Monday, November 5, 2012

The Magic of Dole Whip and a Yonana Giveaway

It's a Dole Whip Monday!! I can't exactly explain my obsession with Dole Whip in words. For those not familiar with Dole Whip, I am going to give you a quick lesson, then explain how you can make this treat at home using Dole Yonana machine. I am also giving away a Yonana machine to one lucky reader, so read on!

My Dole Whip journey started the first time I encountered this frozen treat while at Walt Disney World on a very hot summer day. After waiting in line for nearly 20 minutes at Aloha Isle, I had pineapple goodness which I cannot explain. Fruity, sweet, icy, cold, dreamy, refreshing, amazing. According to the Dole Whip wiki page, it is a soft serve frozen dessert  which is fruit puree reconstituted with water and then frozen before serving
Top L-R Pineapple Dole Whip at Polynesian, Orange Pineapple Float at Aloha Isle
Bottom L-R Pineapple Pineapple Float at Aloha Isle, Orange Pinapple Swirl Dole Whip at Aloha Isle

Fast forward to the days when I started running, especially at runDisney. I have seen countless requests on message boards for Dole Whip's to be handed out at the finish line. I think this is a perfect idea. Besides with the running community, the Dole Whip phenomenon is pretty huge, to the point that Disney sells a Dole Whip souvenir tee-shirt. Forget the Turkey legs - I am a Dole Whip girl.
I luckily live 65 miles from the Magic Kingdom and we are annual passholders - so when I get the cravings for a Dole Whip, I can make a Disney day trip out of it. Disney World has two locations with this yummy treat - at Aloha Isle in the Magic Kingdom which serves pineapple and orange whips with an option to make a float out of it and at Captain Cooks inside the Polynesian, which is self serve (however much you can fit into a bowl at a flat price). Other locations are in Disneyland and the Dole Plantation in Hawaii.
Now that you have familiarized yourself with the Dole Whip, it's time to know Yonana, my new favorite appliance. It makes ice cream healthy, using bananas and other fruits to come out with a perfect texture. Check out this video to learn how to make healthy ice cream. If you are a fan of ice cream, you will want this machine.
I am going to show you how to make a version of Dole Whip at home using a Yonana machine. I even had this for breakfast this morning. This would be Mom approved breakfast ice cream :)
Peel and freeze your banana in a freezer proof bag for 24 hours. Defrost for 5 minutes before you consume this treat and put the ingredients into your Yonana machine, Voila - instant Dole Whip. The texture isn't 100% but the flavor is. The banana is what gives it the creamy ice cream texture which you find at Disney but I learned that too much banana will take away from the pineapple flavor. I tried two different recipes, one with a half banana and one with a 1/4. The second recipe was more firm but had that dole whip pineapple taste to it.The first recipe was creamier but I feel some of the pineapple was gone. You can see the texture difference below.
Yonana Dole Whip with 1/4 banana
Yonana Dole Whip with 1/2 banana
Want to win a Yonana machine of your own? Starting today through Monday November 12th, comment below with what you think will make the perfect yonana treat. You can use the Yonana website  for recipe influence. Think outside of the box, you can make items other than ice cream with this machine. Along posting a comment with a recipe below, you can earn extra entries by doing what is listed below. Remember to leave a SEPARATE COMMENT on this post for each entry you complete. If you leave all of your entries in a single comment, that will only count as ONE entry.
If you already follow me, Dole or Yonana on Twitter and are fans of Dole or Yonana on Facebook, leave a comment stating this. Remember, each separate comment counts as an entry. Good luck!

91 comments:

  1. Followed @irun4wine on Twitter

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  2. Followed @DoleNutrition on Twitter

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  3. Pumpkin Pie Yonana

    This Yonana is perfect for the fall season. Enjoy it as a mid-afternoon snack or surprise your family with it on Thanksgiving Day as a lighter dessert option, as opposed to traditional pumpkin pie.

    Ingredients:

    --2 frozen bananas
    --1/4 cup canned pumpkin
    --1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
    --Dash (or small capful) of vanilla extract

    Directions:

    --Sprinkle pumpkin pie spice over bananas
    --Insert one frozen banana
    --Mix vanilla extract w/ canned pumpkin and add
    --Insert second frozen banana
    --Stir in bowl to combine

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  4. Nutty for Nutella Yonana

    Ingredients:

    2 frozen bananas
    2 tbsp Nutella
    2 tbsp slivered almonds


    Directions:

    Add the banana, then the Nutella to the machine.
    Serve in a bowl topped with slivered almonds.


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  5. Cranberry Sorbet: Ingredients- frozen or fresh cranberries, cranberry / apple juice, frozen bananas.
    Method - combine cranberries and juice with blender, add with frozen bananas to machine...frosty and holiday appropriate :D

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  6. I follow on twitter! I am @krissymmurphy

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  7. I tweeted here:
    https://twitter.com/krissymmurphy/status/265534250751762432

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  8. I saw Mangos in the freezer isle the other day and wanted them...so I would go with a Mango sorbet.

    1 cup frozen mango
    let it thaw for 7-10 minutes.
    Enjoy!

    I'm not creative enough to make my own recipe, I completely got this one from the Yonanas website!

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    1. It's fine to use their recipes :) YUM.

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  9. (forgot to add the peppermint in previous post, sorry!)

    Inspired by my favorite holiday Starbucks beverage:

    Peppermint Mocha Yonanas:

    Ingredients:

    2 frozen ripe bananas, 2 oz dark chocolate, 2 teaspoons finely ground espresso powder, 1/2 crushed candy cane

    Directions:

    1. Sprinkle espresso powder & crushed candy cane over bananas
    2. Insert one frozen banana
    3. Add 2 oz dark chocolate
    4. Insert second frozen banana
    5. Stir in bowl to combine

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  10. 1 banana
    cinnamon
    low-fat ice cream

    A fast treat without the calories. One banana covered with 1 cup ice cream, topped with cinnamon! Okay, add the cherry if you want!!:)

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  11. I accomplished all the steps to enter! Liked & followed all!! Tweeted, also, (as a retweet)! Thank you! @wingsfan05

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  12. Following @dolenutrition

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  13. Liked Yonanas

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  14. Following @Yonanas

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  15. Following @irun4wine

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  16. Liked Dole on facebook

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  17. That Pumpkin Pie Yonana(sounds so good) I want to try.

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  18. Banana Berry Boosting Blast - Bananas do first then layer alternately with blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries done after - So it's berry beautifully swirled! Yum!

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  19. Following you on Twitter via @serene_streams!

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  20. Tweeted your link! https://twitter.com/Serene_streams/status/265657894320615424

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  21. Following Dole Nutrition on Twitter via @serene_streams!

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  22. Following Yonanas on Twitter too via @serene_streams! Thanks so much!

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  23. Pumpkin Datelicious Yonanas!
    A banana, mashed Medjool dates, 1/3 cup pumpkin and a dash of cinnamon! Perfect for fall!

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    1. Hmm! would have never thought using dates in the yonana! Going to have to give this a try.

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  24. I also like Dole on Facebook - thanks!

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  25. I would try a Banana PB&J Yonana - Do the bananas with peanut butter and then separately do strawberries and serve together in a bowl! :)
    Georgiana

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    1. This was the first yonana I made, aside from the plain banana one in the picture above. So yummy!

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  26. I like Yonanas already on Facebook too
    Georgiana

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  27. I also like Dole Nutrition on Facebook.
    Georgiana

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  28. I've been dying to try out a Yonanas machine...seriously!

    I think my recipe would have to involve chocolate in some way. How about pears, chocolate, and COOKIE BUTTER! I would go nuts...

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  29. I follow you on Twitter ;) @SheLikesRuffles

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  30. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/SheLikesRuffles/status/265815541032300545

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  31. I like Dole on FB (Ruffles & Truffles)

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  32. I follow Yonanas on Twitter as well.

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  33. And finally, I like Yonanas on FB

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  34. I would make a strawberry banana shake! I also would see if it's possible to make some kind of creamsicle shake!

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    1. There is and I made it! Freeze oranges, dash of vanilla and frozen banana. YUM.

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  35. I followed Dole Nutrition on Twitter

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  36. I followed Yonanas on Twitter

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  37. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/pmerr/status/265832437874053120

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  38. I followed irun4wine on twitter

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  39. I would do something involving a banana and Trader Joe's cookie butter. I must have this!!

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    1. I would love to get my hands on some of that famous cookie butter!

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  40. I tweeted. https://twitter.com/kda1114

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  41. A really great treat would be an ice cream sandwich made with gingersnap cookies and yonanas "ice cream".

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    1. Yum!! I may have to do that with the pumpkin yonana recipe above.

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  42. Following @DoleNutrition on Twitter

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  44. Tweeted about this giveaway: Enter to #win a @dolenutrition @Yonanas Machine #Giveaway from @irun4wine: http://tinyurl.com/dolewhipyonana!

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  45. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS RECIPE FROM THERE WEBSITE! MIXED BERRIES WITH CHOCOLATE CRUST

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    1. I saw that one too and thought it would be pretty amazing!

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  46. I love the strawberries and cream recipe from the Yonana website! Simply take light vanilla yogurt and freeze it in ice cube trays. Put strawberries and frozen yogurt in bowl and let it thaw a bit. Once slightly thawed, put in Yonana machine and mix. Sounds PERFECT for a healthy dessert :)

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    1. That does sound delicious. I am going to have to try that one out.

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  47. I follow you on twitter (@lemuench)

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  48. I follow @DoleNutrition on twitter (@lemuench)

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  49. I liked Dole on Facebook. (Lauren Muench)

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  50. I follow @Yonanas on twitter (@lemuench)

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  51. I liked Yonanas on facebook (Lauren Muench)

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  52. SALTED CARAMEL YONANA
    This recipe is inspired by the flavor combo that seems to be sweeping the foodie nation. I know I love it, and I want to make a yonana out of it!

    Ingredients:
    Frozen Ripe Bananas
    Caramel Ice Cream topping
    Chocolate Chips (Semi Sweet)
    Magic Shell Chocolate Ice Cream topping
    Sea Salt

    Directions:
    Place two frozen bananas in Yonana Frozen Dessert maker
    Place in bowl, stir in caramel sauce and chocolate chips.
    Freeze.
    Use round ice cream scoop and place one ball (scoop) of Yonana dessert in bowl
    Top with Chocolate Ice Cream topping (hardens when served on cold dessert) and sea salt.

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    1. Um yeah....you had me at salted caramel. I made this, it was delicious. Congrats on your Yonana Machine!!!

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  53. I follow dole & dole bananas on FB

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