Unitasker Wednesday: Yonanas

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

The incredibly difficult recipe for making single-ingredient banana “ice cream”:

  1. Put bananas in freezer.
  2. When frozen, take bananas out of freezer.
  3. Peel frozen bananas.
  4. Put frozen bananas in blender and blend until smooth. (Food processors, hand blenders, a fork and knife, and probably a dozen other things you already own can also work.)
  5. Eat.

Oh wait, that isn’t difficult; it’s incredibly easy.

Drats. Now what are you to do with that gigantic $50 Yonanas machine that you thought was the only way you could possibly make single-ingredient banana “ice cream”?

Thanks to all the wonderful people who sent in this unitasker and its infomercial to us this week. This is one of my new favorite unitaskers.

25 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Yonanas”

  1. posted by Rae on

    Well, to be fair, you can make many flavours of ‘ice cream’ with this device. ;-)

  2. posted by Jen on

    oh my gosh, i recently saw an ad for this in some magazine and had the same thought! i have made this banana ice cream many times (my son totally thinks it’s ice cream and it’s a great healthy treat, you can also try adding a little vanilla extract and cocoa powder for variety, or even peanut butter). i never realized that my knife, freezer, and blender were not sufficent tools for this recipe!

    (as a side note, i think an easier version of your recipe above is to peel the bananas, cut them into chunks, then freeze them. they are easier to peel before they’re frozen, and it’s easier to puree them if they are cut into smallish chunks first. just a suggestion to help out the lifespan of your blender’s motor!)

  3. posted by Carson Chittom on

    And apparently it turns bananas pink, as well!

  4. posted by Meg on

    I agree with Jen. Definitely peel and THEN freeze.

  5. posted by Jay on

    A local restaurant makes a great smoothie with only the following ingredients, which are blended in a blender: frozen strawberries, frozen banana pieces, frozen mango pieces, and apple juice.

  6. posted by Tabbycat on

    I’m going to try that smoothie jay it sounds amazing!

  7. posted by Zac on

    Why are there so many bananataskers?

  8. posted by DivaJean on

    “Why are there so many bananataskers?”

    It’s all very Freudian…

  9. posted by hmr on

    Freud saw everything as a unitasker.

    Now if I only actually liked bananas…

  10. posted by Alexis Rubin on

    Can you image a gadget for every type of food we want to blend, puree or process!?! Once I find a home for my yonana – where am I going to put my yawberry?

  11. posted by Jessica on

    Yes do not freeze bananas with the peel on – it is very hard to peel frozen (for all the reasons your physics teacher will explain to you).

    Peel first then freeze.

  12. posted by Leah on

    I do freeze bananas with the peel on if I’m going to make banana bread with them. I then pull them out of the freezer, let them thaw, and then squeeze out the banana mush.

  13. posted by Sam on

    Wait, did their infomercial claim that bananas don’t contain any fat? That’s not true.

  14. posted by DeclutterSecrets on

    I have an even simplier idea: pell the bananas, stick an ice cream stick into them and freeze. The result is banana-popsicle! If you want, you can also dip the banana in chocolate before freezing.

    Enjoy!

  15. posted by Laetitia in Australia on

    I love how they go on about how healthy it is for you but then suggest additives that make it decidedly less healthy.

    And what’s with the ‘Yo’ bit? I assume they had to make up some prefix because they can’t trademark the word ‘bananas’ but it does make it sound like “Yo, Nana’s” as if telling someone to go to their grandmother’s house.

    As for throwing away ‘over-ripe’ bananas – the ones they were going to toss are so not over-ripe! They’re perfectly edible!

  16. posted by Joanne on

    Love the freezer case they offer. Glad ware anyone?

  17. posted by timgray on

    Note: using natural banannas that have seeds is a BAD without getting rid of the seeds. Banana seeds are incredibly bitter.

    Yes bananas have seeds, the Cavendish bland things we get at the store are genetically engineered to not have seeds. GO find a Pisang Raja banana… they are 800X better than the standard bland things we find ad the grocery store…

  18. posted by June Lemen on

    Why are there so many banana unitaskers? At the grocery store I saw a ‘savie’ which was a plastic container shaped and colored like a banana designed to — you guessed it — save a half-banana. Why is that necessary?

  19. posted by Rae on

    @Sam, a banana has about half a gram of fat. To be considered ‘fat free’ an item needs to have 0.5 grams of fat or less. So, the ad is legally accurate, if not technically. When you consider how much goodness is in a banana and how filling it is, the fat content compared to an equal portion of another food is really negligible.

    I’m not crazy about bananas, but I’m talking myself into eating more of them…

  20. posted by Sharon on

    Why even bother to put a popsicle stick in them? We peel and freeze bananas and just eat them as is. Delicious! I don’t need to make ice cream out of it — that clutters my life, to make ice cream from scratch when I can go buy it at the store.

  21. posted by JessA on

    Bananatasker is my new favorite word!

  22. posted by Joanne Rubenstein on

    So I froze bananas and then chopped them up and blended them with blueberries. Delicious! I’m so glad you posted that unitasker.

  23. posted by JP on

    It’s actually pretty hard to peel a frozen banana. The peel sticks to the banana and it’s not easy to scrape it all off.

    What I do is peel them first, then wrap them in wax paper (though I suppose cling wrap would work fine) and then freeze them. Works great.

  24. posted by ben on

    I never knew about this frozen treat; I’m going to try it as soon as I get to the store to get some bananas! Thank you for posting the unitasker so I could learn to make this without an extra appliance. (Sometimes I have to laugh at how dumb Americans can be, if this and other things like it are selling!)
    I love your site and this unitasker thing is hilarious! Keep it up!

  25. posted by ellen andrews on

    Thank goodness I lucked into your website. I had almost talked myself into purchasing the appliance, WHEW!!
    I have a blender and a drawer full of forks. Thank you
    now i’m off to research the Zoku…will check to see if you have a critique.

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