If you know me by now, you know I have a weakness for warm, melted chocolate. Honestly, half of the cookies and cakes I feature on this blog are dabbed with a little melted dark chocolate right after I snap a pretty, chocolate-free photo.
Or if there’s chocolate chips already in the recipe, it’s promptly melted and devoured. So I’ve always been drawn to the idea of a molten chocolate center.
Okay, I have to be a little honest here. I think chocolate lava cakes are a little hokey, a cliche fixture on every franchise restaurant menu, right? But I guess this just means I’m not alone. People love melted chocolate!
A few problems in my quest to find the perfect mini chocolate lava cake recipe: 1. They’re very complicated, and 2. they’re rarely healthified enough for my taste.
That’s why I was so jazzed when I came across this healthy, simple recipe from my new favorite site: Clean Eating. One tiny pediment though. I read this recipe as one of those where the center stays ooey gooey, making for a molten center without any additions. When I baked as directed, this molten center was not achieved.
This may be due to the fact that I adapted this from a four-serving recipe to a single-serving one. It may also be that the baking time they recommended was too long.
Cheating? A little bit. But hey, I’m a busy grad student and teacher who needed a quick molten center.
I like to think I was resourceful.
- Olive oil cooking spray
- 2T + 1 t unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 heaping t stevia or Sucanat
- 1.5 t unsweetened applesauce
- 1.5 t coconut oil
- 1/4 of an egg (with a bit more egg white if you can manage it)
- 2 T spelt or whole-wheat flour
- dash of pure vanilla extract
- strawberry slices, for garnish (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a 4-oz custard cup or a muffin tin slot.
- In a small bowl, combine cocoa and sweetener; then whisk in applesauce and oil.
- In a separate bowl, lightly whisk egg before adding to cocoa mixture. Once you combine, whisk all until smooth.
- Stir in flour and vanilla until well combined, but do not over mix.
- Pour into prepared baking dish and bake for 9 minutes.
- Ideally, you remove these when the centers are still soft, but sides have firmed up. But hey, if you want an extra chocolate-y center, you can always pop in some chocolate.
- Gently pop out cake onto a serving plate. Garnish each cake with fruit slices, if desired, and serve warm.