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Fruity Dessert Shooters
Looking for a diet friendly dessert? Welcome Fruity Dessert Shooters!
Summer brings ideas of picnics in cool green shady places and serving light picnics followed by cool, light desserts which is what you're about to experience here with these Fruity Dessert Shooters.
For those who have never heard of dessert shooters (and there are many of you out there!), a dessert shooter is a delicious dessert served in very small glasses, usually from 2 to 5 ounces in size. The key to the very best dessert shooter is to vary the texture in the layers; think cool watermelon topped with toasted, crunchy coconut.
Dessert shooters are made exactly how you want to make them - that's one thing that's so fun about creating these desserts - they can be anything you want them to be so there is no right or wrong way to make dessert shooters with fruit. Any dessert recipe can be adapted into a dessert shooter; they work especially well for summer fruit such as watermelon, lemon, grapes, cherries, and kiwi.
My top selling dessert shooter glasses
I have a lot of dessert shooter articles (you'll see links to them later) and these glasses outsell all others. The fact that that these dessert shooter glasses are square lends a beautiful presentation, particularly if you add visual interest to your desserts - such as squares of cantaloupe, watermelon, casaba or honeydew melon.
You'll get a hundred of these little 3.4 ounce dessert shooter glasses - that's plenty for even the largest summer picnic! I think a creamy banana pudding would look excellent in these dessert shooter glasses. Layer the bananas on the outside for the prettiest dessert presentation.
Other pretty glasses for your fruity dessert shooters
If you prefer to be "green," consider washing these sturdy plastic dessert shooter glasses and reusing them time and time again.
Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart. ~Erma Bombeck
When I was growing up, summer and bananas sort of went together. My Mom used to whip up a big bowl of banana pudding, complete with vanilla wafers, which would be gone almost as soon as she put it on the table. With my diet-conscious 54-year old body, I no longer can be trusted with a big bowl of banana pudding. That's why I thought that this delicious, light and fresh dessert would be perfect translated into a dessert shooter. Here's how I did it.
My Mom used to use this Egg Custard Recipe for the pudding in the banana pudding. It takes a bit longer to whip up than instant vanilla pudding but it is so good!
Note: photo courtesy of Cooking With Carrie's Blog. Stop by for more delicious ideas of dessert shooters!
- Prep time: 10 min
- Ready in: 10 min
- Yields: 4
- 1 package instant fat-free pudding - vanilla or banana flavor
- 2 ripe bananas
- sliced into 1/2" rounds
- 3/4 C vanilla wafters
- 2 T melted butter (or margarine if you prefer)
- 1/8 t cinnamon
- Whipped cream
- 4 whole vanilla wafters for garnish
- Optional: 2T toasted coconut
- 1. Make the instant pudding according to directions and set in the freezer to chill.
- 2. Crush vanilla wafers into a fine meal - it's easiest to do this in either a food processor or the magic bullet blender (shown below).
- 3. Mix crushed vanilla wafers with butter and cinnamon.
- 4. Add about a 1/4" layer of the vanilla wafers into the bottom of each dessert shooter glass.
- 5. Line the side of the dessert glass with one round of bananas so that they're touching all the way around (this is for the prettiest presentation. If you simply don't care, just lay the bananas flat as a layer.
- 6. Add in a layer of the chilled vanilla pudding. (Optional, add in a layer of toasted coconut on top of the pudding).
- 7. Repeat the layers by adding more of the vanilla wafer mixture, a ring of bananas, and pudding on top.
- 8. Add a spritz of whipped cream.
- 9. Garnish with a sprinkle of vanilla wafer mixture. Artfully arrange a banana slice and a whole vanilla wafer on top. Optional: add a bit of toasted coconut for an interesting presentation.
- 10. Best served very cold - Enjoy!
I don't know about you but I must have 15 overly ripe bananas in my freezer awaiting transformation into banana bread. I can never seem to get the ripe before they turn brown but, with the help of these banana storage units (sounds strange, doesn't it), my bananas last much longer now. I particularly like the ones that have the basket underneath for apples, orange and other fruits that can be kept on the kitchen counter. Just watch out for fruitflies!
If you prefer to make a larger banana pudding... - ...here's a beautiful Trifle bowl
When my Mom took out the Trifle bowl, we knew we were in for some fun summertime dessert! She used to use this bowl to layer strawberries in their own juice over sponge cake and made a delicious strawberry shortcake (that recipe is coming below). Strawberry shortcake transforms well into delicious fruity dessert shooters but, for my money, I'd rather have it in this gorgeous trifle bowl.
More dessert shooter articles
I am the self-described Queen Bee of the Dessert Shooter world, having written a lot of different articles about them. I even have my own website (albeit, it's my first and needs work) but here's the link anyway: DessertShooters.com. Please come visit and let me know you dropped by by leaving a comment.
Below are some links to my other dessert shooter articles. Browse at your leisure! And, for my articles detailing different Dessert Shooter flavors, scroll on down!
- Christmas dessert shooters
The Christmas season brings thoughts of sugar plum fairies dancing to one's head and extra weight loaded onto one's waist after all the holiday dinners so, this year, how about ending that filling Christmas dinner with a delicious (and little....)...
- Mini Desserts in Shot Glasses Recipe
Mini dessert shooters (aka dessert shots) are the perfect size dessert after a filling dinner. Usually only 1 or 2 ounces in size, these dessert shooters are as fun to make up as to eat.
- Dessert shooters - the newest craze in mini desserts
This one led the dessert shooter niche. I was immediately a fan when I first saw these little desserts on a restaurant menu.
- Dessert Shooter Supplies
A link to glasses, spoons and anything else you need to make delicious dessert shooters.
- Delicious Dessert Shooter Ideas
I give you some additional ideas for dessert shooters in this Squidoo article.
- Dessert shooter glasses
Here's a nice collection of beautiful glasses suitable for your dessert shooters. I also give you hints on where to find vintage glasses to start your own collection.
- Treat guests to a DIY dessert shooter bar
The first time I laid out dessert shooter fixings, my guests went nuts coming up with fun combinations.
- How to make a dessert shooter everyone will love
This was another of my first articles on desserts in shot glasses and I'd almost forgotten about it!
A ninja kitchen system makes short work of preparing fruit
I just bought this Ninja kitchen system as I started a diet and I'm loving making smoothies twice a day. I replaced my Magic Bullet with this more powerful Ninja gadget and I just love!
This powerful Ninja is not just a food processor, it makes the best smoothies or ice milk ever! Just add in your fruit, a bit of milk and some ice cubes and turn it on. In less than 10 seconds, your healthy drink is smooth as can be.
Use a fruit smoothie as the inside layer for a delicious fruit dessert shooter - I'm thinking pound cake, strawberry smoothie, and whipped cream for a Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Shooter. Just right for a bite of something delicious.
Why not make your own sorbet, frozen yogurt or ice cream this summer?
There's nothing quite as good as fresh sorbet made from fruit you've just bought off a street vendor somewhere. Any flavor fruit can be added, after you peel and core it.
Petite Sweets Cookbook
You'll find delicious ideas for dessert shooters inside the Petite Sweets cookbook such as:
Fruit and Berry Dessert
Rich Mousses and Chilled Desserts and
Creams, Custards and Frozen Desserts
Cuisinart has a long standing approval rating among customers and this Cuisinart Pure Indulgence Frozen Sorbet, Yogurt and Ice Cream maker is no different. Most reviewers (571 out of 785 total reviews) gave this Cuisinart frozen delight machine 4 or 5 stars out of 5 on Amazon's rating scale. That's good enough for me!
Makes up to 2 quarts of delicious frozen dessert items and is fully automated - no turning a handle like the ice cream making machines of old. With its heavy duty motor and large ingredient spout for making larger batches of sorbet or whatever, you'll be eating frozen delights in no time at all.
I think I'm going to buy one of these Cuisinart Pure Indulgence machines and will be mixing up my own middle layers for dessert shooters. I'm thinking things like "Peaches and cream sorbet with a dash of cardamom" or "Raspberry sorbet with chocolate chips" - YUM!
Watermelon and Kiwi Dessert Shooters with Strawberry Cream
Watermelon is just one of the best summer fruits for refreshment sake - a juicy watermelon can quench thirst like no other fruit. Serve these Watermelon and Kiwi Dessert Shooters as cold as you can make then, and they will be the hit of any summer picnic.
You can actually prepare these ahead of time but wait until right before serving to add the Strawberry Cream topping.
Note: these dessert shooters make a beautiful presentation when layered into a small martini glass. The layers are quite beautiful.
- Prep time: 10 min
- Ready in: 10 min
- Yields: 4
- 2 peel Kiwi sliced in rounds
- 2 cups watermelon peeled and seeded and cut into 1" cubes
- 1/4 C toasted coconut
- Fresh mint for garnish
- 1/4 C milk chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
- 1/4 C vanilla low fat yogurt
- 1 T low fat cream cheese (I prefer the full fat and you're not using much - just sayin...)
- 1/4 t fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 t powdered sugar
- 1. Add one slice of Kiwi into the bottom of each dessert shooter glass.
- 2. Add 1T toasted coconut and 1T chocolate chips.
- 3. Add in 1/4 C watermelon. Optional: if you like mint, tear a leaf or two in small pieces and sprinkle on top of the watermelon layers.
- 4. Add another layer of each - Kiwi, toasted coconut, chocolate chips and watermelon.
- 5. Top with a dollop of strawberry cream and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
- To make the strawberry cream:
- Add the strawberries, yogurt, cream cheese, lemon juice and sugar into a blender or a magic bullet and puree until smooth.
What could be cuter than a summer brunch featuring lite fare and delicious fruity dessert shooters. Wait! I know what! A summer brunch invitation featuring the star of your dessert plate - the watermelon!
These small invitations are the perfect way to notify others of your delightful afternoon tea. Serve your watermelon dessert shooters alongside cucumber sandwiches. Yum.
Dessert shooter flavors
As mentioned above, any dessert can be adapted to a great mini dessert shooter and I've done just that with this collection of articles.
- Key Lime Pie Dessert Shooters
I'm such a fan of Key Lime anything that I recently spent 6 weeks in Key West exploring the flavors and sights of the island.
- Tiramisu dessert shooters
I love lady fingers soaked in kahlua or brandy (usually my own...) but here is a great recipe for a very easy tiramisu dessert shooter.
- Smores dessert shooters
Smores don't have to be eaten just around a campfire anymore. These summertime desserts adapt very well to being layered in a dessert shot glass.
- Dessert shooters for the 4th of July
Be true blue and try some of these red, white and blue dessert shooters. Good anytime, not just on the 4th of July!
- The top 5 chocolate dessert shooters
If you're looking for fast chocolate dessert ideas, here they are!
I'd love to have you write some comments about how you like summer, fruit, or this article, not necessarily in that order!