This creamy, caramelized banana gelato can be a yummy dessert or a cool after dinner drink.

a fun twist on gelato for cocktail hour by the culinary cure
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Boozy Banana Gelato Recipe

This creamy, caramelized banana gelato can be a yummy dessert or a cool after dinner drink.

Course Dessert
Keyword alchohol, banana, butter, frozen, rum, vanilla
Servings 4 people


  • 2 bananas sliced in half, lengthwise
  • 2 bananas cut into rounds
  • 1 Tbsp. salted butter
  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Ice cubes


  1. Melt butter in non-stick pan. When butter is hot and bubbly, place sliced bananas cut side down in pan and cook over medium high heat. Cook for 3 minutes or until cut side is golden and caramelized. Remove from heat.
  2. Place banana rounds on a parchment lined cookie sheet and place in freezer
  3. After sliced bananas have cooled, slice in half forming 8 quarters. Place on cookie sheet with banana rounds and freeze overnight.
  4. To make gelato, place bananas, vanilla, and rum in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade and pulse until fully combined and mixture has the consistency of gelato. (Add a couple of ice cubes to the food processor and blend if you want a more icy version.)
  5. Scoop into compote glasses or bowls and garnish with a sprig of mint.

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