If you’ve been spying the swank little Yonanas Maker taking the media world by storm and wondering (1) if it works, (2) if it fits into your whole-foods lifestyle, and (3) if is it affordable, the answer is a resounding yes, yes…and yes.
Even though the machine churns out beautiful, creamy frozen desserts from frozen bananas and sorbets from frozen melons and other fruits (and all without dairy or added sugars/sweeteners), there’s no end to what you can use to make wholesome desserts for yourself and for your entire family.
My family ad I are impressed with how creamy the machine renders the fruit and how the natural sweetness was so wonderful, my 18 year-old sat down and ate the entire bowl (2 bananas + 8 strawberries). I know I had so much fun, I even incorporated some spinach (results below).
More reasons to try and buy:
1. Ease of use and clean-up. The machine is easy to use, quick to disassemble, clean, and re-assemble. I love that the machine’s removable parts are also top rack dishwasher machine washable, which makes cleanup a cinch. I’ve had more trouble assembling my juicer than this little beauty.
2. Little waste. I expected to see globs of stuck banana and fruit still jammed in the machine when I disassembled the device, but what was left was pulverized into frozen, smooth dessert, so simply scraping out the contents ensured we enjoyed every bite. And because the machine has a terrific, flexible gasket, you don’t leak fruit juices anywhere; it’s all contained in the neat little unit.
3. Use what you love. I love that you can make what amounts to fresh-churned ice cream comprised almost entirely of fruits, vegetables and other healthy additives–and without any fuss. I even threw spinach into the machine between the frozen raspberries.
4. Compact and Powerful. I didn’t expect the machine to have so much power, but its strong motor coupled with it cone blades process frozen foods to a spoon-licking, creamy consistency. And because of it’s small size, its footprint in your kitchen is minimal.
I love this little dynamo of a machine, and while I typically don’t buy single-use appliances, I highly recommend this powerful purveyor of perfect desserts for people who want to make frozen ice creams sans the dairy eggs, and who don’t want to store an ice-cream maker.
Simply Yonanas and Berries
2 frozen, over-ripe bananas
6 frozen, large strawberries
Insert one frozen banana. Insert second frozen banana. Stir in the bowl to combine. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/4 cup powdered sweetener (if desired. I added them because the berries were so tart). Serve.
Coffee Chocolate Chip
2 frozen, over-ripe bananas
1 oz frozen dark chocolate infused with coffee or espresso
Insert one frozen banana. Add 1 ounce coffee-infused or espresso-infused dark chocolate chunks. Insert second frozen banana. Stir in bowl to combine. Serve.
Jamie’s Raspberry Spinach Sorbet
16 frozen raspberries
a fistful of fresh spinach, wadded into a ball
Insert 8 frozen raspberries. Add spinach. Insert 8 more frozen raspberries. Stir in bowl to combine. Serve.
Note: The spinach will leave flecks, since I didn’t pulverize and freeze first. For a creamier product, buy frozen spinach or process your own and freeze in small chunks.
Ten Yonananas Tips:
1. Try adding a couple of small cubes of frozen cream cheese between the fruit for your own “frozen cheesecake” desserts.
2. Use frozen fruits and vegetables for the best results. The machine will grind through spinach, but it’s not as pretty as if it was processed and frozen into little clumps.
3. The dessert comes out more solid, like ice cream. Stir with a spoon to incorporate the flavors uniformly and to serve.
4. You can also go slightly less ripe for more fiber/less sweet bananas and then add your own sweetener (honey, etc).
5. An ice cube tray is amazing for freezing pumpkin puree for a terrific treat.
6. Use blueberries + spinach + raspberries for a blue drink that will put some zip in your bip.
7. Add these frozen chocolate chips (recipe in the link) to incorporate chocolate.
8. Add nut butters, nuts, seeds, and mix-ins to the bowl at the end of the process for even more variety.
9. For melon sorbets, thaw fruit cubes slightly before feeding through the machine.
10. Feed banana halves through instead of large bananas for an easier machine feed.
Disclosure: Yonanas provided this appliance free of charge for review, but this has not in any way affected my review of the item.