Watermelon Peach Banana Healthy Vegan Ice Cream Recipe

Sunshine in a Bowl: Watermelon Peach Banana Vegan Ice Cream

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.Yonanas healthy vegan fruit soft serve. You won't believe how creamy it is!

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.watermelon peach banana healthy vegan ice cream recipe

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!  Vegan Fruit Ice Cream - like ice cream but it's made with only frozen fruit without additional fat, sugar or preservatives


  • Frozen bananas
  • Frozen watermelon
  • Frozen peaches

Yonanas Classic Fruit Soft Serve Machine

Make it!

Making Yonanas frozen desserts is very simple. Remove frozen fruit from the freezer and allow to thaw for 7-10 minutes. Frozen Watermelon for making vegan ice cream

Add the fruit into the top chute and use the tamper to push the fruit into the grinder.watermelon peach yonanas fruit soft serve

It will pour out into a bowl at the bottom like soft serve ice cream.watermelon peach banana yonanas fruit ice cream

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.clean out the yonanas

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.Vegan fruit ice cream - no dairy, it's made with only frozen fruit!

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!

Add your name into this contest to win one of two Yonanas machines. Winners have been chosen, thank you! 

(If you are having trouble entering the contest because it won’t open on your phone, then just leave a comment below and I’ll make sure you are entered. Bonus: leave a separate comment for every share on social media: Pin it for 1 entry, share on Facebook for 1 entry, Tweet for 1 entry, +1 for 1 entry, you get the drift!)

Yonanas soft serve fruit machine

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About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Suzi Biberstine
    Suzi BiberstineAugust 2,15

    This looks wonderful!

  2. Stacey J
    Stacey JAugust 4,15

    this looks awesome! Real food cooking!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Pam McDonald
    Pam McDonaldAugust 6,15

    I shared on Pinterest.

  4. Pam McDonald
    Pam McDonaldAugust 6,15

    I shared on Twitter.

  5. Pam McDonald
    Pam McDonaldAugust 6,15

    I shared on Google+

  6. Pam McDonald
    Pam McDonaldAugust 6,15

    I added to Facebook also! Thank you for the giveaway! https://www.facebook.com/ReeSkylr

  7. carol sloan
    carol sloanAugust 7,15

    I have been making ice cream using my blender but this option looks so much easier!
    Please add my name to the contest (as a winner would be best!).
    Thank you!

  8. carol sloan
    carol sloanAugust 7,15

    I shared this on google+

  9. Becky
    BeckyAugust 7,15

    I luv this! Fun for the rest of the summer! :)

  10. michelle ziehlke
    michelle ziehlkeAugust 7,15

    Hi, I tried entering the contest on my laptop, it doesn’t seem to be showing any entries after visiting the pages on facebook…anyway, your recipe sounds delicious!

  11. Sharon
    SharonNovember 16,16

    I love how simple this is.

  12. Preeti
    PreetiNovember 19,16

    Hi, do you remove the seeds of the watermelon before freezing

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseNovember 21,16

      I haven’t seen seeds in watermelon for years…but if they have seeds you can pick them out pretty easily when in cubes.

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