These tres leches banana pancakes are perfect for mornings when you want a simple homemade pancake recipe that has super unique and delicious flavors!
So, um, giant food blogger fail over here…can you believe I have never made homemade pancakes! Hold the phone! Stop the presses!
It’s true. I’ve never made homemade pancakes! After that embarrassing realization, I knew I had to change that.
Remember how on Friday when I posted the cinnamon vanilla dolce iced coffee I told you how we went to a late night comedy show? Well, after the show (at 1:00am – waaaay past my bed time so I was super pumped I was still awake!) we went to get some diner food. The experience was just awful, the diner had a weird policy where one had to pay first, and gratuity was included.
Ok, fine, they might get a lot of drunk people, so I get it. But the messed up thing was that they just took our order and then didn’t give us an itemized bill, they just came to the table and said ‘your total is $30’ and then ran the card. Sketchy, right? $30 with tip was fine for my husband and I because we both ordered something, but my sister in law and her fiance ordered 1 appetizer of nachos to share and 1 cup of coffee, and got charged $25! The food wasn’t even good…except for the pancakes that my husband ordered. Those were the best
only $30 pancakes I’ve had (lol). Sure we probably could have caused a scene, but it was late and we just all preferred going home.
The next morning as I opened the refrigerator I saw a jar of tres leches sauce I had leftover from when I made Mexican hot chocolate torte con tres leches from my friend Lynn’s recipe. Tres leches (3 milks) sauce is just evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream.
I remember saving the rest of the tres leches sauce when I made it thinking I’d use it for something else. Usually I do this an then end up throwing the leftovers out after they sit there for a few weeks.
But not this time. This time I not only used leftovers, I made a dish for the very first time! Two birds, one stone! And, this recipe is super special because I literally ‘thought’ up what the batter should be and it came out perfectly!
Another cool thing about this recipe is that it uses ripe bananas and tres leches sauce (both of which add notes of sweetness) so additional sugar or sweetener is used!
I used this griddle (which is also a panini press, we got it as a wedding present and use it all the time) to make the pancakes, and used a scoop like this one to pour the batter onto the griddle so that the pancakes were all roughly the same size!
If you’re looking for a super unique, easy to make and delicious pancake recipe, look no further!
- Tres leches sauce:
- 1 can 12 oz evaporated milk
- 1 can 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- For the pancakes:
- 2 Tbs butter
- 1 banana very ripe, mashed
- 1 egg
- 1 cup tres leches sauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 banana sliced
- 1 cup tres leches sauce
- To make the tres leches sauce, combine the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and heavy cream in a bowl and stir to combine, then set aside.
- In a bowl microwave butter for 15 seconds. When butter is soft-slightly melted, put the banana in the bowl and mash it with a fork, then add in the egg, 1 cup tres leches sauce and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
- In a separate bowl combine flour and baking powder and stir to combine.
- Take the wet ingredients and pour into the dry ingredients, then stir to combine. You don't want to over stir, so just stir until the batter is all combined.
- Spray a griddle or a non stick pan with cooking spray, then scoop or spoon about 3 tablespoons pancake patter onto the griddle and cook, flipping the pancakes halfway through (mine took about 3 minutes per side).
- Stack pancakes and place some sliced pancakes on top, then pour tres leches sauce over the pancakes and serve
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