Tres Leches Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Tres leches peanut butter ice cream

That is a long name for an ice cream, but this creamy and deliciuos treat really deserves it. I do realize that this is not a low-calorie and not-too-healthy dessert, but I really don’t feel guilty eating a little bit of it after a long 7-mile run. This is a great source of energy to keep me going, right? (Please say yes :-p )

So why is this a tres leches (three-milk) ice cream? Very simple, when I was about to make some peanut butter ice cream I realized I was out of heavy cream. But I had condensed, evaporated and regular milk so I decided to use them together. My mom’s desserts are always a hit because she uses a simple, yet powerful, secret ingredient. Instead of sweetening her desserts with sugar she uses condensed milk. Trust me, every dessert tastes better with condensed milk.

Tres leches peanut butter ice cream

Tres Leches Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Recipe type: Dessert
  • •1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • •1 can evaporated milk
  • •1 cup milk
  • •1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • •3 eggs
  • •1 TBSP vanilla extract
  1. In a medium pot combine the milks and peanut butter. Turn heat to medium until the mixture warms and the peanut butter melts together with the milk.
  2. In a bowl whisk eggs slightly. Slowly whisk in the warm milk.
  3. Return milk to the pot and add vanilla extract.
  4. Heat up the mixture over low heat. Keep stirring with a heat-proof spatula scraping the bottom of the pot.
  5. When the mixture thickens enough to coat the spatula (around 140°F) turn off the heat and let mixture cool in the fridge for about 4 hours.
  6. Follow ice cream machine directions to finish making ice cream.

¡Buen provecho!

Remember that there is only a couple of days left to enter our last Homemade Challenge. This month we are making ice cream. I am also sending this recipe to the following events:

The Great Peanut Butter Exhibition #7: Celebrations. Is there a better way to celebrate summer than with ice cream?

Joy of Desserts will publish the We All Scream for Ice Cream Roundup on July 31st. Don’t forget to participate.


  • NO WHERE DOES IT SAY ADD PEANUT BUTTER…..mine looks curdled as it is cooling…?????
    how much evap. milk??? does not say????

  • Now I know why you’re always ‘working out’. Peanut Butter + Tres Leches, wow! You sure like your desserts and why not? You do a great job. Loving your photography, especially the shot of sprinkle shower.

  • What an interesting idea! I haven’t worked much with condensed or evaporated milk, but I’m willing to give it a shot. Great way to improvise!

  • Ben, this looks wonderful! Do you think you could lighten it somewhat with regular milk but ff condensed and evaporated versions?

  • I want some of that! Looks too good !

  • Your ice-cream picture is gorgeous, Ben.
    I personally am not a fan of condensed milk, but love peanut butter. And I need to watch my diet a bit now, so I’ll save this to make a little later. I definitely will make it.

  • Another great recipe, Ben, and I LOVE the photo with the falling sprinkles! Your mother knows my dad’s trick of using sweetened condensed milk!! It really does make all the difference! Thank you for participating in the ice cream roundup. 🙂

  • I love tres leches cake! What a great idea….I really have to try this one.

  • Good golly Miss Molly!! That looks incredibly decadent, and oh my I cannot wait to make it, YUM!

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