I love, love, love this machine! I started off with the lower end version Yonanas - model 901. It worked fantastic! Then I upgraded to the Elite model. I'm so glad I did! This heavy duty beast is like a gentle giant. Powerful yet quieter than it's predecessor. Not by much but when listening to them side by side you can really tell the difference- the older model 901 sounds like a small jack hammer compared to the Blender noise the Elite model makes. Both models work amazingly well with the older version having a 200 watt motor & the newer Elite model having a 250 watt motor. Both are 120v. The older model Yonanas is mostly plastic, including the base frame, except for the grinder blades, while the heavier duty Elite model has a solid metal base & just feels well made. Clean up is easy - remove the black chute/grinder cap turning it to the unlock position, turn it over & unscrew the cap, disassemble the clear white opaque gasket & grinder, wash with mild soapy water, rinse well, let dry then put it back together. It's that simple. Clean it right after use or @ the very least let it rinse in soapy water. It will be much easier to clean if you do so asap rather than waiting & allowing the leftover banana/fruit to sit in the machine for any length of time & "glump" up the gasket as well as the grinder. Not a pretty sight.
Now for the ice cream, or "N'ice Cream" as health foodies like to call it.
To turn out a soft serve "ice cream" base you'll want to use frozen over ripe bananas, (cheetah spotted), that have been thawed for approx 7-12 min as that seems to be the magic number range for thawing banana depending on size. I usually use 1 to1-1/2 medium sized bananas per serving, thawed for approx 6-7 min. This allows me to get the fixins, mixins, bowls, & spoons together. This will make the over all consistency more like "soft serve". Do this before adding your other fruit of choice if soft serve is what your trying to achieve.
If you like popcicles or a sorbet consistency then straight frozen fruit, again thawed for several minutes prior to use - mangos/papaya, strawberries or berries of any kind, pineapple, kiwi, dragon fruit, etc work best for making more of an ice crystal consistency.
For an even "creamier" consistency when making a soft serve n'ice cream or sorbet, try freezing any nut milk/cream or yogurt flavor of your choice in an ice cube tray & when you get ready to make your dessert - take a couple of cubes, depending on ice cube size & desired consistency, out of the tray & thaw for 5-6 minutes, then alternate inserting your banana/fruit of choice then the cubes, in the chute - personally I like adding unsweetened lite coconut cream. Doesn't add much sweetness but gives a more creamy texture to the end result. You can freeze, then slightly thaw dark/milk or vegan chocolate chips & add them alternately with the banana/fruit for a little extra ump & sweet crunch to your desserts.
If you're wanting to add a sweetener to your n'ice cream try adding a few drops of stevia to the grinder & running the Yonanas machine for 4-5 seconds prior to adding your barely thawed, slightly frozen banana/fruit of choice. Or you can add your preferred sweetener - honey, coconut sugar, powdered sugar, etc directly to your finished bowl of n'ice cream. Just stir it in!
You can also do the same thing when adding any extract flavoring - 1/4-1/2 teaspoon vanilla, etc, depending on desired taste, to the grinder blade prior to adding bananas/fruit or wait & mix it into the bowl of your n'ice cream directly. I've tried both methods. They both work well when wanting to add flavorings or sweeteners. Just remember, when adding liquid sweeteners or flavoring extracts it's best to add a few drops @ a time on the grinder blade cone so as not to over power the flavor of the banana/fruit.
Syrupy sweeteners, i.e. Honey, maple syrup, acai syrup, agave, etc - should always be added directly to your finished bowl of n'ice cream as they will sludge up in the chute & on the blade if poured in directly onto the grinder cone while in their syrupy state & may not blend well.
The key to success is to always make sure the food items are 1st frozen
then slightly thawed several minutes prior to making your n'ice cream. ALL bananas/fruits, milks/creams/yogurts/puddings/purées/chocolate, etc. If they aren't somewhat slightly frozen when you go to put them in the grinder chute you could end up with a bowl of mush.
*For more helpful hints & delicious recipes check out dessertmakerblog.com for some AMAZING n'ice cream recipes ~ You'll be glad you did! Enjoy!
*No, I'm not affiliated with the site in any way. I just found it very useful for finding n'ice cream dessert recipes.
I've included a picture of the older Yonanas model 901 & the newer Yonanas Elite for comparison. The Elite model is on the left & the older model 901 is on the right. Again, both models work well it's just a matter of how long they will last over time. Both are still working & make great desserts.
The Yonanas Elite is the ultimate Yonanas experience. It is the strongest, most quiet and durable Yonanas maker available. Yonanas turns frozen fruit and other flavorings into a delicious, healthy soft-serve treat. The unit combines frozen bananas and any additional fruit or chocolate and instantly churns the ingredients to produce a treat with the texture of frozen yogurt or soft-serve ice cream, but without the additional fat, sugar, or preservatives. The chute easily accepts berries, sliced mango, or cantaloupe along with frozen banana and the integrated spinning blade mashes and incorporates the fruit into a silky-smooth confection with the texture of soft-serve ice cream or yogurt. The chute, plunger and blade are dishwasher safe. This is only designed for US market. Yonanas Elite has two times more power than the original Yonanas and transforms frozen fruit in seconds. Peel and freeze over-ripe bananas and other fruits. Insert frozen bananas and other frozen fruit into the chute. Add toppings and the flavor combinations are endless. Enjoy guilt-free desserts.