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Cooking with Larry: Coconut Flour Chocolate Lava Cakes

I'm crazy for coconuts. I love the flavor and also love using all aspects of the nut for cooking and baking. I even make my own coconut milk. Lately I've been experimenting with coconut flour. There are many supposed health benefits gained by cooking with it, but I'm fascinated by how little flour you need to actually bake something. Coconut flour can be pretty finicky. I have as many failures with it as I have successes, but I have one recipe that I nail every single time. It's a chocolate and peanut butter lava cake.

Here is the recipe and cooking method for a single lava cake:Screenshot 2014-09-22 14.24.09

  • 1.5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips , or your favorite chocolate baking bar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 teaspoons coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of powdered peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon coconut flour
  • Pinch of sea salt

Grease a 3/4 cup ramekin with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (or butter). In a sauce pan over low heat, combine chocolate and 1.5 tablespoons coconut oil until the chocolate is melted. While the chocolate is cooling, whisk the egg, coconut sugar and and the powdered peanut butter. I throw this mixture in my magic bullet and it blends it up nicely. Pour chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and whisk (or blend) until well incorporated. Finally, stir in salt and coconut flour .

Pour your batter into the greased and dusted ramekin and bake at 375 degrees F for 7-10 minutes, or until desired doneness is achieved. For me, 9 minutes is the magic time. Don't over bake it or your chocolate lava will vanish and you'll be left with a solid chocolate cake. Don't fret if you see some gooeyness in the middle of the cake, it's supposed to be there.

Let the cake cool for 2 minutes, then using a hot pad, turn ramekin upside onto a plate. The cake should easily come out of ramekin. Douse it with vanilla ice cream if you're feeling frisky. Eat the cake while it's hot!

Bon appetit!

About the Author: Larry is a friend of House Party. Larry currently resides in the East Bay region of California. He enjoys all things wine related, and spends a lot of his free time in Napa and Sonoma learning about wine. Larry is also a Mixed Martial Arts enthusiast. He enjoys practicing, watching, analyzing and commentating on all things MMA. Larry also enjoys cooking, fine dining, entertaining and hanging out with Maximus, his Jack Russell Terrier.

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