Recently I received a Yonanas Classic Healthy Dessert Maker to review. After indulging in ice cream all summer (summer is short in Minnesota – gotta enjoy it!), I was super excited to be able to try this machine to help me eat more healthfully and get myself in better shape.
The Yonanas Healthy Dessert Maker turns frozen fruit into a soft serve “ice-cream” like treat, without adding anything else. So plain frozen bananas become a custard-like banana “ice cream.”
I was skeptical and wondered how easy it was going to be. Surprisingly, it worked for me just as it was advertised!
The Yonanas machine comes with recipes and simple instructions, and the parts are easy to remove and clean. There’s a plunger to push the frozen fruit into the chute, and the chute assembly comes apart easily by turning it to unlock it. All the parts are dishwasher safe.
When preparing your fruit, it must be frozen for at least 24 hours. Then you take it out and it has to soften for about 10 minutes. Too frozen and it doesn’t work, too soft and it gets mushy.
The bananas you need to use must be “cheetah-spotted” as they say – that is, not too ripe, and not brown – just very ripe because then that’s when they’re their sweetest. I just peeled mine, wrapped them in foil and froze them for at least a day. I let them thaw for about 10 minutes prior to use.
To prepare them, you turn on the machine, and then just put the frozen bananas (or other fruit) into the chute, and push them down with the included plunger. I had to push my fruit down as it doesn’t seem to pull them in. But have a bowl ready – the soft serve came out slowly but ready to eat. No added sugar or anything, and it was sweet and creamy! I couldn’t believe fruit could turn out this way without anything added to it.
I tried it with frozen strawberries, too. Same result – and actually, I like these a bit better. Strawberries and bananas are also tasty combined.
Of course you can add ingredients and toppings like chocolate chips or whipped cream. It’s still a lot more healthful and better for you than regular ice cream!
I gobbled up a couple bowls of the creamy soft serve and put what was left in the freezer for later!
There are tons of great recipes on the Yonanas website for all year round – like Peach Raspberry Yonanas Cobbler, Lemon Coconut Yonanas, and there’s even a Pumpkin Spice Latte Yonanas recipe! And you don’t have to like or use bananas – you can make recipes including sorbet with apples, mango, and berries.
Here’s a Healthy Halloween Recipe!
Tropical Candy Corn Yonanas
The Tropical Candy Corn Yonanas recipe is a great guilt-free seasonal treat made with fruit only. Follow the steps below to have a healthy Halloween!
- Slightly thaw your frozen fruit prior to putting through your yonanas maker.
- Make all three Yonanas recipes: Tropical Sorbet Yonanas, Papaya Yonanas & Coconut Yonanas
- Scoop Coconut Yonanas into a clear glass. With an offset spatula or spoon spread Coconut Yonanas evenly into glass
- Scoop Papaya Yonanas into glass on top of Coconut Yonanas and spread into an even layer
- Scoop Tropical Sorbet Yonanas into glass on top of Papaya Yonanas
Learn more about Yonanas and view more recipes on their website here. The Yonanas Classic (which I received) is $49.99, and the Yonanas Elite is $99. Both have great reviews and FREE shipping!
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(Disclosure: I received a complimentary Yonanas Classic machine to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine.)