guilt-free, love-filled chocolate lava cake

looking for a guilt-free sweet treat to share with someone you love this valentine’s day? whether it's your bestie or your beau, they're gonna lava this one (sorry, we just can't help it)!  who said the sweetest three words you can ever hear are "i love you"? we've got 3 sweeter ones for you: chocolate lava cake. what’s that you ask? how can lava cake be guilt-free?? well, when you replace butter with heart-healthy coconut oil, flour with muscle-building protein powder, and semi-sweet chocolate with antioxidant-packed dark chocolate, the guilt just tends to melt away. that’s why we were so gosh darn excited when we came across this healthier (paleo-friendly) version over at Food Faith Fitness. this de-junkified dessert will satisfy even the fiercest chocolate cravings without weighing you down.

[guilt-free chocolate lava cake]
serves 2 with love

raw cacao powder, for sprinkling
¼ cup (52 g) coconut oil, plus extra for ramekins
½ cup (90 g) dark chocolate chunks
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1/4 cup (50 g) coconut sugar
1/4 tsp (1 g) vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 tbsp (28 g) chocolate protein powder (or raw cacao powder)
1 tbsp (16 g) almond butter, divided

[1] wipe the insides of two ramekins with coconut oil + sprinkle with raw cacao powder to lightly coat.
[2] in a microwave-safe bowl, heat coconut oil + chocolate together in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each interval, until melted.
[3] beat together egg, egg yolk, coconut sugar, vanilla and salt until light + fluffy. stir in chocolate mixture + fold in protein powder (or raw cacao) until fully combined.
[4] fill each ramekin halfway, put almond butter in center of each, then gently pour remaining batter over the tops, filling each ramekin about 3/4 full.
[5] bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, then cool 1 minute.
[6] invert onto a plate + devour immediately!

looks like you can have your (lava) cake + eat it too!

cooking tip: we la-la-la-love using our little red digital food scale to minimize the baking mess + maximize results!

happy valentine's day, you fab fitbookers!
we HEART you.

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