I recently received an e-mail from my good friend, Ellen, suggesting that I check out a product called “Yonanas” which has been selling out like crazy at Bed, Bath and Beyond. “Yonanas” is an appliance which turns frozen fruit into an “ice cream-like” dessert when chunks of frozen fruit are pushed through a chute with a plunger. Since I am not in love with most of the non-dairy ice creams sold in the store because they are processed, I decided to give the “Yonanas” a try. I had to order mine on-line since my local Bed, Bath and Beyond was sold out.
Although you could make a “Yonanas” dessert from any combination of frozen fruit, the instruction manual indicates that adding frozen bananas makes it creamy like a soft serve ice cream or frozen yogurt. The consistency would be more icey without the bananas. I tried my first “Yonanas” dessert using 2 frozen bananas and 1 cup of frozen mixed berries. I found the machine simple to use and the final product was delicious. You must remember to thaw the frozen fruit at room temperature for 5 minutes before putting it into the chute (or microwave for 20 seconds) or you will jam the machine.
You may wonder if a blender or food processor can make the same dessert. According to the manufacturer, the “Yonana’s cold, creamy, soft serve, ice cream-like texture and consistency cannot be replicated by a food processor or blender.” I believe this statement to be true. This is a great little product which I highly recommend and which I’m sure I’ll use all summer long. The upper portion of the machine is removable for easy storage in a small space in your kitchen or cupboard. What could be better than that?
If you are not interested in purchasing yet another kitchen appliance (although “Yonanas” is not too big), here is a simple vegan dessert recipe which I often make in my powerful Vita-Mix blender. It could also be made in a food processor…
PEANUT BUTTER BANANA FROZEN DESSERT WITH CHOCOLATE SAUCE, WALNUTS AND CHOCOLATE CHIPS
2 frozen bananas, cut into chunks
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
Non-dairy Ah!Laska Chocolate Syrup
Chopped walnuts (just enough to sprinkle on top of dessert)
Vegan chocolate chips (just enough to sprinkle on top of dessert)
Place 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk into blender or food processor. Then add the peanut butter and frozen banana chunks. Blend ingredients until mixed into a creamy texture. If you are having trouble blending, add a little bit more vanilla almond milk (but just enough to blend the ingredients together). When you are finished blending, separate the mixture into individual serving bowls. Squeeze the non-dairy chocolate syrup on top and sprinkle with chopped walnuts and vegan chocolate chips. Yum!!!