CONTEST CLOSED: Love Banana 'Soft Serve'? Don't Miss This Giveaway


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Imagine a life without ice cream. Sad, right?

That was my reality for years. I was lactose intolerant, and ice cream was the worst for me. It made me so uncomfortable when I ate it that my stomach turned when I thought about eating it. Sigh.

Enter the humble banana, which brought ice cream back into my life. (I later discovered coconut milk ice cream. Swoon!)  Soft-Serve Banana Ice Cream  is one of my favorite healthy desserts!

I make mine in the food processor, but when I saw a gadget that churned out soft serve "ice cream" made from bananas and other fruit, I had to try it.
I reached out to the team at Yonanas and they sent us two: one to test and one to give away. I'll be sharing recipes soon, but in the meantime, let's get to the fun part--the giveaway!

What they say
Yo! Is yonanas really healthier than ice-cream?
Yes! Yes! Yes! Yonanas can be a healthier option than ice-cream for a number of reasons. Here are just a few:
  • Yonanas is made using only fruit. (There is no added sugar, cream or other dairy added to this delicious treat).
  • Simply banana yonanas contains zero grams of fat. An equal serving of soft serve ice-cream can have your buttons popping with 23 grams of fat in a 1 cup serving.
  • A cup of simply banana yonanas will have 200 healthy calories as opposed to some brands of ice cream which can easily exceed 400 calories in a serving. More than 400 calories in some ice creams? Yikes!
  • Yonanas doesn’t contain any cholesterol. Ice cream can contain upwards of 80mg cholesterol in a serving. Watch out arteries!
  • Yonanas doesn’t contain any sodium. Comparatively, some soft serve ice creams have more than just a dash of sodium and some have more than 100 mg in a single serving!
  • Yonanas contains fiber, vitamins, and minerals in each tasty serving.

Yo! Do you have to use bananas?

No. There are a bunch of tasty no-banana yonanas recipes in the recipe section. You can start with other frozen fruits like mangoes, strawberries, raspberries, pineapple or blueberries by themselves or in some wacky combination. Keep experimenting and you’ll find combinations that hit the spot.

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What we say: While I don't like single-use gadgets and appliances as a general rule, I would use this often enough to justify the expense ($50). If you buy two premium pints of ice cream a month, that's about $10. Multiply that by 12 months, and that's $120 a year. Compared with the cost of bananas (less than $1/pound), and you've got quite a deal, even if you add in chocolate chips or other fun stuff.
The Yonanas machine was fun and easy to use, and clean up wasn't difficult. I can't really replicate that soft serve texture with other fruit in my food processor. Yonanas definitely yielded a better product--and I could add chocolate chips. Yum!

To enter, click here! Be sure to read the rules. This contest will end exactly two weeks from today! Winner will be notified via email.
Have you ever tried banana soft serve? Would you? What is your favorite ice cream addition? Do you like mix-ins or toppings?

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  • 47
    I use the soft serve banana ice cream recipe a lot! It is ingenious! I like adding PB2 powdered peanut butter or cocoa. Have made chocolate cherry before...YUM. I would like to try this machine...especially if it cleans up better than food processor! - 5/3/2012   5:40:10 PM
  • 46
    I love frozen bananas and banana ice cream, so I would totally use a Yonanas machine. Mmmmm, with just a drizzle of Hershey's syrup on top.......yum! - 5/1/2012   8:40:55 PM
    Omg, I would love to have one of those. If I don't win, this is going on my Christmas list this year! - 5/1/2012   3:42:54 PM
  • 44
    I'm not holding my breath but it would be welcome and help add to the fruits that I need to eat. - 4/30/2012   9:10:57 PM
  • 43
    My husband found one of these last year, and it is awesome! I love to mix it with frozen strawberries too - I cut the banana in quarters and alternate them. So tasty. Looks a little phallic, but whatever - still tasty! - 4/29/2012   9:49:15 PM
  • 42
    This morning on a cooking show I saw soft banana "ice cream" made using frozen chunks of bananas, then pureed in food processor. A tablespoon of peanut butter was added and 1 tablespoon of honey for more sweetness. It looked just like ice cream. I am thinking you could add chocolate chips. Or strawberries. I'm going to give it a try. - 4/29/2012   7:06:10 PM
  • MIMO11
    Canadian, so I'm not eligible, but I like the banana soft-serve concept. - 4/29/2012   6:14:25 PM
  • 40
    I found this to be very interesting and exciting. I leave it up to the Lord if I win or not, He will provide one way or another - 4/29/2012   3:54:08 PM
  • 39
    I have no patience or luck so I ordered myself one yesterday from Amazon. There are two version, both come with a recipe book. The deluxe version comes wih popsicle molds and a storage container. I can't wait to try it out! - 4/29/2012   9:31:27 AM
  • 38
    I could have written this article since I am VERY lactose intolerant and get worse as I get older. And yes, my stomach aches at the very thought of eating ice cream which I have always loved.
    And I do love the "soft banana ice cream". I splurge sometimes with a tbsp. choc. topping and cool whip. Sooo good!!! I now prefer it!!! - 4/28/2012   10:38:41 PM
  • 37
    This looks like something I could really use. I don't eat enough ice cream to justify buying it just to throw most away. With this I could make just what i need at the time.
    I only like soft ice cream and fresh fruit is what I eat now.
    This is a gadget that I might have to get. Will wait and see if I get lucky. - 4/28/2012   7:26:59 PM
  • 36
    Since I know I won't win I went and ordered my own and I can't wait to try it. The weather is close to 90 degrees where I live and ice cream is a temptation. - 4/28/2012   7:01:43 PM
    I would love to have this :) - 4/28/2012   4:26:33 PM
    So wonderful...wonder if I could make it in my ice cream maker for my Kitchen Aid if I don't win:) - 4/28/2012   2:51:26 PM
    I would love to try this...even if I lost I want to find this - 4/28/2012   1:28:23 PM
  • 32
    Perfect timing for this product...summertime! Just one more way to keep it healthy! - 4/28/2012   12:53:47 PM
  • 31
    What a cool product! I love banana soft serve. - 4/28/2012   12:48:52 PM
    I'd love to win one of these...the coconut milk softserve sounds heavenly, but then again, so does the banana, mango.... :) - 4/28/2012   12:09:09 PM
  • 29
    I have one of the Yonanas and I love it, you don't have to use only banana, I use blueberries,strawberries,blackberri
    es, cherry, cantaloupe, all you have to do is make sure they are all Freeze, very easy to use. - 4/28/2012   11:09:44 AM
  • 28
    This would be perfect for me especially since I'm on a cardiac diet and can't have ice cream. I would be able able to make a dessert I can eat!! - 4/28/2012   10:44:11 AM
  • 27
    I have never tried banana soft serve but would sure love to!! Anything to make that lovely frozen treat something i can have! (I stay away from ice cream or i eat the entire container--this would allow me to have it again..guilt free!!!)
    My favorite ice cream addition is walnuts. As for toppings..i used to love to warm up some fat free caramel sauce..just a tablespoon was enough to quell the craving!! - 4/28/2012   10:27:49 AM
  • 26
    Oh My - What a great addition to my family this would make. My son is overweight and craves dessert and junk food all the time. Though I don't buy it often he can't seem to lose his weight - he is 30 pounds overweight! This machine would give me the power to give him healthly alternatives as a sweet treat and only I would know that what I am giving him is good for him and will help him lose some of his extra pounds.
    I checked out their website too. They have listed some fantastic recipes to use with this machine as well as comment sections and news feeds. Great site. If I can't win this machine, I will have to save lots of pennies and though it will take a long time, I think it will be worth it to get one. - 4/28/2012   10:27:18 AM
  • 25
    I buy bananas which are 59 cents a pound, but never had it this way. Love ice cream and have no problem with lactose at all. - 4/28/2012   10:23:05 AM
  • 24
    I would love to win this. My family and I love ice cream. With my children and husband loving banana ice cream! They would be in heaven! - 4/28/2012   9:51:59 AM
  • 23
    I love bananas and most fruit. I would love to add nuts, coconut, and maybe even other soft or puréed fruit. ...fingers crossed to win! - 4/28/2012   9:45:14 AM
  • FIT4US135
    I love bananan "ice cream". I make it often, with my mini food processor, but a Yonana would be even better! I find it to be creamy and yummy, and a great substitute for ice cream. I buy bananas that are over-ripe and discounted at hte grocery store. Peel them and freeze them in plastic wrap. Usually i have at least a dozen or so in my freezer. When eating them, i sometimes add a few peanuts sprinkled on top and it is amazing!!! - 4/28/2012   9:39:26 AM
  • 21
    Sounds yummy, and just in time for summer! - 4/28/2012   9:23:32 AM
  • 20
    Seems like a neat product. I make my own ice cream and this would be a nice complement. - 4/28/2012   9:04:29 AM
  • 19
    I have never heard of this before but I love bananas and dark cocoa. Sounds like it's right up my alley.. - 4/28/2012   8:47:48 AM
  • 18
    I saw one of these at Best Buy yesterday and wondered what the heck it was. - 4/28/2012   8:34:59 AM
  • 17
    The machine sounds like a good addition to my kitchen and I would love to have one. But I am curious about making banana soft serve in the food processor. - 4/28/2012   2:29:48 AM
  • 16
    I tried the banana for ice cream once and it was okay. I'd rather have real ice cream though and just deal with the allergy issues, for now. Though mango sounds really good (that was my favorite gelato flavor, mmm). - 4/28/2012   2:08:35 AM
  • 15
    This machine sounds like it will make mango or mixed berry "ice cream", since I am not bananas about banana. We stopped bringing light and creamy ice cream into the house last fall because we were tossing most of it out uneaten due to freezer burn/ ice crystal formation in the carton. - 4/28/2012   1:05:51 AM
  • 14
    The Champion juicer people figured this one out 25 years ago. The first time I had it was in 1990 at a friend's house. Then, I bought my own.

    My kids love plain or with other fruits, but one of the favorites is bananas and a little bit of dark cocoa powder sprinkled in with the bananas.

    I have even done sweet potato. I wonder why more people have never heard about this. - 4/28/2012   1:00:04 AM
  • 13
    I make banana soft serve in my food processor. Works great! - 4/28/2012   12:01:49 AM
  • 12
    I love bananas and this sounds so cool! I would love something like this, especially if you can experiment with other fruits. Great way to get in your 5 a day!! - 4/28/2012   12:01:38 AM
  • 11
    Sounds like a wonderful option. I've never seen this machine until now. I too am lactose intolerant and it's horrible. This would also be a wonderful way to get more fruits in my diet and enjoy yummy dessert. May have to shop around for one. Thanks so much for posting!!! - 4/27/2012   10:25:56 PM
  • 10
    Definitely entered this giveaway! My daughter is allergic to milk, my boyfriend is allergic to milk and corn (high fructose corn syrup, fructose, dextrose, etc... it's in just about everything), and one of his daughters is allergic to eggs. We would absolutely love to have an allergen free and HEALTHY dessert option, and we all LOVE ice cream. Right now they eat the specialty coconut and soy ice creams, which are extremely expensive. The regular ice cream for the rest of us is so unhealthy. This would definitely be put to good use in our household. :-) - 4/27/2012   10:03:50 PM
  • 9
    I have had this at my friends and the "ice cream" that comes out of it is wonderful!! We made Sundaes with it and you would never have known it was not real ice cream VERY tasty stuff!! - 4/27/2012   9:50:06 PM
  • 8
    I am not a fan of uni-taskers either, but I would use this ALL. THE. TIME. Ice cream is the one food I CANNOT keep in my house (unlike cookies, cake, or candy, I cannot keep myself from eating ice cream), and since I'm trying to eat low carb/paleo, banana soft serve is a godsend. Fingers crossed I win! - 4/27/2012   9:35:51 PM
  • 7
    I love banana soft serve. I like toppings and add - ins. I really like pineapple topping.
    Yummy, yum...I would love to win a yonanas!!!!! - 4/27/2012   9:34:19 PM
  • 6
    can't you just pulse it in the blender and get the same result? Sorry but its like a frozen drink. lol - 4/27/2012   8:57:27 PM
  • 5
    Out of all the free give-a-way's this is the one I NEED to win for me to lose weight! - 4/27/2012   8:57:13 PM
  • 4
    OKay, I'll admit it... I'm curious. I eat a lot of bananas, and I bet my kids would LOVE this stuff, too. Sign me up! - 4/27/2012   8:56:15 PM
  • 3
    LOVE banana ice cream! Haven't tried it in soft serve form yet but I freeze them and put them in my ice cream maker. I think my juicer has an attachment that will make it like soft serve. - 4/27/2012   8:02:06 PM
  • 2
    Saw it on Dr. Oz - love it!! - 4/27/2012   8:01:43 PM
  • 1
    I would love to have one of those and I definitely would try it. - 4/27/2012   6:22:59 PM

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