Many of us have seen Yonanas, which is a machine that takes frozen fruit and turns it into a healthy ice cream. On the surface it sounds great because there are no added sugars and you control all the ingredients. But you always wonder if these gadgets work as promised and is it worth the investment. One of the girls I work with got the Yonanas as a gift – so we decided to give it a test drive. It comes with a recipe book so we selected several recipes. Then between the six of us we brought in the frozen fruit and candy. The foundation of the recipes is using ripe, frozen bananas to add the creaminess to your ice cream.
During our lunch hour, we tested out different recipes using: bananas, oranges, raspberries, mixed berries, dark chocolate, and white chocolate chips. We tested adding yogurt to the final fruit mixture and not adding a banana. The unit is very easy to use as you add your frozen fruit to a chute and it churns it into a soft texture.
Once you have added all of your fruit, then you need to mix it together.
There are 5 parts that need to be removed or cleaned and you may need to scoop out the remaining fruit mixture from them.
Below is a short youtube video demonstrating us making the ice cream.
Some of our test findings include:
• Easy cleanup as you can put the pieces into the dishwasher.
• If you do not like bananas you may not care for this gadget. Our test without adding a banana ended up with a dense, dry texture since you need the banana for creaminess.
• The machine is a bit loud.
• If the fruit is not very ripe, the ice cream is not sweet and can be rather bland or even bitter. But you could add a touch of raw honey to solve that problem. Note we did not test that assumption.
• The recipes with the berries seemed to be overpowered by the seeds.
• You can experiment – we created an orangesicle that was really tasty!
• Adding yogurt to the final fruit mixture was good.
• The chocolate is chunky and is very cold. It did not seem to matter if we use chips or a candy bar broken into pieces.
• It is important to have the right ratio of bananas to fruit otherwise the banana flavor can be too dominant.
• It can be a little messy, as you need to clean out a couple of compartments that cumulate with the fruit mixture.
So would anyone in the group purchase a Yonanas? I think it was a bit of a split decision. Some with children thought they would enjoy using it. Others were not sure how much they would end up using it. But overall it was fun making and trying the different fruit ice cream! And of course you can be creative by adding nuts, whip cream and other yummy ingredients to the final ice cream.
Does anyone have a Yonanas? Do you like it?