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Filipino Sweet Potato Dessert a.k.a. Pastellas de Ube

So you may have tried candied yams for your Thanksgiving feasts but have you ever tried this Filipino sweet potato dessert?

Filipinos love their sweet potato dessert made with Ube, a Filipino name for purple yams. These potatoes are really deep purple in color and these are widely used vegetable ingredient in a Filipino cuisine.

Sweet Potato DessertSweet Purple Potato Dessert also known as the Filipino 'Pastellas de Ube'. You may also call it Candied Purple Yam Sweets.

You will find these purple taters sneaked into halo-halo desserts, baked into cakes, ice cream, and this Pinoy favorite dessert called Pastellas de Ube.

Purple potatoes are sold in most Asian markets. They're high in their nutritional value and have a high antioxidant power.  

I love purple potatoes. It's not only that they're high in nutrition, they are very colorful too. It makes a nice porridge  or a tasty purple potato soup

Pastellas de Ube Recipe - Purple Yam Dessert

This Pastellas de Ube recipe calls for sugar but we know that sugar is the enemy so we revised this recipe using healthier sugar substitute so you can enjoy this pretty colorful dessert without the guilt.

  • 1 pack grated purple potatoes that you can buy at your nearest Asian market. Or better yet, just buy a couple of purple potatoes and grate them yourself. Just don't grate your fingers too, like I do sometimes!
  • 1 cup water (coconut water is even better for natural sweetness)
  • 1 cup fresh coconut milk (traditionally, it calls for evaporated milk but we are aiming for real fresh ingredients here.
  • 1/2 cup sweetener of your choice such as maple syrup, raw honey or agave (less sweetness if you prefer as the potatoes are naturally sweet and so as YOU!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

In a saucepan, mix all the ingredients together. Cook and stir over medium heat for about 30 minutes until it thickens into a thick paste.  Remove from heat and spread the purple potato paste over a lightly floured board.  

To achieve the look above:

Put the mixture and spread it in a rectangular baking pan. Flatten the mixture and bake at low heat, about 200 degrees F for about 15 minutes just until it's dry. Cut in squares.

For a square purple cookie look:

Transfer on a lightly floured cutting board, spread and flatten the mixture to about 1/4 thick. Cut in squares and arrange on a cookie sheet. Bake on low until the edges are dry.

Take the cookie sheet out of the oven and arrange on a serving dish.

Enjoy your purple sweet potato dessert!

Yes, it's vegan! It's a change from the usual candied yams recipe we always eat on Thanksgiving. It's very pretty and tasty in purple. Try cooking sweet potatoes the Pinoy way!

If you want more yummy snacks and Filipino vegetarian recipes, try these other veggie treats below.


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