Purple Yam Jam


This is a Filipino recipe. It's called halayang ube in the Philippines. It's a sweet treat made from purple yam which is commonly found in the country. You can eat this with bread or by itself.

close up view of Purple Yam Jam in white ramekins with a white spoon
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 55 mins
8 servings


  • 1 pound purple yam root, unpeeled

  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 (10 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook yam in the boiling water until tender, about 30 minutes. Drain and cool until easily handled. Peel and thinly grate the flesh.

  2. Melt butter in a wok over medium heat. Stir in condensed milk and vanilla extract. Add grated purple yam. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is sticky but not dry, about 30 minutes. Pour in evaporated milk; cook and stir for 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. Transfer yam mixture to a container and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Chill before serving.

Cook's Note:

Use 1 package of frozen grated purple yam instead of the fresh yam if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
11g Fat
37g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 116mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 11mg 56%
Calcium 172mg 13%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 666mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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