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Wellness Wednesday: The World’s Oldest Bread – 3 Ingredient Flat Bread (allergy-free/gluten free/dairy free/vegan)

As someone on an elimination diet, and attempting to stick to 100% whole foods during my first 21 days, I’ve been looking for creative ways to eat during my detox diet. Today’s post, and future Wellness Wednesday posts, will focus on creative ways to eat on an elimination or detox plan. This post focuses on a creative way to eat your carbs.

While rice, quinoa, and sweet potatoes are fine, I don’t really want to eat them, as is, at every meal, which is a bit boring. Plus, oatmeal for breakfast every morning is getting old, real quick. So, I’ve ventured out and found some flat bread recipes, since yeast is banned on the elimination diet. I originally set out to make the 4 ingredient flat bread recipe I posted for my first Allergy Free Friday.  However, that recipe called for either butternut squash or sweet potato FLOUR. Now, I had sweet potatoes, but no sweet potato flour. While I know it’s possible to make my own flour, I was too lazy for that. So, I set out to find a way to make flat bread with whole sweet potatoes instead of sweet potato FLOUR.

Before we get to the recipes, you may be asking why flatbread is called the “world’s oldest bread”. The website American Flatbread states that flour and water flatbread, cooked on a fire-heated rock, has been a main part of the human diet for over 5000 years, worldwide. While the grains in each may be different, the basic method was the same. They give some examples:

  • Mexico – tortillas
  • Scotland – oatcakes
  • India – chapatti
  • China – po bin
  • American Indian’s – Johnny Cake
  • Norwegians – FlottBrod
  • Ethiopia – Injera
  • Israel – matzo

Onto the recipes!

I found 3 videos on youtube which highlight 3 different flat bread recipes

This video, from OFF GRID WITH DOUG AND STACY, is the first one I found. It was perfect, except for one problem, she uses sprouted wheat flour, which contains gluten. The other alternatives she gives in the video, though considered ancient grains, are also forms of wheat. Not only is gluten off limits in the elimination diet, I have been gluten free for more than 7 years. AND, through my own experience, gluten free flours didn’t make for very good tortillas/flatbreads. But, I had a place to start and knew it was possible to use sweet potatoes in flat bread. Here’s the first video…

So, now that I knew I could use sweet potatoes in flat bread,  I needed to figure out a way to make it gluten free. I realized that my normal cup-for-cup gluten free flour would probably work, however, it has ingredients not allowed on my elimination diet. So, I needed a gluten free, whole food flour…enter oats! Now I needed to know if it was possible to make flat bread-GOOD flat bread- from oats. I realize that the Scottish people have been making oatcakes for thousands of year, but I didn’t want a traditional oatcake, I wanted flatbread, like in the first video. I found just what I was looking for on CLEAN FOODIES. Here is that video…

I had 2 pieces of the puzzle put together. I could use sweet potatoes to make flat bread AND oats can also be used to make flat bread. BUT, how would they work together? I found a video, on AUSSIE VEGAN GARDENING YOGI, of a sweet potato and oatmeal grilled flat bread. Here it is…

Now, I found all these things just this morning, so, I haven’t actually tried to make the flatbread yet. I will be doing this sometime today. If you want to know how my flatbread turns out, I’ll be writing about it in my daily log post tonight at 8:00 est. Check it out!

God Bless! Namaste!

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About Tamara Hoerner (616 Articles)
I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a MS degree in Holistic Nutrition. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.”

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  1. The Purple Almond: Food to heal the body, mind and soul Daily Log: Elimination Diet day 3- 7/12/17- (and my attempt at flatbread!)

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