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Ube Halaya (Purple Yam Jam) Recipe

Homemade Ube Halaya— A popular jam made from mashed purple yam or more commonly known as ube.

I remember the days when you were just casually driving along the highways, especially in regions along or near Laguna, you would see a lot of stores that sell different kinds of delicacies, you tend to see some buko pie, some unique types of bread, cassava cakes, and whatnot.

One of the good things you can see are the stores selling the Ube Halaya. If you already had the luxury of having a taste of this delicacy, then you know that it is one irresistible experience. Now here in this article, you can try to make one yourself! 

What is Ube Halaya?

Ube Halaya is a famous dessert all over the Philippines. This is a unique dessert that is made out of what is called the purple yam or ube. It is similar to nilupak, which is a boiled delicacy made from starchy food such as cassava that is pounded and mixed with coconut sugar.

This version is made from purple yam that is boiled and then mashed and mixed together with coconut milk and butter, along with other sweeteners such as sugar, condensed milk, evaporated milk, and sometimes even vanilla extract.

How to Make Ube Halaya?

The process of making the ube halaya is quite easy and straightforward. However, it can be more exhausting than most of the other dishes you make because you need to have patience and a little bit of muscles.

No matter how tiring it may be, you will still be rewarded with a perfectly delicious dish that is to die for.

To make things easier, you can opt to find purple yam at the grocery store or supermarket, that is frozen and is already grated. If you want fresh ones, you are going to have to boil the purple yam first and mash them until it is smooth and free of lumps.

Once you have that ready, you are going to mix all of the ingredients in one large cooking pot and proceed to cook the whole mixture slowly until it forms a nice and thick consistency.

Remember that you have to stir constantly for the duration of the cooking process, because the mixture tends to stick to the pot if left unattended, so this is actually the tiring part.

You can add in the optional ingredient—cheese—to the mixture and cook for some couple of minutes until you have a delicious and sticky mixture. Now this mixture is thick enough and will mold once it cools so you need to transfer to a container and let it cool.

You can place it in the refrigerator for a better experience. While waiting for the ube to cool,  some options for toppings you can pick are latik, coconut flakes, shredded cheese, or macapuno. This can also be partnered with ice cream or halo-halo.

Ube Halaya Storage

If you want this delicacy to be ready for future use, you can store it in the refrigerator and it will last up to 4 or 5 days. If you think that you will need to store it for longer, you can choose to put it in the freezer and it will last for one month.

Be sure that it is nicely wrapped in a tight container to keep its freshness. This is a good idea if you’re planning on selling the delicacies to other people.

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Ube Halaya (Purple Yam Jam) Recipe

Homemade version of the delicious jam made from the ube crop
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: Jam
Servings: 6
Calories: 757kcal


  • Cooking Pot


  • 500 g grated purple yam (ube)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract, optional
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese, (Eden or Ques-o)


  • In a heavy-bottomed cooking pot set to medium heat, add in the grated purple yam, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, coconut milk, butter, and sugar. Mix until well-blended.
  • Bring to a boil and wait until the ingredients are melted or dissolved.
  • Add-in the vanilla extract. Stir until the mixture is well-incorporated.
  • Let it simmer while stirring every now and then for 30 to 50 minutes or until the consistency of the mixture is soft and sticky.
  • Add-in the cheese and stir. Cook for another 15 minutes or until the mixture is thick and sticky enough.
  • Transfer to a lightly greased container and let it cool.
  • Top with grated cheddar cheese. Serve and enjoy!


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Nutrition Facts
Ube Halaya (Purple Yam Jam) Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 757 Calories from Fat 403
% Daily Value*
Fat 44.8g69%
Saturated Fat 30.7g192%
Cholesterol 106mg35%
Sodium 362mg16%
Potassium 905mg26%
Carbohydrates 81.9g27%
Fiber 2.6g11%
Sugar 69g77%
Protein 12.4g25%
Calcium 393mg39%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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