Looking for a healthier alternative to ice cream - that's also dairy and egg free? One of the frozen dessert makers that are on the market might be just what you're looking for. Check out our review for the" Yonanas".
The two most popular of these pureed frozen fruit machines are the Swirlio and the Yonanas. Both take slightly thawed frozen fruit, and are inserted into the machines hopper. The rotary motor with superfine cutting blades, shaves the fruit into a creamy, pureed, ice cream-like texture. For around $50, if you’re looking for a healthier dessert options that has no preservatives, processed sugars, dairy or fats, then you may want to look at purchasing one of these types of gadgets.
Almost all the recipes that come in their recipe book include using a frozen banana. The bananas texture is really what adds the creamy velvety texture that is similar to ice cream.
The most common fruits that are used are; bananas, berries, peaches, pear, melons, pineapple and kiwi (make sure to remove any skins, pits, seeds or stems).
I tested the Yonanas machine, although I’m sure the Swirlio’s instructions would be similar, the main thing is to allow the frozen fruit to thaw for about 10-15 minutes on the counter. This softens them just a bit and makes it easier on the blades to cut through and create that creamy texture.
I’ve read several reviews online where people’s machines have broken after only a few uses. I can see how this can happen since the motors on these machines are not super strong – you have to keep in mind that these machines don’t have the motor of a Kitchen Aid mixer. As long as you gently push the fruit down through the hopper, pushing only as fast as the motor is working to churn out the puree, your machine should last just fine.
From the Yonana’s recipe book:
Insert 1 frozen banana
Add 1 oz mint chocolate chips
Insert another frozen banana
Stir in bowl to combine
(makes about 1 cup)
If you don’t have mint chocolate chips, use regular chocolate chips, and stir in a few drops of peppermint extract at the end. As well you can add a bit of vanilla extract and some green food coloring if you like.
Personally, I like the machine and would recommend it if you're looking for healthier ways to make desserts (and don't mind taking up your pantry space with another small appliance). You can also make frozen pies - spread puree into a cookie crust and freeze until firm, or Baked Alaska type desserts.
But the best part...my kids love it.