Mar 072014


Turning one is a pretty big milestone, one that deserves to be celebrated in style with a wonderful party. Now I don’t know about you but at our parties the food is often the highlight and I spend quite a lot of time baking and preparing yummy treats to fill all those hungry tummies. This year the big winner was not the beautiful birthday cake or the tasty cupcakes, it also wasn’t the plate of freshly made Dutch meatballs or vegies with dip sauce, the champion of the party was by far the home-made ‘ice cream’.

Yonanas Elite RedI can hear you thinking: ‘Isn’t little Sybil allergic to cows milk?’ and ‘I thought you’re into healthy foods, not sweet sugar loaded stuff like ice cream?’ You are definitely right but at the same time, a February birthday is bound to be sunny and warm and ice cream is a refreshing treat every party guest loves. Luckily it turns out you can truly have it all thanks to Yonanas, the healthy dessert maker.

Just in case you have never heard of Yonanas before, Yonanas is a clever kitchen gadget that turns frozen fruit into a delicious and healthy dessert (or afternoon snack or sneaky late night treat, whenever you feel like it!). Yonanas looks and tastes similar to soft serve ice cream yet it contains no dairy, added sugar, artificial colours or flavours or nasty preservatives so it’s great for all ages and most diets and (not unimportant) it’s guilt free. Yonanas is the new must-have kitchen appliance for modern, health conscious families.

So how does Yonanas work? The main ingredient of most Yonanas recipes is (surprise surprise) frozen bananas, a simple but magic way to recreate the soft, creamy texture, look and flavour of soft serve ice cream. The bananas need to be over-ripe so those spotty bananas on your fruit bowl or that bag of reduced bananas from your local fruit and vege shop are ideal, you’ll never throw out a banana again! Depending on your taste and mood you can add raspberries or mango, strawberries or pineapple, pear or melon; virtually any fruit can be turned into Yonanas, just make sure it’s very ripe and peel and chop before you pop it into the freezer.

Peel, chop and freeze

Peel, chop and freeze

After 24 hours in the freezer your fruit is ready to be made into a Yonanas treat. Take out a few pieces of bananas and any other fruit you like and let it thaw for ca. 10 minutes. Assembling the Yonanas maker takes only a few seconds, place a bowl under the chute and turn on the machine. Drop your banana pieces, alternated with any other fruit, down the chute, gently push it down with the plunger and watch your own homemade ‘ice cream’ fill up your bowl, so easy and so quick!

Yonanas Elite

Ready for some Mixed Berry Yonanas

Over the past few weeks we’ve tried many different Yonanas recipes from the Yonanas Recipe Book and the recipe section on the Yonanas website (you’ve got to love $2.49/kg bananas). We were blown away by all the options and it turns out your Yonanas maker can make plenty of non-banana recipes too as well as delicious fruit sorbets. Yonanas allows me to make a tasty and healthy after school snack for my hungry little students without having to worry about mystery ingredients and our little Sybil can happily eat Yonanas without getting an allergic reaction.

Instant and very healthy 'ice cream'

Instant and very healthy ‘ice cream’

Too often food allergy sufferers have to miss out on treats and snacks, something I realise even more since Sybbie’s diagnosis, so I love how Yonanas allows her to have a special treat too. If you have little (or big) food allergy sufferers in your family a Yonanas maker is a great investment for your kitchen and you’ll find you use it a lot.

Happy faces all around

Happy faces all around

Nice bonus: the recipe book includes quite a few ‘grown up’ recipe ideas, they look really fancy and impressive and you can just make them on the spot. Our family favourite, and the hit of the party, was by far mixed berry Yonanas which is really fresh and tangy, closely followed by my personal favourite cinnamon/cocoa Yonanas. If your guests insist on coming into the kitchen to check out how you made that yummy instant icecream you know Yonanas is a big success.

The Yonanas Maker is available in two different models, the Yonanas Original (RRP $89.95) and the Yonanas Elite (RRP $189.95) and a great range of colours to suit your kitchen decor.

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Mar 042014

Orange Leaf Photography

Last week Tuesday we finished Sybbie’s first birthday celebrations in style with a sugar sweet, and very sticky, cake smash photo shoot. Because our little lady can be a little unsure about new people and strange environments I opted to have the photographers from Orange Leaf Photography come to our house, very convenient and less stressful for little ones.

Three girls

The Cake Smash concept is very simple: mum makes a big, soft, squishy, creamy cake and the photographer(s) catches the moment your little one attacks the cake, capturing a series of delightful photos to treasure forever.

Cake Smash

Because our Sybil is allergic to cows milk I had to use a dairy free cake recipe, something I hadn’t done before. One of my lovely readers helped me out and pointed me in the direction of this basic Dairy-Free and Egg-Free Vanilla Cake Recipe from Milk Allergy Mom.


It was the first time I used my new sunshine yellow kMix Kitchen Machine which definitely made the whole process a lot easier, the cake turned out soft, moist and breakable and I was surprised by how nice it tasted. I prepared the icing using a pre-made creme shortening from our local cake and bake store, it was so fluffy and there was so much of it, a bit too much sugar for my liking but it was absolutely perfect for the occasion.


Of course no matter how awesome the cake, the most important factor of a successful Cake Smash is the mini model and with a little character like our Syb you never know what to expect…

First touch

Luckily photographers Amy and Nadine were really warm and friendly and obviously very experienced with young children so it didn’t take too long for Sybil to settle in. Even though they brought their own backdrop, flooring and lighting it was still very homey and it definitely made for really gorgeous photos.


When we brought out the cake we had her undivided attention, she totally went for it and if we hadn’t taken away the cake she would probably still be eating today!


I think the photos did exactly what I had hoped, capture Sybil’s personality beautifully. She has so many different expressions and every photo is different. The ones in this post are just some of my favourites, now the tricky job of selecting a few to have printed and framed.

Syb Cake Smash

If you are in Adelaide and you are considering a Cake Smash, Maternity, Newborn or Family Photo Shoot go have a chat to Amy and Nadine at Orange Leaf Photography, for more information and to see their portfolio visit