Recipe: Dark Chocolate and Banana Lava Cakes (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free)

by Michelle on October 3, 2012 · 19 comments

in Healthy Desserts

Recipe: Dark Chocolate and Banana Lava Cakes (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free)

Makes: 2 mini chocolate lava cakes.


  • 2 dessertspoons cacao powder
  • 2 dessertspoons carob powder
  • 1 tbsp. boiling water
  • 1.5 heaped dessertspoon coconut oil
  • stevia powder, to sweeten
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed well
  • 2 squares of dark chocolate

How to:

  1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C.
  2. In a bowl mix the cacao and carob powder.
  3. Add the coconut oil, boiling water and enough stevia to sweeten to your liking. Stir this mixture to dissolve  the coconut oil, stevia, cacao and carob powders.
  4. Stir in the vanilla extract and mashed banana.
  5. Spoon this mixture into two small silicon muffin cups. Place one square of dark chocolate in the middle of the mixture in each cup.
  6. Bake at 150 degrees C for about 12 minutes or until the outer parts of the cake is cooked and the middle part is slightly soft.
  7. Leave to cool to room temperature.
  8. Enjoy!


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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Robyn October 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I love healthier versions of dessert…thank you :)


Michelle October 4, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Thanks Robyn! It was my pleasure to share the recipe with you all :).


Deb October 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

G’day Michelle

I am extremely pleased that you have given us the quantities to make 2; one for me and one for my husband.

Too often, I see recipes online that I make as described, which leads to our eating it for the rest of the week.

Will definitely give this one a go. Thanks for sharing.



Michelle October 4, 2012 at 6:38 pm

G’day back to you Deb!

No problem! I will definitely keep that in mind for future recipes! Thanks!

Please let me know how it goes! :)



Bek @ Crave October 5, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Oh my! My bf would absolutely love this! He loves choc lava cakes haha. I wish I had the ingredients :( Might have to make a trip to the store


Michelle October 6, 2012 at 6:39 am

Thanks Bek! I think they are definitely worth the trip to the store to get ingredients to make them! Please let me know how they go :).


Rebecca Schmorr October 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm


Thank you for a wonderful blog and an recipe for lava cake. Without even mentioning it, your picture gave me a good idea. I think when I make this this weekend I’m going to add the oranges on the side. I believe the citrus taste will counter the strong and poignant taste of the lava, plus giving me a fruit to eat with it won’t make e feel too bad. ;P


Joy October 6, 2012 at 8:41 am

mmm. this looks so good! and it has no nut flours or coconut flour! can’t wait to try it. i wonder if i can use all cocao powder and no carob..?


Michelle October 6, 2012 at 9:50 am

Hi Joy. Oh thanks! You can definitely use all cacao powder! I like to use half and half cacao and carob because I find too much cacao can give me a headache.


Rosita November 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Thanks Michelle – great looking recipe! Cant wait to try it. Can I substitute coconut oil with another oil? Coconut oil for cooking is quite hard to get here in New Zealand. Also, can I use plain cocoa powder or is cacao different?

My last question relates to a suggestion you made elsewhere about avocado ice-cream…do you have a recipe for that please?


Michelle November 3, 2012 at 9:23 am

Hi Rosita! Thanks! Hmm, well you could use butter or ghee instead of coconut oil (if you don’t follow a vegetarian or vegan diet) or you can use macadamia butter!


Michelle November 4, 2012 at 9:09 am

Hi Rosita,

And here is the Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream recipe:


Kris December 6, 2012 at 10:11 am

Would I have to modify the temperature or bake time if I were to make 12 of these? (to keep the molten center)


Michelle December 6, 2012 at 10:25 am

Hi Kris,

The bake time should be the same. If you’re worried, you could lower the temp a bit and see how they are after that time. Then cook for a bit longer if need be.


Taylah February 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Hi Michelle,
I was wondering how long these last? Thanks.


Michelle February 14, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Hi Taylah,
I would say a few days in a sealed container in the fridge :).


Linda June 13, 2013 at 8:32 am

This Lava cake looks wonderful. I am a chocolate lover and this one looks pretty easy to make. Thanks for the great recipe.


Sofia March 24, 2014 at 5:47 pm

What a simple recipe, thanks!


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