Q&A – How to make Fronana without Yonana

Have you heard of the YoNana machine? You put a frozen banana in and get soft serve banana on the other side. My aunt asked for my opinion and here it is! Spoiler alert- I won’t spend 50 bucks on YoNana anytime soon.

I don’t want to completely bash this product, by any means. If it were maybe $10.00 instead of $50.00 I may spring for one. Its lots of fun and the bananas ACTUALLY look like a beautiful scoop of ice cream when the YoNana churns it out. Kids would LOVE it. But I can’t bring myself to spend that much on a single use, kitchen fad.

What I used instead? A fork! It didn’t get quite as smooth, but it was just as tasty.

Then I brought out the big guns and used my immersion blender that I love with all my heart. I use it for EVERYTHING. That really got the job done. Not only does it have so many uses, but its way cheaper than YoNana.

Now, does this replace ice cream? Absolutely not. Ice cream is king of frozen desserts and to suggest that a frozen banana replace ice cream is ludicrous. But if you’re looking for a healthier treat, then this can be a fun substitute.

I made a couple of different versions that I am calling FroNana (Frozen Banana).

The first: Banana and Nutella! One banana and a big ol’ scoop of Nutella. Probably about 1-2 tablespoons, depending on how much you like Nutella. Blend that up and you’ve got FroNana ready to go.

And for my FAVORITE, Chocolate Peanut Butter FroNana!

Chocolate PB FroNana

Chocolate Peanut Butter FroNana


  • 1 cup frozen banana (about 1 1/2 bananas)
  • 2 TBSP peanut butter
  • 2 TBSP chocolate syrup (or to taste)


  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl.
  2. Smash with a fork, potato masher, immersion blender (you can even use an upright blender, vitamix, blendtec, whatever you have).
  3. Freeze for 30 minutes, if needed.
  4. Eat!!


  1. Jon Larsen says:

    I wish that I could think so some smart aleck comment, but this was a nice first effort. Good job, Kate. Can’t wait for the next one. Dad

  2. Just Jo says:

    Shame the gadget didn’t meet expectations but it is daft to have one so pricey for one gimmicky use. Thankfully your fronana looks delicious and doesn’t need it!

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