It’s no secret that navigating the Holidays can be extremely tough for those who deal with IBS. Let’s be honest most places or parties you attend do not cater to a low FODMAP crowd. It becomes very challenging to try and enjoy yourself without the result being a stomachache or flare-up. Even with IBS, you should not feel deprived during the Holidays or any time of the year.
Hot chocolate is a wintertime and holiday favorite but something many people stop enjoying due to the use of high FODMAP ingredients. We use cacao powder in this IBS-friendly hot chocolate due to its excellent benefits. Cacao beans are a rich source of antioxidants that support the immune system and decrease inflammation. Cacao is also associated with increased blood flow, managing blood pressure, supporting blood sugar, and providing fiber and minerals such as iron and magnesium. Magnesium is essential for digestion, nervous system regulation, and much more!
Here is my delicious IBS-friendly and protein-packed low-FODMAP recipe. This hot chocolate is refined sugar-free, packed with 20 grams of protein, and comes together to create a creamy, decadent-tasting beverage that won’t leave you with a stomachache or drastically spike your blood sugar!
Low FODMAP hot chocolate recipe:
- 8 oz cashew, almond, or lactose-free milk (whole milk or full fat recommended if not using plant milk)
- 1-2 teaspoons cacao powder
- 1 scoop TumLove chocolate protein powder
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup whipped cream or ¼ cup coconut whipped cream to top - optional but recommended*
Place the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat and simmer. Add the warm milk to a vented blender with the rest of the ingredients. Blend on high until frothy, about a minute or so. Top with whipped cream if desired and enjoy! If your blender isn’t vented or doesn’t handle the heat, blend the ingredients first, then transfer to a saucepan to warm on the stove. Make this during the Holidays or all year round, and never miss out on your favorite beverage again! You can also enjoy this as a delicious and balanced breakfast smoothie! Add 1 cup of frozen blueberries, half a firm banana, and one tablespoon of ground flaxseed, and omit the maple syrup.Shop Now