Many years ago I was blessed to have a wonderful woman teach me how to bake a wonderful chocolate cake with homemade peanut butter icing. I haven’t made that recipe for a very long time as I try to not eat a lot of sweets. But let me tell you how I stumbled across this mouth-watering chocolate lava cake recipe and why I don’t feel guilty eating it…
One of the ladies at my church does cake decorating. She had offered to decorate cakes for an upcoming celebration, including mine, if I wanted to make a gluten-free cake. As the event rapidly approached and my calendar was exploding I decided that I didn’t need one more thing to stress me out so thanked her for her kind offer but told her I wouldn’t be making a cake.
This dear lady was very concerned about me not being able to partake of a dessert at our joyous occasion so she offered to make a special chocolate cake that she blesses her daughter with every year for her birthday…she assured me it was gluten-free. I informed her that there were a few others I knew of in our church who were gluten-free as well, so she baked this recipe in ramekin cups for individual servings. When I first looked at it it looked pretty good…and because she shared the ingredients with me I knew that coconut oil, organic raw cacao and almond flour were healthy alternatives to the traditional cake baking ingredients.
Not in my wildest dreams did I expect this wonderful little cake to taste so magnificent. To say it was really good would be a wild understatement! Oh my gosh!! Every bite was heavenly and I could hear the “Oh’s and Ah’s” from my friend sitting beside me as she tasted hers.
I made this for the first time today and literally just took it out of the oven about 20 minutes ago. And now, because this recipe is just too good to keep a secret and because I love all of you, I’m sharing it with you….
PALEO CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE
(by Merce Muse for Thrive Market)
Yield: One 8 or 9 Inch Cake
Active Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 50 Minutes
1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
1 cup melted Coconut oil
1 cup raw Cacao powder, plus more for serving
6 large egges, separated
1 1/4 cup Coconut Sugar, divided
1 cup Almond Flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8or 9-inch springform pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray.
Combine maple syrup, coconut oil, and cacao powder in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 2 minutes . Take off heat and set aside to cool slightly.
Combine egg yolks and 3/4 Cup coconut sugar in a large bowl and whisk until the mixture is thick, fluffy, and pale in color. Fold in the cacao mixture, then fold in almond flour.
Place egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat on high until soft peaks form. With the mixer running, slowly pour in remaining 1/2 cup coconut sugar and beat until shiny, stiff peaks form. Working in batches, slowly fold the egg white mixture into cacao batter.
Transfer mixture to prepared springform pan and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool slightly, then dust with cacao powder.
Slice and serve. The inside of the cake should be fudgy and runny. If you prefer a solid cake, cover and refrigerate for an hour after baking to set.
Although this recipe does take a little work, it is well worth it!
This cake is made with healthier options!
Maple Syrup – A better sweetener option
The health benefits of maple syrup include a healthy heart and a healthier immune system. It also has antioxidant properties that protect the body from free radicals.
There are several natural sweeteners that are preferred instead of the chemically prepared sugar which is common in most houses. There are people who prefer using honey instead of any other natural products of the same type. However, maple syrup is considered to be a better option given its low-calorie count, as compared to honey.
Coconut Oil – A Superfood
Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood.”
Its unique combination of fatty acids can have positive effects on your health.
This includes fat loss, better brain function and various other impressive benefits.
Five Benefits of Raw Cacao Powder –
1. 40 Times the Antioxidants of Blueberries
Raw Organic Cacao has over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries. Yes 40 times! It has an amazing ORAC score of 98,000 per 100g, vs blueberries at a mere 2,400. ORAC scores measure the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals (that come from pollution and toxins in our environment), which cause cell and tissue damage and can lead to diseases such as cancer.
2. Highest Plant-Based Source of Iron
On a plant-based/vegan diet and looking for iron? The search is over! Cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron known to man, at a whopping 7.3mg per 100g. This compares to beef and lamb at 2.5mg, and spinach at 3.6mg. Note the iron in cacao is non-heme (as is all plant-based iron), so to get the maximum benefits you’ll want to combine it with some vitamin C. Think oranges, kiwifruit, superfoods like gubinge or camu camu (which have 40x more vitamin C than oranges), or try out my Choc Orange Smoothie recipe for a Jaffa-tasting throwback.
3. Full of Magnesium for a Healthy Heart & Brain
Raw Organic Cacao is also one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium, the most deficient mineral in the Western world. Magnesium is important for a healthy heart, and helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus. The reason why you might turn to a bar of chocolate during an all-nighter at your desk!
4. More Calcium Than Cow’s Milk
Raw Organic Cacao has more calcium than cow’s milk would you believe, at 160mg per 100g vs only 125mg per 100ml of milk. Time to switch out the trim latte for a couple of squares of dairy free raw chocolate.
5. A Natural Mood Elevator and Anti-Depressant
Cacao is a great source of four scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with cosy feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and can even alleviate depression. A natural, healthy, delicious (and legal) way to get your happy buzz on.
Almond Flour is Incredibly Nutritious –
Almond flour is incredibly nutritious. It’s particularly rich in vitamin E and magnesium, two important nutrients for health.
Almond flour may be better than conventional flours for your blood sugar, as it has a low glycemic index and is rich in magnesium.
Almond flour is naturally gluten-free, making it a great alternative to wheat flour for those who have celiac disease or a wheat intolerance.
The nutrients in almond flour may help reduce LDL cholesterol and lower blood pressure. The current findings are mixed, and more research is needed before making a definite link.
Almond flour is much lower in carbs than wheat flours, but higher in fat. Unfortunately, this means almond flour is higher in calories. However, it makes up for this by being incredibly nutritious. One ounce of almond flour provides you with a good amount of your daily values for vitamin E, manganese, magnesium and fiber (3).
Almond flour is also gluten-free, while wheat flours are not, so it’s a great option for people with celiac disease or a wheat intolerance. In baking, almond flour can often replace wheat flour at a 1:1 ratio, although baked products made with it are flatter and denser because they lack gluten