Being on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet means that if I want a yummy treat, I usually have to bake it. And being a mommy of a 3 year old and 6 month old doesn't give me tons of free time in the kitchen. So if I'm going to bake, it's got to be quick and easy. Something I can throw together during nap time or after the kids are in bed but before I hit the sack.

My current favorite in the quick/easy/yummy treat category is a peanut butter brownie (or three). Stephen loves them too, especially with the addition of a handful of chocolate chips (NOT SCD legal, unfortunately for me). The recipe I use is one that my mom Beth and I came up with as a variation on the Peanut Butter Brownies from Elaine Gottschall's Breaking The Vicious Cycle. We add crunchy peanut butter (and a bit more of it) and vanilla, and we lower the oven temperature and bake a little longer so it comes out just right.

SCD Peanut Butter Brownies

  • 1 1/4 cups crunchy peanut butter, no additives
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Spread batter into an 8x8 baking pan that has been fully lined with parchment paper (cut out the corners of the paper, fold back the edges, and fit into pan. You'll end up with handles for removing the brownies when they are done). Bake at 300 for 30 minutes or until the edges are nicely browned. Cool slightly and then use the parchment paper handles to carefully remove brownies to a rack. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

For more great recipes, check out my mom's online SCD cookbook, Turtle Soup.


I particularly especially enjoy these, since my tummy can't tolerate almond flour based SCD baked goods. They go down nice and easy.

I googled 'scd ann arbor' and your blog came up! I read BTVC last week and have been fighting UC for about 5 years. My doctor keeps changing my meds and I'm sick of it! So I want to start the SCD. It seems so overwhelming.

Do you have any recommendations on where to shop in the area? Your recipes look delicious and have cheered me up a little bit, especially after shopping around quite a bit yesterday looking for almond flour.

Thanks for all you do!

Hi Kate,

I'm glad you found my site and that you are thinking about SCD. I haven't actually met anyone in Ann Arbor who is on the diet, although I'm sure there are more than just myself!

I buy my almond flour from
Every couple months I buy 10 lbs and store the extra in the freezer. Also, I buy Zingerman's Farm Cheese (it's legal--no cream added after it's cultured) for making the Lois Bread from BTVC--if you go to the Creamery on Tuesdays, it's $2 off per lb. I buy 2 lbs, divvy it up into the portions for 2 loaves of bread (I make a double batch each time), and freeze the extra for the next batch. If you decide to make the Lois Bread at some point, I can help you adjust the quantities of the ingredients, since the Farm Cheese is wetter than dry curd.

We do all our shopping at Whole Foods, which isn't necessary for the diet, but we think it makes things easier since most everything they sell is fairly healthy anyways.

If you want to talk about the SCD in greater detail, you can give me a call. I'm a stay at home mom, so call whenever. I'd love to help you out in any way I can. I'd even give you a tutorial on making the yogurt or the bread/muffins/whatever. It's a bit of a learning curve to get the baked goods just right.



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