Vegan Purple Yam Filipino Dessert (Ube Halaye)

Vegan Purple Yam – Filipino Dessert (Ube Halaye)

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How to make Vegan Purple Yam (Ube Halaye), a popular Filipino dessert with only three (3) ingredients

Vegan Purple Yam – Filipino Dessert (Ube Halaye)

Ingredients:

  • 5 medium purple yams*** (good source of vitamin A, C , B6 + magnesium + potassium +fiber )
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar (optional)
  • coconut oil (optional)

Directions:

Step 1: Wash and cut yams in small squares and boil in one cup of water until soft (add water if required).

Step 2: Once purple yams are soft mash with a hand blender or potato masher.

Step 3: Pour coconut milk in a cooking pot and bring to a boil.

Step 4: Once the coconut milk starts to boil add the coconut sugar (this is optional, I find the yams sweet enough for my taste buds :) If you do add coconut sugar, stir until it gets completely diluted.

Step 5: Add the mashed purple yams to the coconut milk pot. Continue to cook on low medium heat until the texture gets thick. This part will take 20-30 minutes. Be patient, your taste buds will thank you for it.

Step 6: You can grease with coconut oil if you want to mold the ube halaye into a shape or just leave it like displayed in photo. Sprinkle with shredded coconut or raw unsalted sunflower seeds.

Prep time: 25-40 minutes

Serving size: 4-6

***Purple yams are native to Asia. One-cup serving of boiled yams has a glycemic index of 35  and an overall low glycemic load. Yams have been a staple food in the Okinawan diet, which is a low-calorie, nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich diet. See link for study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20234038

I have also read consuming ube (purple yam) on a regular basis helps with asthma. I have not found any western published studies however there might be studies in the east and I will further look into this at some point.

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