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Fruity Dessert Shooters

Updated on October 8, 2014

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.

Dessert Cups, 2 1/8" x 2 3/4" high capacity 100 ml. (3.4 oz), sold as pack of 100
Dessert Cups, 2 1/8" x 2 3/4" high capacity 100 ml. (3.4 oz), sold as pack of 100

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

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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

banana pudding dessert shooter
banana pudding dessert shooter

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 1. Make the instant pudding according to directions and set in the freezer to chill.
  2. 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. 3. Mix crushed vanilla wafers with butter and cinnamon.
  4. 4. Add about a 1/4" layer of the vanilla wafers into the bottom of each dessert shooter glass.
  5. 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. 6. Add in a layer of the chilled vanilla pudding. (Optional, add in a layer of toasted coconut on top of the pudding).
  7. 7. Repeat the layers by adding more of the vanilla wafer mixture, a ring of bananas, and pudding on top.
  8. 8. Add a spritz of whipped cream.
  9. 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. 10. Best served very cold - Enjoy!
5 stars from 1 rating of Creamy Banana Pudding Dessert Shooters

Banana storage

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!

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!

Ninja Kitchen System 1200 (BL700)
Ninja Kitchen System 1200 (BL700)

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

Although you can easily make up your own dessert shooters just with you own creativity, sometimes my well runs dry and I hit the 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 ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker
Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet, and Ice Cream Maker

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 shooter
watermelon and kiwi dessert shooter

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. 1. Add one slice of Kiwi into the bottom of each dessert shooter glass.
  2. 2. Add 1T toasted coconut and 1T chocolate chips.
  3. 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. 4. Add another layer of each - Kiwi, toasted coconut, chocolate chips and watermelon.
  5. 5. Top with a dollop of strawberry cream and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
  6. To make the strawberry cream:
  7. Add the strawberries, yogurt, cream cheese, lemon juice and sugar into a blender or a magic bullet and puree until smooth.

Watermelon invitations

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.

I'd love to have you write some comments about how you like summer, fruit, or this article, not necessarily in that order!

Are you Fruity?

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    • mariacarbonara profile image

      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Dunno about the taste but they look awesome!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Oh these are definitely the Halloween treats that I want to find in my loot bag tonight. Yummy! Your dessert shooters always look like a taste of pure heaven.

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      gemjane 5 years ago

      You're right--I never heard of them--they look like fun and they look delicious, too!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      For sure, these are super desserts and just the right size. Well, except for the banana pudding, I need the large one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I sure am fruity and don't have much of a sweet tooth but am enticed by your fruity dessert shooters for that just the right amount of a little sweetness is a very nice presentation.

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      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Another delicious shooter lens! I so want to try the watermelon kiwi shooters --- right now!! As always, a pleasure to read your lenses!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I want one of those! Very inviting and informative lens.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Yummmmm! They're just the right size too.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Indeed I am more than a little fruity! And, I love your dessert shooters too. Perfect for any time of the year.

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      MrsKatieE LM 5 years ago

      I am going to be busy in my kitchen tonight. Let me thank you on behalf of the family who will benefit from this lens. Great recipes!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I guess I've been living under a rock. Was totally unaware of dessert shooters. Well, I plan to make up for lost time, that's for sure! I'm lovin' that banana pudding shooter. Oh, and did I see a link for tiramisu shooters. Now I'm all in. Delicious!

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      Wow, with this current heat wave theses shooters will sure hit the spot! You have featured some yummy recipes which I am definitely going to try.

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      hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

      These are so pretty, and dessert looks so much sweeter in these tiny glasses! What a great way to convince my brain that I'd rather nibble sorbet than do a faceplant into a trough of fudge ice-cream!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Just this evening, I needed a quick, light dessert for a guest. No need to run out to the store. I layered fresh blueberries, some whipped topping, some fresh strawberry slices and some more of the topping in a wine glass. The guest thought it was yummy.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Yup. I'm fruity for sure, I love trifles in a big trifle bowl like the one you featured above, where you can see all the pretty layers. "Squid Angel blessed."

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love fruit, berries when they're in season especially! These all look so yummy and refreshing!

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Love banana pudding. This recipe looks good.

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      spids1 5 years ago

      Wow, those dessert shooters were something else. - I was quite surprised to find that something so tasty can be good for you too!