Tried The Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker Yet?
Have you ever come across the Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker before? These frozen fruit treat makers turn out the most delicious iced fruit desserts combining all the flavors you want and love – and they’re made in minutes!
Until about two years ago I hadn’t heard of a Yonanas treat maker and it’s thanks to friends we found them at all. We went to a summer barbecue with friends to be greeted with ice cold pina coladas in a long glass, served with a spoon. Or so I thought.
The kids were given the same minus the rum, and I have to say that at first it seemed a big bowl of sugar with cream had just been bestowed on them – and I’m already panicking about bed time – just you try getting sugared up kids off to sleep!
Healthy Frozen Snacks For Everyone
That was until I tasted it. The most creamy, fruity fresh flavor hits your palate and zings it into overdrive, followed by a frozen smoothie like texture, bursting with real fruit – which of course is all there is in it.
Gadget lover? Me? I bought one there and then – right on my phone without even being able to see it properly – well there was one working away producing iced heaven right in front of me after all.
What Exactly Is a Yonanas Frozen Treat Maker?
Check out the video below courtesy of Yonanas, because it explains this magic little machine better than I can, especially between glorious mouthfuls of my freshly made Yonanas bananas and choc chip treat! Then join me below again – don’t worry, I’ll be a while enjoying this.
Now is that easy to prepare? Until writing up this review I honestly hadn’t read a thing, simply saw it, tasted the ices it was making and bought it all in under 10 minutes – and we haven’t regretted it for a nano second.
No problem – making ice cream yoghurt couldn’t be any easier than this – just pour yoghurt into cube molds and freeze. If you don’t have any spare molds, tip the yoghurt into a plastic bag and seal, then lay flay in the freezer to make an easily breakable yoghurt slab.
When it’s really frozen solid, pop the frozen mix through the Yonanas and as pictured above, sprinkle fresh fruit over the top – mmmh, perfect low fat treats in literally seconds.
Kids Just Don’t Know It’s Healthy!
For me probably the biggest advantage is that kids don’t even stop to think that this is pure frozen fruit with all the goodness you have been trying (for years) to get them interested in.
Nope, they just beg you to make some more.
These Iced Treat Makers Works For Diabetics Too
If like my husband you have diabetes, this offers a dessert which isn’t full of added sugar. He’s insulin dependent and sure if that’s you as well, then you need to watch it with strawberries, so just add a few to other less fructose filled fruits.
One thing to always keep in mind you also need to watch out for added sugar in plain yoghurt – check the side of cartons very carefully. I got some good advice from the diabetic section of Webmd which is valuable common sense info.
But other than that, these frozen treats are as healthy a dessert as you can get and we are hooked on them.
Dead easy to use, you know I won’t use a gadget unless it cleans up fast! Well the Yonanas machine is as simple as it gets. Gently remove the tube and masher bits from the motor and rinse under the tap – you can put it in the dishwasher as the removable parts are all dishwasher safe, but it just doesn’t need it.
These are pretty robust machines, in that they don’t feel like a ‘one use’ wonder – having used ours a whole lot in the nearly two years we’ve had it, it looks and performs as good as new.
I’ve had to replace the silicone seal just this month, which was easy as the spare parts are readily available. Truthfully there isn’t much to go wrong with them, they are a simple but quite ingenious invention.
Frozen treat makers are not ice cream machines – and if that’s what you’re looking for this may disappoint as the texture is more like a creamy frozen slushy than ice cream. But unlike ice cream makers, the Yonanas machine will make an iced delight in about 30 seconds – provided you froze the fruit first.
Yonanas vs Yonanas Elite
As mine is now two years old it should come as no surprise that other models have come out – and one model stands out. The Yonanas Elite Healthy Dessert Maker is made for extended use and the motor is twice as powerful – not that mine struggles (but see the update below).
It comes in glossy red or black – the black model is marginally cheaper – and if you hold a lot of summer parties, or fund raiser, the more powerful and faster Elite model may well be worth exploring.
The original Yonanas has finally worn out! At almost three years old and heck of a lot of ices, the motor packed up.
No surprise, in fact we can only wonder it lasted this long, it gets used several times a week in winter (yep, even in a polar vortex) and in summer I can barely keep up with freezing enough fruit to feed everyone’s demands, mine included!
We bought the Yonanas Elite featured above this time up – in black which is about $10 cheaper than the glossy red. It has that more powerful motor and we used the old Yonanas machine a huge amount – more than enough to make it worth paying a bit extra.
There’s a surprising lack of competition up against the Yonanas – but it isn’t the only iced treat maker on the market, there is also a great retro looking model made by Nostalgia Electrics.
The Fro Frutti Frozen Treat Maker comes in bright tropical colors and operates in exactly the same way. Chunks of frozen fruit go in and a creamy fruit ice comes out.
The Fro Frutti costs less than the Yonanas and has nowhere near the number of reviews, but what has been said is mainly positive with just one little grumble that the chute isn’t as large as that of the main competitor, basically more chopping.
If you want to check out the prices on all the Yonanas models and the Fro Frutti, the link below will show you the whole selection available.
Have you tried a Frozen Treat Maker? Got a recipe to share or a question to ask? I’d love to hear from you – just drop it in below and I’ll get back to you within 24 hours – usually faster.