Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet

I was sent the book Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet: Over 100 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Recipes that are Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, and Grain-Free. I’m not actually on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, although after reading up on it some I kind of think it would be interesting to try it for a while. I’ve had enough digestive troubles my whole life.

According to the website “Breaking the Vicious Cycle

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ has helped many thousands of people with various forms of bowel disease and other ailments vastly improve their quality of life. In many cases people consider themselves cured. It is a diet intended mainly for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, diverticulitis, cystic fibrosis and chronic diarrhea. However it is a very healthy, balanced and safe diet that has health benefits for everyone. The foods that are allowed on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ are based on the chemical structure of these foods. Carbohydrates are classified by their molecular structure.

I like that the website gives you a whole list of all the legal/illegal foods on the diet and the scientific reason why it’s not recommended for those with bowel issues. I feel like there are a lot of diets available that say “Don’t eat that” and we’re supposed to take it at face value without reason. But then again, those are diets geared toward losing weight and this is geared toward optimal digestive health.

Anyway, the book was written by Erica Kerwien; author of the site who learned about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet after her son was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. She found this way of cooking helped to him heal. So these recipes are coming from a mother who has tried and tested them on her family.

The book has so many recipes that sounded really interesting. Main dishes, sides, breads, desserts… And the ones I’ve made have been delicious:

Banana bread
Banana bread

This bread is made from almond meal and coconut meal. You can actually get the recipe from the author’s site: Comfy Belly Banana Bread I didn’t use walnuts in it, walnuts seem to make my mouth itch since I had the baby so I’ve been avoiding them.

Orange cauliflower couscous
Orange cauliflower “couscous”

This doesn’t contain any grain based couscous, it’s just cooked cauliflower pulsed in a food processor to look similar to cauliflower. But I loved this. I think I’ll be making this regularly… of course, I’m the only one that eats it here because my husband says that cauliflower is a vegetable he refuses to eat. Maybe the baby will eat it with me someday.

Lemon pound cake
Lemon pound cake

I love lemon desserts and lemon cake. This one was decent, but it didn’t have enough lemon-y flavor for me. I even did as the author instructed and added extra lemon juice to give it more zing and it still wasn’t enough for me! But it’s made out of almond and coconut flours, like the banana bread.

While I’m not following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, I do think this is a great cookbook with lots of options for everyone and I’m eager to add more of these recipes into my repertoire!

PS – I ordered my coconut flour from Swanson’s, where I get my supplements. They have great prices!

Disclaimer: All reviews are my own opinion, this product was provided free for the purpose of review.


  1. One of my Team Challenge teammates for the Las Vegas race last year was (is) on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. He has Ulcerative Colitis and felt that being on the diet really made a huge difference for him.

    • That was one of the things I immediately thought of with this, how many IBD patients I know that might benefit from this!

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