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Yonanas Elite Frozen Healthy Dessert Maker – 100% Fruit Soft-Serve Maker (Black)
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- YONANAS ELITE: Designed for the ultimate frozen dessert experience, with nearly twice the power than the traditional machine and includes a 3 year limited warranty.
- FRUIT SOFT SERVE MACHINE: Easily create yummy tasting treats by adding any combination of chocolate, or fruits like over-ripe bananas, berries, or mango to the chute for a smooth "ice-cream" like taste.
- HEALTHY GOODNESS: With Yonanas, you can instantly churn 100% frozen fruits to create a healthy dessert without additional fat, sugar or preservatives compared to other "ice cream" or "yogurt" like treats.
- EASY & FUN TO USE: Transform 100% frozen fruit into dessert in just seconds by simply inserting frozen banana (or any fruit of your choice) into the chute and pushing down using the plunger. It's that easy and fun to make!
- EASY TO CLEAN: Create delicious desserts without the hassle of cleanup; as the chute, plunger, and blade are dishwasher safe.
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The Yonanas Elite is the ultimate Yonanas experience. It is the strongest, most quiet and durable Yonanas maker available. Yonanas turns frozen fruit and other flavorings into a delicious, healthy soft-serve treat. The unit combines frozen bananas and any additional fruit or chocolate and instantly churns the ingredients to produce a treat with the texture of frozen yogurt or soft-serve ice cream, but without the additional fat, sugar, or preservatives. The chute easily accepts berries, sliced mango, or cantaloupe along with frozen banana and the integrated spinning blade mashes and incorporates the fruit into a silky-smooth confection with the texture of soft-serve ice cream or yogurt. The chute, plunger and blade are dishwasher safe. This is only designed for US market. Yonanas Elite has two times more power than the original Yonanas and transforms frozen fruit in seconds. Peel and freeze over-ripe bananas and other fruits. Insert frozen bananas and other frozen fruit into the chute. Add toppings and the flavor combinations are endless. Enjoy guilt-free desserts.
Top Customer Reviews
Decided to buy the red larger unit. For some unexplained reason, it costs $10.00 more if you buy the black one. That seems crazy.
The larger Elite unit is much quieter and works flawlessly. The larger motor powers through the frozen fruits better and will probably last a lot longer, especially with heavy use. And there WILL be heavy use. There is a 3 yr factory warranty. Why buy the 2 year warranty that is sometimes suggested by Amazon? That seems like a waste.
One reviewer said he returned it because some product stayed in the grinder head. Well, it takes all of ten seconds to rotate off the grinder head, scrape out the bits left behind and add them to the rest of the mix. That is NOT a reason not to buy it. You have to do this anyway to clean it out. Washing it out takes only another minute or so with hot water and detergent. Then you can put it back together (another ten seconds) and store it. -or make another batch of a different flavor (my preference).
In fact, using only one banana or 1/2 banana and some frozen Greek yogurt cubes makes a generous single serving by the time you scoop out the bit in the grinder head. Sometimes that's all we want.
You can use frozen yogurt cubes to replace part of the bananas. We keep a freezer bag with up to a quart of frozen Greek yogurt cubes ready to go.
There is a recipe book that is enclosed that has about 70 pages of recipes, 2/page. Don't bother with the $17.95 pamphlet that's available. The recipe book is a great starting point. But there's no end to what you can do.
We tend to add more ingredients besides bananas to the mix than are suggested in the recipes in order to get a flavor balance we prefer. Maybe our bananas are larger. Basically it's mix to taste.
We've had several groups over to experiment with different flavors. Everyone has been happily surprised. And everyone has a favorite. We expect to find them in many of our guests' homes soon.
Dole, the manufacturer, was brilliant. They looked at the problem of how do you market your packaged frozen fruits to more people than the limited group who are already buying them. They came up with creating a whole new food product that acts more like a juicer than a blender and keeps the antioxidants alive while letting you make your own flavors of a healthy version of ice cream and takes two minutes to make. (Our freezer stays stocked with frozen bananas and fruits.) As a result, Dole obviously hopes to sell more frozen fruits to folks who wouldn't have otherwise bought their products and who don't want to grow or buy fresh and then freeze their ingredients other than the bananas. We hope they succeed on all counts.
It's all about what works for you. Be creative. Enjoy.
This will be a gift that will find its way to many friends' homes for the holidays and birthdays where they are certain to be appreciated.
Okay, so using it the first time didn't quite work out as I expected. I put the removable parts into soapy dishwater to give them a wash before first use. I assembled the parts and began dropping in a bag of frozen mixed berries. My yogurt wasn't frozen yet, so I was aiming for mixed berry sherbet. What I got was berry juice pouring out everywhere and spreading all over the counter! I immediately thought, I'm going to have to ask the Amazon customers what the heck I did wrong.
So I started disassembling it, and trying to control all the deep purple juice pouring out everywhere, and scraping out the berry sludge with a rubber scraper. The mashed berries were even back around the lug-nut axle that spins for mixing. I washed the Yonanas and all the parts, no easy task considering the minuscule amount of space allowed around the axle. And what do I find under all the suds in the dishwater? The little cone-shaped part with the cutting blades! For pity sake, don't ever buy a black sink. You cannot see what's in the sudsy water like you can with a light colored sink. So I then knew exactly what had gone wrong. I had missed that part from the first washing, and it wasn't in the Yonanas when I was inadvertently making "berry juice & fruit sludge."
So I reassembled everything for a repeated try with a bag of unsweetened, frozen peaches. It worked like a champ! We were very impressed. When assembled correctly, it cleans up very easily, no problem there at all. Nothing stuck anywhere that would make it difficult to clean. The next night we tried a combination of mixed berries and yogurt, even better! This last one was what I was aiming for. What also pleased us, no one at all went for any other snack all evening long. The Yonanas had done exactly as I had hoped! Now we're hitting "three birds with one stone," as the expression goes. We never manage to get the daily requirement of fruit, we are now; the yogurt is good in all ways for us; and the protein is stopping the unhealthy craving and snacking. As a side note, depending upon the sweetness of the fruit you buy, and how tart your yogurt selection is, and of course your personal taste, you could always add a bit of zero calorie sweetener. All around I could not expect more from the Yonanas than it is delivering.
The other advantage I could immediately see is what a terrific thing to have on hand for when unexpected guests stop over, and kids would love it! Since you'll always have yogurt pre-frozen in ice cube trays and bags of frozen fruit, there is no prep work to making a wonderful, healthy, satisfying dessert for guests, even those "watching what they eat." There are also many recipes on the Web, so having new ideas for variety is a Web click away. Whoever invented the Yonanas is a genius! We would highly recommend it. Just be sure to put the cutting cone in when you use it!
Side note: if you order the Yonanas, you might want to consider a couple of covered ice cube trays to freeze the yogurt in. Another helpful tool is a mini-rubber scraper. I happened to have a couple already, but instantly recognized how perfectly they were sized for the Yonanas.
Covered Ice cube trays:
These aren't the exact ones I have, but they are the mini-size. Mine have a slight scoop-shape to them. Amazon doesn't have mine, but William-Sonoma does.
UPDATE: A friend ask us to make the recipe with bananas and a peanut butter cup. Yuck, it was dreadful! Will definitely be sticking with yogurt and fruit.
Now that I have my Yonana, I can whip myself up a creamy, tasty dessert that is all natural and guilt-free. And it's EASY! It's easy to make the desserts included in the recipe book (and ones I concoct on my own now that I've gotten the hang of it). It's a breeze to clean either by hand or in the dishwasher. It's so simple to put back together (unlike lots of gizmos on the market with moving parts within moving parts). And it sure is easy to eat the great treats that come out of this dreamy machine.
I got the regular model and it was fine. My son wanted one, so I gave him mine and upgraded to the Elite model. The Elite is more solid and much quieter. Since I use my Yonana at least 3-4 times a week, I'm glad I have the sturdier model.
Two things to keep in mind when (not if) you buy yours:
1. Bananas can't be frozen solid (they'll come out like ice chips and really strain the motor), but they can't be too soft, either (you'll get soupy results). I've never gotten my frozen dessert to look like the soft-serve ice cream picture on the box (that's marketing magic as far as I'm concerned), but once you play around with letting your frozen bananas sit out on the counter for the right amount of time (it varies), you'll get great results--so creamy and delicious that you could swear you were eating soft-serve.
2. Sorbets are divine using this machine. Don't use fruit chucks that are too small or too tough (blueberries don't work well) because they come out of the processor in recognizable pieces. This doesn't affect the taste, but does affect the texture and appearance of your sorbet.