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The Special Carbohydrate Diet
The Special Carbohydrate Diet was developed by Elaine Gottschall, author of Breaking the Vicious Cycle. Variations on the diet are offered by Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, in her book, GAPS Diet, as well as by Joseph Mercola, DO, and others who promote the benefits of grain-free eating.
For more about SCD and a listing of SCD-compliant foods, visit breakingtheviciouscycle.info.
MAKES 36 TO 40
Rich in protein and healthy carbs, this bite-size snack satisfies a sweet tooth while it nourishes and provides energy. It also makes a healthy dessert. Vary ingredients to your child’s taste and specific needs. If dates aren’t soft, soak them in very hot water for 30 minutes; drain before using in recipe.
2 cups soft pitted dates
6 dried figs, stems removed
½ cup ground shelled pumpkin seeds*
- Pinch salt
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons hot water + 1 tablespoon, as needed
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, for rolling
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa or carob, for rolling, optional
1. Place dates, figs, ground pumpkin seeds, salt, coconut oil and hot water into a food processor bowl fitted with knife blade.
2. Pulse until ingredients are well combined and mixture comes together as a ball. If mixture doesn’t hold together, add up to 1 additional tablespoon water, one teaspoon at a time.
3. Spread coconut flakes on a plate or piece of waxed paper. Stir in optional cocoa or carob, if using.
4. With two teaspoons, form walnut-size balls and drop date/fig mixture into coconut. Roll between hands into balls.
5. Refrigerate for firmer texture, if desired. Store in a cool place in an airtight container until eaten.
Each serving contains 50 calories, 2g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 8mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 1g protein.
Sueson Vess (specialeats.com), author of Special Eats is a Chicago-based food coach who specializes in helping families of children on the autistic spectrum.