personal preferences. If you’d like to, feel free to add one to two tablespoons of (coconut) sugar when mixing the eggs.

Recipe adapted from My Organic Diary

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Chocolate Lava Cakes
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 199 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Potassium 40mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 3.2%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 4.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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6 Comments
  1. So, I made these the other day and they turned out A-MAAAAZING! Everybody loved them, no one thought they were anything other than a super decadent chocolate treat! I fool ’em all hahahaha!

  2. This molten chocolate lava cake is true chocolaty heaven, the way this cake just bursts with flavor in your mouth is just divine!

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