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chocolate lave cake topped with keto ice cream and garnished with raspberries

Instant Pot Lava Cakes

  • Author: Sara Nelson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These Instant Pot Lava Cakes are low-carb, nut-free, warm, gooey, chocolatey, and totally irresistible! Made from scratch in only 30 minutes, moist chocolate cake is filled with a decadent molten chocolate center that flows out like lava when the cake is cut into. Keto lava cakes are a show-stopping dessert for any meal or party.


Optional Garnishes (Not Included In Nutrition Info):


  • 5 oz ramekins


  1. To a small glass or stainless steel bowl, add dark chocolate bar squares. In a large pot over medium heat, using double boiler method (see note below), melt chocolate in bowl, stirring occasionally. Remove pot from stovetop and allow melted chocolate to cool slightly while moving on to next step.
  2. In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer with whisk attachment, mix together eggs, butter, monk fruit sweetener, and vanilla extract until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add ground sunflower seed meal and salt and mix again until smooth. Pour melted chocolate into mixing bowl of egg mixture and, using an electric mixer with clean whisk attachment, mix until combined.
  3. Coat ramekins or non-stick pudding pots with cooking spray. Fill each ramekin about ¾ of the way full with prepared batter.
  4. Place steamer rack on bottom of Instant Pot pot and then pour in 2 cups of water. Place 4 ramekins directly atop steamer rack and then place remaining 1 ramekin atop the 4 ramekins in the center to build a pyramid.
  5. Secure Instant Pot lid and set to Manual setting (high pressure) to cook for 6 minutes.
  6. After cooking has finished, quick-release pressure and, using a towel or tongs, quickly and carefully remove ramekins from Instant Pot pot.
  7. As quickly as possible and while still warm, atop a plate, flip ramekins over to remove cakes from ramekins. Serve cakes warm on their own or garnished with any of the optional garnishes included in the Ingredients list.

Recipe Notes:

Where To Purchase Monk Fruit Sweetener: I purchase mine from Lakanto and have it delivered. If you want to do this, you can use discount code REALBALANCED at checkout for 20% OFF your Lakanto order. If you’d rather purchase monk fruit sweetener in a store, many grocery stores, especially specialty stores and Costco, carry Lakanto’s monk fruit sweetener.

Double Boiler Method: Instead of putting chocolate bar squares directly in a pot to melt, we want to simmer water in a pot and set a bowl atop the simmering water. This is to ensure the chocolate does not burn and melts evenly. To successfully melt chocolate using the double boiler method, to a large pot, add just enough water to fill the bottom of the pan, but not too much that the water will touch the bottom of the bowl you plan to melt the chocolate in. Over medium heat with the bowl of chocolate atop the water, simmer the water, which will lead to the chocolate melting.

Net Carbs: Per serving, the cakes contain 4.8 grams of net carbs. A serving size is 1 cake and the recipe, as written, yields 5 cakes. Net carbs are calculated by taking total carbs, subtracting fiber, and subtracting sugar alcohols.

Refrigerator Storage: These can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Freezer Storage: After being cooked and cooled, the lava cakes can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. Place cakes in an airtight container or storage bag, then take out and thaw in the refrigerator before reheating in the microwave.

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