Banana Cream Pie Dessert Shooters

Banana Cream Pie Mini Shooters

Banana Cream Pie Mini Shooters

Each year, I live for that two month period that begins with Halloween and sees me through Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. I’m totally grateful that it’s filled with family, fun and way, I mean way too much food. It’s a whirlwind of turkeys, hams, cookies, cakes and lots and lots of sugar. In fact, I think I need  to detox from all the sugar still in my system.

But alas, it’s January 6th and the party’s over. The east coast friends have all gone home, the kid’s back at school and Mama is left jonesing for her next gig. Just business as usual. And so, I set my sights on Super Bowl Sunday.

The truth is, I don’t even like football, (did I just hear a gasp from all over America). But I love all the commercials, and who doesn’t love a good ‘ol half-time show. Ok, so just me. I know it’s a little far in advance, but I’ve already started planning my menu for game day.  For dessert, I decided to serve these Banana Cream Pie Mini Shooters.  Their taste scores a touchdown, but their small size won’t hit ‘ya in the end zone if you know what I mean. I know, lame football humor…

Banana Cream Pie Mini Shooters

Banana Cream Pie Mini Shooters

Banana Cream Pie Dessert Shooters

  • 2 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean – split down center
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoons baker’s sugar (superfine)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 6 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut (optional)
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1 medium banana
  • 5 graham crackers
  • 1/3 cup almonds (blanched or sliced, optional)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Extra almonds for garnish


  1. In a medium size pot over medium heat warm the milk and the vanilla bean just until boiling.  Just as it reaches a boil, remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the egg yolks and the sugar on medium speed until it becomes pale and thick.  Reduce the mixer to low and stir in the flour and cornstarch, stopping the mixer to scrape down the sides periodically. Remove the vanilla bean from the milk, and slowly stir the milk into the egg/flour mixture.
  3. Pour this mixture back into your pot and heat gently over a medium heat. Using a wire whisk (if you don’t have one, a wooden spoon will work also),  continuously whisk the mixture until it thickens and comes to a boil. Boil for one minute and keep on whisking so that lumps do not form and the mixture doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Remove from the heat and continue to whisk for a minute or two then pour the mixture into a large bowl to cool. Cover the surface of the mixture with plastic wrap so that a skin doesn’t form.
  4. You can make this pastry cream a day in advance and keep it covered in the refrigerator.
  5. When you’re ready to use the pastry cream, take the ripe banana and with a fork or the back of a spoon, mash the banana until it’s almost like a puree. Then whisk it into the pastry cream. If you choose to use the coconut, whisk it into the pastry cream.
  6. Place the graham crackers and almonds in a food processor and pulse until you have fine crumbs, transfer to bowl and set aside.
  7. In a medium bowl beat (either with a stand mixer with whisk attachment, hand mixer or wire whisk) the heavy cream and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. You can make the whipped cream in advance too, just cover and keep in the fridge a day in advance.
  8. To assemble the shooters:  Place two teaspoons of the crumbs into the bottom of the shot glass. Slice the remaining banana into 1/2″ slices, and  place the banana on top of the crumbs. You can spoon the pastry cream into the shot glass or you can pipe it in with a pastry bag. Using a pastry bag fitted with a star tip, pipe the whipped cream on top of the pastry cream layer. Garnish with sliced almonds, sliced bananas or toasted coconut.

Makes 10 shooters (approximately 2.5 ounces each)

Banana Cream Pie Dessert Shooter that looks like an Ice Cream Soda

Banana Cream Pie Dessert Shooter that looks like an Ice Cream Soda

Mama’s Tips:

The pastry cream can be made a day in advance. When the cream has cooled, cover the surface with plastic wrap so a skin will not form and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to  use it.

The whipped cream can be made in advance also. Whip the cream until stiff peaks form and then transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

The graham cracker crumbs can be made a day in advance. Just store in a covered container until ready to use.

I add the nuts to the graham crackers because it gives the crumbs some added texture which is a nice compliment to the banana cream. However, if you or someone else has a nut allergy then just eliminate them from the recipe.

Banana Cream Pie Mini Shooters

Banana Cream Pie Mini Shooters

Recipe: Intermediate


71 Comments on “Banana Cream Pie Dessert Shooters”

  1. They look great ! I love bananas so I’m definitely going to give this a try!

  2. Oh Mama! looking at all this mouthwatering loveliness is not helping me stick to my resolution to lose the extra holiday lbs. However it will be a great reward if I do.

  3. Rörschåch says:

    What a beautifully elegant dessert. Looks far more appropriate for Easter or Mother’s Day, than for a bunch of people watching football. Enjoy the game!

  4. I’m not a big fan of football, either, but I DO love all the football food! These are absolutely adorable!! I love desserts like this.

  5. cloverleaf says:

    I’m not particularly a fan of cream pies, but these look wonderful! Looking forward to what else will be on your Super Bowl menu. 🙂

  6. Dinner Bank says:

    Looks fantastic! Love desserts 🙂 Have to try it some day 🙂

  7. Great attitude: sweet season isn’t over until I say it’s over! I need an invite to your party. I will take these shooters over “standard” football fare any day. I bet the banana creme would be nice with a little rum… That would really be a shot/shooter!

  8. wouaw it’s amazing what you did it’s so beautiful

  9. Oooooohhhhh lovely!!!! I need to try it! 🙂 great presentation!

  10. Karyl says:

    Yum! Happy New Year!

  11. wanda clofine says:

    You always amaze me, Sheryl!
    This looks so delicious, my mouth is watering!

  12. These look amazing! I’ll definitely have to try them 🙂

  13. Feliz Año 2014 !!!!!! Mis mejores deseos para ti !

  14. Amy Jurist says:

    These look fantastic.. and yummy! Great presentation and pix!

  15. These look absolutely beautiful ! And scrumptious !

  16. My family loves banana cream desserts – what a great idea 🙂

  17. themondaybox says:

    I am going to have to get a pastry bag and a star tip! I love how pretty the piped whip cream looks! I have gazillion icing bag tips but nothing big enough to do this. I want elegant little banana cream pie shooters at my Super Bowl party because, I am completely with you, it’s all about the food (and maybe a few commercials). 🙂

  18. These are wonderful! Very lovely presentation…my son’s favorite dessert, banana pudding. I think I’ll have to prepare your recipe for him. Like how you mentioned “intermediate” at the bottom of your post.

  19. To use another sports analogy, you hit it out of the park with this one…as always! I’m on a cleanse and I think I’m drooling on my keyboard….

    I got to get back to my blog and post some new stuff! 2014, here we are! Have a great one!

  20. Love this!! Your presentation is absolutely gorgeous, and I know that they’re just as delicious. I cannot wait to make these.. Just beautiful.

  21. Great post, Sheryl. Your photos are always so lovely and the recipes so appealing. I love a good banana cream pie and these are delightful. Very nicely done, as always. 🙂

  22. The presentation is beautiful. I love your pictures. They make me want to have one even though I don’t really like bananas!

  23. Tonia says:

    They look delicious! I can’t wait to try.

  24. This is going to a must “cook” this coming Australia Day on 26 January. It may be summer here in Sydney but this will be perfect (as well as one of those apple salads in a previous blog)!

  25. AgileWriter says:


  26. Patty Nguyen says:

    Yum yum yum! You and I are on the same banana dessert page. 🙂

  27. PriyaBaby says:

    This looks yum yum!!

  28. These look great and it almost counts as good for you with the banana. Almost anyway…

  29. bakeritalia says:

    They look fantastic, I may use this idea for catering when I start work again!

  30. neetukushi says:

    Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  31. huntfortheverybest says:

    i love banana cream pie. they look delicious!

  32. Michelle says:

    I’ll skip the football, too. But please pass the shooters.

  33. The more cream the better, I always say.

    These look absolutely fabulous, and your photos are good enough to eat (as always).

  34. Each version is more beautiful than the next! I can imagine the flavor is incredible too! Nice job, Sheryl!

  35. *more beautiful than the LAST! oops!

  36. Chelsey says:

    Drooling. And definitely pinning for later! Yum.

    Would you mind sharing this at a Very Caffeinated Link Party?

  37. ohlidia says:

    These look super yum! And they’re gorgeous in those individual glasses! LOVE!

  38. Kim McGuire says:

    Just love this and the photographs are amazing! Thank you.

  39. marazavrori says:

    I don’t enjoy watching certain sports either, but the banana cream pie shooters are a great idea to overcome part of the boredom that we succumb for our loved ones.

  40. Gary Clofine says:

    LOOKS GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  41. Brooks says:

    The only sports I display on Super Bowl Sunday is my offense and defense at the food table, and it’d take a team of linebackers to keep me from these individual gems. Nice work, Sheryl!

  42. wow! I’m not a big fan of banana but I just might have to give these a try!

  43. I LOVE the two month period between Halloween and Christmas too, Mama. It’s my absolute favourite time of year. January with the hideous long haul before the next holiday off work and the pressure of dieting/fitness is just too depressing. A few of your gorgeous banana cream pie dessert shooters will make me feel a lot better!

  44. Those looks really good, I love cream pies! 🙂

  45. Looks AMAZING !!! have to try this 😉

  46. thefolia says:

    These are the cutest little shooters!

  47. Peter says:

    Banana Cream Pie creeps me! Look at the photos1 You had taken it so well that I wanted to eat my PC already.. haha! I’m gonna try this, and good luck to me.

  48. Hi I made these the other day, AWESOME! So delicate and sweet! I’ve been following your blog for a while and am trying to create my own, if you ever have a spare minute please check it out!

  49. Rörschåch says:

    Hmmm…wonder how I could do a gluten-free coconut cream pie shooter…. This inspired me.

  50. hannahwritesaboutstuff says:

    Banana desserts are my favorite! Looks delicious!

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