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  • Writer's pictureMcKenna

the low-fodmap chocolate protein bites

Prep time: 10 minutes

Makes: 9-12

These are the perfect protein pick-me-up. Filled with nourishing fats & fiber, they're an easy way to satisfy a craving while getting in a few extra grams of protein.

Chocolate protein balls on a ceramic plate

low-FODMAP Notes:

I made these specifically for those of us with sensitive GI systems. There are endless recipes for protein bites / snacks out there on the internet, which is great, they're excellent to have on hand! But I find that many recipes call for dried fruit, almond flour, or honey, all of which can cause digestive symptoms for sensitive people (raising my hand).

Low-FODMAP snacks are great to have if you're following the FODMAP protocol or just looking for something that's not going to upset your gut, leave you feeling bloated, or send you running to the bathroom (if you know, you know). So, this recipe has you covered.


Protein: I used Ancient Nutrition's Bone Broth Chocolate Protein for this recipe. As someone with a very sensitive gut, this is one of the few protein powders that I can tolerate & also thoroughly enjoy. Don't let the bone broth scare you, it tastes nothing like a carton of broth. That said, any chocolate protein powder will do.

Flaxseed: Too much flax can cause digestive symptoms for some. If that's true for you, stick to eating 1- 2 of these at a time, or alternatively, replace the flax with sesame seeds.

Maple syrup: I've made this recipe with 1 Tbsp of maple syrup & it's just as tasty.

Coconut milk: Feel free to use another milk alternative. Almond & hemp work great, too.


¾ c oats, blended

¼ c flaxseeds, ground

2 Tbsp maple syrup

1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

3-4 Tbsp coconut milk (or more if need)

2 Tbsp cacao

½ c peanut butter (runny is preferred)

½ tsp vanilla

¼ tsp cinnamon

pinch of sea salt

optional add-in: handful of your favorite chocolate chips

optional topping: ¼ c pumpkin seeds, ground


Blend the oats & whole flaxseeds in a small blender or food processor until you get a flour consistency. Pour into a medium mixing bowl. *NOTE - feel free to use ground flax & store-bought oat flour, skip this step if so!

Add the protein powder, cinnamon, & pinch of sea salt to the same bowl & mix.

Melt the coconut oil & add to a separate, small mixing bowl. Add the peanut butter, vanilla, maple syrup, & coconut milk then mix.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients & mix together. Add an extra 1 Tbsp of coconut milk if it needs help holding together. *NOTE - You want the mixture to hold its shape but shouldn't stick to your hands too much as you roll it into a ball.

Roll the mixture into your preferred size. Mine were fairly small, about an inch wide.

OPTIONAL: If you'd like to make the topping, blend about 1/4 c of pumpkin seeds & sprinkle on top.

Store in a sealed container in the fridge or place into the freezer for later!

chocolate protein balls on a ceramic plate

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