Gluten-Free Chocolate Molten Lava Cake Recipe

First off, we would like to apologize for making it so quick and easy to get warm, gooey chocolate cake into your hands. But, here come our excuses: This five-minute microwave version has only a fraction of the calories in regular lava cake and a third less fat! It’s also gluten-free and packs 10 grams of protein into each serving, thanks to a scoop of our plant-based protein powder. Plus, you’ve heard it before: dark chocolate — packed with healthy chemicals such as flavonoids and theobromine — might just have some health benefits. So go ahead, have your cake, and eat it, too. This individually portioned molten lava cake recipe is happiness in a ramekin (or mug!).

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Molten Lava Cake
Photo by Perry Santanachote

Gluten-Free Chocolate Molten Lava Cake Recipe

Serves 4

Total time: 5 minutes


4 tablespoons Earth Balance
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped, plus 1 ounce broken into 4 equal pieces
6 packets Stevia
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup almond flour
1 scoop (23.5 grams) chocolate DailyBurn Fuel-6 protein powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
Powdered sugar for garnish (optional)


  1. Microwave Earth Balance and chopped chocolate in a large bowl, stopping to stir often, until melted, about 1 minute. Whisk Stevia, eggs, cocoa, vanilla and salt into chocolate mixture until smooth. In separate bowl, combine almond flour, protein powder and baking powder. Whisk the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture until combined. Divide batter evenly between 4 (6-ounce) ramekins or mugs. Press 1 chocolate piece into the center of each cake.
  2. Microwave at 50 percent power for 45 seconds. Cake should be slightly wet around edges of mug and somewhat drier toward the center. Let cake rest for 2 minutes.

Pro tip

This recipe was developed in a full-size, 1200-watt microwave. If you’re using a compact microwave with 800 watts or fewer, increase the cooking time up to 85 seconds.

Originally posted on March 30, 2014. 

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