I just bought the Yonana dessert maker this weekend at Walmart - I'm trying to find a way to have large portions without the calories (haha, I know, I know...) - What I did this weekend was take 3 bananas, blend them together with 3-5 cups of unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk, a few tablespoons of cocoa, and I added a few tablespoons of PB2. I poured the mixture in icecube trays and froze them. When they were ready, I put the cubes into the dessert maker and voila - a frozen chocolate/peanut butter treat! I did this because to get a nice bowl of "icecream", you'd still have to use 3-4 bananas! That's a lot of calories! Mixing it up with the low fat/low calorie almond milk spread the calories out. :)
Each (of my) ice cube tray holds 14 cubes. So to determine the nutritional value, I entered the entire batch on a recipe analyzer - the batch went into 2 trays, so I entered 28 servings for the batch. That way, if I used 4 cubes, it's 4 servings. :)
I did my research and found not to buy the Yonanas machine with the plastic parts (found in most stores) but to go online and buy the one with the metal parts/gears as they will stand up to the rigorous use of the machine. It costs almost twice as much but from the reviews, it sounds like it is worth the investment. Sold on their website and amazon (on amazon read everything in the "item posting' to make sure you are buying the right one)
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I LOVE my Yonanas machine. That said, I haven't tried the other. Is it like a magic bullet? I have one of those...The yonanas machine works really well. I have also used frozen berries (you get sort of a sorbet that way). I often add frozen cubes of almond butter too. Yum.
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I have the Yonanas and it works well. I saw the machine made by the 'bullet' people and was intrigued. I have a Magic Bullet and use it several times a week to make protein/fruit smoothies for my 90 year old mom. Which ever machine you decide to try, purchase it at Bed, Bath and Beyond. They have a one year, money back return policy. Keep your receipt and, if you decide that you don't like the machine, take it back. Better yet, by it with one of their 20% off coupons. I purchased a juicer from them, decided that juicing wasn't for me and took it back. I could not find my receipt but they were able to locate my receipt in their system by using my credit card. Good luck!
I haven't had any experience with dessert makers, however I have chopped up fruit in my food processor, mixed with various liquids (like diet soda or juices like cranberry, orange, etc.) and poured them into popsicle molds -- the combos are endless, and they made great desserts.
Here's an interesting site for popsicles that offers all kinds of suggestions:
I am looking to purchase one of these dessert makers as I'm allergic to dairy, and wondering what experience some of you Sparkers might have had with both. The reviews seem to have more cons with Yonanas but it has been out on the market longer, and there are different versions. Prices I found were within ten dollars and since I have a Ninja, have no experience with the Bullet brand machines. Comments and recipes welcome please.
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