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Vegan Molten Lava Cakes

Vegan Molten Lava Cakes

This gooey, rich, gluten-free take on a restaurant favorite makes for an impressive homemade dessert. 

Serves: 4
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Pair this ultra-chocolaty baked good, from the Baked With Love cookbook, with a huge scoop of vanilla ice cream, cherry compote, and extra chocolate drizzle. 

What you need:

½ cup plus 1 tablespoon vegan butter, divided
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon cassava flour, divided
⅔ cup plus ½ cup unsweetened chocolate chips, divided
½ cup unsweetened applesauce, room temperature
½ cup coconut sugar
Coconut whipped cream, for topping
Fresh raspberries, for garnish

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt 1 tablespoon butter and use to grease four 5.4-ounce ramekins, then dust ramekins with 1 tablespoon of cassava flour.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat remaining ½ cup butter until melted and hot to touch. Add ⅔ cup of chocolate chips and stir until melted. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to beat applesauce and coconut sugar until well combined. Pour in melted chocolate mixture and fold into applesauce mixture. Add remaining ½ cup of cassava flour and mix until smooth.
  4. Fill each ramekin three-quarters full with batter. There will be batter remaining in bowl. Add 1 heaping tablespoon of chocolate chips to middle of each ramekin.
  5. Top with remaining batter. Place ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 16 to 18 minutes, until middle just begins to set.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool and set for 10 minutes. Run a knife around edges of cakes and flip over gently onto serving plates. Serve warm, topped with coconut whipped cream and raspberries.

Photo credit: Brittany Berlin

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