Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes

  • 5MINS
  • 4MINS
  • 208KCAL

These are the gooiest, easiest and quickest chocolate puddings ever – and they're perfect if you're counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories208
  • Carbs18g
  • Protein6.1g
  • Fat12g
  • Saturates3.7g
  • Sugars3.4g

Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

These Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes are rich and indulgent, yet deceptively simple to make.  At just over 200 calories each, you’d never believe that these cakes are slimming friendly!

They’re so quick and easy to make that not only are they the perfect dinner party dessert, our Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes are also a fantastic way to help beat those chocolate cravings without using up all of your calories or Points.

You can easily make these in a microwaveable mug – as the name of this recipe suggests! – but we prefer to use microwaveable ramekins as we think it makes them look super special.  Top with raspberries or some low calorie ice cream and enjoy!

What diets are these Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes suitable for?

These Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes are suitable for vegetarian diets.

They can also be made suitable for gluten free diets by swapping the following ingredients out for gluten free alternatives;

  • Self raising flour

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes recipe?

  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 4 Points per portion of this Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make these Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes?

You’ll need to make sure that you’re using a granulated sweetener which is a like-for-like weight to sugar.  There are lots of high quality granulated sweeteners out there which you can find in your local supermarket or over on Amazon, such as Canderel Sugarly, Natvia or Sukrin.  If you choose to use a powdered sweetener, you’ll need to check the weight ratio to sugar first.

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We like to use a granulated sweetener called Sukrin 1 as it doesn’t have that nasty, artificial taste that many sweeteners do.  We use it in loads of our recipes and you can pick it up on Amazon.

You’ll also need 4 microwaveable mugs or ramekins for this recipe.  We love this set from Amazon as we think it makes this recipe look extra special!

How many calories are in these Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes?

There are 208 calories per portion in these Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes, which means they fall into our Everyday Light category. 

These Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes are perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fit well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

To cook in the microwave

Step 1

Place all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl (except the chocolate pieces and raspberries) and mix thoroughly until all of the reduced fat spread has been fully mixed into the cake batter.

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Step 2

Pour into 4 microwaveable cups or ramekins and pop one square of chocolate onto the top of each.

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Step 3

Place into a microwave, one at a time, and cook on high for 1 minute. The cake should be risen but feel light to the touch – if the top is not cooked, place back in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Step 4

Leave to stand for 1 minutes (or while you cook the other cakes!), top with the raspberries and serve!

To cook in the oven

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 160°C.

Step 2

Place all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl (except the chocolate pieces and raspberries) and mix thoroughly until all of the reduced fat spread has been fully mixed into the cake batter.

Step 3

Divide the mixture between 4, ovenproof 125ml ramekins and place a chocolate square on top of each.

Step 4

Place the ramekins onto a baking tray and then pop into the oven for 8 minutes until risen and spongy when pressed, but gooey in middle.

Step 5

Remove from the oven and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Decorate with a raspberry on top of each.

Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

What could I serve with these Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes?

These Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes make the perfect dessert when served after the following starter, main and accompaniment:

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How do you know when these Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes are cooked?

You should cook these Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes for around a minute in the microwave or until the cakes are risen, but feel light to the touch.  If the top is not cooked, then you may find that they need another 30 seconds.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

Can I cook these Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes any other way?

You can cook these in the microwave or in the oven – it’s completely up to you!

We do prefer to cook ours in the microwave, but they’re still absolutely delish if you use the oven.

How long can you keep Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes in the fridge?

These cakes are best served fresh – they’re so quick and easy to make!

Can I freeze Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes?

No, we wouldn’t recommend freezing this recipe.

How do I reheat Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes?

We don’t recommend reheating this recipe – these cakes are so quick and easy to make and they really are better when they’re served fresh!

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Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes

These are the gooiest, easiest and quickest chocolate puddings ever - and they're perfect if you're counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    4 MINS
  • KCals 208
  • Carbs 18G
WW Points
  • 5 Green
  • 4 Blue
  • 4 Purple

Ingredients

  • 45 g self raising flour
  • 25 g granulated sweetener
  • 15 g cocoa powder
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 45 g reduced fat spread
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 20 g milk chocolate (4 squares)
  • 12 fresh raspberries

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Instructions

To cook in the microwave
  1. Place all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl (except the chocolate pieces and raspberries) and mix thoroughly until all of the reduced fat spread has been fully mixed into the cake batter.
  2. Pour into 4 microwaveable cups or ramekins and pop one square of chocolate onto the top of each.
  3. Place into a microwave, one at a time, and cook on high for 1 minute. The cake should be risen but feel light to the touch - if the top is not cooked, place back in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  4. Leave to stand for 1 minutes (or while you cook the other cakes!), top with the raspberries and serve!
To cook in the oven
  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C.
  2. Place all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl (except the chocolate pieces and raspberries) and mix thoroughly until all of the reduced fat spread has been fully mixed into the cake batter.
  3. Divide the mixture between 4, ovenproof 125ml ramekins and place a chocolate square on top of each.
  4. Place the ramekins onto a baking tray and then pop into the oven for 8 minutes until risen and spongy when pressed, but gooey in middle.
  5. Remove from the oven and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Decorate with a raspberry on top of each.

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16 comments

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ElenaThursday 10th September 2020

How can I do this recipe without a microwave ? (Eg with an oven?)

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    LisaTuesday 15th September 2020

    Hi Elena
    Thanks for your question. This recipe was developed as a quick microwave cake, but after a few requests for an oven method we have tested it and here it is!
    * Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C
    * Prepare mixture as per recipe
    * Divide the mixture between 4 x 125ml ramekins & put a chocolate square on top of each.
    * Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and pop in the oven for 8 minutes until risen and spongy when pressed, but gooey in middle.
    * Remove from oven and leave to stand for 5 mins. Decorate with a raspberry on top of each.

    We’ll be adding this to the website shortly. Hope you enjoy it!

    Reply

GeorgiaWednesday 9th September 2020

Hi, how long would you recommend cooking this in an oven instead of a microwave and what temperature setting?

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    LisaTuesday 15th September 2020

    Hi Georgia.
    Thanks for your question. This recipe was developed as a quick microwave cake, but after a few requests for an oven method we have tested it and here it is!
    * Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C
    * Prepare mixture as per recipe
    * Divide the mixture between 4 x 125ml ramekins & put a chocolate square on top of each.
    * Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and pop in the oven for 8 minutes until risen and spongy when pressed, but gooey in middle.
    * Remove from oven and leave to stand for 5 mins. Decorate with a raspberry on top of each.

    We’ll be adding this to the website shortly. Hope you enjoy it!

    Reply

MichelleThursday 23rd July 2020

Should they ooze? Mine didn’t.

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    HollyMonday 27th July 2020

    Hey Michelle, a traditional chocolate lava cake would have that ooze like sauce in the middle however our version should be nice and gooey from the chocolate melted in the middle. Hope that helps!

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Michelle CoulsonSunday 10th May 2020

Why can’t I pin it?

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    Holly LevellWednesday 13th May 2020

    Hi Michelle, if you click the little plus on the image it will add the recipe to your favourites you can then find all your saved recipes with your account information. Hope that helps!

    Reply

Amelia LloydTuesday 28th April 2020

What brand of cocoa powder do you recommend using?

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    Sharon FitzpatrickWednesday 6th May 2020

    Hi Amelia, you can use any brand of cocoa powder for this recipe, they will all be suitable.

    Reply

Linda StevensonSunday 26th April 2020

Made for the first time and it was amazing. So easy to make.

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    Sharon FitzpatrickWednesday 6th May 2020

    Hi Linda, thankyou for your lovely comment! We are really pleased to hear you loved the Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes.

    Reply

Sarah BartlettMonday 6th April 2020

I don’t own a microwave is it possible to oven bake these?

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    Holly LevellThursday 14th May 2020

    Hi Sarah, these Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes are best cooked in the microwave as they are only cooked for a minute.

    Reply

JessicaSaturday 22nd February 2020

Would this recipe be okay to make in the oven? And if so how long should I cook for and should any of the ingredients be changed?
Thanks

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    Holly LevellThursday 21st May 2020

    Hi Jessica, these Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes are best cooked in the microwave as they are only cooked for a minute. You could try our Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Cream or our Chocolate Orange Cake both are cooked in the oven. Hope that helps!

    Reply

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