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Ube Waffles – Easy, Purple and Delicious!

Ube waffles – your favourite buttermilk waffles filled with the wonderful flavours of ube. Crunchy outside, soft inside, it’s a great start to the day.

(Curious about ube? Try Ube Bread with Toasted Coconut for breakfast, Homemade Ube Ice Cream for dessert, or the crowd-favourite Ube Cake for special occasions!)

Ube Waffles Recipe

You might already have heard of ube (or Filipino purple yam). Filipinos grew up eating that delicious, earthy, purple root vegetable and we make all kinds of dishes (mostly desserts) from it.

Here’s another one for you – ube waffles. Take your favourite buttermilk waffles then make it ube. How amazing is that?

What is ube?

How to Cook Fresh Ube

So back to the question on most people’s mind: just what the heck is ube? Like I mentioned, it’s Filipino purple yam.

It used to be difficult for me to find fresh ube here, only the frozen grated variety. Lately though, it’s popped up in our local Asian market and I couldn’t be happier!

If you’re not familiar with how it looks,  it’s similar to a potato but darker brown and slightly hairy. When you cut it open though, it’s a wonderful, bright purple.

A lot of people mistake it for taro, which is Okinawan sweet potato. Taro is not very purple inside at all (the purple you see on your bubble teas is most likely food colouring) and they taste different too.

Related: Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash with Sausage, Bacon and Eggs

What does ube taste like?

Ube Waffles Recipe

I’ve always had difficulty describing what ube tastes like. It’s more sweet than savoury. But it’s not overly sweet.

I used to compare it to sweet potatoes but that’s just me doing an awful job of describing it. Bottomline: ube has a very unique flavour that you just have to experience!

How about give my homemade ube halaya or jam a try? It’s delicious and way better than the ones you can find at the store. It might just make an ube fan out of you!

How to make ube waffles

So back to these delicious purple waffles. They’re so easy to make and even easier to eat!

To make these ube waffles, whisk all your dry ingredients (like flour and cornmeal) in a bowl until combined.

Whisk wet ingredients (buttermilk and eggs go here, plus ube extract and the ube halaya) in a separate bowl. I prefer using my blender here to ensure I incorporate the ube.

How to Make Ube Waffles

Then stir the two gently until combined. Cook according to your waffle maker insructions.

These waffles are already sweet because of the ube jam so I usually only add a little butter. Red likes drizzling maple syrup because, well, maple syrup!

But between you and me, my favourite way to eat them is butter plus ube jam plus maple syrup. Delicious!

However you want to eat these, they are delicious. And a great way to start the day.

How to make the perfect waffles

So. Waffles. Love making them. Love eating them.

I like them thick, Belgian-style, crunchy outside but soft inside. And here are some tips I’ve learned along the way:

  • First up: follow your waffle maker’s instructions. Simple, right? Your machine dictates whether you need a coarse batter or a smooth batter, or the temperature you need to cook at and for how long.
  • Whatever texture you need, do not vigorously stir the batter. Gentle does it.
  • For crunch, I like adding a tablespoon or two of cornmeal. Doesn’t affect the taste but adds to the waffle’s crunchiness.
  • And while it’s best to serve the waffles fresh, if I can’t, I set them (one layer, not on top of one another) on my cooling rack so they don’t get sad and soggy.

How to freeze waffles

Ube Waffles Recipe

I freeze leftovers too (like these Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles with Fried Egg) and it’s really simple – just place the completely cooled waffles in a large ziploc bag separated by pieces of parchment paper, put the bag in the freezer and you’re done.

You don’t need to thaw them either. Just pop it in the microwave for few seconds and that’s it. They won’t be crunchy but they will still be delicious.

Related: Classic Buttermilk Scones

More breakfast and brunch recipes

Love breakfast and brunch like I do? Here are more recipes you’d love:

Whip up a batch of these light fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes and start the day with sunshine on a plate! Bright lemon flavour, not too sweet, soft as a cloud.

If lemon gets you up and running in the morning, this lemon cream cheese puff pastry braid is the perfect delicious, lemony, buttery treat for you. 

Want something savoury? Start the day sunny side up! Follow this easy huevos rancheros recipe.

And you can’t go wrong with pandesal, the quintessential Filipino bread roll. It’s crunchy outside, soft and fluffy inside, perfect with butter or dipped in your morning coffee.

Ube Waffles Recipe

Ube Waffles – Easy, Purple and Delicious!

Author: Jolina
Ube waffles – your favourite buttermilk waffles filled with the wonderful flavours of ube. Crunchy outside, soft inside, it’s a great start to the day.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 7 waffles
Calories 389 kcal


Dry Ingredients

Wet Ingredients


  • In a large bowl, whisk all dry ingredients until combined. Set aside.
    How to Make Ube Waffles
  • In another bowl or using your blender, whisk or pulse all wet ingredients until incorporated. Make sure to break apart big chunks of the ube jam, if any.
    How to Make Ube Waffles
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently stir until combined.
    How to Make Ube Waffles
  • Cook according to waffle maker instructions. Best served warm.
    How to Make Ube Waffles



  1. Yield depends on how big or small you make your waffles.
  2. See post for waffle making tips.


Calories: 389kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 6gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 459mgPotassium: 256mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 133IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 87mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword Back-to-School, Easy, Freezer Friendly
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Happy waffle-making!

Did you make ube waffles? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below. If you prefer pancakes, try this equally delicious ube pancake recipe.

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Monday 24th of May 2021

Sorry to split hairs but Okinawa sweet potato is not taro. It's actually so similar to ube (in both appearance and taste) that it's hard to tell the difference without their jackets (OSP has pale brown skin). On top of that there don't seem to be any clear freely available sources of info on the botany of all these sweet potatoes. So confusing!


Tuesday 25th of May 2021

Hi LM, thanks for the clarification. Who knew the world of yams and potatoes and taro is this confusing LOL!


Wednesday 29th of April 2020

Hello!! Can I omit the cornmeal? Or do you know what I could substitute it with?


Thursday 30th of April 2020

Hi Anne! Yes, you can. I add it more for crunch than flavour.


Wednesday 25th of March 2020

Aloha! I love Ube....pancakes, cupcakes, tarts, ice cream etc. I've always bought never made at home. I will try this recipe. I found Ube Halaya. Is it the same as Ube Jam? Btw you mentioned that taro is Okinawan sweet potato. They are 2 different roots from different families of plants. We make poi from taro (kalo in Hawaiian). Mahalo!


Wednesday 1st of April 2020

Hi Josie! They're not exactly the same but you can use halaya in this case. And thanks for the clarification on taro :)


Wednesday 6th of February 2019

Hi! Would this also work with using powdered ube instead of the ube jam?

Thank you!


Sunday 10th of February 2019

Hi Teri, are you referring to those available in foil packets that you have to reconstitute? Possibly, though I've never tried. One thing to remember though is I don't think reconstituted ube has sugar in it so you may need to adjust the sugar content in the recipe. Or not, there's always maple syrup :) Would love to hear about how it goes!


Sunday 16th of September 2018

I haven't tried ube waffles yet, but I am already loving the purple color of the ube jam! I want to make this at home, hopefully I can find the ingredients I need!