Molten Chocolate Lava – A low carb dessert!

Molten Chocolate Lava - A low carb dessert!
Molten Chocolate Lava – A low carb dessert!

Just one square of dark chocolate is all you need for a fabulous dessert — if you melt the chocolate and serve it warm — mixed with nuts or liqueur, or both.

On a low carbohydrate diet? No problem! When made with just chocolate and nuts, Molten Chocolate Lava has less than 10 grams of carbs per serving! Why not have some tonight?!

Ingredients per serving

  • 1/2 ounce (15 g) of 60% or higher dark chocolate bar
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon chopped nuts (e.g., macadamia, almond, or pistachio)
  • Optional: a few drops of an after-dinner liqueur (e.g., a coffee, almond, or fruit flavored liqueur)


  • Microwaveable mini cup(s) or glass bowl(s), e.g., a cup for espresso or sake
  • 1 pair of rubber dishwashing gloves
  • 1 glass bowl with a flat bottom that’s large enough to hold all the cups
  • 1 microwaveable plate large enough to stick out from under the bowl


  • Place the mini cup(s) into a  glass bowl with a flat bottom.
  • Fill the bowl with tap water, but only up to 3/4 inch from the rims of the cups.
  • Add 1/2 ounce (15 g) of dark chocolate  to each cup.
Chocolate in water bath
Chocolate in water bath
  • Place the bowl with the cups of chocolate onto a plate and then into the microwave oven.  The plate will give you something that’s not burning hot to grasp onto when you remove the bowl from the microwave!
  • Microwave the chocolate in the water bath on high until the water in the bowl starts to boil. When the water starts to boil, the chocolate will probably be almost melted. (When I tested this, in one microwave it took 3 minutes but in another it took 4 minutes to almost melt the chocolate in the photo.)
  • When the chocolate is almost but not completely melted,  grasp the plate under the bowl and remove it from the microwave.
  • Gently stir the chocolate in each cup.
  • So as not to burn yourself, let the chocolate cool down slightly before you remove the cups from the water bath.  But if you’re in a hurry, you can put on a pair of rubber dishwashing gloves to protect your hands and then remove the hot little cups from the water bath.
  • If desired, top with nuts and/or liqueur (or maple syrup)
    • Here are some mix-ins to try:
      • Creme de Menthe with a small sprig of fresh mint to garnish.
      • Coffee liqueur and chopped macadamia nuts.
      • Orange liqueur and orange zest.
      • Amaretto and chopped almonds.
      • Shredded coconut and ginger (dry powder)
      • Real maple syrup and  chopped pistachios.
      • And…please share your ideas for great flavor combinations by leaving a comment below!

Food products

  • Dark chocolate bar – I really like Trader Joe’s 72% Pound Plus bar.  It’s delicious and not expensive. But it’s hard to break into squares. I used to use a chef’s knife to do that, but that’s a lot of work. Recently, I found an easier way to break the bar into squares. Here’s how:  Remove the wrapper and place the chocolate bar on a piece of parchment (or wax) paper in the microwave. Microwave until the bar is warm but has not started to melt. This should take about 20 – 30 seconds (but time will vary depending on the microwave oven.) Then, using your hands, break the bar into squares. If it doesn’t break easily, place the bar against the edge of the counter and give it a whack!

Health and Nutrition notes

Enjoy and be healthy!



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