…with my new Yonanas machine!
I’m really not the sort of person who gets passionate about appliances. I own lots of kitchen gadgets, and never before have any of them caused my heart to flutter like this. I own a Cusinart ICE 30 ice cream machine, a Braun food processor (no relation!), a Mr. Coffee coffeemaker, a Pampered Chef chopping gizmo, a Vidalia Chop Wizard, and a few others. They’re all quite nice, but I’ve never felt any PASSION towards a kitchen appliance until I got this Yonanas a week ago. (I might actually really *like* the Vidalia Chop Wizard, instead of plain liking it, if the surface was big enough to chop a whole onion or tomato without quartering my veggies in advance.)
Yonanas is a ridiculous name for a product, but it’s catchy; I’ll grant them that. However, true love has never been hindered by a silly name. (Try saying ‘Romeo’ fast 10 times…)
In case you’re wondering who or what a Yonanas is, allow me to explain:
A Yononas is a small (about half the size of a blender), muscular, handsome machine that takes frozen fruits and turns them into virtual ice cream. Which means that I can *think* that I’m enjoying an extra-large bowl of ice cream, whilst the truth of the matter is that I’m consuming two bananas plus several strawberries.
The ingredients must be frozen for the Yonana to work optimally. All I need to do is peel 2 bananas (with dark spots on the skins, for maximum sweetness), and freeze them in a plastic bag. Six hours later (or the next day, or next week – when the mood strikes), I thaw those bananas for about ten minutes and insert them in the Yonanas’ chute. What emerges is pure magic: Soft, silky, luscious, creamy Yonana, which looks and tastes virtually like soft-serve ice cream, and yet is made from bananas alone.
I like to add frozen strawberries and mango chunks to my Yonana for additional variety. There are recipes for tropical ice cream, peanut butter ice cream, and many more that I intend to try out shortly.
For a truly sinful experience, I added a few squares of dark chocolate to my Yonana. It was so wickedly delicious that my very picky 10-year-old son loved it! (This is the very same child who only eats raw carrots and apples, of all the wonderful fruits and vegetables to be found on Planet Earth. He tasted a grape once, after I spent hours begging, and refuses to taste blueberries and strawberries.)
You can watch this Home Shopping Network video of the Yonanas in action here. The lady in the red sweater does seem to be madly in love with Yonanas too, so I see that I may have some competition here…
The other night, I read an interview with Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure. I am still debating whether or not to order his book. From the interview, I gather that between 92 and 97% of the foods that I eat are bad for my arteries. Adopting his nutrition guidelines would definitely be a radical change in my life, and I’m unsure if I’m willing to own a book whose presence mocks me three meals a day, day after day. For some illogical, American reason, I am more comfortable with the idea of worrying about Heart Disease when it strikes in middle-age, rather than right now when I can take the steps necessary to fend off this killer of 1/3 of the American population.
While I click to add the book to my Amazon order, and then click to delete it from my cart, over and over again, I know that regardless of whether I make big changes in my diet or not, Yonanas are definitely a treat that would make Dr. Esselstyn proud. Yonanas are made of 100% pure, fresh-frozen fruits. There are no additives (assuming I leave out the chocolate most of the time!), no preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup, no oils, and no artificial colors or flavors.
For under $50 (current Amazon price, subject to change at any time), plus the cost of fresh produce, I can enjoy heavenly healthy ice cream at any time! To me, that has got to be the most exciting news in the food industry since sliced bread. Trust me, I’m a bread making girl. And when you have to slice your own bread, the crumbs abound – so sliced bread truly was a wonderful invention. And Yonanas top that!
One more exciting tip: I put some Yonana into ice pop molds, so that I could grab a treat on-the-go! Although making a Yonana from scratch takes just about 2 minutes, sometimes there are no extra minutes to spare. Bonus: My kids will eat Yonana ice pops, even the one child who refused to taste the Yonana in its glorious soft-serve texture! What could be better than giving my children nature’s healthy goodness in Yonana-frozen form?
Did I mention that the Yonanas machine is super easy to clean, and simple to operate? And it doesn’t snore or hog the blanket – ever. See for yourself here.