Molten Lava Chocolate Cake

January 2, 2012 in Categories: by

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Many people who commit to paleolithic nutrition work very hard to rid their diets of any foods that mimic the unhealthy foods they used to eat.  But other people need the occasional treat of an old favorite to keep that sense of self-deprivation at bay.  This is why recipes for “paleofied” neolithic foods are so popular.  You get to indulge in a decadent dessert or other favorite food without derailing your efforts to be healthy by consuming foods that will irritate your gut or cause rampant inflammation.  For those of you who need your decadent dessert fix, here it is (serves 4):

Molten Lava Chocolate Cake


1.     Preheat oven to 375F.  Grease four 6oz ramekins with coconut oil.  If you wish to serve these cakes on a plate, you will need to flour as well (use coconut flour, blanched almond flour, or cocoa powder).
2.    In a 4 cup measuring cup or medium microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave on low power.  Stir until smooth and let cool.
3.    In a small bowl, beat eggs, vanilla, salt and sugar with a hand mixer until light and frothy, about five minutes (this can seem like an eternity with a hand mixer, but hang in there because it’s worth it!).
4.    Pour egg mixture over chocolate.  Sift cocoa and coconut flour over the top.  Then gently fold all the ingredients together.
5.    Pour batter into prepared ramekins (they should be filled to within ½” of the top).  Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and place in the oven (you can chill the ramekins for a few hours if you want to make them ahead of time, just make sure you bring them back to room temperature before baking).  Bake for 11-12 minutes.
6.    Remove from oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Do you need help finding any ingredients?  Check out  Important Pantry Items for the Paleo Baker.


I have made this twice aand both times they have come out perfectly. The best souffle I have ever had and so easy to make.

How important is it to use a hand mixer vs a stand mixer (like a KitchenAid)? I don’t have a hand mixer and I don’t know enough about the ‘chemistry’ of baking to know how the change would affect things.

Is there any way possible to make without eggs? I’m sensitive to them and I sure miss my mugs cakes! I try a flax egg to substitute but it doesn’t work for me. Thanks!

Are these supposed to be cooked through or slightly wet/moist on the inside? I made this recipe with two bigger ramekins (didn’t have 6 oz) and had to double to cooking time to get it a toothpick to come clean. It was delicious though!

Sooooo yummy! Thank you!! I used one bakers square chocolate and about 1/3 cup of enjoy life chocolate chips for the melted chocolate since I didn’t have any other chocolate on hand. I also used maple syrup. This recipe is fantastic!

Are there nutrition facts on this recipe? I see a lot of recipes without nutritional info, I track carbs, fat, and protein daily.

If you use My Fitness Pal app on your phone you can download the recipe into the app and it will calculate everything for you!

I would like to share this recipe as a Valentine’s day healthy chocolate recipe for a blog post I am working on for Please let me know if that would be ok. I would submit a link page to this page as well.

Made this for my boyfriend’s birthday and he said this is exactly how he likes his chocolate cake. Thanks for this simple, delicious, and forgiving recipe. I used Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate chips and coconut sugar. Baked it in two Pyrex bowls instead of four ramekins since that’s what we had on hand. Left it in the oven for a bit too long for lava cake, but it turned into a light flourless cake!

I’m allergic to coconut dairy and gluten and would need to use a replacement for coconut oil and sugar. Could I use maple syrup or honey? And what flour and oil would u try instead of coconut?

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