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Friday Faves

Happy Friday! We had a great week here at Team Yonanas and hope each and every one of you did too! Our Friday Faves this week come from fans who tried to make frozen treats from bananas with other kitchen devices, but couldn’t get the same results as Yonanas! Keep letting us know why you love Yonanas! –Whitney


  • This is my favorite thing in my kitchen. I’ve tried to blend fruit in a blender, just icy watery fruit. With this machine, you don’t need cream and sugar and salt. Just bananas and fruit bits, perfection!- Monica


  • I bought one despite a couple of negative reviews because I am on a no-dairy diet and can’t have ice cream, and I’m pretty pleased with the results. I’ve made “banana ice cream” before using an immersion blender, which does work, but it’s difficult and it’s hard to get out all the lumps. The Yonanas definitely produces a better texture (more aerated, smoother) and goes faster. I don’t have the problems with cleaning it that other people seem to have had. I’ve found that a ratio of 1 part banana to 2 parts other fruit works best – the banana gives you the creaminess without overpowering the flavor of the other fruits. I’m enjoying playing with it to try new combinations. –Lovinmoment


  • What a great way to eat over-ripe bananas! Every week I was tossing at least two. Now I freeze them and make healthy ice cream. Great device for Moms that want to get more fruit in their kids diet.- Babs


Yonanas Demonstrations Nov 30- Dec 2

Come try Yonanas in your area and enjoy free samples!

Click here for the Yonanas Demonstration Schedule at Bed Bath & Beyond November 30- December 2

Bed Bath & Beyond Demonstrations

Click here for the Yonanas Demonstration Schedule at BJ’s Wholesale Club December 1- December 2

BJ’s Wholesale Demonstrations



Friday Faves

Hello to all of our fans! We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying the start of the holiday season! Our Friday Faves this week come from some fans who love enjoying healthy ice cream and a new way to eat fruit. Thanks for all the positive feedback and continued support! –Whitney


  • I bought this machine and it performs just as promised. I make all kinds of ice cream treats. I love that I can make them with healthy fruit with no worry of added sugars and calories. I buy over ripe bananas at a discount which is always a good thing. The ideas are really endless. I also love that it is easy to clean. Put it in the top of your dishwasher or wash by hand. This is one machine that I leave on my kitchen counter…no dust cover for this baby. -Granchick


  • We bought this product in September 2012 and have used it already so much. You can put any kind of fruits, not just bananas; I have tried melon, pears, apples, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, mangoes, pineapple etc… everything worked. I let the fruit unthaw for about 10 minutes before putting it in the machine or pass them under hot water for a couple of seconds. Hard frozen fruits don’t pass through the machine easily. We love this product and use it almost every day. Great purchase! -Corinne


  • I had heard about the Yonanas on the Dr. Oz show (of course!). It was demonstrated and Dr. Oz loved it! Being a banana lover, I knew I would love it too. I kind of forgot about it for a while but my son wanted a gelato maker. In searching on Amazon for a good gelato maker, I ran across Yonanas and decided to purchase it. Oh my gosh!! It is so simple to use! You just put a peeled, frozen banana in the chute and out comes banana soft serve! I am also lactose intolerant so no dairy was great for me! My son is not a banana fan so he was glad that other frozen fruits can be used – we love the Yonanas! -Suzanne E.


Yonanas Demonstrations November 24

Yonanas Demonstrations Schedule

BJ’s Wholesale Club

Saturday November 24


Address City State Start End
40 Black Rock Tpke. Fairfield CT 12:00pm 4:00pm
507 New Park Ave. West Hartford CT 12:00pm 4:00pm
100 Pencader Plaza Newark DE 12:00pm 4:00pm
26 Whittier St. Framingham MA 12:00pm 4:00pm
287 Washington St. South Attleboro MA 12:00pm 4:00pm
901 Technology Center Dr. Stoughton MA 12:00pm 4:00pm
66 Seyon St. Waltham MA 12:00pm 4:00pm
622 Washington St., Rte. 53 Weymouth MA 12:00pm 4:00pm
396 Luis Munoz Marin Blvd. Jersey City NJ 12:00pm 4:00pm
1007 U.S. Highway 9 Old Bridge NJ 12:00pm 4:00pm
30 S State Rte. 17 Paramus NJ 12:00pm 4:00pm
1601 US Highway 22 Watchung NJ 12:00pm 4:00pm
339 Gateway Dr. Brooklyn NY 12:00pm 4:00pm
1900 The Arches Cir. Deer Park NY 12:00pm 4:00pm
4000 Nesconset Hwy. (Rte. 347) East Setauket NY 12:00pm 4:00pm
131-07 40th Rd., Ste. A100 Flushing NY 12:00pm 4:00pm
100 Mill Rd. Freeport NY 12:00pm 4:00pm
825 Pelham Pkwy. Pelham NY 12:00pm 4:00pm
6000 Brush Hollow Rd. Westbury NY 12:00pm 4:00pm
101 S. Van Dorn St. Alexandria VA 12:00pm 4:00pm


Friday Fave

Happy Weekend to all of our wonderful fans! We hope you have some great weekend plans and are preparing for a healthy happy holiday season.  Our Friday-Fave this week features a fan who enjoys Yonanas daily with endless flavor combinations. Keep telling us what you love Yonanas, we love to hear from you! –Whitney

I can’t believe how awesome this is! I received this as an early birthday present and could not wait to try it out! I’d learned about this appliance from a sticker on a banana and I’m damned glad I did too! It works sooo much better than advertised, no it doesn’t taste like soft serve but it is soooooo much better! If you love sorbet you will absolutely loooove this toy! My whole family really loved it, as fast as I could make it they were coming back for seconds and my boyfriend would have been back for thirds if there’d been any more frozen fruit. I did what another reviewer suggested and made an ice cube tray full of vanilla no sugar no fat pudding to use with it and it was amazing. Any fruit I put in came out amazing and delicious! I’m going to the store later to buy more fresh fruit to freeze, more frozen fruit and more varieties of pudding to use too. The possibilities are truly endless with this amazing device and I can’t wait to use peanut butter, greek yogurt, and tofu to make treats with protein too, that way it really can be a meal ;D I am just so in love with this machine and I can’t believe I actually found a product that does just what it says!

In regards to noise, it’s no louder than a food processor and quieter than a blender full of frozen fruit or ice. And cleanup is a breeze. Whether you follow their directions of just rinsing it (which I did earlier after making myself a banana, plum, pudding sorbet with vanilla almond cereal for breakfast, because I know I’ll be using it again later today) or actually using a soapy sponge, breakdown and cleanup take only around 2-3 minutes total so I have no idea what people are whining about.

As for the texture, it was divine, perfectly melt in your mouth smooth with any type of fruit I tried, which so far have been strawberries, pineapple, mango, peach, plum, and of course banana.

All in all, if you’re on the fence about this device and are afraid that it might be a gimmick, put aside your worries and get it, you won’t be sorry! I don’t think this device will ever be removed from my counter. And I know it will certainly help me use fruits that are past enjoyment on their own since over ripe fruits of any kind are pretty great in this thing, which means less wasted money! – A. Rousseau


Interview with Stephanie Smolik

We learned there was a woman who was a fan of yonanas and would be sharing her favorite yonanas recipe with Dr. Oz.   Stephanie Smolik surprised us on the Dr. Oz show when she shared her personal weight loss story and journey with viewers nationwide.  We were thrilled, curious, and had to meet her!

Stephanie is truly an inspiration.   It takes courage to set a goal and manifest it.  Stephanie wanted to shed pounds (more than 150 lbs) to make herself physically healthy, but she also made shifts in her life to create the lifestyle she dreamed.  She quit a job she was not happy with and now has her own business as a yoga and pilates instructor, and provides Thai Body work and Reiki.  I love that her website is  The belly has been referred to as the space that creates “energy” and represents “relationship.” It is a perfect representation of this amazing woman who helps motivate, inspire, and teach others to have a positive relationship with food, and to be happy and healthy in their skin.

I want to thank Stephanie for introducing herself, and allowing us the opportunity to witness and be inspired by her journey.  Keep an eye out for Stephanie’s first guest blog, Wednesday, November 16!


What is your health & wellness philosophy?

I believe in Action and Accountability.

Keep yourself active. This doesn’t mean you have to be in the gym 9 hours a day.  Identify what your goal is and find something you love to do in order to achieve your goal.  Is your goal is to lose weight, maintain weight, tone and strengthen or something else?  Find what you enjoy and find the right activity to achieve it.  Maybe you have always wanted to kayak.  Do it!  If it is something you are excited about you will do it.  I do not like walking on a treadmill.  You will find me in a yoga class or walking, but if a treadmill was my option I would have to find something else to motivate me to do it like watch tv while I was walking on it.

You have to hold yourself accountable for what you eat and not blame others or find excuses like schedule, travel, or other people’s  choices.

Is there a diet or fitness plan you don’t  believe in and why?

Anything that says YOU CAN’T.  Anything that says you can’t eat something like carbs or cake.  It’s all about balance and you need to be conscious of what your body responds to.  As soon as you start to label foods as good or bad, your brain is going to want the bad foods just to rebel against you!

What motivates you?

My clients inspire me.  I have to stay on my path in order to share and motive them.  In turn, they motivate me!  I like to see results…feel good in my skin.

Who motivates you?

I have an amazing friend and trainer.  She keeps me going and when I have days I don’t feel like being accountable and active, she reminds me to find what I love.  She pushes me.  I’m also inspired by people  who are active in their senior years.  Jack Lalanne was amazing.  My friend has a professor who is in his 80’s and 5 years ago started working out every day for thirty minutes.  I want to keep going, keep moving like this later in life!

Do you eat yonanas?  When?  Favorite recipe or flavor?

Love to eat yonanas at night.  I’ve been inspired lately to put baked goods through the machine and mix it with frozen bananas.  I just ran a banana chocolate chip muffin and frozen bananas through the yonanas maker and it was amazing!

Favorite Super Hero & Why?

Batman!  Best logo of all the super heroes.  I used to have a batman t-shirt as a kid, and my girlfriend and I used call each other Batman growing up.  He is secluded and private, the opposite of who I am but maybe he could be my alter ego?

About Stephanie Smolik

Stephanie loves yoga and wants to share her joy with Every Body!  Whether laying on her mat, standing on her head or falling on her rear, Stephanie is always smiling and filled with infectious energy.  A full time yoga and Pilates instructor, she offers all levels of classes from beginners to, power vinyasa, gentle flow to yin yoga.  Having released over 150 pounds from her body through changes in her diet, yoga asana and Pilates exercises, Stephanie specializes in offering yoga for every body, and “every belly”, empowering women (and men!) to get in touch with their bodies through movement and breath.

Certified through Pranakriya Yoga with over 200 hours of training, Stephanie is also an Experienced Registered Yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance.  She has certifications in AAAI Mat Pilates, Childlight Yoga and Conscious Child Yoga, which enables her to offer fusion classes such as YogaLates and Family Yoga.

Stephanie also provides hands on healing through Thai Bodywork and Reiki (life force energy).  She continuously studies with Michael “Mukti’ Buck and has completed over 70 hours of Thai Bodywork training through the Vedic Conservatory.  Thai Bodywork, or assisted yoga, is a fully clothed, head to toe bodywork session that releases trapped energy and increases vitality.  As a Reiki Master, she offers one-on-one sessions to help reduce stress and promote healing, and group attunement for those who wish to become Reiki practitioners.

In 2009 Stephanie began working at the college level, offering Hatha Yoga and Mat Pilates as Exercise Science courses for credit.  These classes provide college students with an opportunity for understanding the yogic path and lifestyle through the 8 Limbs of Yoga, focusing on breathing, meditation and physical asana practice.  Mat Pilates incorporates the Classical Pilates exercises along with breathing and stress reduction techniques.  This curriculum has given Stephanie an opportunity to expand her practice and extend her passion for yoga and Pilates to a larger community.

For more information about Stephanie or if you think these offerings may help benefit you,

Shake your Bon Bons

The company is often asked if you can make extra yonanas and freeze it to enjoy later in the week.  Of course, it only takes seconds to create a delicious soft-serve like bowl of your favorite yonanas recipe, but we understand that it is sometimes easier to just make extra and scoop later!

When I was asked to create holiday recipes I tried to create healthy treats that were simple and fast.  That is when the customer request to make extra yonanas popped into my head.  Why not create your favorite yonanas treat (maybe Strawberry or Blackberry Vanilla Bean), freeze it in a storage container, and then scoop out and drizzle with chocolate and top with nuts?   It looks fancy and it’s simple to create.  After enjoying a couple of these yummy and healthy treats you should feel great about shaking your bon bons this holiday season!

For the PB&J YonanBonBons double the Peanut Butter & Jelly yonanas recipe below.  Freeze in a container and let thaw a few minutes before using an ice cream scoop to shape bon bons.  Drizzle dark chocolate over the top and sprinkle chopped peanuts before the chocolate solidifies.  To help hold the round shape, scoop the yonanas into a cupcake paper liner, drizzle chocolate and refreeze.  Remove paper to place on a platter to serve.

(note: you can purchase chocolate sauce that solidifies instantly if you prefer)


2 frozen over-ripe bananas, 3⁄4 cup frozen mixed berries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, 1 tbsp room temperature peanut butter.

1. Insert one frozen banana
2. Add 3⁄4 cup mixed berries
3. Insert second frozen banana
4. Insert 1 tbsp peanut butter into chute

Stir in bowl to combine.


Friday Faves

Happy Friday! You all love Yonanas for so many different reasons and we love to hear what you love most! This week our Friday-Faves fans are saving money by not throwing out spotted bananas and making healthy treats. Thank you for sharing all the reasons you love Yonanas! Have a great weekend! –Whitney


  • The best of the modern kitchen novelty appliances! Ok, most of us make toast or coffee more often than frozen desert. Nonetheless, this is the best! The stuff it makes is healthy & delicious, the process is simple enough for little kids to help, & it’s rugged: undamaged after years of use. Perhaps most important, (because it’s something that causes most similar products to never get used after the first few times): It cleans up quickly, easily, simply, & completely. – Vine Voice


  • Best money I ever spent! I’ve been trying to lose weight all my life, one of my biggest diet breakers being ice cream. Not anymore Yonanas is awesome!!! I absolutely love it and no more wasted bananas! Easy to use and easy clean up. I really do love this thing.- Losing Faster


  • I fell in love with this machine. I don’t throw my overly ripe bananas away now I freeze them for some delicious fat free ice cream. I have added powdered peanut butter to my bananas and had a great treat of peanut butter and banana ice cream without all the fat and calories. – Bob