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If you like banana cream pie then you’re going to love this recipe for boozy jello shots! Serve them at summertime parties or bring them out as a fun adult dessert idea next time you’re entertaining. 

Boozy Banana Cream Pie Jello Shots Recipe

These shots are basically the perfect combination of shot, cocktail, and dessert all wrapped into one. Banana cream pie Jello shots are a perfectly acceptable substitute for dessert at a party; which is especially great if you’re not very good at baking. 

What Do These Banana Cream Pie Jello Shots Taste Like?

Heavy in the banana flavor and topped with whipped cream and Nilla wafers, it’s downright shocking how close these shots are to tasting like banana cream pie.

The secret to the bold taste is the fact that both alcohols in this recipe are flavored. 

How Long Does This Recipe Take? Can it be Made Ahead?

These Jello shots are super easy to make. It only takes about 5-10 minutes to whip them up. The longest part is waiting for the gelatin to set; your shots will need 2-3 hours in the fridge before they’re ready to serve.

It’s actually better if you make them ahead of time so you can be sure that they have plenty of time to set properly. If stored in an airtight container they can be made up to 5 days in advance. 

Make sure to leave an additional 5-10 minutes to garnish the banana cream pie Jello shots before serving.

Banana Cream Pie Jello Shot Ingredients

Normally I like Jello shot recipes that are made from ingredients you likely have on hand, but this one is an exception. While everything is easy to find in most grocery and liquor stores, this recipe does have some unique ingredients.

99 Bananas Liqueur

This 99 proof alcohol is pretty boozy, so keep that in mind when making your banana flavored shots! This is by far the best choice for this recipe, but if you have to substitute or want a lower ABV, any banana flavored liquer will do the trick.

Whipped Vodka

Despite the name, there isn’t anything that special about whipped vodka. It’s just vodka with whipped cream (usually vanilla and cream) flavor! Pinnacle is the go to brand, but Smirnoff makes a whipped cream flavored vodka that also works in this recipe.

Non-Alcoholic Ingredients

Apart from the booze, you’ll need a 3oz package of unflavored gelatin, 1 teaspoon of banana flavoring, 3oz of heavy whipping cream, and yellow food coloring. We used whipped cream and Nilla wafers as garnish.

Boozy Banana Cream Pie Jello Shots Recipe in plastic shot cups with nilla wafers and cream

Boozy Banana Cream Pie Jello Shots Recipe and Ingredients

Boozy Banana Cream Pie Jello Shots

Boozy Banana Cream Pie Jello Shots

If you like banana cream pie then you’re going to love this recipe for boozy jello shots! Serve them at summertime parties or bring them out as a fun adult dessert idea next time you’re entertaining. 

Ingredients

  • 1 package (3 oz) unflavored
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp. Banana flavoring
  • 3 oz heavy cream
  • 2 oz 99 proof Banana Liqueur
  • 2 oz Whipped Vodka
  • Yellow gel food color
  • Whip Cream, garnish
  • Nilla small wafer cookies, garnish

Instructions

  1. In a small sauté pot add the water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the gelation and mix to combine.
  3. Quickly whisk in cream, banana flavoring, banana liqueur, and vodka..
  4. Add food coloring and whisk until combined
  5. Pour your jello mixture into plastic cups.
  6. Refrigerate until firm, about 2-3 hours.
  7. Garnish and serve.

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 5 min
Chill Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours and 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 package (3 oz) unflavored
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp. Banana flavoring
  • 3 oz heavy cream
  • 2 oz 99 proof Banana Liqueur
  • 2 oz Whipped Vodka
  • Yellow gel food color
  • Whip Cream, garnish
  • Nilla small wafer cookies, garnish

Directions

  1. In a small sauté pot add the water and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the gelation and mix to combine.
  3. Quickly whisk in cream, banana flavoring, banana liqueur, and vodka..
  4. Add food coloring and whisk until combined
  5. Pour your jello mixture into plastic cups.
  6. Refrigerate until firm, about 2-3 hours.
  7. Garnish and serve.

Can You Make These Banana-Flavored Shots Without Alcohol?

Unfortunately this recipe isn’t great when adapted to a non-alcoholic version because some of the flavor comes from the booze. 

But there is an easy way to make something similar if you want a cute little banana cream pie dessert idea: make it with banana pudding instead. Follow the package directions for your pudding, add it to plastic shot glasses, and garnish!

How Much Does this Recipe Make?

You’ll be able to fill approximately 12 two ounce Jello shots cups from this recipe. Each shot won’t be quite 2oz, leaving enough space for garnish.

Can You Double This Recipe or Cut it in Half?

This recipe doubles easily, just make sure you also double the size of your pot so there’s enough room for your ingredients. If you need more, work in batches.

Since the gelatin comes in a 3oz package this recipe can’t be cut in half.

Tips for Making Jello Shots With Unflavored Gelatin

Unless you learned to entertain during gelatin’s hay days (AKA the 1950s), you probably haven’t used unflavored gelatin in much of your cooking. All Jell-o brand gelatin does differently is that it adds flavor to the gelatin.

Since these Jello shots use unflavored gelatin, we have to add some ourselves so it tastes good. That’s why it’s important not to omit any ingredients, including the banana flavoring and the flavored alcohol.

Why did we use unflavored gelatin here anyway? Quite simple: there’s no banana flavored Jello! 

How Many Jello Shots Should I Serve Per Person?

These are pretty small shots, and once you split that alcohol amongst 12 servings there isn’t a lot of booze in each drink. How much you serve will depend on how you’re entertaining, though.

As a ‘dessert’, one or two of these boozy banana cream pie jello shots is plenty, assuming you have other alcoholic beverages available for your guests.

If you’re serving a variety of drinks buffet style, aim to serve 2 shots per person that may partake. Not everyone will have two, but this guarantees you have plenty to go around. Increase this number if you think your guests will want more, though. 

When it comes to entertaining it’s almost never a good idea to only serve Jello shots. They should be an accessory to your evening, not the main beverage. 

How to Transport Jello Shots Easily

If you’re planning on taking these tasty Jello shots to an event you’ll need to transport them properly so they don’t get ruined on the way.

First of all, I always recommend making your Jello shots in containers that have lids. That will be your first layer of protection to keep the shots safe while they’re in transit.

Before you leave, make sure your Jello shots are completely set. I suggest making them the day before, just in case.

While they won’t necessarily spoil unless they’re left out for a long time, it’s best to keep Jello shots cool so they hold their shape and taste their best. An easy way to do this is to carry them in a cooler or cooler bag. Make sure to add ice or ice packs so they stay cold until they’re ready to serve.

Garnish is tricky on the go, but not impossible. For this recipe, throw a can of whipped cream into your cooler (keep it cold!) and bring along a box of Nilla wafers. You can garnish them all when you’re serving Jello shots at your destination or garnish as you go when passing them out of the cooler to friends. 

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