This ube pancake recipe yields fluffy and easy to whip up pancakes in just a few minutes. Their unique flavor and color make these a fun breakfast staple to enjoy all year round!
This recipe was inspired by my chocolate pancakes and love for all things ube. I also just love breakfast food in general! What's your favorite breakfast dish to make?
Did you know that ube is a purple yam derived from the Philippines? Check the FAQ section below to learn more about its flavor profile.
Below, you will find the pantry ingredients along with a few extras needed to make this easy ube pancake recipe!
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Vegetable oil
- Ube halaya
- Ube extract
- Vanilla extract
- Plant-based or whole milk
See recipe card for quantities.
How to Make Ube Pancakes
Below, I've included some progress shots. Sometimes it helps to have a visual guide with step-by-step instructions.
1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together all of your wet ingredients including the ube halaya. This may look chunky or smooth based on the brand of halaya that you use.
3. Add your bowl of dry ingredients to your bowl of wet ingredients. Combine with a spatula.
4. This is what your pancake mixture should look like. Ladle batter onto a hot pan and flip over when you see small bubbles forming on top. Cook for 1 more minute.
Something to keep in mind regarding ube halaya: depending on the brand of ube jam (halaya) you use, the consistency and texture will vary. The texture may be smooth like a spread or may be a bit chunky like the picture I've shared towards the bottom of this post. Either one will work just fine. I actually enjoyed the mini chunks spread throughout the pancakes!
Hint: be sure to allow adequate time for your pan to heat up properly before adding in your butter and cooking oil combination.
I've included a few substitutions below that you may find helpful.
- Milk - I used almond milk in this recipe but you can also use coconut milk, whole milk, or any other milk of choice.
- Ube Halaya - if you can't get your hands on this, sub in 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar. You will still get some of that ube flavor from the extract.
- Vegetable Oil - instead of using vegetable oil, you can use coconut oil if preferred.
The nice thing about pancakes and many breakfast dishes is that there are no rules or limits as to what toppings you can add! Below are a few ideas that would pair well with this ube pancake recipe.
- Chocolate Chips - white or milk chocolate chips
- Coconut Flakes - toasted coconut flakes would be especially delicious
- Honey - to add a different kind of sweetness
- Hot Fudge - for the chocolate lovers
- Whipped Cream - either store bought or homemade
- Ube Sauce - use in place of maple syrup
- Ube Ice Cream - a delicious way to transform these purple pancakes into a breakfast dessert!
- Macapuno Strings - to add a subtle sweet flavor of coconut
This ube pancake recipe brings a taste of Filipino cuisine to your breakfast table, offering a sweet treat that's sure to delight the whole family. With their vibrant purple hue and irresistible flavor, these fluffy pancakes not only brighten up your morning but also provide a wholesome and satisfying way to start the day!
No special equipment needed other than a nonstickpan and a stovetop.
If you happen to have leftovers, I recommend storing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep well for 5-6 days.
Use a combination of melted butter and vegetable oil when cooking your ube pancakes in a pan or on a griddle. This combination helps keep the butter from burning. I also recommend keeping the heat setting to low heat.
Ube or Filipino purple yam, has a unique and delightful flavor. The flavors of ube are often described as having a sweet and nutty flavor with hints of vanilla. The taste of this popular ingredient is mildly earthy, making it a versatile ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. When used in desserts, ube imparts a natural purple color and a rich, creamy texture that adds a delightful twist to classic sweets.
You can purchase this and other ube products, like ube powder on sites like Amazon or at your local Asian or Filipino supermarkets.
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 ¼ cup milk of choice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp ube extract
- 3 tbsp ube halaya
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together egg, vegetable oil, milk, ube halaya, ube, and vanilla extracts. Pour your bowl of dry ingredients into bowl of wet ingredients. Combine well with a spatula.
- Place your pan's heat setting to low heat. Once pan is warm, add about ½ tablespoon of butter with a bit cooking oil (do this for each pancake that you make).
- Once butter is melted and incorporated with the oil, use a ladle to pour pancake batter onto hot pan. Once you start to see air bubbles forming on top, that will be your cue to flip the pancake over. This will take about 1 ½-2 minutes. After you flip it, cook for a minute then plate it. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!