Fudgy banana milkshake from Eat Like a Gilmore

Fudgy banana milkshake from Eat like a Gilmore: Seasons, a book inspired by Gilmore girls: A Year in the Life. It’s the perfect afternoon treat and it tastes like a banana split in a glass. Easy to make and super fun to eat.

glass filled with chocolate fudge sauce, banana milkshake, whipped cream and maraschino cherry on top

There are many things I associate with Fall and watching Gilmore girls is definitely one of them. I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for mom-daughter duos. The first time I watched the series was with my mom. Consequently, I always think of her when I press play on any of the episodes. 

Needless to say I was excited when Netflix brought the show back for a 4-part revival. Compared to the original series, this one was a bit more Hallmark-y, but sometimes a person just needs that, you know? 

One of the best things about the show, or both shows if we think of them as two, is all the food. I’ve shared some of my inspired recipes here on the site before (like the Rocky roads for Dean or the famous blueberry shortcakes among others). And anytime I watch the show, I want to try something new. Or at the very least eat whatever Lorelai and Rory are eating at a given moment. 

glass filled with chocolate fudge sauce, banana milkshake, whipped cream and maraschino cherry on top

About the recipe

What I have here for you is the Fudgy banana milkshake inspired by A Year in the Life. It’s one of the recipes Kristi Carlson created for her new book called Eat Like A Gilmore: Seasons. 

If the name rings a bell, it’s because Kristi is the unofficial head chef of the series. She is the author of two other cookbooks: Eat Like A Gilmore and Eat Like A Gilmore: Daily Cravings. Get them all and you can throw a major Gilmore Girl feast. 

If you’re in the mood for a banana split type of shake, try this Fudgy banana milkshake. It’s super easy to make, with only three ingredients in the shake. Along with homemade fudge sauce and whipped cream. And if you want more, you can get it all in Eat Like A Gilmore: Seasons. 

glass filled with chocolate fudge sauce, banana milkshake, whipped cream and maraschino cherry on top

Fudgy banana milkshake from Eat Like a Gilmore

From Eat Like A Gilmore: Seasons: An Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of the Gilmore Girls Revival © Kristi Carlson, 2021. Reprinted by permission of the author. 

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks, Dessert
  • Cuisine: American



Fudge sauce

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) evaporated milk 
  • 1/4 cup (4 tbsps | 57g) butter
  • 4 oz (115g) bakers chocolate, unsweetened
  • 1 1/3 cup (280 g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1/41/2 cup (60120 ml) fudge sauce 
  • 1 cup (240 ml) vanilla bean ice cream 
  • 1 medium banana, 6-7 inches (1520 cm)
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) milk 

Serve with

  • Whipped cream
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • chocolate bar, shaved (optional)


  1. Make the fudge sauce: In a medium saucepan, heat milk over medium-high heat until bubbles appear around the edges. Remove from heat. Add butter and chocolate. Let stand 5 minutes, then stir until both butter and chocolate are fully melted & combined with milk.
  2. Stir in sugar and vanilla. Return to medium-high heat and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium. Continue to cook for 4 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. Let cool.
  3. Prepare the glass: Using a spoon or food-safe brush, spread fudge sauce along the inside of the milkshake glass in a design of your choosing. Place the glass in the freezer or refrigerator for a few minutes.
  4. Blend milkshake: In blender add ice cream, banana and milk. Blend until it’s fully combined, and banana pieces have all been liquified.
  5. Assemble: Pour milkshake into chilled (fudge-filled) glass. Top with whipped cream and cherry. Sprinkle chocolate shavings around top, if using. Serve.


Bakers chocolate is also known as cooking or baking chocolate. It’s a type of dark chocolate that is perfect for cooking and baking. I am using a 70% one, so it’s pretty bitter, but it makes a wonderful, rich fudge sauce.

If your chocolate seizes during cooking, remove the pot from the heat and slowly whisk in some water. Start with 1/4 cup (60 ml) and go from there. It will help liquify the chocolate again.

If you can’t find evaporated milk, you can use condensed milk. The difference between the two is that condensed milk is sweetened, while evaporated isn’t. Adjust the sugar amount as necessary.

Keep leftover fudge sauce covered and in the refrigerator.

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  1. Jennifer wrote:

    Wow! I am going to have to try this as a holiday dessert treat sometime soon…perhaps Thanksgiving. … except, I’m going to have to do some MAJOR substituting for gluten free, lactose free and sugar free options (celiac and lactose intolerant on top of 19 months post RNY). But anything and everything is possible! And this I can definitely see as a neat holiday treat. Thanks for sharing. So looking forward to making this one!

    Posted 10.14.21 Reply