I’ll probably sound like an infomercial as I describe this fabulous device, but I can’t help it. It really is the most impressive little machine we’ve ever had. We use it at least once a week and it totally curbs any cravings for real ice cream. It’s also a great way to sneakily get kids to eat a healthy dose of nature’s candy!
What is Yonanas?
Yonanas is this awesome mini appliance that turns frozen bananas into an ice cream-like consistency. Think of a frozen margarita blender, only instead of the ingredients turning into a liquid with ice pellets, it turns into a creamy, rich, frozen dessert. And it’s made purely out of frozen fruit! Update 9/5: I just learned there are recipes that DON’T require bananas. The result is a sorbet instead of ice cream, but a delicious treat all the same!
In our house, we typically make banana strawberry, which is simply putting 1 frozen banana into the machine, followed by 5 frozen strawberries, followed by another frozen banana. And done. This serves 2 (but I have on occasion eaten a whole batch myself…which calorie and fat-wise still is well below regular full-fat ice cream.)
We’ve also made banana, pineapple and coconut which tasted a lot like a pina colada! As well as banana peach and banana watermelon. And of course, have also made banana, strawberry and dark chocolate. The machine comes with a recipe book and they have some really clever ideas. But as long as you start with the base of frozen banana, you can get as creative as you want.
Clean up is one of the more impressive parts of this machine. It’s (somehow) only 4 pieces. The base, the blades, the blade cover, and the shoot. The 3 latter pieces are easily rinsed in the sink if you want to use your Yonanas machine the next night, or can be put in the dishwasher. I don’t know about you, but anything that can go in the dishwasher gets major props in my book!
My toddler happens to love fruit, but I know there are a lot of kids out there (and adults!) who have trouble meeting their daily recommended servings. This machine actually made me realize that 90% of my love for ice cream is the consistency and texture, and I can get that same exact effect with Yonanas with 0 grams of fat! And of course it’s naturally gluten-free.
My son has a sensitivity to sugar in that it causes diarrhea and gives him stomach pains. The doctor says not to worry yet, that he’ll likely grow out of it, but in the meantime we have to avoid giving him sugary treats like cookies, cake and ice cream. When my in-laws gave us the Yonanas machine as a gift, I was super excited to finally have a special treat I could offer him that is sugar-free AND nutritious. I imagine this is the major selling point for those with Diabetes as well.
Additionally, it’s dairy-free and casein-free! This is such an incredibly delicious solution for those who have to abstain from dairy treats like ice cream.
Another huge bonus is if you follow Weight Watchers, fruit is 0 Points Plus so Yonanas is the PERFECT way to have your cake (er, ice cream) and eat it too.
The only major downfall to this machine is you really do have to like the taste of bananas if you want the ice cream consistency. There’s no hiding that banana taste, so if you’re not a fan I don’t recommend this product unless you just want to make sorbet. (Check out the no-banana recipes here: Nonanas Recipes) Additionally, the motor is pretty loud, but I don’t think any louder than a regular blender.
If I Haven’t Sold You Yet…
Below is a video demonstrating how it works. I can confirm that it REALLY does work the way it’s described and shown in the video. Yonanas can be purchased online or at Bed Bath & Beyond. Happy Yonanas-ing!