Well, sadly Santa missed my hints, so you can imagine my excitement when the kind people at Yonanas gifted me with one to use at home.
So what exactly is a ‘Yonanas?’
Somewhere in between a juicer and a food processor, the Yonanas purees frozen fruit into a creamy, soft serve ice cream-like texture, creating a healthy, seriously delicious dessert or snack.
This isn’t exactly a new concept; I’ve seen (and purchased) frozen fruit ‘ice-cream’ from stalls at multiple farmers markets in Melbourne, and have been attempting to imitate it at home for years – albeit in a rickety little food processor a la Kmart. But the Yonanas is really something amazing, and here’s why:
The product tastes great
My first day with Yonanas saw me using it three times – it just tastes so great. Contrary to what the name suggests, there’s flexibility with what fruit you choose; I’ve had the greatest success with bananas, mangoes and strawberries.
Honestly, I knew I was going to love the taste, but would anyone else? I tested it on those I knew would be the harshest critics – my fruit-evading boyfriend, my frozen-yoghurt shunning best friend, and my ‘allergic to bananas’ 7-year-old guinea pig. All three were suitable impressed, with Mr 7 even commenting that it was “just like frozen yoghurt, except with seeds” (probably best not to use blackberries if you’re after a smoother texture).
Creates healthy fruit based snacks
I love that the Yonanas encourages the consumption of fruit, particularly in place of other unhealthier dessert choices. I can see the product being extremely popular with kids, and even those who aren’t hugely into fruit are sure to love the taste and texture.
The appliance is of high quality
Unlike the substandard food processor I’d relied on previously, the Yonanas is solid and durable, with the advantage of actually being made to puree frozen fruit. Easy to assemble and disassemble, with very few parts, the machine is light and small enough to store without any worries. And the best part? It’s super easy to clean. All parts (aside from the base) can even be thrown in the dishwasher.
It’s easy to use
A few clicks and the machine is assembled, then it’s as easy as flicking a switch, and feeding frozen fruit through the chute. Its ease of use means that kids could be involved in the process, which really only takes 10 minutes from start to finish.
Now, it wouldn’t be fair for me to talk up the Yonanas so much without sharing it, and luckily the thoughtful team from Yonanas have offered to give away one more Original Yonanas machine (valued at $89.95) to a lucky reader.
All you have to do is leave a comment down below or on my facebook page, detailing your most creative and delicious recipe idea you’d try if you were to win a Yonanas. If you’re stuck for inspiration, check out the recipe page on Yonanas’ website – Caramel Apple and Peanut Butter & Jelly are next on my list of things to try!
*Open for Australian residents only, please leave your email along with comment to be contacted. Winner will be chosen Sunday 9th March 2014. Good luck!
*Update: Congratulations to katarineanne on her winning recipe: Salted caramel and white chocolate hazelnut Yonanas!