What happens when you leave ice cream unattended around a hungry 4 year old while trying to take a photo of said ice cream for one’s blog?
Well, you end up with far more photos like the one below here than a pretty picture of the finished product. But hey, he’s 4. I couldn’t get too upset with all that cuteness. So I let him dig in.
Recently, the Yonana’s company sent me a free Yonana’s machine to test out. I was extremely excited about this because, as you may know, I’ve been making banana ice cream for a long time now. While I love it, it’s somewhat of a pain to do in my very old and somewhat crippled food processor.
So the second it arrived, I took it out of the box and settled right in to try it out. I always have frozen bananas in the freezer, but I wanted a different flavor than anything I had done before. So I searched my freezer and found a bag of unsweetened cherries I had completely forgotten about. Oh joy!!
Carefully following the package directions, I first put the bananas through and then the cherries. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! This was the most wonderful, soft serve ice cream ever! It was thick (I assume from the fiber in the fruit) with a perfect soft serve texture that I just cannot get with my processor because I have to always add liquid to keep from burning out the motor. I mixed everything together, and scooped out the ice cream you see below.
Absolutely fantastic stuff! And Mini Chef kinda, sorta liked it too. Ha! (Understatement of the year!)
I can honestly say, I will never make fruit based ice cream any other way again. This machine is a soft serve ice cream lovers dream come true!
And just think. It’s healthy ice cream! Just fruit! Instead of piling on the fat grams and who knows what other ickiness you get with regular ice cream, you’ll enjoy a nice dose of fiber, vitamin A, C, B6 and Manganese! Not too bad for a delicious bowl of cherry almond ice cream, don’t cha’ think?
NOTE: I should add here that if you don’t care for the flavor of bananas, then use yellow bananas instead of the riper ones. The less ripe they are, the less banana flavor you will have. In fact, I couldn’t taste the bananas in this at all (just don’t freeze them when they’re green).
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY:
- 2 cups frozen bananas
- 2 cups frozen, unsweetened & pitted cherries
- 1/4 tsp. pure almond extract
Allow the fruit to sit out on the counter for 5-10 minutes. (The package directions say you can also put it in the microwave for a minute or two, but I don't recommend this as a microwave can give you very inconsistent results)
Put the bananas and cherries through the Yonana's machine and into a medium to large mixing bowl.
Add the extract and stir everything together.
Note: This can also be done in a food processor, but the consistency may be a bit more fluid as you may need to add a small splash of milk or water to keep things moving.