Yonanas Ice Cream Maker Review

by TheParentSpot
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Stay tuned for our honest, personal Yonanas ice cream maker review. We’ve owned our Yonanas frozen dessert maker for five years now, and still use it regularly!

When it comes to ice cream, we’re not afraid to try something new. We’ve been known to travel for hours just to sample a new place. We often joke about the fact that we visited Turkey solely because that’s where dondurma (sticky ice cream) originated.

Yonanas Frozen Dessert Maker

Yonanas Ice Cream Maker Review

When we had the chance to review the new Yonanas Classic frozen dessert maker we were excited to see what the fuss was about.

Ice cream without cream? Frozen treats that are not only healthy and delicious, but silky smooth in texture. Is that even possible?

See the Yonanas Classic frozen dessert maker on Amazon here!

We were excited to find out.

When our Yonanas machine finally arrived in the mail, I’m not sure who was more excited, me or the kids. I was also a little worried since the box we received it in was looking a little worse for wear. Luckily, everything seemed to be in good shape as we unpacked it.

I quickly took it apart and cleaned everything with hot soapy water. Comprising of only the main base, four unlocking pieces and the plunger, it reminded me of an inverted blender. Even down to the locking mechanism.

Once I untwisted the main chamber (don’t try it when it’s already wet), cleaning seemed pretty straight forward and since this thing is dishwasher friendly I’m expecting it to go in there more often than not.

That’s pretty much when we hit a roadblock. The kids and I were excited to test it out however we didn’t have any frozen bananas on hand. We had forgotten to pre-freeze any.

Can you use fruit other than bananas in a Yonanas dessert maker?

Here’s the short answer: Yes, but bananas work much better.

Undaunted, we grabbed some frozen berries and some frozen plums from our tree last fall and decided to give it a try. After waiting 10 minutes for the fruit to thaw (they recommend waiting 10 to 15 minutes for the frozen fruit to hit the right temperature) we dropped the berries in.

Strawberry Blueberries Frozen for Yonanas Frozen Dessert Maker

To our dismay, the first few raspberries we dumped in came out in little frozen chunks. We weren’t surprised. We had read that a small piece of banana should always be the first ingredient and we quickly learned why. The machine needs a base for the other fruits to grab onto.

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Not to be undone, we threw in some larger frozen strawberries and the machine started churning away. Next thing we knew we had a small bowl of ice cream like frozen berries. The texture was actually more like a gelato or sorbet and due to the lack of sugar was a little tart but it was delicious nonetheless.

The kids wanted more so we dumped in a cup of halved frozen plums, peel and all. It was delicious! We were all surprised at how good it was. Seeing that we have bags of plums from last fall’s harvest it’s nice to know we can make some inexpensive treats any time.

When it was time to clean again, I noticed that a lot of the peels stayed inside the machine. That was actually a good thing, however the machine holds a fair bit of dessert inside so make sure you open it up and scoop whatever is left before it all melts.

Bananas in the Yonanas machine

Now that we had tried it, we were definitely curious to see how bananas tasted. We grabbed a few that were spotted (the instructions call them cheetah spots), peeled them and threw them in the freezer. Now we just had to wait 24 hours for them to be ready.

The next day we pulled out some more berries and the two bananas.

Delicious Banana Strawberry Yonanas Frozen Dessert

We only threw in a small piece of banana to star,t however the difference in consistency was quickly apparent. Once the berries went through it was clear that the Yonanas maker was clearly designed with  bananas in mind. The texture of the frozen bananas is ridiculously creamy.

Once it all went through we mixed it by hand with the berries and the taste was definitely more like ice cream than sorbet. The kids loved it and ate it faster than if it was ice cream! It was so good that later that night we picked up a few extra pounds of bananas solely for the Yonanas machine.

We’re all excited to see what kind of concoctions we can make with it. Chocolate and bananas, strawberries and mint, peaches, Oreos, pear and raspberries, chocolate sauce and cherries… You get the idea. There is an endless amount of combinations that we’re planning to try.

As you can probably guess, we’re big fans of the Yonanas Classic frozen dessert maker. Like smoothies, it’s a healthy way to enjoy some delicious fruits and makes dessert time all the more enjoyable.

The biggest problem I can see is making sure we have enough frozen fruit on hand to keep it going. Thankfully, summer is here and we’ll make sure we freeze enough by the fall to keep our Yonanas maker busy all winter.

See prices and more reviews here for the Yonanas Classic frozen dessert maker.

Strawberry Blueberry Banana Yonanas Frozen Dessert

Disclosure: We received a Yonanas original dessert maker for this review, but our love of ice cream is all our own.

Strawberry Blueberry Banana Yonanas Frozen Dessert

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ivy pluchinsky June 26, 2014 - 10:31 am

manitoba canada!

Amy Heffernan June 26, 2014 - 11:10 am

For Toronto!

Christine Luken June 26, 2014 - 11:52 am


Debra Pearlstein June 26, 2014 - 2:04 pm

My favorite fruit is watermelon – especially in summer!

Mona June 26, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Oranges and bananas are my favorite

Natalie June 26, 2014 - 4:23 pm

My favorite fruit by far is apples, especially fuji and honeycrisp apples.

Jennifer Saarinen June 26, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Mango is delicious!

STACEY DEMPSEY June 26, 2014 - 9:11 pm

My favorite fruit is strawberries

MJ June 26, 2014 - 9:28 pm

I can almost taste it! 🙂

MJ June 26, 2014 - 9:30 pm

Oops, first comment went incomplete.
Favorite fruit: Bananas of course, raspberries, grapes and pears.
I can almost taste it! 😀

Andrea Amy June 26, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Blueberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries…I don’t have just one! lol

Darlene Carbajal June 26, 2014 - 10:38 pm

My favorite city is Las Vegas!

Kayla Gilbert June 27, 2014 - 9:42 am

I love anything that has to do with raspberries!

nicolthepickle June 27, 2014 - 10:10 am

I love raspberries.

Bonnie @WEMAKE7 June 27, 2014 - 2:26 pm

My favorite fruit is strawberries but also love blueberries and grapes, watermelon.

Kelly June 27, 2014 - 6:48 pm

My favorite fruit is blueberries. I love blueberries! Each summer I buy 50 pounds and then freeze them for my smoothies all year round.

Micki June 27, 2014 - 7:51 pm

Wow, that’s a lot of blueberries! I completely understand. I’m the same way with cherries. I can eat 1/2 a gallon at a sitting. LOVE them.

Heather Voorhees June 27, 2014 - 7:38 pm

My favorite fruit is strawberries. My second favorite is bananas, so this would be perfect!

Jennifer L. June 28, 2014 - 8:38 am

I love peaches and blueberries.

Natalie Brown June 28, 2014 - 8:40 pm

Hi! My favorite fruits are berries. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries! Yummy! Thank-you!!

Michelle Snow June 28, 2014 - 9:58 pm

Favorite fruit is the strawberry. =)

Heather Hayes Panjon June 29, 2014 - 2:28 am

My Favorite Fruit Is Kiwi.

Brenda Brown June 29, 2014 - 11:29 am

I love strawberries! My fav city is Nashville. I could be bias because I live here. lol

victoria W June 30, 2014 - 11:30 am

Love pomegranate over here, shame it’s only out for a short time

Eldon L June 30, 2014 - 1:46 pm

My favourite fruit is mango

Scarlett June 30, 2014 - 3:10 pm


Taylor Hawkins June 30, 2014 - 6:19 pm

My favourite fruit is blueberries 🙂

Robyn Bellefleur June 30, 2014 - 11:49 pm

I love strawberries.

Wendy hutton July 1, 2014 - 10:27 am

favorite fruit is strawberries

Shilo Beedy July 1, 2014 - 6:17 pm

My favorite fruit is strawberries.

sarah sar July 1, 2014 - 11:35 pm

I love mangoes!

Amy C July 1, 2014 - 11:48 pm

My favourite fruit is watermelon

Chris Stockford July 2, 2014 - 7:21 pm

Strawberries i like!

Yuen C July 2, 2014 - 9:07 pm

My favourite is strawberries

Amanda Sakovitz July 3, 2014 - 5:49 am

i like strawberries

Thomas Murphy July 3, 2014 - 8:03 am

My favorite city is Boston.

K. Elizabeth @YUMMommy July 6, 2014 - 10:41 am

I have been hearing nothing but good things about Yonanas. I definitely think that I’m going to get one because both of my kids are allergic to dairy and soy yogurt is always hard to find. It’ll be great to be able to make our own yogurt at home using fresh produce.

mreir August 5, 2017 - 4:13 am

wow, that looks awesome! we didn’t like our ice cream maker much, but this looks way easier!

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