What CURED My Ulcerative Colitis & Whimsical Cauliflower Savory “Cupcakes”

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So this week, I had the pleasure of attending the TasteBuzz Plant-Based Event in NYC! I got to sample so many yummy vegan goodies, and it really sparked in me some culinary creativity!

And thus was born, this whimsical, fun and sassy dish! Because…who says “healthy eating” has to be boring!?!

Before I get to the recipe…one of the biggest takeaways from the TasteBuzz event yesterday, was the why behind my plant-based choices.

There are a lot of people who choose to eat more plants because of the environment, for health reasons, ethical reasons, budget purposes, or simply because it makes them feel good!

For me — it’s a little different.

As many of you know, I was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease, Ulcerative Colitis, when I was 16. For those who are unfamiliar, UC is an absolutely debilitating disease — excruciating pain. And during a flare, your body is actively attacking itself, and since your body can’t absorb any nutrients, healing is extremely difficult.

And there is no cure.

So sufferers live their lives in this limbo of — when is my next flare? How long will this remission period last? Etc. And they manage the disease with either getting a portion of their intestines removed — resulting in an external “J Pouch” for…you know…OR they go on a chemo-therapy-like drug that they have to get infused in a several-hour IV process every few weeks – for the rest of their life.

SO. During my last flare – 8 years ago – it was so severe that I was on bedrest for eleven months. My body rejected every medication. We tried everything — from megadrugs, to natural medicine, to homeopathic remedies, to faith healers. Nothing was working. At one point during the flare — I was taking 101 different pills A DAY.

And so in desperation…I decided to give the Specific Carb Diet a try. It was recommended to me by this incredible kinesiologist — shoutout Dr. Bill!! But most people don’t/can’t adhere to this diet because — to be honest — it is incredibly restrictive. No gluten, grains, dairy, soy, sugar, legumes…And full disclosure, for the first 9 months of my flare, I resisted trying this therapeutic diet because as someone in recovery from anorexia — I did not want to flirt with restriction again.

But after my 10th month on bedrest, and facing either the J Pouch or the Chemo-like infusions…I decided to give it a shot. And I’m so glad I did.

Because it completely healed my disease.

Bedrest in 2012 – to FULL of life in 2019

I have now been in remission – symptom free and medication free – for nearly eight years.

Why am I telling you this?

BECAUSE THE SPECIFIC CARB DIET WORKS.

It’s based on the molecular structure of food, and it WORKS. There are SO, SO many people who suffer — truly suffer — from Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, IBS, IBD — and if they would just try this diet, their entire life would change, just like mine did.

When I was really sick, literally NONE of my doctors talked to me about the foods I was eating. Which, is positively BONKERS — I mean, it’s common sense, right? A digestive disease — the FIRST thing you should consider are the things the person is eating and digesting.

But no! Nothing! I was told to eat “bland foods” during a flare — aka, saltines, cream of wheat, popsicles. And newsflash — there couldn’t be WORSE foods to eat for a person with UC/Crohn’s/IBD!!!

Anyway — all that to say — If you or someone you know is suffering from IBD/IBS/digestive issues…please, pass this along.

The only thing I regret in life is that I didn’t adopt this therapeutic diet sooner.

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It’s not a restrictive way of life. It’s a life of freedom! And if you have any doubts — then check out the 75+ recipes I’ve created on my recipe page!

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So that’s why I am so passionate about food, and about the Specific Carbohydrate Dietbecause it literally saved my life.

And for that, I am forever grateful.

SO NOW ONTO TONIGHT’S RECIPE!

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I was feeling a little spunky. A little adventurous. And thus was born my SCD Cauliflower “Cupcakes” with Green Pea and Spinach “Frosting.”

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First – right off the bat — don’t let the name fool you — they’re completely savory. So don’t be weirded out by that. They are absolutely delicious.

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Tender and fluffy, savory cupcakes, topped with a healthy and delicious frost of spinach and green peas!

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And they’re Grain and Gluten Free, Paleo, Specific Carb Diet friendly, and with a Vegan Option!

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Here’s what you need: (serves 1)

Cupcakes: (makes 3)
2/3 head of cauliflower, riced
1/4 cup almond flour
2 egg whites (Vegan option: 2 flax/chia eggs)
scant 1/2 tsp salt
2 grinds of black pepper
pinch of garlic powder
green onions, sliced (garnish)

“Frosting”:
1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
1 cup baby spinach
1/3 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight in water
~ 10 fresh basil leaves (one stem’s worth)
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 squeeze of lemon
healthy pinch of salt
pepper

Tools:
Food Processor (This is the one I use and love)
Good Chef’s Knife
Clean Kitchen Towel
Mixing Bowl
Non-Stick Muffin Tin
Ziptop bag

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Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place your raw cauliflower florets into your food processor and process until it resembles rice. Then, place your “rice” in a clean kitchen towel (or several paper towels) and – over the sink – wring out all the liquid. (This step it super important!)

Then, combine your wrung-dry cauliflower rice with the rest of your cupcake ingredients and mix well. Then, tightly pack your patter into three olive-oil-sprayed, non-stick muffin tins. Bake for 30 minutes, until the edges are beginning to turn golden brown.

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To extract them from the tins, carefully run a pairing knife around the edge. Place a plate upside-down on the muffin tin, and then flip the whole thing over, flipping the cupcakes out. 🙂 (This method came about after much trial and error! haha)

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While they’re baking, make your “frosting!” Combine all the frosting ingredients in the food processor, and process until smooth and creamy. You’ll need to scrape down the sides about 5 times.

To make the “swirl,” put the frosting in a ziptop bag. Squeeze it down to one corner, snip off the corner, and now you have a make-shift piping bag to pipe the swirls!

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Garnish with sliced green onion, and enjoy!

These cupcakes were phenomenal!! They were so fun and whimsical! They felt like they were straight out of a Dr. Seuss book!

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The flavors were delicate and wonderful. You could really taste the sweet peas and basil in the “frostin!” Simply fabulous 🙂

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And the texture of the cake was wonderful. You’d think it’d be dense, but it wasn’t at all! Quite the opposite, in fact. It was light and fluffy and SO TENDER! And the cauliflower was INDISTINGUISHABLE! It was just good.

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A real winner in my book 🙂

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My question to you — is Do YOU have any questions for ME about Ulcerative Colitis, or about the Specific Carb Diet? Leave them in the comments below! I will be answering your questions in an upcoming blog post this month!

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74 thoughts on “What CURED My Ulcerative Colitis & Whimsical Cauliflower Savory “Cupcakes”

  1. I’m so glad you beat the UC, Caralyn, such a battle you’ve been through! 🙏🏻 Cauliflower cupcakes? Never heard of them but I’ll give them a go! 🙏🏻😎

    1. Thank you so much John – God is so so good to have put the SCD in my path and delivered me from such a debilitating disease. Yes! They’re super yummy! Hugs and love xox

    1. Thanks so much!! I appreciate you taking the time to read! Hugs and love xox

    1. Thanks so much!! Haha right? I personally love the color, but I know — some people hate green food!! Hahaha Hugs and love xox

  2. Thank you for sharing your struggle with ulcerative colitis. There needs to be more awareness and research and attention for this terrible disease. My brother suffered with it for most of his life until his death in 2017. His doctors did not know what to do to help him, as they had exhausted all of their treatment options. There was never any discussion about his diet or this SCD diet. I wish he would have had access to a naturopatic doctor because I know they could have helped him. There needs to be more awareness for those who are suffering.
    I appreciate all of your recipes you post each week. I have tried several and love them. Please keep them coming because they are helping people! Blessings!

    1. Oh Tammy, gosh I am so sorry to hear about your brother’s passing. My heart goes out to you. That’s so tough – you’re right – there needs to be awareness. Thank you for sharing this with me. And I appreciate you saying that about my recipes. I’m so glad you’re enjoying them. Sending big big hugs xox

    1. Hey Sam! I’m sorry you know the UC struggle too. Yes!!! I linked the book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle – it outlines the diet. I’ll be praying for ya!! This diet has literally changed my life. Hugs and love xox

    1. Oh that’s so great, thank you Broose for passing it along!! I sure hope so!! Hugs and love xox

    1. Thanks Gail!! Yes! PTL indeed – I am so grateful for His healing power in my life! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox

  3. Such an inspiring story and I endorse your findings completely. I am not for carb only diet but balanced natural diet and living. When I turned a vegan in 2006 all my so called hereditary and age related health problems vanished.
    Am so glad for you and for so many you shall be able to inspire.
    Love and blessings 🤗

    1. Thank you so much!! I’m so glad you’ve found the power of food too!! 🙌🏼 Hugs and love xox

  4. cupcakes, the word, brings up sugar things to me (which I can’t stand), but I am glad I read on because the recipe sounds awesome, I’ll make it spicy of course… my scale is bitter/spicy, I think people need to find their personal food profile, I bet it lines up with what is best for them in the long run, I fought with myself for so long before I demanded what worked for me instead of just accepting what I was told to eat. I appreciate your site because it makes me reconsider certain things, thanks.

    1. Hey thanks so much David!! Ooh spicy! Yes!! Thanks for saying that 🙂 Hugs and love xox

  5. I’ve been thinking for awhile now to become a vegan. This seems like a good recipe to start with. I’m happy you are cured. God is good.

    1. Thanks so much TS! Yes He is! And that’s so exciting! Yeah this is a great one to try! Also, some of my flatbread recipes are great starters too!! Hugs and love xox

  6. That’s some lovely cupcakes! So unique & green! My question is can people who are not diagnosed with the disease prepare/ eat these meals as well? 🙂
    Thank God for his healing hand upon your life and also to the kinelogist ( yes I know I spelt that wrong but that’s okay. We all learn 😀 ) for recommending those healthy meals. Blessings & strength to you sis!!!

  7. I’ve never had this problem but I am happy that you have such a happy life now and I can’t imagine what all you’ve gone through. but I do like ready your stories and try to help others with whatever struggles they may be having. Thank you for being such a kind person.

    1. Thank you so much 🙂 yeah it has been a journey, but I am so grateful for the health I’ve found!! I appreciate your encouraging words! Hugs and love xox

  8. I love your reflection on the freedom of your diet – I’ve been contemplating lately on the freedom of the seemingly restrictive life of faith and following God, especially with all those rules that we tend to focus on. I think your experience with UC shows physically what we are living spiritually. It’s so simple, yet so hard for us to see. I love that you have found such a beautiful life of healing and ministry through it all. Keep it up!

    1. Thanks so much Karen! Means a lot! Yes I am so grateful for that healing! Hugs and love xox

  9. Timing is everything! I was diagnosed almost 10 years ago with UC. God healed me (unexplainably by Dr.) about 7 years ago. Being med free and an all clear just a year ago, I recently started having issues. It started out with heartburn and acid reflux about 3 months ago, and after seeing both my family doc and GI doc, having an ultra sound and endoscopy (both clear, minus a small polyp on my gallbladder), and negative bloodwork for celiac and gluten intolerant, I’ve been taking Omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate…which has helped relieve the heartburn and most of the acid reflux…thankfully, but I’m still having issues (with the dreaded frequent bathroom visits) and discomfort. I suppose since my symptoms are somewhat different, with only some similarities, my GI doc hasn’t diagnosed me with UC again, but is currently treating me for GERD. I had a clear colonoscopy a year ago, so this is also a possible reason for his non UC. Since I’m still symptomatic, my GI is going to have me take a capsule (with camera) orally and will hopefully see more than the endoscope did. As you can tell, I’m a little discouraged at this point; but at the same time, remembering God’s faithfulness in the past, and clearly recall God’s tender voice calming and reassuring me that He is in control (“Don’t put your trust in doctors or medicine, trust “Me,” alone and I will direct you in the right timing.”) God has proved His faithfulness over and over again throughout my life.
    So, after reading your blog entry this morning, I must admit the photo of the cupcakes and caption caught my attention. I’ve always thought your recipes looked inviting, but now that I’m dealing with digestive issues again, I’m interested in trying some out. Do you have a recipe book, or are they just on your blogsite? I’m sorry that you went through such a horrific time with your UC, and thankful God led you to a special specific Carb Diet. Any who…thank you for sharing your life journeys and offering helpful information and ideas through your blog.

    1. Oh my gosh thank you so much for sharing your story. And praise God! But gosh, I’m sorry that you’re still having issues! I’ll be praying for ya. And I would encourage you to give the SCD a try for a couple weeks and see what happens!! I linked the book outlining it in the article! Hugs and love xox

  10. I am so glad I read your post. I have been having problems with my digestive system for a long time and nothing stops all the wonderful (not) things my stomach does. I am going to try this. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much Linda. I’m sorry to hear that you can so personally relate. Yes! Give it a try!! Hugs and love xox

    1. Hi Jennifer! Aw, thank you so much! yeah, they were fun to eat! hehe and thanks for taking the time to read my story 🙂 big hugs xox

  11. I’ve been struggling with gut issues for years..I’ll have to check into this diet…I’m already gluten and dairy free (1+ years) but finding no relief yet..may have to step up my game and go all out!!

    1. Oh gosh I’m sorry to hear that you’re going through that. Yeah – definitely give it a shot for a couple weeks and see if you can see a difference! The grain and the sugar are really the biggest culprits for me. I linked the book in the post, which spells out the diet specifically! Hang in there friend. Hope this helps ya! Will be praying!! Hugs and love xox

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