Banana Soft Serve is so 80’s

May 9, 2014

I was going through my mum’s old recipe book the other day. Amongst classic and comforting casserole dishes, cherished family cake recipes and a couple of definite 80’s-era baked goods (cottage cheese and wheat germ, anyone?) there was a recipe for banana ice-cream. This new craze of freezing then pureeing bananas into “ice-cream”, it turns out it’s not so new. Trust my mum to be onto it.

It’s no secret I’m mad for banana soft serve. I even made some yesterday despite sure freezing early May temperatures outside. I couldn’t feel my hands to the degree to which one desires for regular functioning, but I had me one tasty bowl of frozen pureed banana. That’s just what this soft serve is – frozen, pureed banana. And it’s scrumptious.

You can absolutely create this delight in a food processor, but imagine if you had a funky machine to simply and swiftly send you to soft-serve city? Well, friends, now do I. The good folk at Yonanas sent me one of their ace machines so I could plow through my frozen bananas with such satisfying regularity. I’m super smitten with this efficient ice-cream trickster, which does a stellar job of turning frozen fruit into creamy meals or snacks.




I’ve been topping my banana soft serve with toasted nuts and seeds, or perhaps a bit of granola, which is really tasty. Stirring a hefty spoon of almond butter through the mix is absolutely a smart move. I’m yet to try a raw cacao concoction but I think we all know how that is going to end. Deliciously, that’s how.

Oh and look at that, the team at Yonanas are letting me give one machine away right here on my blog. Isn’t that swell? All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and I shall select a winner at random next week. This competition is open to Australian readers only. You have one week (until the 16th May) to enter and stock your freezer with bananas.

UPDATE: via random number generator, Felhuang (comment #21) was picked to be the winner. Yay for Felhuang!


Banana Soft Serve with Toasted Macadamias and Coconut

Serves 1

1 very large or two small ripe Bananas*, frozen and peeled (wrapped in plastic wrap) but unsliced
2 tablespoons mixed Macadamia Nuts and Walnuts
1/2 tablespoon Shredded Coconut
A pinch of Sea Salt flakes

* to get a decent serving, you’ll likely need two bananas

1. Put your bananas in the freezer for at least four hours.
2. Toast your nuts in a skillet on the stovetop over a gentle heat until golden (~3 minutes), adding the coconut towards the end of the process.
3. Puree your bananas in the Yonanas machine according to instructions. Top your soft serve with the toast nuts and a sprinkle of sea salt.

Heidi xo


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  • Sarah May 9, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Hi Heidi!

    I have a freezer full of bananas from my green smoothie obsession of summer mornings! Now the weather has turned, i’m all about the bowls of warm porridge goodness! I have been thinking I should make banana soft serve for dessert 🙂

    Sarah x

  • Jennifer May 9, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Hi Heidi. Love your blog and Instagram feed – it’s my first stop when I’m looking for breakfast inspiration 🙂 Had cacao-tahini oats this morning (yum!) and now could not imagine not having a plentiful supply of bananas in my freezer. Thanks for the great recipes 🙂

  • kokum May 9, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Hi Heidi!
    I have broken 3 blenders in 12 months trying to blend frozen bananas (I really should I invest in a good one) but a yonana machine would be perfect! Have a great day 🙂

  • Elyse May 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Banana soft serve has helped me get over my fear of bananas!
    For years I absolutely hated them, but its slowly transformed into an obsession. Love the addition of coconut, thinking I need to try this ASAP =)

  • Sahna May 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I almost bought one of these machines at DFO the other day. Then I bought a pair of shoes instead. I regret it. I thought it might turn out to be one of impulse buys you love the idea of at the time but never end up using. On further reflection it was one of those impulses I should’ve totally acted upon. Oops. Banana soft serve is the best, even in winter, you just need to chase it up with a cup of steaming hot tea. Tea chaser. H-core.

  • Laura May 9, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Ooooh yes please! I’ve been trying to make banana icecream by popping the frozen nanas in the blender, but it’s really not up to the task. And I nearly blew up the poor little blender engine in the process.

  • Michelle May 9, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Umm, delicious! I love to make this in the summer and my daughter always gets very excited when I let her have fruit ‘ice cream’ for breakfast. We love using a cheeky bit of mango too. xo

  • Georgie May 9, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    My freezer is forever stocked with frozen fruit for our guilt free icecream! The kids absolutely love their soft serve, I usually ad Chia seeds to mine to make it extra filling and sometimes they might get a dusting of milo (I know, I know, but they do love it! And the look on their faces is worth every spoil 🙂 )
    With a third on the way very soon this AMAZING instant soft serve machine (I had no idea they made such a handy thing!) may just give my stick blender a new lease on life for all the baby purée it will be blitzing in the coming months!

  • Hannah May 9, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Aaaahaha yes! When the banana soft serve thing took over the blogworld, I remember being absolutely astonished because I’d been doing it for years. But hey, a fancypants softserve maker?! That would give me extra time to focus on the peanut butter hot fudge sauce component… 😉

  • Bron May 9, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    We have had a very big change in our diets over the years. Meatless Mondays, two vegetarian days…..healthy desserts. Made the banana ice cream once with a fabulous and healthy granola popped on top of it. Soft serve sounds even more appealing especially for the little peeps xo

  • Su May 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Ever since last summer, I’ve realised how much more I much prefer my bananas frozen than raw. My food processor is not very high powered though so a Yonanas soft serve machine would be a perfect addition to my kitchen!

  • sarah McCarthy May 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    We always have bananas in the freezer for our smoothies. I saw this recipe of yours in summer (I think it was) and have been meaning to make it for my little boy who loves bananas. This machine sounds amazing though. 🙂

  • laurasmess May 9, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Oh my gosh Heidi! This is such a timely post. My present food processor is on its last legs (not at ALL equipped to process frozen bananas) so I’m yet to try the frozen banana soft serve idea. It sounds so delicious. As I’m already addicted to bananas AND ice cream (haha… I ate ice cream at -13 degrees in New Zealand a few years ago… in a beanie, scarf and gloves! The advantage? Not one drop melted from the cone!) I know it’s just a matter of time before I become equally enraptured with this pureed banana deliciousness! What a gorgeously healthy way to get an ice cream fix. The Yonanas machine sounds magical – thanks to you and the company for giving us the introduction! x

  • lauren May 9, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    wow that looks delicious! My freezer is full of frozen bananas in the hopes that I win 🙂

  • Sarah White May 9, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Both my girls swear they don’t like bananas but they somehow change their minds when presented with frozen banana softserve! It’s a great way to give them dessert without feeling guilty about the amount of sugar commercial ice-cream contains. Great giveaway!

  • Kate May 9, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Love that banana ice-cream was already a thing in the 80’s! I did the exact same thing the other morning, even though it was freezing, I craved banana ice-cream so had to balance it out with a hot cuppa 😉 Love your addition of macadamias & sea salt, I must try it!
    Kate x

  • Lauren May 9, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Please let it be me! I saw one of these at the Port Douglas markets and sampled a banana, strawberry and coconut ice cream – was amazing! Would love to have one of my own!

  • Leanne May 9, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    LOVE banana soft serve just as much as i love kitchen gadgets! This looks fantastic. PS love all your recipes x

  • Carissa May 10, 2014 at 6:27 am

    We’ve been making (and loving!) banana soft serve for awhile now! I really love eating ice cream from a cone, though, and while I’ve tried it on a cone, it’s a challenge. I bet the Yonanas machine would allow for that! I’ve never tried it with coconut on top, but it looks like that’s what I’ll be doing next!

  • Jenna May 10, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Hi Heidi, your newsfeed determines my breakfast daily! I love soft serves and porridge because I have a severe addiction to nuts! Please pick me to get the machine, I still struggle with keeping to my diet and I would probably never eat ice cream ever again with the Yonanas!

  • Felicia @felhuang May 10, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    What a delicious looking treat! Topping the banana soft serve with macadamias and walnuts is such great idea is such perfect combination. Reminds me of a healthier version of Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream that has fudge chunks and walnuts mixed into banana ice-cream.

    • Heidi June 2, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Soooo this is a bit exciting, the original winner didn’t respond so I put a new number in and it was you, lovely!! Congratulations! Shoot me an email & I’ll pass on your details x

  • Emily May 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Hi Heidi!

    I so love your photos in this post and seeing your excitement in creating your frozen banana delights! It is so true that no matter the weather, it is an appropriate time for banana soft serve. My freezer contains a generous stash of over-ripe bananas, all at my ready for pulverising into deliciousness. Unfortunately I am currently sans blender so sadly, banana soft serve is off my menu. Hurry up December so a Yonanas machine can go on my birthday and Christmas wishlists! Until then, I will continue to drool over your instagram 🙂

    – Emily

  • Merowyn May 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Made with icy banana
    Put them in frozen
    Come out banana-rozen
    Delicious icy treat
    Diamonds on yo feet
    Throw your Yonana in the air
    Like you just don’t care
    But don’t let it drop
    Or you’ll feel like a mop
    Because it will be broken
    No Yonana jokin’
    Break it down
    Break it down
    Ice Ice Banana
    ding ding ding digga ding ding
    Ice Ice Banana
    ding ding ding digga ding ding

    That’s my entry
    I’m doing this purely for Orlando because he dies for frozen banana and literally eats frozen banana by the chunk and this machine would be MAGIC. Especially for his poor aching gums… not to chew on the machine but to have frozen banana delights soothing them. Ok, maybe he’d chew on the machine given half the chance…. :/


  • Merl May 10, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Meal times in our house are very challenging, Our daughter is Raw Vegan (Proud of her choices), we eat meat although only a couple of times a week. Our diet has become varied in that we now eat more Vegan not (so much the raw part). I have been wanting to try your Banana Soft Serve recipe for some time but haven’t yet. I know our daughter would approve and we love bananas, it would be a great opportunity for me to try this.

  • Caitlin May 10, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Hi! My goodness reading this post has given me the hugest craving for banana ice cream! Looks so delicious and healthy 🙂

  • Georgia May 10, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Cute pics, as always!

  • Annie May 11, 2014 at 2:47 am

    looks fun and yum!

  • Department of Wandering May 11, 2014 at 4:38 am

    No comp entry for me, but cute apron, lady! x

  • Kristine May 11, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Hi Heidi, I absolutely love this receipe and will definitely give it a try. I regularly follow you and try your wonderful receipes. Thanks for another one, the yonanas looks like another great way to make healthy deserts, and I would love to win one and make amazing sorbets for my family. 🙂

  • Alisha May 11, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Sadly, I can only make banana soft serve in this annoyingly TINY hand blender thing. It takes AGES and by the time I’m done my hands hurt and the banana has pretty much melted. It is a sad affair, indeed, and I would love one of these snazzy little machines to help me out! xx

  • Roberta May 11, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    YUM! That sounds incredibly easy- I foresee myself caving into a childhood dream to eat soft serve for breakfast:P
    Your kitchen looks like a dream- love the vintage decor and aprons!

  • Emily May 11, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Yum love your recipes Heidi, would love to win this as I am always jealous of your scrumptious looking banana soft serve pics!

  • Katherine May 11, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    With a nagging sweet tooth, I am constantly on the hunt for nutritious dessert recipes without the muffin-top and cellulite-causing properties… and this machine is it! The Yonanas machine is just what I need to make guilt-free delicious treats. I can’t wait to get my hands on one to use!!! I can already think of several combinations of flavours I would love to experiment with! 🙂

  • Edie May 11, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Umm..I’m not sure what to say except.. please ? My immersion blender does not like frozen things much. I on the other hand, like blended frozen things a great deal 🙂

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 12, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Oh my – what a magical little contraption!!!!! I am not normally one for gidgets and gadgets – but there are some that just sound, well, awesome!!!

  • kate May 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Oh yes please I really want to try this! Freezer full of bananas (just like everyone else clearly).

  • InTolerant Chef May 12, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Perfect for InTolerant feasting- so delicious indeed!

  • Vicki May 12, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Banana soft serve is my favourite and as a mama of a 3 year old who loves to help in the kitchen I think she would love to help out with a yonanas.

  • Pia May 13, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    i have been using a blender to puree my frozen nanas but they never come out smooth.. so i totally want this! no, i totally need this 🙂

  • Rebecca May 14, 2014 at 11:14 am

    That is the bestest contraption ever! I love bananas and I love ice-cream – my two favourite things in one. I have all my fingers and toes crossed that I am the lucky winner!

  • Sharon May 14, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Oh YUM! I ‘d never heard of a Yonanas machine until 5 minutes ago and now I really need one! What a great idea. All I can think of now are old-school Barney Bananas and how great banana ice-cream tasted when I was a kid! But these days I would much rather get busy making the real (and much healthier) thing – your recipe looks amazing Heidi! 🙂

  • Emma May 14, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    I understand your freezing weather-soft serve combination. I went to Italy in winter and still managed gelati at least once a day. My hands were frozen but boy, it was fabulous.

    Banana soft serve is another way I can enjoy the delicious combination of banana & PB. I LOVE IT.

  • Mariam May 15, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Fabulous! I’m usually pretty repetitive and uncreative when it comes to banana soft serve because I tend to stick to chocolate or cinnamon! Your posts are a nice reminder to get a little creative and turning it into a substantial breakfast. I actually strayed from my usual a few days ago, I made the most divine Turkish delight inspired nice-cream byadding a handful of frozen raspberries and half a cap of rose water, topped with a drizzle of tahini and generous sprinkle of crushed pistachios – damn I’m craving it now, and there’s not a single banana in the freezer!

  • Ms George May 15, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    Ooh I’d love to win this! We are huge banana fans in my house.

  • Sare May 16, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Miss Heidi, that apron is darling! It is inspiring me to whip out my sewing machine and procrastinate the evening away!

    Banana SS looks divine- so smooth and creamy compared to my ‘rustic’ (read: bit too diy) version!


    Sare xx

  • Jenny May 16, 2014 at 7:36 am

    I love your recipe – it sounds delicious. Go Yonanas!

  • Megan May 16, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I have just found your groovy little website and chanced upon this awesome little gem of a recipe. So excited to try this out just need to invest in a machine that will do it. Hope you are enjoying sunny Brisbane today at your conference.

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