Ube Pancakes

Ube Pancakes

Erwan Heussaff

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Add sweetness and color to your morning hotcakes with purple yam, a popular Filipino ingredient.

Purple Ube Pancakes


  • 1 3/4 cup Flour

  • 1/2 cup grated, mashed cooked ube

  • 1/2 teaspoon ube essence

  • Honey to top

  • 1 egg

  • 1 teaspoon of oil

  • Oil to cook

  • 1 1/2 cups of whole milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.


  1. Mix the flour, egg, ube, milk, 1 teaspoon oil, baking soda

  2. Get a skillet hot, heat up some oil or butter, place in one portion of batter. Cook for about 2 minutes per side.

  3. Serve with honey or maple syrup and some melted butter.



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- Do you know how to make purple food? Well, there's a secret Filipino ingredient that can help you do so. So everyone loves pancakes obviously. Everyone has their own recipes to make pancakes. You can do a lot of different variations with the sauces or with the batter, as well. Today we're gonna make something slightly different using a very cool ingredient from the Philippines that is now becoming extremely trendy in places like New York and California. I'm talking about ube. Ube is like a purple yam. It's absolutely massive. What you usually do is grab a piece like this, peel it off and then boil it until you can use it. Ube is really popular in the Philippines because it has a really nice color, but a great taste, as well, and it's actually full of chocked nutrition. We use it in a lot of our desserts and stuff. So I'm gonna be making a variation of an ube pancake, so it should be pretty nice. We're gonna start off with one cup of flour in here. Then I've got about two cups of milk. Put a little bit of oil in there. Mix that all together. Then we're gonna go ahead and add in one teaspoon of baking soda, a pinch of salt, one whole egg. So this will be much denser than your typical pancakes, of course, since we are working with both flour and tubers. I'm gonna get both my pans nice and hot, and we're gonna take in our ube and just grate that inside our mix here. Really mash that up so it gets nice and mushy and that color just propagates. In the hole go. You really want it to just look like pancake batter basically. We've all made pancake batter. You just wanna get it to that consistency. And ube's so popular in the Philippines, we even have ube flavoring. So I'm gonna add a couple drops of that. It's a little cheating 'cause the color is gonna get really cool very quickly, but it has a really cool pandan and ube flavors, as well. It's just basically like using vanilla essence. Gonna go ahead and drop in our batter into our pans and stark working on our stack. Once we're done, just like any good pancakes, finish everything off with some maple syrup or some honey like we're doing here today. And that is a beautiful, purple pancake stack.

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