Bananas Foster Shooters


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Bananas Foster is one of my favorite desserts.

Bananas that caramelize as they’re sauteed with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon before being flambed with dark rum is a dessert that definitely holds my attention.

Bananas Foster Shooters in shotglasses

Setting a match to a hot pan after alcohol has just been added also gets my attention but I didn’t need to ignite anything to make these little shooters.

Although, making traditional bananas foster, flames and all, and then tossing the whole hot mess into a blender isn’t a bad idea. Next time.

Bananas Foster Shooters in red and clear shotglasses

With traditional bananas foster, I don’t even care about the ice cream that the drunken bananas are poured over.

I care more about the golden al dente bananas, retaining a touch of firmness that’s balanced with warm tenderness as they emerge from the flaming pan.

And I care about the rum sauce, I won’t kid you. Since I could probably drink bananas foster sauce by the gallon, these little shooters are my approximation of bananas foster, in drink form. No chewing required.

Bananas Foster Shooters in red and clear shotglasses

They’re creamy like the ice cream portion of bananas foster is and sweetened with brown sugar and caramel sauce and a hint of cinnamon peeks through.

And oh yes, the rum peeks through. They have the depth of flavor that only comes from using rum. You could make these virgin by omitting the rum and adding a splash of water or a little extra cream, and you’ll have a delicious caramel banana smoothie.

However,  it’s Friday and I think a little rum is in store.

Bananas Foster Shooters in shotglasses

Truth be told, this isn’t the recipe I intended for today.

I had made a cake on Thursday morning, took it out of the oven, showered, and came back all set to photograph it, only to discover that it had fallen in the center and wasn’t camera ready.

Bananas Foster Shooters in shotglasses

I needed something to photograph in a hurry since daylight was buring, and given the cake-tastrophie I just experienced, these shooters came to mind. Imagine that.

Bottoms up.

empty shotglasses

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Bananas Foster Shooters

By Averie Sunshine
Tastes like the popular dessert, via shotglass! Sweet, creamy, and they go down so easily!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 4
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  • 1 medium to large ripe banana, previously frozen in chunks is nice but not necessary
  • ½ cup cream, milk, or vegan milk
  • cup dark rum, or to taste (light or spiced rum may be substituted)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons banana liqueur, optional (I didn’t have it on hand)
  • 3 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons homemade dark rum caramel sauce, caramel sauce, caramel ice cream topping, or vegan caramel sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in a Vita-Mix or blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour into glasses and serve immediately or place the blender canister in the freezer for about 10 minutes to flash chill it before serving.


Recipe is intended only for those for whom alcohol consumption is legal and appropriate. Please drink responsibly.


Serving: 1, Calories: 323kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 179mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 32g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Do you like Bananas Foster?

If you’ve never had it, you have to try it if for no other reason than it makes quite a splashy presentation.  If you’re entertaining dinner guests, entertaining your mother or just your cat, when you take a match to alcohol you’ll have everyone’s attention. And since it only takes about 10 minutes to make, it’s a fast and easy make-in-front-of-a-crowd recipe that never fails to impress. The sauce is mind-boggling rich and indulgent before even pouring it over ice cream and it’ll be your new favorite way to eat bananas.

Here’s the original Brennan’s Restaurant Bananas Foster recipe, where Bananas Foster was invented in 1951 by Chef Paul Blange in New Orleans.

Alton Brown’s recipe

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Have a great weekend!

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    1. Yes, good eye! The little rose-colored ones. The clear is from the thrift store for 50 cents. I need to get real shot glasses. I donated mine in a move when I was pregnant thinking I’ll never need these again! Only to become a food photographer 6 yrs later and…need them :)

  1. I’ve never had bananas foster actually but I love caramelized bananas and I imagine this would be extremely tasty in smoothie form!

  2. I’ve baked 3 delicious but not camera worthy cakes this week :/ such a pitty! But! These little shooters look like the perfect way to recover from almost anything!

    1. Girl it was one of those things that had I baked it in a 9×9 not a 9×5 loaf pan I would have been home free and it would have been so amazing! ugh

  3. Oh wow Averie this is genius! I love bananas foster and in fact I’ve been adding rum to most of my baked goods lately (especially to banana bread) AND I love shooters! This sounds soo good. I kinda want it for breakfast now :)

    1. adding rum to most baked goods lately sounds like a PLAN! And I can see it being heavenly in banana bread. I need to try that!

  4. I’ve actually never had bananas foster, but am fairly certain I’d like it….and the shooters. Once upon a time I hated bananas actually. then I realized I just didn’t like the overly ripe ones ;-)

  5. Sounds like your baking day mirrors mine…I need some rum shooters this good to get over it:-) Hope you have a great weekend!!!

    1. Ugh…you too? So…annoying when recipes fail. And it wasn’t even the recipe. It was the pan. I used a 9×5 not a 9×9 and had I just poured it in a diff pan, I would have been fine!

  6. Gah! Next to tiramisu, this is one of my favorite desserts! I could never handle the lighting part though, and always make someone else do that. :) Love the shooter size. Nice.

  7. Oooh, nice save! I hate when recipes flop, or sink, whatever the case may be. I’ve never had real bananas foster, but it sounds so good. I’ve had bananas cooked in butter and sugar ala Paula Deen but never with rum. These shooters sound so yummy! But I like the idea of cooking it traditionally and then making a drink out of it. I’m banana crazy lately. Probably because I have a dozen on the verge of fermenting themselves at all times, lol.

    1. I was SO ticked about the cake. I was trialing a yogurt cake recipe and feel like had I baked it in a different pan rather than a loaf, I would have been home free. Gah, next time. And the bananas you’ve had, minus the rum, sound pretty close. Butter and sugar is a good start :) Girl I am banana crazy, too! I have like 4 or 5? more recipes in drafts for banana breads, cakes, etc and they’re all vastly different. I’ve been in love with it lately!