Ube Ice Cream

8 servings
4 hr 25 min

Get ready for a fun and colorful dessert made with purple yams, also known as Ube! This Ube Ice Cream Recipe is easy to make and has a unique flavor everyone will love.

If you have ever seen a vibrant purple dessert or bread, it was most likely made with ube. This Ube Ice Cream Recipe is following that trend and couldn’t be more fun to make. The purple color is so pretty and the flavor is unique as well.

Ube is a purple yam originally from the Philippines. It’s a bright purple sweet potato that’s even sweeter than a regular sweet potato and has a nutty and subtle vanilla flavor. It’s a common ingredient in the Philippians often used in desserts and bread and has recently become more popular thanks to Instagram.

This ice cream has a nutty and vanilla-like flavor that pairs really well with coconut. My first experience with ube was with coconut so I decided to add some toasted coconut to the top of mine.

Ube Ice Cream with Toasted Coconut on top.

Ube Ice Cream churning in an electric ice cream maker.

Ingredients to make ube ice cream.

Recipe details
  • 8  servings
  • Prep time: 4 Hours Cook time: 25 Minutes Total time: 4 hr 25 min
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  • 2 tablespoons ube powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ube extract
  • toasted coconut (optional topping)

Start by adding the ube powder and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and stir until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool. To speed up cooling time, remove from the hot pan and place in the refrigerator while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
Add the milk and sugar to a large mixing bowl and whisk together until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the heavy cream and ube extract.
Mix in the cooled rehydrated ube and stir until completely combined.
Add the ice cream mixture to your ice cream maker and churn for 25 minutes (or according to your manufactures instructions).
Place the ice cream in a freezer-safe covered container and allow it to firm up for a few hours or overnight. Store any leftover ice cream covered in the freezer. Enjoy!
  • Make sure your ice cream maker bowl is fully frozen before you start making your ice cream mix. This can take anywhere from 6-24 hours.
  • The ube powder has to be rehydrated and cooled before adding to the ice cream mixture.
  • This recipe makes about 1 quart of ice cream.
  • Ube extract is very concentrated and the color could stain your hands and clothes so be careful when handling it (and maybe don’t wear white 🙂).
  • Always read the instruction manual that came with your Ice Cream Maker/Attachment and follow all safety guidelines.
Emily | emilyfabulous.com
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