This $40 frozen dessert machine makes it easy to create healthy sweet treats this summer

Kate Mendonca
Shopping Editor

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Once temperatures start to rise, there’s nothing more appealing than a scoop of your favourite ice cream flavour. Unfortunately, dairy doesn’t always agree with everyone, and it’s also no longer possible to easily pop out to the local ice cream shop the next time that a craving hits. 

But luckily, it’s easier than you might think to recreate your favourite desserts at home, and make them healthier than ever — thanks to one affordable kitchen tool.

What is it? 

The original Yonanas Soft Serve Maker transforms frozen fruit into delicious and healthy desserts in seconds. Using a base of bananas along with your favourite fruits, this machine quickly churns the ingredients into a completely vegan treat with the texture of frozen yogurt or soft-serve ice cream minus the added fat, sugar, or preservatives of traditional dairy alternatives. 

Frozen banana is essential when using the Yonanas Soft Serve Maker to create tasty frozen treats, since the machine uses an integrated spinning blade that’s designed to mash and incorporate them into a silky-smooth consistency. The flavour combinations are endless though, and you can add a whole host of other ingredients like chocolate, nuts, or sprinkles to the finished product. 

Retailing for just $40, this machine is a fraction of the cost of other ice cream makers that typically start around $100. 

Yonanas Soft Serve Maker. Image via Amazon.

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What shoppers are saying

Earning a 4.3 star rating on more than 2,400 reviews, shoppers have embraced the Yonanas Soft Serve Maker when making refreshing treats that are perfect for the summer. It’s been hailed as easy to clean, and fits into many different lifestyles and dietary restrictions. 

“I am losing weight on weight watchers and it is going well, but I am really missing a sweet, cool, creamy dessert,” reads one review. “I didn’t really believe that the bananas would come out like soft serve ice cream, but they totally do! Mix with berries and you have a fab dessert that is 0 points on WW.”

“Recently I had a baby and he is sensitive to me eating dairy, so I had to stop eating it completely,” adds another. “I got Yonanas and I'm in love, it is so delicious, easy to make and easy to clean. I don't miss ice cream at all and I feel good eating Yonanas. I'd definitely recommend this!”

To get the best results when making your soft serve, it’s recommended to let your frozen fruit thaw for a few minutes, which makes it easier for the machine to blend them into the correct consistency.

“I've used a food processor previously to make [soft serve] but this is much smoother,” shared one reviewer. “It works great but you have to take the frozen fruit out 10 minutes before putting them in the machine or it will be too frozen to work properly.”

The verdict

If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to ice cream and frozen yogurt this season, look no further than the Yonanas Soft Serve Maker. However, since bananas are the key ingredient to making successful desserts with it, you’ll want to pass if you’re not partial to the tropical fruit. 

There are certainly multiple pieces to clean and disassemble between uses, but for just $40, this machine is one affordable way to make your summer even sweeter.

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.