Do you want know how many times I have made this low-carb chocolate lava cake? Well, I can’t tell you because I stopped counting… I make this single-serving dessert whenever I have a chocolate craving (whether or not I am eating low-carb). It is so rich and delicious you would never know you were eating something with around 2 grams of carbohydrates. Plus, you can make this ooey-gooey chocolate lava cake with less than 7 ingredients in less than 7 minutes!
The first time I tried the low-carb diet, I struggled giving up sugar. It took about two weeks for me to become fat-adapted and for my sugar cravings to lessen. During that time, I tried a lot of low-carb sweet treats with a lot of disappointment. My palate was, and still is, very sensitive to artificial sugars. Most of the recipes I try with a large amount of artificial sugars are not very tasty to me. They can taste bitter and “fake”, and some sweeteners, like aspartame, give me painful headaches. So, if I am going to eat low-carb sweets, I prefer desserts with natural sugar or lower quantities of artificial sugars.
This low-carb chocolate lava cake has the perfect amount of sweetener, and it helps during the transition of a sugar-burner to a fat-burner. Because there are only two tablespoons of sugar, the other flavors really shine in this dessert. The butter and egg help coat the chocolate, and when the cake is cooked, the butter melts and helps bring out the natural fruity flavors in the chocolate. The almond flour helps provide some structure to the cake and also provides a slight nutty flavor.
You can’t go wrong with the toppings either! I love to add a few sugar-free chocolate chips to the top of the cake before cooking. I’m experimenting making my own sugar-free chocolate chips but feel free to use store bought. Be sure to check the carb count on the variety of sugar-free chocolate chips you use as some have a higher carb count than others.
I also love topping this with a swirl of real whipped cream from the can. The brand I use has 1 gram of carbohydrates and 15 calories per 1 tablespoon serving which is totally worth it for me! Sometimes, I will even eat a tablespoon of whipped cream right from the can if I really need to satisfy a sweet craving even faster.
I learned to LOVE single serving desserts when I moved out on my own. They are a great way to control portion sizes. Plus, if I don’t have a whole cake lying around, I won’t be tempted to eat it! Do you struggle with this?
So, I love using 4″ inch ramekins for these low-carb chocolate lava cakes because the batter cooks on the outside of the cake but says gooey in the middle. If you don’t have a ramekin, you can use any microwave safe bowl. You may need to experiment with the cooking times with your microwave or oven. My perfect microwave time is 23 seconds because I prefer it less cake-y. If you overcook the cake, it will be more spongy and not have a molten-lava center. It will still taste great, but you may need to try again with a smaller cooking time to achieve that chocolaty lava result. 😉
Please comment and rate the recipe if you love these low-carb lava cakes like I do!
Low-Carb Chocolate Lava Cake
- 2 tbsp Almond Flour
- 2 tbsp Stevia, Granulated (or other sugar substitute)
- 1 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1/8 tsp Salt
- 1/8 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tbsp Butter, Salted Softened
- 1 large Egg
- 1 tbsp Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips (Optional)
- 1 tbsp Whipped Cream (Optional)
- Combine the first seven ingredients together in a small ramekin or small bowl and mix together until egg and butter are completely incorporated and the mixture is the same consistency.
- If using sugar-free chocolate chips, evenly distribute them on top of the cake batter.
- Microwave for 20-40 seconds, depending on your microwave and desired consistency. (I like to cook for 23 seconds for me or 30 seconds for my husband). Be sure to watch cake is not overcooked.
- Top with whipped cream and eat warm!
Disclaimer: Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.