Chocolate & Coconut Cups with a Hazelnut surprise

Cocolate & hazel cups with a coconut kick - ATLS

Oh my!! I know you are supposed to be humble upon your own creations – but I’m not gonna make it this time. This little, creamy, flavourful, chunky, heavy, delicious and healthy treat is absolutely one of the best I’ve ever had. My fellow nutrition geek girl friends tasted it the other night fresh from the fridge, and they said that it was the best piece of chocolate they had ever had!!
So what is it that makes this filled chocolate cup so very special? For once it is healthy and knowing this can be interpreted in too many ways, I will just say: No this does not mean that it can be eaten all the time at all times, but it is a wonderful snack, dessert and quick energy fix. And here we are talking gooood energy! It is chocolate of high quality with a healthy content of cocoa (70+), it is coconut sugar that does not play around with your blood sugar, it is fibers from coconut flour and it is healthy fats from hazelnuts and coconut oil!

Cocolate & hazel cups with a coconut kick - ATLS

Speaking of coconut oil, I have actually planned a little praise on my own. I think that it is time we gave some credit to the amazing and beautiful oil that are very misunderstood by many. Whenever I use coconut oil with my mom around she comments on the use of saturated fat and that it’s unhealthy to get too much coconut oil. That is a sad rumour to have labelled on you when you are actually one of the healthiest oils we can get our hands, skin and insides on to!
First of all – yes coconut oil contains saturated fat. But 2/3 of the fatty acids in coconut oil are medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA) that are considered quite healthy and have some awesome qualities. Let’s take it from a beginning: MCFA’s are being absorbed in the body in a way that makes sure that they are only being utilised as body fuel instead of being layered as adipose tissue. They secure a long lasting feeling of satiety, a slightly increased metabolism and have been proven effective in treatment of cardio vascular diseases. Further more coconut oil is easily digested, has anti inflammatory effects and it makes your skin and hair glow.
As with any other oil, or food product really, the quality plays a very important role. You should always choose an organic extra virgin coconut oil, to be certain that it has not been processed in any harmful way that can be dangerous for the body. Another great thing about coconut oil is that it has a sweet and tropical flavour that pairs great with asian food, in desserts, smoothies and porridges. But you can also get flavour neutral versions if you are not into the tropical twist every single time. Another great thing when it comes to cooking with coconut oil is that it’s actually the only oil that can handle a fairly high heat without being destroyed and become a ‘harmful’ oil.

Fresh figs - ATLS

An important thing to remember when including more healthy fats in our diet is to make room for it energy wise. It is not simply an addition to our regular diet – unless you wanna gain some serious weight. No, we need to remove some of the other energy rich sources (did anyone say sugar), yes for example sugar, processed foods and refined starchy carbohydrates. Try for example to remove some of your banana and fruit in your morning smoothie and add a spoonful of coconut oil instead. It will add a lovely taste, creaminess and increase satiety. Or maybe you could eat one less piece of bread for lunch and add some extra oil onto your salad. It is small adjustments that sometimes makes the biggest difference.
As goes with these lovely bites, they are very rich, filling and absolutely perfect accompanied with a cup of coffee. I will enjoy one before my afternoon yoga or later as a little treat after dinner. They are super easy to make, it literally takes 10 min in total, and you can keep them in the fridge or store them in the freezer. They only need 10-15 minuted to defrost and you have a great comfy bite on a rainy afternoon.

Cocolate & hazel cups with a coconut kick - ATLS

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  1. KellyKelly09-26-2013

    Delicious! I also love your pictures, what kind of camera did you use?:) x Kelly

  2. DenaDena09-26-2013

    Wow. These look amazing, mouthwatering and wonderful. I love the fresh fig. Well done! I think we’ll be having these this weekend.

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene09-26-2013

      Uh, almost jealous since mine are gone now – I think I’ll make yet another batch too :)

  3. I love the smell of coconut oil but I’ve never used it to cook with before … I must try it! Beautiful food :)

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene09-26-2013

      Yes especially in it’s raw shape, were you get the most benefits of the amazing fatty acids :)

  4. these looks heavenly. I am doing a major project on coconut oil – will definitely come back to this post :)

    • Josephine MaleneJosephine Malene09-26-2013

      Uh sounds interesting – I am too writing my BA partly on dietary fats, so I’m pretty hung on the whole subjects as well!

  5. Ann-LouiseAnn-Louise09-27-2013

    A complete jaw dropper! Love this recipe and can’t wait to sink my teeth in to a few of these.

  6. thelittleloafthelittleloaf09-27-2013

    These look insanely delicious. I can’t get enough of figs at the moment so will definitely be making!

  7. what a cute and delicious surprise!

  8. ShobelynShobelyn09-28-2013

    This looks really good. The fig on top, really incredible… What a very good job…

  9. Hi! Again! Josephine*
    WOAUH ^ . ^ This Dessert is absolutely mesmerizing!!

    I really ADORE the nut·detail in the middle,.,. SUPERB*
    Their shapes, texture & colours are so well arranged,
    that is ONE of my favourite recipes from you.

    The pics have been very VERY GOOD!
    { Congratulations, again ^ . ^ } x º x º x

  10. Jaime BoxJaime Box01-07-2014

    These are so delicate and beautiful – thank you for the recipe.

  11. TheresaTheresa02-18-2014

    såå vackra!

  12. GemGem04-15-2014

    I’m planning on making these for some friends who are visiting. When you say coconut fibres or ground desiccated coconut flour, will desiccated coconut or just coconut flour work instead ?
    Thanks!

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