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The Magical Molten Lava Cake

June 29, 2017

WRITTEN BY: Kelly + Erinn

Molten lava cake is the perfect ooey, gooey, sweet dessert to pair with any meal because it’s always a good day for chocolate. Especially the healthy kind that is pure and rich and decadent like cacao (400 times the antioxidants of cocoa). Whether you’re indulging alone or making enough to share (NO! We don’t like sharing!), these cakes are just the right amount of chocolate to take your dinner to the next level.

Most people think that molten lava cakes are difficult to make, but our approach is quick and easy and perfect to pop in the oven as you sit down to your main course! This gluten-free and vegan version is also the healthier option with good fats and high protein, Bob’s Red Mill, gluten-free all purpose flour.

Be sure to not overbake these adorable little cakes as they will not be oozing with chocolatey goodness if you do that. The first batch I made I baked a minute too long and that was all that was needed to make them firm up and not have that runny centre. You can touch them at the 12 minute mark and see if they are tender to the touch and potentially finished. You want them slightly firm but still tender to touch.

Let this recipe transport you to new levels of love energy as the aroma of rich chocolate baking is simply magical. Tasting it is even more incredible after its done….when it is still warm and gooey and oh so magical.

 

Servings

8 mini cakes

Time

35 minutes until molten cake heaven

Ingredients (Tap to make them disappear!)

  • 1 tablespoon organic flax meal mixed 2 tablespoons of water, let sit
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free all -purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Cacao Powder (richer than cocoa powder)
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk or almond milk + 1 tablespoon
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla
 extract
  • 8 large chunks organic dark chocolate
  • garnish cacao powder, cacao nibs or raspberries

Directions

  1. 1
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Use coconut oil cooking spray or grease 8 cupcake tins with coconut oil.
  2. 2
    Mix flax meal with water and set aside
  3. 3
    Whisk together flour, cacao, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt in a medium size bowl
  4. 4
    Whisk coconut milk, coconut oil and vanilla in a separate bowl and then add the flax mixture and stir.
  5. 5
    Add wet mix to dry mix and stir well. This batter will be on the runny side. Pour batter evenly into 8 cupcake tins. Then drop one large chunk of organic dark chocolate to the top of each cupcake.
  6. 6
    Bake for 12-15 minutes. Do not overbake! These cupcakes should be very tender to the touch and feel 'undercooked' when testing for doneness.
  7. 7
    Once removed from oven. Serve immediately. These little cakes are best served upside down and sprinkled with a little cacao powder and cacao nibs.
  8. 8
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Use coconut oil cooking spray or grease 8 cupcake tins with coconut oil.
  9. 9
    Mix flax meal with water and set aside
  10. 10
    Whisk together flour, cacao, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and sea salt in a medium size bowl
  11. 11
    Whisk coconut milk, coconut oil and vanilla in a separate bowl and then add the flax mixture and stir.
  12. 12
    Add wet mix to dry mix and stir well. This batter will be on the runny side. Pour batter evenly into 8 cupcake tins. Then drop one large chunk of organic dark chocolate to the top of each cupcake.
  13. 13
    Bake for 12-15 minutes. Do not overbake! These cupcakes should be very tender to the touch and feel 'undercooked' when testing for doneness.
  14. 14
    Once removed from oven. Serve immediately. These little cakes are best served upside down and sprinkled with a little cacao powder and cacao nibs.

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10 thoughts on “The Magical Molten Lava Cake

  1. Does this have a runny centre? I want to make sure it is a like a typical molten lava cake.
    This is my favourite dessert ever. Can this be made with cacao? Maybe a raw chocolate centre that could be ‘healthy’?

    1. In reply to Linda.

      It is runny in the centre. Shame on us for not capturing that moment.

  2. This looks divine! Thank you Kelly Childs. LOVE your vibe….and your food.

  3. How do you stay so slim and fit? Both you and your daughter are amazing. I’m thinking we are the same age and I’m battling with hormone fluctuations. Any advice on that? An advice on eating chocolate and not gaining weight? AHHH!

    1. In reply to Joanie.

      Stay tuned for hormone help and what I do. It’s all in the balance of life and food. xo I’ll be doing a post soon on it.

  4. Hi Kelly – I would like to know the difference between cacao and cocoa. If you could share your knowledge on this, I would appreciate it. I get so confused learning about new foods and healthy ideas.

    Yes to the previous commenter too – how do you stay fit and slim over 50? :))

  5. Thank you for posting this recipe Kelly.
    I love molten lava cakes and I can’t wait to try thing healthier option.
    Thanks again.

  6. These are sooooo good! Turned out absolutely perfect and could eat them all day long. Used coconut sugar and could have even used a little less than 1/2 cup, which less sugar and same result is always great!

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