My @DoleBananas Peel The Love Party And A Yonanas Giveaway #PeelTheLove

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Dole Bananas

I’ve loved bananas since I was a child. A plain banana has always been one of my favorite snacks. Bananas make yummy things too, when you use them as an ingredient for things like cakes, pies and muffins. And people love them in ice cream, my goodness! But never once did I think of bananas as being ice cream. Not until I learned about the Dole Bananas Peel The Love.

Wondering what the Dole Bananas Peel The Love is exactly? I’ll tell you. Peel the Love is a year-long Dole campaign that celebrates the fun, irreverence and universal “belovedness” of bananas. A whole year of banana goodness, including recipes, pairing and serving ideas, and entertaining tips. Part of this campaign is a coast-to-coast Peel the Love Food Truck Tour that will visit the D.C./Baltimore area and seven other banana-loving cities from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Fun fact from Dole. NYC enjoys higher-than-average banana consumption and a significantly greater appreciation for the iconic yellow fruit than the rest of the country. The DOLE Bananas Peel the Love Tour is actually not too far from me right now, it’s in New York City from August 21 to September 2.

One thing I learned is that you can use Dole Bananas to make your own ice cream. Yes, you heard me right. You can make ice cream with Dole Bananas by using a Yonanas machine. When I first heard about this, I was very skeptical. Until I decided to host a little Peel the Love Party and tried it for myself.

First you need bananas. Obviously. Like the ones up top, you’d think, right? Nope. That’s not what you want to use to make the ice cream. You’ll want to use over-ripe, spotted bananas. so keep those pretty ones and let them sit around for a couple of days like I had to do.

You must freeze the bananas for 24 hours before you’re going to make the ice cream. This is important. And if you don’t read all of the instructions, like I occasionally don’t, that one piece of information will make a huge difference in your ice cream.

Dole Bananas

Next comes the hard part. Deciding what you’re going to make.

You can make Simply Yonanas ice cream with 2 bananas. Nothing else.

Dole Yonanas Banana

Simply Plain Yonanas was surprisingly yummy. It has a texture between that of frozen yogurt and ice cream. It’s very smooth, and it holds it’s consistency for quite some time. You can also add things to the Simply Plain Yonanas. So if you like Oreo Cookies like me you’d probably make Cookies & Cream Yonanas.

Dole Yonanas Cookies

You can add other fruits. We made Mixed Berry Yonanas by adding 3/4 cup of frozen mixed berries to the 2 bananas.

Dole Yonanas Banana Mixed Berries

Then we decided to try the Yonanas machine with the bananas. We made a mixed berry sorbet by using just1 cup of frozen mixed berries. It was do delicious! Then we decided to go a bit out of the box and mix two. So we mixed the Mixed Berry Yonanas with the Mixed Berry sorbet. We put a little whipped cream on top and we had a hit. Everyone agreed it was amazing!

Dole Yonanas Mixed Berry Sorbet

We’re quite fascinated with the Yonanas machine, and how many things it lets us do with bananas. And it’s healthy, because it’s just bananas (and whatever we add to them). We’ve been planning our next get together and what yummy trreats we’re going to mal=ke.

Here are the dates and locations in the NY and NJ area for the  DOLE Bananas Peel the Love Tour.

2013 Dole Peel The Love Ny Tour Dates

If you’re a fan of banana splits, here’s some information you may be interested in. National Banana Split Day is this week, on Aug. 25. Dole is conducting a nationwide search and social media party for creative banana split recipes to be featured during this and future National Banana Split Day festivities. Foodies and banana fans nationwide are encouraged to participate in DOLE Banana’s Social Media Party on Friday, Aug. 23 by posting on Facebook (www.facebook/DOLEBananas) and Twitter @DOLEBananas using the hashtag #BananaSplit with creative recipes and serving suggestions for the perfect “No-guilt Split.”  There will be prizes offered during the party, including Yonanas machines. The five most creative no-guilt split recipes, as judged by Dole, will be prominently positioned during the Great American Banana Split Celebration (8/23-8/25) on the DOLE Bananas Facebook page, with a following of close to 700,000 banana fans, and the grand prize winner’s recipe will be featured in the company’s 2014 National Banana Split Day plans. To qualify, all recipes must be less than 400 calories and posted on the DOLE Bananas Facebook page by 5 PM Eastern Time on Friday, Aug. 23.


Dole website

Dole Bananas on Facebook

Dole Bananas on Twitter

Dole Bananas on Pinterest

Yonanas website

Yonanas on Facebook

Yonanas on Twitter


ONE winner will receive a The Peel the Love Party Pack for 10 People (Valued at $200). It contains:

  • FREE DOLE Banana coupons
  • One Yonanas frozen dessert maker (a $50 value; for info, go to
  • One Dole yellow apron
  • One large yellow serving platter
  • Dole yellow margarita glasses


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I’m a Jersey girl, I was born and raised here and have lived here for almost my entire life. I’m a mom of 2 boys – TJ, a 21 year old, and CJ, an 18 year old with Down Syndrome. I am the oldest of four children. I am also a social media enthusiast, cat person, and Down syndrome advocate. I love coffee and milkshakes. My favorite dessert is cheesecake. I love rock music, tech, travel and food. And cheesecake. I HATE the misuse of the word retarded. I take it personally and find it very offensive. Did I mention that I love cheesecake?

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  1. I haven’t tried juicing yet. I would like to try theCarrot/spinach juice when I do try it.

  2. We have tried juicing before. We are actually planning on doing a juice cleanse soon. I want to try juicing watermelon with pineapple

  3. Since I go bananas oover bananas and can’t gett enough of them, fresh, frozen, in banana breads, in ice cream–bet I would love these.

  4. Em, I don’t want to win the juicer, I want to win the Yonanas machine! 😀 To answer the question as you put it, though: never tried juicing [or really wanted to] but with a juicer I’d likely do spinach, but that might not be the optimal additive with a Yonanas machine? 😉 I’d like to try watermelon sorbet with that! 😀

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  10. I have never tried juicing but I’m sure I could get into it. I love to drink healthy fruit drinks, so I’m sure I could enjoy this also.

  11. I have not tried juicing yet. But I would like to make something with oranges, pineapple, and mango.

  12. I have tried juicing before and its so good and fresh! So much better than buying processed juices at the grocery store! But you have to consume it as soon as you make to give your health the best benefit! I would love to juice ginger, mangoes and raspberries!

  13. I have heard of many people making frozen banana treats, so this would be fun! Usually we just eat our bananas plain, but I LOVE banana bread and banana pudding. Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway!

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