Well hello! And welcome to Caralyn’s Kitchen! This is my new recipe section of BeautyBeyondBones! Every Wednesday, I’m going to be sharing one of my original recipes that, not only are flippin’ delicious, but also helped heal my Ulcerative Colitis.
Back when I was 16, I was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and had a particularly debilitating flare up back in 2012, where I was on bedrest for 11 months.
During that time, I adopted the therapeutic diet, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, (SCD) which has extremely beneficial results for people with Crohn’s, Colitis, and surprisingly, Autism!
And it is a lifestyle that I’ve fully adopted and incorporated into my life. And following it (without ever cheating once!) has kept me in remission for 6 years!
Along the way, I started my food blog, GlutenFreeHappyTummy. Little did I know that by having to learn how to cook for myself and relearn how to nourish and take care of my body, that it would be the most beneficial therapy that would truly eradicate the lingering traces of anorexia I had never fully kicked.
So I just had to bring the practical healing component together with the spiritual healing component I’ve gained from BBB, and thus, here we are with Caralyn’s Kitchen!
SO! Now that we’re all caught up…BRING ON THE FOOD!
Tonight’s Recipe….drumroll please…
MANGO AVOCADO FLATBREAD
With a Sweet & Tangy Almond Butter Drizzle!
Yeah. Just let that sink in.
It was so good, it made me literally get out of my chair and do a little dance 🙂
This recipe is Gluten and Grain Free, Specific Carb Diet friendly, and has a Vegan option!
But don’t let that scare you…it is absolutely scrumptious!
So here’s the thing. During my 2012 flare, I had to move home from NYC and live with my parents. And it was during that time that I wrote my cookbook and developed over 250 recipes. So during those eleven months, my parents also followed the SCD in solidarity with me, and ate what I was cooking.
God bless my meat-and-potatoes, Wisconsin-born-and-raised father…he ate a gluten free, and vegan diet for that year.
And wouldn’t you know…even he raved about my cooking.
So I promise, you guys…give these recipes a try, even if you think you’re allergic to vegetables like a certain patriarch I know…this food is delish!
OK – back to the flatbread.
Here’s what you need: (Makes one flatbread – serves one)
3/4 cup almond flour
2 egg whites (Vegan option: 1 flax/chia egg)
1/4 tsp salt
1 avocado, mashed
juice of half a lime
1/2 red pepper, sliced
1/2 cucumber, seeded and sliced thin on a mandoline
1 carrot, sliced
1/2 mango, cubed
1 green onion, chopped
Almond Butter Drizzle:
1/3 cup almond butter
3 tsp apple cider vinegar
20 drops pure liquid stevia (SCD use 2 tsp honey)
healthy pinch of salt
juice of 1/2 a lime
1 tsp fresh ginger, grated on a microplane grater
1-3 Tbsp water (to get a drizzly consistency)
Good Chef’s Knife — (this is the one I use)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix your almond flour with your eggs and salt. Put dough on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Place another parchment sheet on top and “smoosh” it out, forming a circular crust. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.
Meanwhile, wash and prep the veggies. Also, make the drizzle by mixing everything with a fork until drizzly. Finally, in a small bowl, mash the avocado with the juice of 1/2 a lime and a healthy pinch of salt.
After you take your crust out of the oven, let cool for 5 minutes. Then, spread the avocado mash in an even layer, leaving a 1 inch border. Top it with your veggies and mango, sprinkle with cilantro, and drizzle liberally with the almond butter sauce!
Note: You will have extra veggies and sauce. What I did was save the veggies and sauce in separate containers and made them for lunch the next day in a yummy salad! The sauce also makes a great dip for fruit and veggies!
Hold onto your hats, ladies and gents, because this meal was SO good! Oh my gosh, I don’t know what to start! Let’s start with the looks, because…you eat with your eyes first. The colors were absolutely jumping off the plate…red, green, yellow, orange. It was just gorgeous!
And then the flavor! Wow, oh wow. The buttery avocado was the perfect backdrop for the sweet veggies, and salty, nutty crust. There was a slight bite from the green onions, and then BAM you got this intense sweetness from the mango. And the drizzle was slightly tangy but wonderfully sweet and nutty, all highlighted by the fresh pop from the cilantro!
And then the textures were amazing. The crust was crunchy and nutty — you could actually pick it up like a pizza! The avocado was creamy, the veggies were incredibly crunchy and the mango was juicy and sweet.
A perfect 10, if I do say so myself 🙂
Hope you enjoyed this first installment of Caralyn’s Kitchen 🙂 And if you make this recipe, tag me on Instagram @beauty.beyond.bones and let me know how it turns out! 🙂
See you tomorrow for programming as usual 🙂
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88 responses to “Mango Avocado Flatbread w/ Sweet & Tangy Almond Butter Drizzle! (GF & V)”
It looks and sounds yummy; I’ll definitely try it. I’m not sure I could go without meat for long. Avoiding sugar and flour has been hard enough.
Thanks so much! Yeah I️ hear ya there! Hope you enjoy it 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Haven’t been around for a while. But if you endorsed this must be good. Another part of the person you are. Thanks.
Haha thanks John. Oh yes – definitely endorsed! Haha glad you stopped by! Hugs and love xox
“Little did I know that by having to learn how to cook for myself and relearn how to nourish and take care of my body, that it would be the most beneficial therapy that would truly eradicate the lingering traces of anorexia I had never fully kicked.” … Oh, but GOD most certainly knew that this health issue would be your help. Praise HIM, he uses everything for the good of His children! Thanks for sharing. This crust is a perfect keto crust. Can’t wait to try it!
Hi Linda! Thank you so much! Isn’t it just amazing how God works everything together for good?! You’re so right – He knew what He was doing! Hugs and love xox
Hey lady!!! This looks soooooo yummy!! I can’t wait to try this recipe!!
Congratulations on your remission!! It just goes to show food is meant for healing!!
Hi Lakell! Aw thanks!! I’m glad you like the recipe! Amen to that – let food be thy medicine! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
How feasible would it be to capture this on video? I mean, there are YouTube videos of people making a bean burrito, and they get thousands of views.
Why not a YouTube channel, Caralyn’s Kitchen? After it goes viral you’ll get hired by the Food Network, and who knows …
Haha thanks David! I️ actually do have a few cooking demonstration videos! I’ll try to put the link on here 🙂 hehe thanks for being so encouraging! Hugs and love xox
Haha thanks Larry! Hope you’re having a great week! Hugs and love xox
Love you and everything and I know you need specific dietary requirements, but you don’t half eat strange combination 😂 you are like one of these people who who eat fruit on savoury foods 😂 like pineapple on pizza (which should clearly be illegal) 😂 love the post anyway even if its strange having you post on Wednesday, I see my title didn’t get used 😂
Thank you Bennny:) haha yeah, I️ like to think i eat *creative* food combos! Haha But I’ll have you know that back when i could eat pizza, you’d never catch pineapple on my slice! Haha thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re having a great week! Hugs and love xox
You can still have pizza 💛 they do GF pizza bases 💛 so thankful you don’t have pineapple on it 🙏 wasn’t a great start to the week but Tues & Weds went OK but its currently 2am Thursday morning, and I’m not tired!
Oh gosh that’s super late! Hope you can get some sleep soon! 💤💤💤
This looks and sounds insanely delicious!!
Aw thanks! It definitely was yummy! Hugs and love xox
Girl, my mouth is watering so bad!! It looks delicious! If I could eat the pictures, well then, I would be able to taste the amazing cooking of yours. 🙂 Well done!
Haha thanks TR! It really was a delicious meal 🙂 haha I️ bet that technology is in the works as we speak! Haha Hugs and love xox
Willy Wonka clearly needs to work on his stuff! 😉
Thanks Lynn!! I️ appreciate you stopping by! Hugs and love xox
looks good!! glad you started something new. Also i found your cooking video’s on vemeo and omg Im so glad I found them even though i might not make them it’s fun watching you.
Thanks so much! Oh my gosh you’re so sweet! I️ May link them on here 🙂 haha you’re awesome for watching! You just made my night! Hugs to you friend xox
I’ve a friend whose little girl was just diagnosed with autism. Thank you for sharing the SCD. It just might help her.
Thanks Pia, for passing this along. I️ will definitely keep your friend and her daughter in my prayers. There is a great book about the SCD called “Breaking the Vicious Cycle” and it goes into great detail about the benefits and guideline and the nuts and bolts of it all. I️ mean, the SCD seriously changed my life. So glad you stopped by! Hugs and love xox
Wow… that looks tasty.
Thanks Matt! it sure was! 🙂 hehe Hugs and love xox
All my favourite flavours..great recipe 🙂
Thanks Carol! yeah, it was a real treat! Hugs and love xox
looks delicious !
thank you so much MSW! glad you stopped by! hugs xo
Hi Caralyn, Thank you for dropping by my blog site. I love what you’re doing, sharing great food and nutritious recipes. Keep it up and stay healthy! Greetings from The Netherlands!
Thank you so much friend! oh wow, the Netherlands! that’s amazing! thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
thanks Katherine! big hugs x
Sounds delicious! Just not sure my kids would go for it, lol 🙂
haha thanks friend! yeah, I will say this: I made this for my picky cousin, and he loved it! gobbled it up, in fact! haha 🙂 hugs x
Wonderful sharing. One element- availability of ingredients.
thanks Gary! Hmmm, I was able to find all these ingredients at my local grocer. maybe try amazon? 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Yummy! Looks delicious!
thank you so much Diana! so glad you stopped by! Hugs and love xox
You’re utmost welcome. I always love stopping by. 🙂
xox 🙂 🙂 🙂 xox
Oh my Lanta, this looks so scrumpt-dily-ious! Our love of pizza will soon see this new flat bread alternative. Thank you for creating AND sharing! Saving and sharing for my followers too!
Oh thank you so much! I’m so glad that you like the recipe! 🙂 thanks for passing it along! big hugs xo
Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe with us. I am going to try it soon. I have been eating a clean vegetarian diet for a year now and I need some new recipes. I think your recipes are going to help me kick this inflammation I am struggling with in my body right now. Keep ’em coming girl!
thanks so much Tammy! i hope you enjoy it!! I hope that they do offer some relief for your inflammation, like they did me! big hugs to you friend. praying for healing for you! 🙂 xx
Thanks! Hugs and love xox
This sounds absolutely delicious. Definitely going to give it a try. I make an avocado, mango, and tomatoe salsa that we really love and I think the flatbread might even be a great choice to use for dipping that salsa. Thanks for sharing.
Aw thank you so much! Ooh that salsa sounds delicious! Hugs and love xox
I am going to have to make this . My mouth is watering!
Thanks Michael! Hugs and love xox
that looks so nice x
Aw thank you so much! Hugs and love xox
your welcome i was just showing my daughter told her she should make me that lol x
Awesome! On my food blog, Glutenfreehappytummy.com, there are a lot more recipes just like this for her to experiment with! Enjoy! 😘😘😘
This looks suspiciously…healthy. As a patriarchal vegetable disliker, does this pass the Dad test?
Haha totally passes! 🙂 thanks! Hugs and love xox
So you do a little dance before eating. That’s good! Now can we have a video of that? I’m sure that would add to the really great pics you’ve shared above. lol. Seriously though, the issue you have to face is not to be taken lightly. My grand daughter has to have a strict diet and she is only in her early teens which is so sad. Keep up your great blogs. They are a positive public service. 🙂
hahah thanks Ian. yes! a little happy dance 🙂 i’m sorry that your daughter has to go through that. thanks for your kind words! big hugs xo
Now that’s pretty interesting! Glad you’re doing better! Praying for you!
thank you so much Gail! Hugs and love xox
I will have to try this; I’ve been vegan for awhile, but recently (past 3 weeks?) also became gluten-free and I was surprised at how much better I felt. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂
Thanks friend!! Oh good I’m glad you’ve been feeling good on a gf diet! Hugs and love xox
I will have to try this. I am not vegan or need specialty foods in my diet (except maybe to eat less and exercise more), but this sounds good regardless.
thanks Dave! Hope you enjoy it! it’s super tasty 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Funny that you’d mention “even autism” as far as what this particular diet helps. I have a close friend who has found a way to control paranoid schizophrenia through a strict diet, believe it or not. I’m not exactly sure of what that diet entails—his family has a handful of dietary needs, so his mother has done extensive research for just about everything over the years—but I do know that a REAL person I know IN REAL LIFE has a disease most would say could only be treated with drugs, and yet he is drug-free and dealing happily with life, reaping the benefits of a major dietary change.
Oh wow that’s amazing! Thanks for sharing that! Hugs and love xox
you had me at mango avocado
hahah thanks Dourdan! avocado really is the best, isn’t it!?! Hugs and love xox
Looks & sounds yummy!!
hey again Dawn Marie! thanks! it really was scrum-diddly-umptious! 🙂 hahah have a great week! Hugs and love xox
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Thanks again x
This combines so many of my favorite flavors! <3! I'm gonna need to try it out sometime!
Thank you so much Farrah! Hugs and love xox
So appreciate your likes and so glad we found this recipe page of your can’t wait to try these recipes out.
thanks so much! big hugs to you x
Love the combination here! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the share.
Ooh thanks Jess! I hope you love it as much as I did! Hugs and love xox
Mango is one of my favorite fruits. Same for avocados in a different way. The combination sounds good.
Thanks so much! Oh the combination is one of my favorites!! Hugs and love xox