The Virgin Stove

Making everything for the first time

Single Serve Microwave Chocolate Lava Cake



I came up with this when I was thinking of recipes for our company’s Health Food Cookbook. Chocolate lava cake doesn’t exactly strike one as being healthy but what is a cookbook without at least one chocolate recipe?


I did try to make this as low calorie as possible. Also, even if its calorie content is about the same as regular vegetable oil, canola oil is low in saturated fat and has high-level cholesterol-lowering fats.


This is husband approved and is a nice not-so-guilty snack for me.

This is based on a brilliant recipe I found on Chocolate Covered Katie.


Single Serve Microwave Chocolate Lava Cake
Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons sugar OR 1 1/2 packet of Truvia/Splenda/Equal
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons canola oil
2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon almond milk or skimmed milk
1 oz square of German chocolate bar

In a bowl, mix all ingredients (except for the German chocolate) thoroughly. Spoon half of the mixture into a ramekin. Place the chocolate square in the middle. Spoon the rest of the cake mixture over it. Microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute (depends on microwave size and wattage).

Enjoy by itself or serve with a scoop of frozen yogurt.

Calorie content:

Cake with sugar: 280 calories
Cake with artificial sweetener: 235 calories
With small scoop frozen yogurt: +74 calories

Compare with:

Arby’s: 340
Domino’s Lava Crunch Cake: 350 calories
Trader Joe’s: 360
Chili’s Molten Chocolate Cake: 1,160 calories


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