Chocolate Heart Lava Cakes

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After my update Monday, (thanks for all of the well wishes!!)  I had hoped I would have better vision by now and happily be blogging away. Sadly, after seeing the doctor yesterday, it seems that my healing is taking longer than expected and my vision is not expected to stabilize until next week. In the meantime, I can’t really do much of anything. No exercise, no really leaving the apartment, no walking the pup (light sensitivity is my worst side effect), no driving, no volunteer shifts :(

But, I’m trying to look at it as a time of meditation and relaxation. It’s getting me to learn to be more patient about things and making me realize how lucky I am to have such great friends offering to cook meals for me, walk my pup and even come over to help make recipes for the blog 😉

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I wanted to break out of my comfort zone for this recipe. Baking is definitely not a skill set I have, so I enlisted the help of a friend and we made these gorgeous cupcakes in time for Valentine’s Day. (sorry for the pictures… my vision is still so hazy – it’s hard to take and sort through pictures :/)

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Chocolate Heart Lava Cakes (makes 6 cupcakes)

Preheat oven to 400. Brush a thin layer of coconut oil into each cupcake mould.

1 cup of gluten-free flour
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
1 tsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp of salt
Mix these dry ingredients together.

3/4 cup of strawberry purée (take 1 cup of trimmed strawberries and blend with a splash of water)
3/4 cup of coconut milk
1/2 cup of sugar
2/3 cup of melted chocolate chips
3 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tbsp of aquafaba
1 tsp of vanilla extract
Place all of the wet ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until fully combined. Pour this wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until completely mixed. Pour the batter into 6 cupcake moulds, filling them 3/4 of the way full. Then place 6 chocolate chips in the middle of each filled mould, press in and pour more batter on to fill the mould completely.

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Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before gently removing them.

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Do you have any special Valentine’s Day Plans??

25 thoughts on “Chocolate Heart Lava Cakes

  1. So sorry to learn about your vision, yes your right all you can do is chill and take it as meditate.
    We forget how precious our eyes are and take them for granted. I too need a visit to the opticians, sending you a big hug. Its so good you are surrounded by many good friends to help out with daily chores. Hopefully in not too long you will be taking your pup out for walks again.
    Your photographs of the chocolate lava cakes are wonderful, no need to apologise at all.
    I’ve made a vegan creme brulee for valentines and will share with you on Friday.
    Big hug x

    1. Thank you Shaheen – you are so sweet! We do take so many things for granted, I should be more thankful for all I do have.
      And thank you for the compliments on the pictures =) I am excited to see your creme brulee!!! I bet it’s amazing!

  2. I’m not the best baker either. I wish I was but I’m sooooo excited to try these! They look amazing!

    Such a great idea for Valentine’s Day!

    It’s so nice of your friends to help you out. You know I’d be right there if I lived on the same side of the country as you!

    1. Aw thanks Mary Ellen! The texture is a little different since they are gluten-free, I’m sure you could sub normal flour if you want.
      I know you would! I wish we lived closer – we would have movie nights and baking days and have so much fun =)

  3. These are CUTE! I made some little chocolate lava cakes once, but when they came out of the ramekin they kind of just plopped down like weird little blobs. At least the filling stayed inside until you cut into them and they tasted good!

    Sorry to hear that it is taking longer than expected for your eyes to heal up. I hope it doesn’t take too much longer. <3

    1. Why thank you! I was thinking the pictures weren’t great – but everyone is being so nice, they can’t be so bad haha 😉
      As long as they taste good! That’s my only real requirement of things I cook/bake.
      Thanks Susan – I’m slowly starting to see better. I’m hoping it’s much better next week.

  4. So sorry to hear about your vision problems! I hope things start getting better quickly!
    These lava cakes are so adorable and festive– I bet they taste amazing, too! :)

  5. YUm! This chocolate heart lava cake is the perfect treat for me to make for my sweetie this Valentine’s Day! This will really warm his heart. Thanks for sharing it at the Plant-Based Potluck Party!. I’m pinning and sharing this awesome vegan sweet!

  6. I want to make this recipe today for Valentine’s Day – I have one question about the coconut milk. Is this the can kind or the kind you can get in the refrigerator? Thank you.

    1. Hi Jan! Sorry I took time to reply to this. I actually just used coconut milk from the carton (refrigerated). I think the coconut milk from the can would work too – just be sure to stir it up so it’s not too thick. Hope that helps. Let me know if you try it and like it =)

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