Homemade Frozen Treats with Yonanas

Yonanas Frozen Dessert Maker

September 7, 2015

in Food, Product Review

With the kind of weather we’ve been experiencing, you’d never guess that we’re in the beginning of September knocking on Autumn’s door. Fear not, we’ve got a few more weeks of summer to squeeze out to enjoy the winding down of summer with some frozen treats. The Dole Company reached out to me a while back concerning their new Yonanas “Healthy Dessert maker”. Perhaps they were creeping through my Twitter feed and unearthed my countless tweets about how my affinity for ice cream, sorbets and frozen yogurt gets me feeling all sorts of ways. So they sent me one of their Yonanas Frozen Fruit Soft Serve machines to try out and told me that a bowl of homemade frozen desserts are only seconds away.

I’ve never heard of the Yonanas Classic machine before they sent it to me. To my understanding, it makes a frozen fruit dessert that’s banana based – which gives the final product a creamy consistency that’s similar to chunky frozen yogurt.

So I gave it a shot. I decided to test out two recipes – a fruit sorbet (mango) and a banana-based dessert, “cookies and cream”. Looking through their guide book, what was blatantly obvious was the simplicity of the recipes – everything was all natural. I can see his appealing to families and people who are conscious about what they eat.

The recipe and instructions from the booklet were pretty simple:

2 frozen over-ripe bananas
2 chocolate sandwich cookies

Slightly thaw your frozen fruit prior to putting through your yonanas maker.
Insert 1/2 frozen banana
Add 1 sandwich cookie
Insert one frozen banana
Alternate remaining ingredients

The frist batch (according to the recipe book) did not taste enough like cookies and cream for us. The banana really does provide a smooth creamy base for the dessert treat, but the inherent sweetness of the overripe banana overshadowed the sandwich cookies and negated any most of its flavour.

So on the second batch, we doubled up on the cookies and it provided a better tasting treat. The machine is called a “healthy dessert maker” and in theory it is… just not when I mess with it and add TWICE the amount of cookies!

For the sorbet I made straight up mango. I used packaged frozen mangoes that are often packed underripe, so it was a bit tart. I would highly suggest using fresh mangoes and freezing the pieces yourself. The final product was silky smooth and was comparable to store-bought sorbet without the added sugar and preservatives. What was a surprise to me was the yield of the ingredients to the final product. I started with two cups of frozen mango, and having passed it through the machine, we ended up with a little bit less than a cup of sorbet.

It was only when I took the machine apart to clean that I realized that a lot of the sorbet was actually still inside the machine between the blade and opening where the dessert is extruded. Not that that was a problem, you’ll just have to remember to disassemble the machine to scrape off the residual sorbet inside the machine – you’d have to take it apart to rinse off in between making different flavours anyways.

I can see this Yonanas machine coming in handy when it’s berry season and taking a whole afternoon churning out pint after pint of fresh homemade sorbet. It’s got me thinking about the frozen rum-soaked cherries I have in the freezer. Adult sorbet?

A big thank you to the Dole company for sending me one of their Yonanas Classic Machines. For more information on the product and where to purchase one near you, visit their official website at http://yonanas.com

This is a sponsored post. Thoughts and opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand or parent company.

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