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Keto 5-Ingredient Lava Cake Recipe

Louise | April 28
Keto 5-Ingredient Lava Cake Recipe #keto #recipe

Richly decadent with a gooey, molten center, my dairy-free Keto 5-Ingredient Lava Cake will become your new favorite dessert for special occasions or whenever you want to treat yourself.

And it’s made from just five easy-to-find Keto ingredients that you probably already have in your refrigerator and pantry.

Even better, it’s ready in about 15 minutes, which means you can enjoy a decadent Keto dessert without having to spend hours in the kitchen.

Truly, you can have your Keto cake and eat it, too (and your non-Keto guests will never know)!

How I Made This Keto

Most traditional lava cake recipes are filled with flour, sugar and cocoa powder – all of which are definitely not Keto-friendly.

Instead, I used just a few common Keto ingredients to make my version this decadent dessert.

First, instead of cocoa powder, I used unsweetened cacao powder, which is similar to cocoa powder but much better for you.

Cacao powder is simply the powder solids that are ground into a powder after the cacao butter has been removed from the cacao bean. This process is done at a very low temperature, which helps the cacao powder to retain minerals and other nutrients.

On the other hand, cocoa powder is processed at much higher temperatures, which removes much of the nutrients that are naturally occurring in cacao beans.

However, cacao powder can be a bit bitter in taste. That’s why I used granulated erythritol, which is my favorite Keto sugar for baking.

Plus, erythritol doesn’t have an odd aftertaste that other artificial sweeteners tend to have.

If you’ve done any Keto baking, you probably have a bag of almond flour in your pantry, which is a low carb and gluten-free alternative to traditional flour.

Almond flour is simply almonds that have been blanched to remove the skins and ground into a fine powder. Almond flour tends to have a slightly nutty flavor, but it isn’t noticeable in this recipe since such a small amount is used.

However, you cannot substitute almond flour with coconut flour in recipes. So, if you have a bag of coconut flour but don’t know what to do with it, then you should check out my post that has 28 Creative Keto Desserts Made With Coconut Flour.

Finally, I used coconut oil as a dairy-free replacement for butter. You can purchase unrefined (or virgin) coconut oil or refined coconut oil.

Unrefined coconut oil tends to have a bit of a coconut flavor and smell. So, whenever you cook with it, be aware that the food will likely have a slight coconut taste.

On the other hand, refined coconut oil has a more neutral taste and aroma, which means you will likely not be able to taste it in when you use it for cooking.

You can use either unrefined and refined coconut oil in this recipe. It really depends on your personal preference as to which one you use.

And be sure to check out all of my Keto chocolate recipes that will satisfy your chocolate cravings anytime of day and with zero guilt.

Keto 5-Ingredient Lava Cake Recipe #keto #recipe
Keto 5-Ingredient Lava Cake Recipe #keto #recipe

Keto 5-Ingredient Lava Cake Recipe

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


Rich, gooey and decadent lava cakes made with all Keto ingredients. Perfect straight out of the oven!


  • 2 Tablespoons (12 g) unsweetened cacao powder
  • 2 Tablespoons (24 g) granulated erythritol 
  • 1 Tablespoon (8 g) almond flour
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) melted coconut oil, cooled (plus additional for greasing ramekins)
  • 1 large egg
  • Fresh berries and powdered erythritol (for serving, optional)



  • Calories: 140
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 6 g

Louise co-founded Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. She has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love.