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Homemade Ube Ice Cream (No Ice Cream Maker!)

Homemade ube ice cream is bright, purple and bursting with delicious ube flavour. Bonus: you don’t need an ice cream maker!

(Love making your own ice cream? Try this delicious Roasted Cherry Choco Chip Ice Cream or this Pistachio Chocolate Chip Ice Cream.)

Homemade Ube Ice Cream

I’m already seeing pumpkin recipes making their appearance everywhere online. Wait! It’s not fall yet! We have lots more summer coming our way.

So today I am making a stand…today we are having another delicious summer treat – ice cream! And a really special one too – the purple deliciousness that is ube.

What is ube?

Are you on the ube train yet? When I shared my recipe for Ube Cake I mentioned how difficult it was to describe what ube tastes like. Happily, it’s gone relatively mainstream since then.

I see restaurants serving different kinds of ube desserts and even here in town, people are lining up at this place downtown for a taste of their soft serve ube ice cream.

You know me and line-ups though. We don’t get along. So I thought why not make ube ice cream myself? It’s so easy! No lining up required. And I get a whole tub to myself (maybe I’ll share it with Red, we’ll see).

How to make ice cream without an ice cream machine

I’ve said it before – making your own ice cream is ridiculously easy. An ice cream maker used to be on my wish list but not anymore.

Since I learned how to make no-churn ice cream (or ice cream without using an ice cream machine), I realized I don’t really need one. My trusty stand mixer is all i need.

And it’s really simple – with condensed milk as your base, add your desired flavour, then fold into whipped cream. Overnight in the freezer and you’re done.

Homemade ube ice cream

Homemade Ube Ice Cream

So on to this delicious homemade ube ice cream.

Ube is a popular ice cream flavour in the Philippines, ube capital of the world IMO. There are many variations and I can’t wait to experiment and share them with you but I thought I’d start with the basic one.

All you need is ube jam or ube halaya, ube extract, condensed milk, heavy cream and vanilla. That’s really all there is to it!

If you break it down like that, homemade ube ice cream doesn’t seem so exotic and foreign anymore, right? Well maybe a little exotic lol. It is a bright purple root vegetable after all!

Other ube dessert recipes

Ready to get into all things ube? Check these out:

  • Ube muffins are soft but dense, like a proper muffin should be. Topped with a sweet coconut crumble and filled with a generous helping of ube halaya or ube jam, it’s a delicious treat for breakfast, snack, picnics, work and school.
  • This ube pie recipe is simple to make but so delicious. Ube halaya filling inside a buttery puff pastry crust. It’s very easy to customize too if you want to jazz it up and make ube macapuno pies or ube cheese pies.
  • Ube chiffon cake is light, airy and melts-in-your-mouth. With its vibrant purple colour and delicious ube flavour, it’s perfect for special occasions. Easy to make, it’s great as an everyday cake too!
  • Ube crinkles are soft, fluffy and bursting with the ube flavour you love. They are like mini ube cakes and are perfect for the holidays or everyday.
Homemade Ube Ice Cream

Homemade Ube Ice Cream

Author: Jolina
Homemade ube ice cream is bright, purple and bursting with delicious ube flavour. Bonus: you don’t need an ice cream maker!
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 12 servings
Calories 138 kcal



  • In a large bowl, stir condensed milk, ube jam, ube extract and vanilla extract until fully incorporated. Take a generous dollop of whipped cream and fold into your ube mixture to lighten it.
  • Take your lightened ube mixture and fold into your whipped cream until combined.
  • Transfer into a freezer-safe container, smoothen the top and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze overnight.



Not all ube jams are created equal. Since this is the base of your ice cream, make sure to use the best you can find. Good Shepherd is my favourite. Alternatively, you can also make homemade ube jam!


Calories: 138kcalCarbohydrates: 1gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 15mgPotassium: 29mgVitamin A: 585IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 26mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword Easy, No-Churn Ice Cream, Summer
Tried this recipe?Tag @iamtheunlikelybaker I’d love to see your creations!

Happy ice cream making!

Did you make homemade ube ice cream? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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Friday 18th of February 2022

If I DID have a machine, could I churn the base instead of freezing over night?


Tuesday 22nd of February 2022

Hi Suse, sorry but I don't have a machine so I don't know. Perhaps other readers do and can chime in!


Sunday 11th of July 2021

hi po I was wondering how I can incorporate ube halaya instead of ube jam for the recipe


Monday 12th of July 2021

Hi Asonicow, ube halaya and ube jam are the same so you can use them the same way. Unless you mean you have pure cooked unsweetened mashed ube?


Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Okay this may seem like a silly question, but can I sub Cool Whip for the whipped heavy cream? Thank you for sharing your recipe ❤️


Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Hi KS, I haven't tried but I don't see why not! :) Lemme know how it goes.


Wednesday 29th of July 2020

How do I use frozen grated ube for ube ice cream instead of powder form? Do I need to cook it first?


Thursday 30th of July 2020

Hi Einn, I use ube jam and ube extract for the ice cream. If you want to use frozen grated ube or ube powder, you'll have to cook them into jam first.


Thursday 25th of June 2020

Hi, I made this and it was delicious! Although a bit too sweet. Is there a way to make it less sweet without ruining the consistency? Thanks!


Friday 3rd of July 2020

Hi Raisa! I find the sweetness depends a lot on the ube jam you used. Try using less next time. What you can do is add a little at a time and taste until you get the sweetness you like.