Lemon Lava Cakes

  • 5MINS
  • 10MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 157KCAL

In the mood for a proper lemony treat? Our gooey-in-the-middle puddings have you covered! With a zesty, light sponge and an irresistibly tangy lemon curd centre, it's hard to believe they're slimming friendly. Grab a spoon and tuck in!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories157
  • Carbs24g
  • Protein4.8g
  • Fat7.1g
  • Saturates1.8g
  • Sugars8g

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Taking inspiration from our irresistible Chocolate and Biscoff Lava Cakes, we’ve created a zesty version of our favourite gooey-in-the-middle sweet treat! The best part about tucking into these heavenly little puds is their satisfying citrus centre – so soft and delicious! 

Ready in just 20 minutes with hardly any washing up for after, they’re ideal when you’re in the mood for a sweet yet tangy treat, for very little effort. Fluffy, oozy and delightfully tart, our melty lemon puds are the perfect way to finish off dinner time! 

Add a glug of our slimming-friendly Custard or a swirl of reduced-fat aerosol cream for an extra-special dessert treat (they’ll complement the rich, lemony flavours so well!).

In a hurry? You can also make these delightful desserts in the microwave. Find the microwave method here.

What diets are these Lemon Lava Cakes suitable for?

This Lemon Lava Cakes recipe is suitable for vegetarian diets.

It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten-free versions; 

  • 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 are these Lemon Lava Cakes?

Weight Watchers’ new PersonalPoints plan calculates each individual’s Points allowance based on their unique food preferences and goals. This means we’re no longer able to offer exact WW points for our recipes.

The good news is that all of our recipes are still Weight Watchers friendly! If you have any questions about your Points budgets or you’re unsure how a certain recipe will fit into your plan, please reach out to Weight Watchers directly.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Lemon Lava Cakes?

All of the ingredients needed to make these Lemon Lava Cakes should be easy to find in your usual supermarket. There are a couple of bits of equipment that will make this recipe easier:

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You will need some 125ml ramekin dishes to make this recipe.

An electric whisk is handy but not essential!

How many calories are in these Lemon Lava Cakes?

There are 157 calories per portion in these Lemon Lava Cakes, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment!

This Lemon Lava Cakes is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits 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.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 160°C and grease 4 ramekin dishes (125ml) with a little extra reduced-fat spread.

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Step 2

Place the self-raising flour, spread, sweetener, eggs, lemon flavouring and lemon juice into a mixing bowl. Beat together for 1-2 minutes using an electric whisk or wooden spoon, until smooth and creamy.

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Step 3

Divide the mixture between the ramekin dishes. Drop a teaspoonful of lemon curd into the centre of each.

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Step 4

Set the dishes on a baking tray and place in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, until risen and spongy – they should still be runny in the centre.

Step 5

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the lemon zest and a little icing sugar if you like. Serve alone, or with a swirl of reduced fat aerosol cream or a little custard.

Lemon Lava Cakes - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

What could I serve with these Lemon Lava Cakes?

We think these Lemon Lava Cakes are the perfect end to any meal. Enjoy them after a hearty dinner, including the following dishes:

How do you know when Lemon Lava Cakes are cooked?

You should cook these Lemon Lava Cakes for 8-10 minutes until the cakes have risen but are still gooey in the middle. Take care not to overcook them and remove them from the oven while the centres are still oozy. Allow them to stand for 5 minutes before serving.

How long can you keep Lemon Lava Cakes in the fridge?

You can keep these Lemon Lava Cakes in the fridge for up to 2 days. Store them covered, in an airtight container and reheat following the instructions below before serving.

Can I freeze Lemon Lava Cakes?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat Lemon Lava Cakes?

From chilled: Place in a microwave-safe container with. a loosely fitting lid and heat until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost overnight in the fridge and reheat from chilled. 

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Lemon Lava Cakes

These zesty, light puddings come with a tangy lemon curd centre that's so good, it's hard to believe they're slimming friendly!
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    10 MINS
  • KCals 157
  • Carbs 24G

Ingredients

  • 45 g self-raising flour
  • 45 g reduced-fat spread
  • 25 g white granulated sweetener
  • 2 medium eggs
  • ½ lemon juiced and zested
  • 1 tsp lemon flavouring
  • 4 tsp lemon curd
  • a little extra reduced-fat spread for greasing
  • ¼ tsp icing sugar for dusting (optional)

Medium mixing bowl

electric whisk

Baking tray

125ml ramekin dishes

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C and grease 4 ramekin dishes (125ml) with a little extra reduced-fat spread.
  2. Place the self-raising flour, spread, sweetener, eggs, lemon flavouring and lemon juice into a mixing bowl. Beat together for 1-2 minutes using an electric whisk or wooden spoon, until smooth and creamy.
  3. Divide the mixture between the ramekin dishes. Drop a teaspoonful of lemon curd into the centre of each.
  4. Set the dishes on a baking tray and place in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, until risen and spongy – they should still be runny in the centre.
  5. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the lemon zest and a little icing sugar if you like. Serve alone, or with a swirl of reduced fat aerosol cream or a little custard.

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MarianFriday 22nd July 2022

Can these be made in advance?

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    HollyFriday 29th July 2022

    Hey Marian, you could make these lava cakes an hour or so in advance and pop them in the fridge until ready to heat. Alternatively these can be reheated from chilled. Hope that helps!

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