Have you ever heard of Yonanas? This is Yonanas? It is a machine that basically whips frozen fruit into a healthy ice cream. I have been wanting one of these for some time but kept hemming and hawing trying to figure out if I really “needed” it. You know – I have so many kitchen items that I just gotta have and don’t ever use. Now I will tell you the biggest reason most of them don’t get used is because of the cleanup involved. I do use my Vitamix quite frequently – and yes I can use that to make this ice cream but the consistency is not quite the same (as I have now discovered).
My daughter LOVES ice cream. She would eat it breakfast, lunch and supper if she had her way. So occasionally I will make her banana ice cream – which she loves just as much. And how do you do that? Simply blend up frozen bananas in a food processor. The bananas should be frozen when they are very ripe – banana bread type of ripe. Peel them, cut into 1/2 or 1/3rds and freeze. You need nothing else to make the basic ice cream.
Yonanas makes so much more possible! First I will tell you that it doesn’t compare to the food processor ice cream. Yonanas whips up the frozen fruit into ice cream that is the smoothest soft serve style ice cream you will ever have the pleasure of tasting.
The unit is all encased so even my eight year old daughter can make her own ice cream.
Then Sephora adds toppings
But that is not all – this was just plain old bananas. But you can make so many different ice cream recipes that are healthy with no guilt whatsoever. Frozen bananas act as the base, then you add whatever other frozen fruit you want. You can even add peanut butter, jelly or whatever. And although I can make this ice cream (although a lot less creamy) with a food processor – my eight year old daughter cannot!
Your bananas should look like this before you freeze them. Peel them and stick them in the fridge. Do not cut into tiny slices – the larger lengths are actually better. Of course this ripe they are very soft so they tend to break into half sections on me. Allow them to over-ripen for a week after purchasing or (since we are so impatient) – we buy them and keep them in a paper bag for two days.
How to Makeyonanas
1.Making yonanas is simple! To ensure frozen fruit runs through the machine easily, we recommend you thaw the frozen bananas and additional frozen fruit approximately 7-10 minutes just before use. Freezers are different and this will dictate whether or not you will run frozen fruit immediately through the yonanas maker, or need to thaw a few minutes. If storing fruit in a cooler with ice or dry ice, you will also need to take into consideration how cold the fruit is. If it is too thawed, the product is not as ice-cream like. 2.The yonanas maker consists of two pieces: the motor base and the chute assembly. Ensure the chute assembly is locked in at 12:00. This safety feature will lock the chute in place and allow the machine to turn on and off.
3.Insert frozen fruit into the chute and push the fruit down using the plunger. Alternate between pieces of bananas and additional fruit when pushing fruit through the chute to help blend the yonanas together.
4.It takes seconds to enjoy yonanas!
5.Remove the chute assembly from the yonanas maker base, unscrew the cone and scrape out any extra yonanas that might be there.
How to Clean Yonanas
1.To clean your yonanas maker separate all the parts in the chute assembly and clean them in soapy water or the dishwasher.
2.Ensure parts are completely dry before reassembling.
You can find tons of recipes on Yonana’s Pinterest board HERE. But you can get many many more by simply searching for Yonanas Recipe pins.
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