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My ube milkshake recipe is so easy to make! Made with creamy coconut milk, vanilla ice cream, and yummy purple ube, it’s just as delicious to drink as it is gorgeous to look at. This one goes out to all of my fellow ube lovers!

ube milkshake close up in a mason jar

Mahalo to Foodland Hawai’i for sponsoring this post. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.

Make an Ube Milkshake for Dessert or a Snack

If you’ve never heard of ube before, you’re in for a real treat! It’s a bright purple yam that originated in the Philippines and has since made a splash on the food scene. And while you may think “yuck” when you think about adding a yam to a sweet dish, trust me, ube is so delicious in desserts. It boasts a sweet and vanilla flavor and the purple color adds a unique touch to whatever you put it in.

I’m all for ending my day with something sweet — or enjoying an afternoon pick-me-up. That’s where this recipe comes in! I’ve already shared dishes like ube cheesecake, ube crinkle cookies, and ube glazed air fryer donuts. Make my ube shake when you’re craving something sweet but can’t be fussed to bake something. 

All you need to do is throw all of the ingredients into a blender, then let it work its magic. You’ll have a delicious dessert or snack option ready to go in under 5 minutes!

ube milkshake being poured into a mason jar

Ube Milkshake Key Ingredients

  • Vanilla Ice Cream. All good milkshakes begin with ice cream. I’m using vanilla, as it complements the natural flavors in ube really nicely. 
  • Maika’i Organic Coconut Milk. You can find this at your local Foodland. For added creaminess!
  • Ube Halaya. A mixture of ube, milk, sugar, and butter — I swear by my homemade version.
  • Ube Extract. For even more added ube flavor. If you’re having trouble finding it locally, I recommend buying it online.
  • Vanilla Extract. For more warm vanilla flavor! Save some money and make homemade vanilla extract.
ube milkshake ingredients

How to make a perfect ube drink

Combine the ingredients. Place the vanilla ice cream, coconut milk, ube halaya, ube extract, and vanilla extract into a blender.

Blend. Pulse until your ube milkshake is well combined and smooth. To be enjoyed with or without a dollop of whipped cream!

ube milkshake in a blender

Tips

  • Make it lighter. If you want to lighten up your milkshake — or have it as a smoothie for breakfast — you can omit the ice cream and use milk instead. You could also add a sprinkle of granola if you do want to enjoy it in the morning.
  • Add extra toppings. I mentioned that you can add some whipped cream on top of your milkshake. You could also add chopped nuts, sprinkles, or chocolate sauce to make it a truly decadent dessert! 
  • If you don’t have a blender, you can also make this dessert in a food processor or with a handheld mixer. You could try a stand mixer too.
  • Make sure to use ube halaya. You may be tempted to simply chop up some cooked ube and throw it in the blender. While you could technically do this, keep in mind that the milkshake won’t be as sweet. Remember that I have an easy-to-follow recipe for ube halaya that you can try at home!

Frequently asked Questions about Ube Milkshakes

How do you pronounce ube?

If you’re wondering the correct way to say it, ube is pronounced, “ooh-beh.” It’s 2 syllables with an emphasis on the second syllable. 

What does an ube milkshake taste like?

Thanks to the ube and other ingredients, ube milkshakes taste like a mixture of vanilla and coconut. They’re sweet and also a bit nutty, almost as if it contains nut butter. The flavor combination is very unique — I have yet to taste anything like it. 

What is ube flavor?

Ube has a mild taste and is similar to vanilla. It also boasts a slightly nutty flavor. The vegetable isn’t as dense as sweet potatoes, and most folks agree that it contains more moisture. One thing that’s for sure is that it’s a very unique yam!

What is the purple ice cream in Hawai’i?

None other than ube ice cream! Ube is really popular on the Island, and you’ll be able to find the flavor at most ice cream parlors. The bright purple color is completely natural and so stunning to look at. Not to mention, it tastes great.

ube milkshake with whipped cream sprinkles and a cherry

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ube milkshake close up in a mason jar

Ube Milkshake

Relle Lum
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Asian
Servings 2 servings
Calories 367 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend until smooth

Notes

Tips

  • Make it lighter. If you want to lighten up your milkshake — or have it as a smoothie for breakfast — you can omit the ice cream and use milk instead. You could also add a sprinkle of granola if you do want to enjoy it in the morning.
  • Add extra toppings. I mentioned that you can add some whipped cream on top of your milkshake. You could also add chopped nuts, sprinkles, or chocolate sauce to make it a truly decadent dessert! 
  • If you don’t have a blender, you can also make this dessert in a food processor or with a handheld mixer. You could try a stand mixer too.
  • Make sure to use ube halaya. You may be tempted to simply chop up some cooked ube and throw it in the blender. While you could technically do this, keep in mind that the milkshake won’t be as sweet. Remember that I have an easy-to-follow recipe for ube halaya that you can try at home!

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 367kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 6gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 112mgPotassium: 496mgFiber: 2gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 582IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 177mgIron: 1mg
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By on April 29th, 2023

About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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12 thoughts on “Ube Milkshake”

  1. 5 stars
    The ube milkshake made such a fun treat for the family and loved it make with coconut milk. We make ube cookies and the milkshake we a fun addition to our ube recipes.

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  2. 5 stars
    You know, I had never heard of Ube milkshake until I saw your recipe. It was the best milkshake I had ever tasted. Took me back to my youth when we would sit at the kitchen table on Sunday afternoons enjoying milkshakes.

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  3. 5 stars
    The color is what sold me but the taste was EVEN BETTER. It was such a fun treat after a bad day. Thank you. Will definitely be making this again.

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  4. 5 stars
    My girls LOVED the color of this!! I didn’t tell them what it was from as they would have refused to try it!

    But it was a hit so will definitely be making it again for them.

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  5. 5 stars
    Mahalo for sharing, Relle! I’m sharing this recipe with my husband who loves ube frozen desserts. I love to make taro ice cream just like at Magnolias. Do you have a recipe for taro shake too?

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    • Aloha Anela. Sorry I don’t. You could replace the ube with taro in this recipe and see what the flavor tastes like. Let me know if you try it. Have a great day.

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