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Product review: Yonanas (and a banana-berry swirl soft serve recipe)

Yonanas banana-berry swirl ice cream on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’m a big ice cream fan – in fact it’s probably the dessert I eat the most, even when there are decadent French dessert treats in the house. Not much beats a small scoop of a quality ice cream, in my book, as an everyday treat. Sadly, my reality is that I shouldn’t really eat ice cream every day because the type I enjoy is, well, the full-fat kind. Ahem. So, what’s the solution? (because to be honest, I DO like to have a little sweet treat at the end of a meal – everything in moderation, right?).  I’ve tried a few times to do the “one ingredient” ice cream using a frozen banana in my food processor to see if I can replicate the creaminess of ice cream but it always turns out kind of gummy. So I was intrigued when the opportunity presented itself to check out the Yonanas ice cream maker.

Yo-what?

Yonanas Classic on eatlivetravelwrite.comA “healthy dessert maker”? Really?

Well, yes – it’s a Fruit “Soft Serve” Machine that allows you to easily create ice-cream-like treats by adding any combination of  fruits like over-ripe frozen bananas, berries, or mango to the chute for a smooth “ice-cream” like taste. The machine churns frozen fruits to the consistency of a soft serve but without the fat, calories, flavourings, colourings or preservatives. It’s easy to use and clean (the chute, plunger, and blade are dishwasher safe). I tried this first with plain frozen bananas and was blown away by the consistency. JUST like soft serve.

I’ve been playing with some flavour combinations over the past little while and my favourite has got to be a banana-berry swirl soft serve. SO easy…

Banana-berry swirl soft serve

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Easy three ingredient fruity soft serve made in a Yonanas machine.

Serves 2-3     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 2 bananas, peeled and frozen for at least 24 hours
  • 1/2 cup frozen whole strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries

Instructions

  1. Remove fruit from freezer and thaw for 15 minutes.
  2. Turn on Yonanas machine and place bowl at the bottom of the chute.
  3. Insert 1 frozen banana into chute and feed through with the plunger.
  4. Insert frozen strawberries into chute and feed through with the plunger.
  5. Repeat with second frozen banana and blueberries.
  6. Swirl the three mixes together.
  7. Serve.

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Banana-berry swirl ice cream on eatlivetravelwrite.comSo creamy (it tastes like a frozen yoghurt dessert) but instead of all the calories of ice cream, you’re eating the equivalent of some of your fruit serves for the day. Win!

Yonanas – the pros

  • It makes tasty treats quickly (20 minutes from the time you take the fruit out of the freezer to the time you are enjoying your dessert/ treat) and easily.
  • The consistency really IS like soft serve!
  • It’s easy to customise the flavours you make.
  • It’s really easy to use (no open blades).
  • It’s really easy to clean (even without a dishwasher).

Yonanas – the cons

Well, yes it is a one-use appliance. Something I normally tend to avoid in the kitchen. But this is so quick and easy to use (and clean), I’m willing to look over that. Also, it’s fairly small, fitting in a corner of a cupboard so it’s doesn’t take up too much valuable cupboard space.

Yonanas – the bottom line

At just $49.99, it’s a reasonably-priced appliance that does exactly what it says and makes the best-tasting non-dairy “soft serve” I think I have tasted made at home. I’ll be using this through the winter as well – a great way to get in more fruits and veggies in your day!

Yonanas – giveaway!

I’ve partnered with Yonanas to give away one Classic Yonanas machine to a reader! Head on over to the giveaway page to enter!

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Disclosure: Yonanas sent me a Classic machine to use and review  and will provide one (1) Classic machine for the winner of this contest. I have not been further compensated for writing this post and all opinions are my own.

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11 Responses to Product review: Yonanas (and a banana-berry swirl soft serve recipe)

  1. Mr. Neil September 29, 2015 at 07:17 #

    I can vouch for the consistency of a banana-berry soft serve treat!

    A nice additional way to salvage some of those bananas that inevitably go too ripe…. 😉

  2. Leslie Edwards September 29, 2015 at 07:28 #

    There is never a shortage of bananas that are getting to be too ripe in my house! What a
    great way to use them up. After all, you can only make/eat so much banana bread.

  3. Christine September 29, 2015 at 09:31 #

    Great review Mardi, totally agree with you that having something sweet after a meal is a must; at least in my household. Ice cream is one of my weaknesses also 😉
    I was just looking at this product and couldn’t decide if to buy it or not.
    Upon reading your review it’s swaying me to give this unit another look.

  4. Steph A September 29, 2015 at 13:02 #

    Oh that sounds marvellous! For my first try of this machine I’d add some of my homemade blackcurrent & rhubarb jam to the bananas, and perhaps some black berries too.

  5. Steph A September 29, 2015 at 13:06 #

    Just tweeted about the contest!

  6. Steph A September 29, 2015 at 13:14 #

    Following both you and @ItsYonanas on instagram (as @steph_escapades). Wow! Those deserts look scrumptious!

  7. Tami September 30, 2015 at 02:12 #

    The local supermarket has been deleting some lines of canned fruit (they think we don’t notice!!!). I’m hoping it’s to make room next to the Dole canned pineapple for Yonanas machines – I NEED ONE!!!!!

  8. Tammy Dalley September 30, 2015 at 12:04 #

    I would make bananas, blueberries, yogurt and strawberries

  9. Tammy Dalley September 30, 2015 at 12:04 #

    I tweeted https://twitter.com/Tammykayv/status/649253347116077056

  10. Tammy Dalley September 30, 2015 at 12:05 #

    I follow @eatlivtravwrite and @ItsYonanas on Instagram as @tammykayv

  11. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours October 9, 2015 at 07:21 #

    I love banana soft serve – it makes an ice cream sundae for breakfast a healthy choice!

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