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Ube Spread or Filling (Purple Yam Spread or Filling)

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Ube Spread or Filling made from powder or puree. This is a similar take on ube halaya, a Filipino ube jam or dessert, that is used in a lot of baked goods, halo halo (shaved ice dessert), ice cream, and so much more. Purple Yam or Ube is what gives baked goods that distinct beautiful purple or violet colour!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert, Dips, Sauces, Snack, Sweets
Cuisine Asian, Filipino
Servings 4 cups
Calories 240 kcal


Ube Filling (Choose 1)

    Option 1 from Powder

    • 1 cup ube powder 142 g (see notes)
    • 2 cups hot water
    • 1 1/2 tsp ube extract

    Option 2 from fresh ube

    • 550 g mashed purple yam or ube puree

    To Cook


    Ube Filling

    • For Option 1 (using powder), place the powder in a large bowl. Mix in the hot water and mix well until the powder has dissolved and is thick. You can mash this up well or even process or blend it if you want a smoother consistency.
    • For Option 2 (fresh ube): for fresh ube, simply mash the cooked ube. You can even process or blend it if you want a smoother consistency.

    To Cook

    • Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add in the coconut milk, sugar, and salt. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, around 4 minutes. Mix in the ube puree and mix well. You can add more sugar if you'd like it sweeter.
    • Turn off the heat and set aside to cool. The spread will continue to thicken as it cools.


    • You can store this spread or filling in an air-tight container for 3 weeks (or even longer) in the refrigerator for ube pandesal, otherbaked goods, and more!
    • You can check out my vegan ube pandesal recipe here.


    Ube Powder- I couldn't find good ube powder that yielded a nice thick puree-liked consistency so I opted for this Lilac Taro Yam Powder mix which had a really beautiful deep colour when reconstituted


    Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 52IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 2mg
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