Healthy ice cream! Healthy, no sugar added, dairy-free, vegan, all-fruit ice cream! Now that I have your attention can I also say that it’s smooth, creamy, and tastes delicious too? Does this seem too good to be true? It’s not, and here is how to make it.
I volunteer at UBC Farm as a Master Gardener “Farm Friend” with a school-to-farm program. The children come to the farm each week to learn about growing, harvesting, and preparing food fresh from the garden. Each week the children get a different job working around the farm. One of the favorite jobs is “chef,” where they use farm-fresh ingredients harvested by the other children and make a yummy treat to serve to the group. When my group wore the chef’s hats, they were delighted to learn that they were making ice cream. But not just any ice cream. An all-fruit, no dairy ice cream that was made simply by processing frozen fruit through an old-fashioned burr grinder to produce a frozen dessert with a smooth, creamy texture just like ice cream.
Not long after that day I was contacted by Yonanas, the makers of this fruit soft serve machine. It’s essentially the same as the old-fashioned grinder that we used at the farm but in a modern package and with modern recipes.
The Yonanas machine is very easy to use. You start with bananas that have just a few speckled brown spots (cheetah spots). Peel them and toss them in the freezer for 24 hours. Then they are ready to be used as the base for the soft serve fruit ice cream. Add any other frozen fruit or yummy ingredient that your imagination can think of like banana chai, blueberry yogurt, or even cookies and cream!
Since we’ve had the machine we tried many combinations but I’ve settled on a favorite to share here today: Sunshine in a Bowl. This is a recipe we made after freezing a large watermelon and giving it a try in the Yonanas machine. It turned out a beautiful color with a sweet, summery flavor that’s like no other!
- Frozen bananas
- Frozen watermelon
- Frozen peaches
Making Yonanas frozen desserts is very simple. Remove frozen fruit from the freezer and allow to thaw for 7-10 minutes.
When you have processed all the fruit, disassemble the machine and scoop the extra out of the inside of the grinder. There’s lots of good stuff in there so you want to make sure you take the time to scoop it out.
Mix the fruit together little bit. I like to mix it together so that it smooth and creamy but not too much so that you lose the differentiation in the color.
There are so many recipes that you can make with the Yonanas and I can’t wait to try them all! In the meantime, if this recipe has you drooling for a little Sunshine in a Bowl then why not enter to win one!
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