Early bird offer: pre-order the I Quit Sugar Chocolate Cookbook!

Posted on April 30th, 2013

Update: The 500 Vital Vanilla Protein Powder sachets mentioned below have all been snapped up!

Hello. How’s your day? Mine’s good, thanks. Onto other matters…the I Quit Sugar Chocolate Cookbook: 74 Sugar-Free Cakes, Fudges, Truffles + Barks is almost here.  Since so many of you are rather keen to get in early, we’re taking pre-orders from today. And I’m sharing one of my favourite recipes from the book: My Fudgy Protein Bites. So healthy you could eat it for breakfast (and I do!).

Protein Bar

Fudgy Protein Bites, photography by Marija Ivkovic. Recipe below.

Hang on Sarah! Can you even eat chocolate when you go fructose-free? Yes,  friends, you can. You can!!

However, it does mean making your own real chocolate. I’ve been experimenting for over a year now with different techniques and ingredients, and this cookbook is the culmination of my favourite flavour combos, transformed into more than 70 fructose-free cakes, truffles, brownies, smoothies, mousses and barks.

If you’re keen to get in early, we’ve got a bit of an offer for the first 500 people who pre-order:

Pre-order today + get a Vital Vanilla Protein Powder sample. 

 

The first 500 to pre-order the I Quit Sugar Chocolate Cookbook will also receive a 7g Vital Vanilla Protein Powder sachet from VitalThese 500 sachets have already been snapped up!

For more information on the book – what bang you get for your buck – and how to pre-order, simply click this button below:

IQS choco pre-order-trim

I should say, I use the Vital Vanilla Protein Powder to make a number of the treats in the book, including my favourite, My Fudgy Protein Bites (above). This protein, importantly, is 100% Pure Pea Protein. The Vital Protein

range is free from many common allergens, such as gluten, dairy, lactose, soy, and is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.  Plus all the flavours in the Vital Protein range are 100% completely natural.

* This gift is only available within Australia.

Sachet_VP Vanilla Sample 7gm_70x90 (FINAL)

But now to my recipe, just to give you a bit of a feel for what’s to come.

Fudgy Protein Bites

Makes 25-30

  • 1 ½ cups basic raw chocolate*, melted
  • 3/4 cup vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup maca powder, optional (if not using maca, add a little extra protein powder)

Combine all ingredients and pour immediately into silicon moulds or cupcake cases (mini or standard) and place in the fridge or freezer to harden.

* Basic raw chocolate: Blend/mix 1 cup coconut oil, 1/3 cup raw cacao powder, 1-2 tablespoons rice malt syrup, 2 pinches sea salt until smooth/combined. Pour into moulds or onto a baking paper-lined plate and freeze/refrigerate.

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Hope you like the book. Will be keen to see your feedback when it comes out!


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  • Maddy

    Hi Sarah,
    Can’t wait to see the cookbook, and will order today! I’m about to go to my local Natures Energy, and i was just wondering what ‘raw chocolate’ is? i’m really struggling with all the different things I can eat, and I’m not sure what Id be looking for. cacao?
    thanks!

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    Imogen Reply:

    I think Sarah may mean raw cacao? that can be referred to as raw chocolate sometimes, but not 100% sure either!

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    Kate Reply:

    I think Sarah makes her own chocolate and I’m guessing that is what this recipe uses.

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    Miss Lilapud Reply:

    Hi Imogen,

    I’m presuming she means her own chocolate and has forgotten to add the hyperlink to the recipe … as you can’t really melt raw cacao powder as far as I know … you need to add some coconut oil/butter/cacao butter for it to be “meltable”!

    I’m sure she’ll come back to us on that!

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    Sorry, have updated that bit for you all!

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  • Nataly

    Where does one buy Maca powder from?

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    Kate Reply:

    Power super foods or any good health food store

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    Martyna @ Wholesome Cook Reply:

    Hi Kate and Nataly, I get my maca from http://cheapsuperfoods.com.au/ online – they also stock raw cacao. :-)

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    Latifa Reply:

    Thanks for that link!

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  • http://www.livehealthysimply.com jessica Nazarali – Health Coach

    I’m so excited to see my recipe in this book…It’s a dream come true!

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  • Ian

    Done… thanks for the generous offer..

    Looking forward to this one. My old friend Cadbury is getting a little worried about this one as we’ve been pretty tight for many years now.

    Ian

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  • Emma

    Done. Looking forward to some more inspiration in this latest book. Just had to re-detox after my son’s 4th bday. After some bday cake and cheesecake I felt ill for 2 days. Luckily it’s only taken a couple of days and some severe headaches to get back on track. How’s that for motivation?!

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  • http://www.oneflewover-oneflewover.com Kate

    Bought! Cannot wait for this beauty to arrive in the inbox! x

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  • Talitha

    Thanks Sarah – have pre-ordered and look forward to trying out this protein powder! I’m not one who has ever used them so am very interested to see how this goes.

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  • Karen

    Slightly off topic….not sure if your list in the photo is true or not ,but I see the words ‘Parking Fines’. Do you realise how many times you’ve mentioned about your parking fines in these blogs? I don’t understand how someone who is frugal about living can be so careless about forking out for fines. Bugs me big time.

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    Mia Bluegirl Reply:

    We live in a world where 14 year old girls are being shot in the head for demanding education, and you are bugged at someone for getting a parking ticket?

    Really?

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  • Sharon

    Hi Sarah. Is this an ebook or hard copy for your recipe book. I’m in New Zealand

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    K Reply:

    Yes, I was wondering about this too, but clicked on the pre-order link and it says eBook.

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  • Mia Bluegirl

    Is there a hot chocolate recipe in there? If so, Im in.

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  • http://www.ruthnorris.wordpress.com Ruth

    Pre-ordered! Woohoo!

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  • http://www.rantanonthemove.com Alex Bruggisser

    When’s it going to be released does ANYBODY know?!!! Uni exams are only a couple of weeks away EEEEEEEP haha

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  • michelle

    I will definitely buy this book if it is in hard copy?
    So excited for it :)

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  • Karen

    I will also buy this if it is a hard copy. When will it be on sale? Nothing better than sitting with a cuppa flicking through a good recipe book!!!

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  • Stacey

    Any chance you could convert the cup measurements into grams. Converting them myself does my head in and for the recipe above it would be easier if we knew how much raw choc your making and whether it’s enough for the recipe

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  • Mini

    I loved your first 2 ebooks and was wondering if this book
    Will be available to people in the UK? I love chocolate and being sugar
    Free and making things in the kitchen so I how’s it is as I can’t wait
    To try more of your recipes (had loads of tasty success with your other ones).

    :)

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  • http://www.slowingit.blogspot.com.au/ Michelle Ellis

    Hello,
    I’m excited about the imminent making of sugar-free choccie things, but confused as to what is the benefit of pre-ordering an e-book? Surely an e-book can be ordered in infinite quantities, and as such can never sell out… since I have missed out on the free vanilla protein powder, is there any other reason to pre-order?

    Thanks!

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  • http://saborsaudade.blogspot.com Claudia

    Sarah,

    You know, sincerely, recipes like this kind, with the addition of loads of protein powders are a kind of a downside…. it felt like a cold shower, not very much curious after this first recipe… definitely not going to pre-order the book because of the addition of the vital vanilla and the fact that you mentioned you use it in many recipes…. it makes the book sounds soooo committed to its sponsors… Sorry to be critic. Natural or not, vegan or not, the flavors of those powders are just repulsive. There are other directions to take toward a fructose free world…

    All the best.

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    Meg Reply:

    Yes, I’m with you on this one Claudia.

    I’m not a fan of protein powders either, and was wondering how many of the recipes use protein powders?

    (I also don’t eat coconut oil, so I’m not sure how many recipes I’d be able to use!)

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  • Fi

    Hello! Very excited. Yum. I usually use sun warrior vanilla protein powder. Is it a suitable substitute?? Thanks!! xo

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  • Elisa

    Gday!

    Love IQS…. Keen to get choc cook book, but i was wondering if a lot of the recipes contain nuts / nut milk? My son is anaphylactic and Im gluten free. Super interested in buying the book, frustrated with our limitations.

    Cheers! Elisa

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  • Emily

    I’m so sad my body doesn’t tolerate coconut oil :( I feel nauseous and sea sick when I have it.

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  • Susannah

    Hi Sarah,
    Your book sounds amazing because I’m actually fructose intollerant, but I’m also a cealiac. So I was wondering if your book would be any good for me?

    Cheers
    Susannah

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  • Shae

    Hi Sarah,

    I can’t seem to find vanilla powder anywhere!! Would this Vital Protein Vanilla Powder be ideal to use in your recipes where vanilla powder is included? Or do you have any specific brands I can try and source out online?

    Thanks :)
    Shae

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    Chrissy Reply:

    I have had the same issue… I’m dying to make a few more recipes but noticed there is a difference between the products and can’t find Vanilla Powder anywhere in Adelaide.

    Cheers,
    Chrissy

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  • Seona

    Hi Sarah, I’ve just read rice malt syrup can contain arsenic, have you read this and is there any truth too it???? Have been using this as my sweetener as you do too. Little worried now!!

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    VV Reply:

    Found this on another site….

    Ok, it’s officially amazing what you can find with google. I just looked up Pure Harvest arsenic rice and found a response from the Pure Harvest company that someone had received after writing to them about the Rice Malt Syrup to ask if it has been tested. The gist is that it has, and it is well below the Australian/NZ food safety standards for arsenic:

    “The FSANZ standard 1.4.1 permits a level for Cereals of 1 mg/kg (ppm) of Total Arsenic. As can be seen from the test report provided, our rice syrup has a level of <0.040 mg/kg (ppm) of Total Arsenic (note the less than, this is the detection limit for the specific test used to detect the arsenic in this case, so the actual levels are less than this), so is well below the maximum permitted levels stated in the code. The American FDA do not have any standards set for Arsenic in food or beverages, and are in general many years behind Australia and New Zealand in the development and implementation of Food Safety systems. "

    Phew, seems like we don't need to send out a call for new syrups, and thanks FSANZ for having better standards than USA!!

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  • http://www.wholesome-cook.com Martyna @ Wholesome Cook

    Many thanks for inspiring all of us lovely lady, and what a privilege to be contributing to the eBook. I cannot wait to see it. In fact, I have been craving chocolate for a few days now and apart from a few pieces of your-style raw choc, I am holding off for something special from the book. YUM! xo

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  • Sharyn

    HI, I was just wondering if the raw chocolate mix has to be kept in the refrigerator once it is set, or it melts away again??
    Thanks in advance :)

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  • Gorgiegirl

    I made the sample recipe tonight. Yummo! Fudgy protein bites = Rich, sweet, filling and super easy. Ok! Just ordered the book! Can’t wait.

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  • Tijana

    Hi Sarah,

    I’m curious why do you use protein powder so much, especially since you’re not a vegetarian and you get your protein elsewhere? Also, is there any particular reason behind combining chocolaty treats w protein?

    Thanks!

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  • ruth leon

    Oh my goodness! I just made a variation of the above recipe— didn’t have maca powder or the vanilla protein powder so I just used chia and some vital greens, and added some chopped walnuts to a small portion as well.

    YUM YUM YUM

    it is in the fridge setting as I speak and i have already licked the utensils thoroughly and sampled a small one with the substitutes— just delicious and I will use this recipe again and experiment further. coffee for instance as a flavour, also will add some of the vanilla powder as well— I had just better not eat too much as I imagine it might well be calorie laden.
    By the way, I had a day on which I ate some cake and biscuits— first for ages and BOY, did I feel unwell! I am so happy not eating sugar— it is so stimulating searching out recipes and creating delicious meals like this.

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  • Carrie

    I just made these and I’m a little underwhelmed with the finished product. I’d describe the texture as being grainy/powdery. Where did I go wrong? Did I need to make more raw choc than the quantity above (I didn’t measure, just thought ‘that looks about right’) I was super excited about these…

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  • Claire

    I have a slightly unrelated question. My boyfriend has found a packet of coconut flakes (organic, no additives ect) and has told me it is not allowed as the nutritional information says it has 8g of sugar per 100g. I explained to him that it is coconut not fructose and that is fine but he will not let up. Can anyone please give me a proper argument or do I have to quit coconut too?
    thanks =)

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  • colleen

    Anybody else make the raw chocolate and have the rice malt syrup all collect in the bottom of the trays??? Does the coconut oil and rice malt need to be heated over the stove or something to combine? or blitzed with a stab mixer of something?

    Any suggestions welcome as I’m afraid I’ve just wasted 2/3 jar of coconut oil!

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    Bo Reply:

    Hi Colleen,

    That’s what happened to me when I made the raspberry-ripple! (well, besides the fact that it was too salty … :-( next time I make it I definitely won’t use salted butter as instructed)
    BUT today I made the above fudge thingy – with raw chocolate – and got lucky!

    I just made sure I kept stirring it, and that the coconut oil/butter stayed nice and soft until just before putting into the muffin tray.
    I did also think about doing all that on the stow on low heat – but it worked out fine – I just had to rush it a little bit.

    Hope that helps!

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  • colleen

    Thanks Bo! It happened with my raspberry ripple too. Nobody would eat it :(

    So really wanted to get the chocolate right as I want happy family when I try to convince them this stuff is better than shop bought stuff.

    Having since read the chocolate cook book I think my problem may have been not using coconut oil when it was semi solid.

    Having a break from it now until I have success with one or two other recipes.

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  • Barbara

    I’ve made the fudge brownies twice now, love them. They fill you up when yr having hunger pangs or cravings. I love how the chia seeds linger and you get a burst of one after you’ve finished. Also make the choo granola and Rasperry ripe regularly. My hubby loves them all too. We are sugar free! Totally.

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  • Emily

    I have a coconut sensitivity, any ideas about a substitute for coconut oil in this recipe? x

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