Bananas for Yonanas

Made-a-move Monday #23:  Buy food on sale, freeze extras for future

A few months ago we bought a *Great* new kitchen gadget – a Yonanas machine.

We made some up for my oldest DS’s birthday Monday night – a great refreshing treat on a hot day… especially when the A/C is on the fritz.

So what is so great about this treat?

It is all fruit! No sugar added! No dairy.

And it has the consistency of soft served ice cream!  My DH is amazed by the fact that the fruit becomes so much like ice cream that it even melts!   Here’s the scoop on it…

First you peel and freeze bananas after they start to turn brown; Cheetah-spotted Bananas as the Yonanas directions put it.  This is where my “Move” for this past week comes in … I bought a lot of bananas when they were on sale last week and froze all of the extras when they became well spotted.  No over-ripe bananas in the garbage!!

The bananas need to be well frozen as they are what give the finished treat the right texture.  At least overnight is best.

Also have on hand other frozen fruit – either store-bought or frozen yourself (oops, I missed my chance to freeze the extra strawberries in time)

The Yonanas is made by alternatingly putting the frozen bananas (thawed 5 min) and other fruit (thawed approx. 20 min.) into the machine.  The machine grinds the fruit and sends it out a spout as you go.  It only takes a few minutes!  After it comes out, you mix the ingredients together and it is ready to serve.  Clean up is very easy – there are only 5 parts to clean up which are very easy to assemble and disassemble.  The machine came with a recipe book with a variety of dessert ideas we are looking forward to trying out.

Have a great, sweet and successful week!


Apples for a Sweet New Year

Apples and Honey are a favorite treat for a sweet start to the Jewish New Year.

This Awesome Apple Cake recipe is a close 2nd!!  It is sooo easy and delicious – try and enjoy!!  (Recipe is adapted from the “One Bowl Apple Cake” recipe from the Can’t Believe it’s Kosher! cookbook from Congregation Beth Israel Sisterhood, Milwaukee, WI)


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 heaping teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 6 medium apples
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

Preheat oven to 350°.  In a large bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, cinnamon and oil.  Peel and slice the apples and add to mixture in bowl (coating as you go to keep apples from turning brown.) Mix together the baking soda and flour and add to the ingredients in the bowl.  Mix well (best with a fork) until all of the flour is absorbed by the wet ingredients.  Pour mixture into a greased 9″ x 13″ pan or 2 – 9″ round pans.  Bake for approximately 55 minutes.

A very Sweet, Happy, Healthy, and Successful year to All!!

- DebBee