Decadent Chocolate Soufflé – Cleveland Clinic

Closeup of a chocolate souffle with strawberry garnish on dark plate.

These delicious chocolate soufflés are perfect to share with someone you love. With rich chocolate flavor, strawberries, cinnamon and even a little Cognac, they’re only 130 calories per serving.

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  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oil-based butter spread
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground toasted almonds
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon good-quality cocoa
  • 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon Cognac
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar
  • 12 strawberries, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Grease/flour 6-ounce soufflé cups with the butter spread.
  2. Mix 1 teaspoon of the sugar with the almonds and 1 teaspoon of the cocoa. Coat the insides and bottom of the soufflé cups, tapping the sides to make sure they’re coated.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons water with the remaining sugar in a nonstick small pot. Bring to a simmer and cook until the mixture becomes thick, about 3 minutes. Don’t allow the syrup to color. Brush down the sugar crystals on the sides of the pot with a wet pastry brush as the syrup thickens. It will be quite hot so be careful.
  4. While the sugar and water are simmering, beat the egg whites until stiff in the bowl of an electric mixer. While continuing to beat, slowly and carefully pour the hot sugar syrup into the egg whites. Add the 3 tablespoons cocoa, the Cognac and cinnamon.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the soufflé cups, tapping each cup to make sure there aren’t any bubbles. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the soufflés are puffed and set. Immediately place the soufflés on dessert plates. Sift the confectioners’ sugar over the tops and decorate each plate with 3 strawberries. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information (per serving)

Makes 4 servings

Calories: 130
Total fat: 2.5g
Saturated fat: 0.5g
Protein: 5g
Carbohydrates: 24g
Dietary fiber: 3g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 70mg
Potassium: 260mg

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