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. Okay, so I have to be honest and say I’m kinda glad the cake deflated, since it meant that you posted these shooters instead. :-) They sound amazing!

  2. OMG. Bananas foster is like only-the-best-thing-on-the-planet. But in shot form, it sounds even better. While I don’t take shots often, I do prefer them to taste like dessert. I’ve had a pumpkin pie shot before and seriously could have had like 10 of them. And then would’ve had to pass out. ANYWAY, I wish I could tell my favorite bar to add this to the menu and then I could CHEERS to you on the other side of the country!

    I had a cake-tastrophy recently too. Doesn’t it just totally get you down? I felt defeated. But we have to remember that baking isn’t always a walk in the park. It’s chemistry! And I feel like cakes are particularly temperamental!

    1. pumpkin pie shot = I think you gave me an idea! Lol I’ve made pumpkin pie dips and smoothies and really, adding a little alcohol wouldn’t be a bad idea :)

      My caketastrophe was SUCH an avoidable situation, too. I baked it in a 9×5 loaf pan trying to be ‘original’ and should have just baked it in a 9×9 pan. Thankfully Scott loved it and said he wouldnt mind eating down another cake that’s the same. But that doesnt fall and sets up better. Loaf pans are my nemesis. I can bake banana bread and various forms on the theme and basic breads but if I try to get too creative, the middle just won’t set up before the edges burn. But maybe that happens to everyone just based on surface area/surface depth/interior cooking temps, etc. See how I like to over analyze :)

      We need a meetup, girl!


  3. I had bananas foster at a friend’s house once and was TOTALLY impressed when she set the alcohol on fire. I need to remember to do that soon for the “wow” factor :)

  4. Aww, sorry about your cake, Averie! But, your substitution looks delicious! I can’t say if I like bananas foster or not because I have never had it. It sounds delicious, though and these little shooters look like such fun for entertaining friends! You have the best cold drink ideas! :-)

  5. I LOVE bananas foster. It is probably my favorite dessert of all time- so I ‘m sure I’d love these shooters!

  6. That sucks you had a cake-tastrophe. Though, nice save with the shooters, and a well-earned rum drink, indeed!

    I’ve been buying the over ripe bananas again lately and I’ve got a bunch in the freezer now. I made an orange-banana bread for class on Monday and I gave the leftovers to 2 colleagues and both of them came up to me later in the day to tell me it was the best banana bread they’ve had! Good thing I wrote that recipe down! ANd, yes, I made it with erythritol and not sugar!

  7. Bummer about your cake– but this is definitely a fun way to recover. Bananas Foster takes me back to being a kid. Mom made this when she entertained and I always looked forward to dessert! I should make this for a little nightcap. Hubby leaves tomorrow for a week, so he’ll appreciate a sweet “adult beverage”! Ok back to my vanilla. I used a scant cup of vodka and 2 beans. My gut instinct was to add another bean or 2 and after reading your response, I think your ratios should turn out much better. I just used the Madagascar vanilla beans from Kroger (and I’m off to get another jar!). I just checked out prices on beanilla–MUCH better than the grocery store so I’ll be ordering them for future batches!

  8. I love bananas foster, and this is such a creative way to get the same flavor. Good for you that you rebounded from your fallen cake so quickly. When something like that happens to me, I typically call it a day.

    1. I wanted to, kind of, but the light in my house was just gorgeous and I knew I had about an hour like that…so I was like, quick, think think think…and these came to mind!

  9. Ah, I feel your pain! Cake fails, especially as the lighting wanes, are such a HUGE disappointment. But you recovered with aplomb, lady. Down the hatch with a shooter or three and cake fails are in the rearview mirror. Happy weekend!!!!