Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Low Carb Brownie Cake Batter Ice Cream

I posted a brownie ice cream using caramel flavoring and my homemade brownie recipe about five years ago. Now that I have access to other ice cream flavorings and “off the shelf” low carb products, it’s time for a refresh. Alpha Freezz offers a Brownie Cake Batter ice cream flavoring and a company called “Eat Me Guilt Free” sells flourless chocolate brownies we can use as a mix-in. Their brownies are okay as a snack but work incredibly well in ice cream.

Ingredients


Low Carb Sweet Cream Base
1-2 tablespoons Brownie Cake Batter Ice Cream Flavoring
2 packages Eat Me Guilt Free Flourless Brownie

Directions

  1. Cut up the brownies into 12 pieces each. Put them into an empty ice cream container and put into the freezer.
  2. Follow the instructions for the Low Carb Sweet Cream Base. Add the concentrate after the mix has cooled, if applicable. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours.
  3. Follow your ice cream maker’s directions for making ice cream. Add the brownie pieces into the ice cream maker approximately one minute before it’s done. Remove from the ice cream maker using a silicone spatula into the container. Freeze until solid.
Scoops of ice cream.

Scoops of ice cream.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Low Carb “Mystery Cake” Ice Cream

I’ve experimented with a bunch of combinations of ice cream flavors and SmartCakes. I couldn’t think of something to pair with the Raspberry cake, so I picked the birthday cake flavoring and gave it a shot. WOW! They work together incredibly well. So well, that this combo earns it’s own post.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Low Carb “Peanut Butter Jelly Time!” Ice Cream

I knew I wanted to make something with this unique ice cream flavoring from Alpha Freezz. I made a batch with G Butter “Peanut Butter Cup” as a mix-in. It was difficult to find. It’s been out of stock from the company’s website for quite a while, and I think I know why... It’s not very good. I made another batch with sweetened peanut butter and it was MUCH better.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Low Carb Banana, Brown Sugar, and Rum Ice Cream

Kitty Travers runs La Grotta Ices, “a small, inventive ice cream company specializing in ice creams and sorbets made from fresh, ripe fruit and seasonal ingredients.” Her book of ice cream and sorbets doesn’t contain many recipes that lend themselves to a low carb conversion. In fact, I only found one. The original used ripe bananas, dark rum, and dulce de leche. All three of these main flavoring ingredients can be emulated practically calorie-free.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Low Carb “Silly Rabbit Cereal” Ice Cream

I’m always on the lookout for new sources of ice cream flavoring. I tried a bunch of samples from One on One Flavors and I’m sorry to say most of them aren’t worth mentioning...with a couple exceptions. Two of their cereal flavorings are REALLY good! This ice cream uses their “Fruity Flakes Flavored Liquid Concentrate,” which is designed to taste something like a certain multi-colored caveman-themed cereal that resembles tiny rocks. Quite recently, I received an order of keto cereal made by The Cereal School. The “Fruity” variant is reminiscent of another cereal featuring a “silly rabbit” on the box. I wasn’t crazy about this cereal as a cereal, oddly enough, but as a mix-in, it pairs incredibly well with this ice cream.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Generic Goals and Practices are Dead. Long live the GGs and GPs!

CMMI 2.0 has dropped the generic goals and practices, or so I’ve heard. I understand why they were created in the first place: ensure the organization institutionalizes its processes. The biggest complaint people had about the generics is that they duplicate much of the process areas’ specific goals and practices.

Generic Practice Process Area
GP 2.2 Plan the Process PP
GP 2.3 Provide Resources PP
GP 2.4 Assign Responsibility PP
GP 2.5 Train People OT
GP 2.6 Control Work Products CM
GP 2.7 Identify and Involve Relevant Stakeholders PP/PMC/IPM
GP 2.8 Monitor and Control the Process PMC/MA
GP 2.9 Objectively Evaluate Adherence PPQA
GP 2.10 Review Status with Higher Level Management PMC
GP 3.1 Establish a Defined Process IPM/OPD
GP 3.2 Collect Process Related Experiences IPM/OPF/OPD

If you’re doing all the stuff identified in the SPs, you’re also probably hitting all the GPs, too.

Before the generics are officially discarded to the dustbin of history, I want to point out one way they can still help: process templates. A level 3 maturity organization should have a defined process for…well…defining their processes. A document that defines a process should be based on a template created by the organization. What questions should we be forcing the author documenting a new process to answer? The generics provide these questions.