I have a lot of facebook friends who share recipes. That would be ok except that most of the recipes they share they haven’t tried. They just like the picture. I had one friend say the reason she shares recipes is because it saves them to her timeline so she can find them again later. Thus I quickly scroll past most recipe posts.
The exception to that rule is paleo recipes. When a friend something from a paleo site, I stop and take a second look. Paleo is certainly very different from the Blood Type Diet, but it’s not completely incompatible with the Type O diet. I have picked up some interesting recipes shared from paleo sites that with minimal tweaking were good for my family.
So last week I saw a recipe for 0 grain, 0 dairy, 0 sugar brownies. It was such an outrageous claim that I stopped to read the ingredients. Surprisingly they were quite healthy: sweet potato, avocado, nut butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, unsweetened chocolate squares, almond milk and 2 Tablespoons of honey (I substituted agave). That’s more like a side dish than a dessert. I gathered the ingredients and decided to try it.
We had friends from out of state stopping by for a Tuesday afternoon visit. My plan was to bake the brownies on Monday, do a taste test just to be sure, and serve them on Tuesday. We got a call Monday afternoon, their schedule had changed; appointments had shifted. Could they come in an hour?
I’m glad I keep the house clean all the time! We said sure, come ahead. When they arrived, they apologized. I said, no problem, but you are going to miss the most amazing brownies. Instead I served kale chips, sweets & beats chips, and little corn chips shaped like the state of Texas. I know, I know, the corn chips are avoid. I didn’t eat any, but everyone else sure thought they were cute.
After our guests left I made the brownies. I could hardly wait to taste them. They were supposed to cook 20 minutes. When I tried to cut them, it was like cutting pudding. They tasted good, but they weren’t brownies. I refrigerated them overnight, but that didn’t help. So I cooked them 20 more minutes, then another 10 or 15. After that, they weren’t the texture that brownies should be, but at least I could cut them. They were more like sticky fudge.
That day they tasted pretty good, but not good enough to offer one to my husband. The third day I ate another, but the 4th day something tasted funny. After thinking it over, I decided it was the avocado. It had the same taste as over ripe avocado or left over guacamole. It was definitely not a good flavor combination with chocolate!
I eventually finished them all, but I’ve thrown away the recipe. I’m just very glad I didn’t serve that fiasco to my visiting friends.