Oh Hai! It’s day two of the Four Day Pre-Christmas Giveaway. Day One was here. Day Three is coming up on Saturday
As I write this, my kids are having ice cream for afternoon tea.
Or at least they think they are having icecream for afternoon tea.
Really they are eating fruit.
How did I manage to convince them this dietary requirement was actually an indulgent snack, I hear you ask.
With the the use of this.
Otherwise known as the magical fruit fairy.
A few weeks ago I was invited to a Webinar hosted by a very enthusiastic lady somewhere in the state, demonstrating the wonder of Yonanas; an electrical appliance that takes your old, overripe, frozen fruit, and turns it into a delicious dessert.
For me, that sounds perfect, as my freezer is always full of old bananas that children refuse to touch, and that I never get around to making into cakes.
This machine, in my mind, was the answer to that frozen banana storage dilemma. An answer that doesn’t involve me heating up my house to bake things I probably shouldn’t be eating.
Now quite a few people have heard of Yonanas, but they are not really sure how it works, or if it’s just one of those appliances you buy and then get rid of cause you never use it. So I’m going to tell you how it works, and why, after about 6 hours of owning one, and using it twice, it is my new favourite toy. (Apart from my MacBook. Nothing will replace him.)
Well think of pretty much any fruit you like, take it, cut it up in to small pieces, peel if necessary, and then chuck it in the freezer. Make sure you also have plenty of frozen bananas too. (I’m assuming you could possibly make the dessert without them, but they give a great ice-creamy consistency.)
Then take your machine, put in your bananas and whatever else you’ve got, and let it do it’s magic.
For me though, the real appeal is that it is 100% fruit with nothing added. No sugar, water, milk or anything else. You can add other things (I’m keen to try banana and choc chip), buy you don’t have to.
And also, unlike a juicer where it takes a whole bag of apples to get a glass of juice, this gives you heaps.
From 3 bananas, one mango and about two large slices of watermelon, the kids and boatman all had a reasonable sized bowl. So you’re getting one piece of fruit, for one piece of fruit.
Yonanas works great with older fruit too. Overripe fruit is generally a little sweeter, but it’s appearance means kids (and fussy adults like myself) won’t touch it. I had a watermelon that was on the way out, but worked great for this. I’m also planning on stocking up on old fruit at the shops. You know how sometimes they do those cheap discounts cause its not fresh enough any more? Well next time they do, I’m going to buy strawberries by the pallets, not pun nets!
Now you may be thinking this is too good to be true.
But just to prove it, as part of my Pre-Christmas giveaways, I have not one, but two Yonanas machines to giveaway. You could use them as a Christmas gift, or just keep it for yourself (which is what I would do!)
And if you don’t want to wait a week to find out of you have one, you can buy one from Target, Myer and Harvey Norman for about $70, which will pay for itself in just a few weeks of not wasted fruit.
Or the cost of using the oven to bake banana bread.
So what are you waiting for? Get entering!
*An update: Yonanas have informed me that banana is not necessary, but the finished result will have a more sorbet like consistency. Recipes can be found here