Peachy Dream “Ice Cream” with Blackberry Sauce
Recipe Redux – September, 2013: No-Cook Desserts
Take a walk through any grocery store, and it is easy to see that one of America’s favorite desserts is ice cream.
Whether served in a bowl or cup, between “sandwich” cookies or alongside cake, creamy, sweet ice cream is savored by the young and old alike. Unfortunately, with all the sugar and fat, ice cream is not a healthy dish. If only there was a way to enjoy a deliciously creamy, frozen treat that was also good for you too…
Enter the Yonanas Machine. A friend told me about this device recently and I decided to pick one up and test it out for myself. This machine allows you to turn frozen bananas and other fruit into ice cream! Ok, technically it is not ice cream at all since it is dairy-free (great news for anyone lactose-intolerant), but the end result is just as creamy and delicious as the full-fat version. Simply feed cut bananas and other pieces of frozen fruit into the machine by dropping them into the tube and pushing it down with the damper, and the machine works its magic and churns the fruit into a frozen delight.
At $50, the machine is reasonably priced. It does take a little bit of muscling to push the fruit down the tube (but my peaches and bananas were super frozen, so that did make the task tougher.) Online I did find a Yonanas deluxe model also available for double the price, but I have yet to test it out in the kitchen.
My simple, no-cook recipe here uses frozen peaches and banana. I also added a little vanilla to enhance the peach flavor and give more of that ice cream taste. The blackberry sauce is super easy to make and tastes great with the sweet “ice cream.”
I recommend every family pick up one of these machines. Go to the store with the kids, so you can pick out fruits together for freezing. Or you can buy bags of fruit already cut and frozen. When everyone is in the mood for a frozen treat, custom pick which fruits are included in your creations. How fun is that?!?
1/3 cup Blackberries
1 small Lime wedge
1 medium Banana, peeled, quartered, frozen
1 cup Peaches, peeled, sliced, frozen
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla extract, pure
Place the blackberries in a blender. Squeeze the lime wedge so its juice squirts over the blackberries, and then discard the wedge. Blend the blackberries until a sauce consistency, about 30 seconds.
Feed the banana and peaches into the running Yonanas machine, alternating between the banana quarters and peach slices so the flavors blend better. Drizzle the vanilla extract over the fruit in the tube. Feed the fruit into the machine by pushing onto the damper. Make sure to use even pressure when pushing on the damper.
Serve the Peachy Dream “Ice Cream” with a healthy drizzle of Blackberry Sauce.
Makes 2 servings.