Yonana maker - by popular demand.
So, I got this frozen dessert maker at Kitchen Collection for $45. Not bad. The first thing to making delicious and guilt free desserts is to have ripe bananas - (the instructions say "cheeta spotted" bananas are best for flavor), then you need to peel them and wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze them. You can combine different frozen fruit to get very unique flavors but you must always start with a whole banana and end with one (it helps to push all the yummy stuff out).
So, now you have your fruit frozen and ready to go. You turn on the machine (it is loud, just so you know, so don't do this while your baby is trying to nap). Add the first banana in the chute and use the plunger to push it thru slowly, if that doesn't work, break the banana in half and then try to plunge it thru. Loud noise. Here is where you add any other fruit you want - I used frozen strawberries - about 3 at a time for a total of 9. Now shove another banana thru and you are done! Hopefully you placed a bowl under the chute or now you have a mess to clean up. If you did manage to get it into a bowl, you now stir and eat. YUM! It is creamy like ice cream but no dairy!!! It didn't taste banana-y (not a word, I know). But I did taste the strawberry and I added a bit of chocolate syrup to it and viola', perfection confection!
The directions say that two bananas per serving is normal. So I had about 6 bananas and I kept it going! I made a bunch of strawberry/banana frozen dessert and froze the individual servings to enjoy another day. My mom also taste tested it and was impressed. She said it was like soft serve ice cream.
Needless to say, I bought more bananas and I am excited for them to ripen so I can freeze them and try more flavor combinations. I have frozen raspberries and frozen chocolate bars.....I also have blueberries and mangos....hum.
I guess the only calories are the fruit itself(and any toppings you might add) because all this machine does is pulverize it and make it creamy.
Clean up was easy. The part that gets cleaned comes off the base and twists off into 4 pieces which you can handclean or use in the top rack of the dishwasher since it is mainly made of plastic.
I think this would be an excellent thing to have for any family get together or cookout - healthy frozen treats! You won't mind your kids eating this - they are getting 3 servings of fruit! Also, I think it would be good to demonstrate it at the next Spark Rally! Everyone can taste test and try different combos. It does need a quick rinse in between flavor changes if you don't want carryover.It is very portable but does require electricity to operate.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
Now run out an buy one. LOL.