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These date cupcakes are light and airy and not too sweet. They are a great snack or light dessert – and I won’t tell if you have it for breakfast.
Being that this is made with dates and has not baking soda, it came out a lot lighter than I expected. I love the texture of these. A lot of times almond flour recipes come out a little heavy and sometimes oily, but these have stayed light and fluffy.
Making homemade broth may not be the first thing on your mind in these warm summer months – it’s been around 90 here for days and days – but broth and/or stock is an important staple of the SCD diet.
I like to make up a bunch and freeze it by the cup to have handy for recipes. Making broth is super easy and once you do it, you’ll never want to have anything else (which, we’re not supposed to do on SCD anyway).
The perfect summer SCD recipe – Strawberry Lemonade Cream Pie.
This uses rich and creamy lemon curd, combined with whipped cream yogurt. Yogurt can be made with whipping cream, the same as it’s made with milk. You’ll probably want to save it for an occasional treat, but it is pretty awesome for dessert making or just for a topping.
One of the questions I am asked most often is if there is any kind of commercial yogurt that can be substituted for the homemade SCD yogurt.
The answer to that question is no.
SCD yogurt is fermented for 24 hours, which provides the correct bacteria levels for the diet. The official Breaking the Vicious Cycle website has a great section on yogurt and provides a ton of info about it.
With all the kinds of yogurt out there, I know it can be tempting to try them out. These days people are demanding more from their yogurt – less sugar, higher quality, pasture milk, etc, – and that’s great, but it’s still not SCD friendly.
2,500 years ago Hippocrates said that “All disease begins in the gut.”
We all know that when you’ve got an “upset stomach” it can derail your day, your week, your year, and your life. Suddenly you’re missing work, canceling social engagements, and you become afraid to go anywhere. The thought of traffic jams, airplanes, and business meetings strikes terror in your heart. Forget about traveling, the beach, and hiking in the mountains.
Life becomes about your gut and avoiding the pain and embarrassing situations it can cause. Even though we’ve told everyone we just have an “upset stomach” we know that there’s more going on than that. I’ve been there and I know how these symptoms can disrupt your life. I used to have trouble staying awke at my desk at work – something my co-workers started to notice. The turning point for me was making my friends turn around and take me home when we were on our way to the movies one day.
I made up my mind that was never going to happen again. I made up my mind to take control of my life by taking care of myself and changing my diet.
If you’re like me, you probably miss having a sandwich. You may have even tried making some SCD bread only to find it doesn’t work all that well for a sandwich that has anything more than peanut butter and jelly on it.
Personally, I’m not a fan of almond flour bread, so I’ve been trying to find suitable substitutions. There’s something to be said for being able to stack your favorite sandwich ingredients together with a little mustard. It’s satisfying. And sometimes putting all those exact same things in a salad just doesn’t do it.
I’ve seen collard wraps in the deli section at the store, but I’ve never been able to try one because of non-SCD fillings. I finally decided to try it on my own. I discovered quickly that you can’t just wrap a raw collard green around some stuff and have something palpable, they take a little prep.
If you’re looking for a SCD recipe for a not-to-sweet cake that works for breakfast or dessert then this carrot cake is it.
I usually stick with cupcakes because it can be hard to cook the cake evenly. I think cooking with almond flour and honey makes it harder to get the center cooked, but this cake came out perfectly in 25 minutes.
I’m going to say right up front that these bars are not 100% SCD legal because they contain a dried juice concentrate.
Being that the juice is the the last ingredient on the list, and I feel good abut LÄRABAR, I was good with giving these a try. The decision of course is your own. I don’t really recommend LÄRABAR for anyone at the beginning stages of the diet, or who are experiencing a lot of symptoms because the nuts and dates could be an irritant. But once you are back to feeling good LÄRABARs make a convenient on-the-go snack. The decision to try these two flavors is of course up to you.
I love this bar. It’s one of the most ambitious bars from LÄRABAR yet. For one thing it has macadamia nuts! It also has pecans, dried strawberries, and dried cranberries (LÄRABAR typically labels every ingredient, but I sent them an email to verify whether or not these have sugar).
Ingredients (I have already verified that the vanilla does not contain sugar):
Coconut Pineapple Cake
This one reminded me of the tropical flavor they had a while back, but I like this one better. It has more simple flavor with just pineapple and coconut. It’s kind of like their Coconut Cream Pie flavor with a little kick. I really like the hint of lime (not SCD legal) that’s there.
Larabars top photo: Sherry Lipp
Larabars ingredients photo: LÄRABAR
Recipe originally published May 20, 2011 and updated May 2, 2015
This is one of my new favorite recipes and it’s so simple! It takes a while to cook (but not to prepare), so it’s good for a Sunday. I found the recipe in Sheryl Crow’s new cookbook If It Makes You Healthy. Even though the book is not SCD I like that it is geared toward healthy eating. There are a lot of interesting recipes that I look forward to trying or converting to make a SCD recipe (if possible).