Ube Panna Cotta


Ube is purple yam, a popular sweet treat in the Philippines that's made into jam, cookies, and more. Here I've taken ube and made a delicate panna cotta that not only tastes divine, but is shockingly gorgeous thanks to its natural purple hue!

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
31 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 41 mins
6 servings


  • 1 ube (purple yam), peeled

  • 1 ½ cups whole milk, divided

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package unflavored gelatin


  1. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add ube, cover, and steam until tender, about 20 minutes. Cool until easily handled. Puree ube in a blender or food processor, or thoroughly mash by hand.

  2. Combine 1 cup pureed ube, 3/4 cup milk, coconut milk, and sugar in a blender or food processor; blend until completely smooth.

  3. Pour remaining 3/4 cup whole milk into a saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin on top. Let stand for 5 minutes.

  4. Heat milk-gelatin mixture over medium-low heat, stirring until gelatin is dissolved, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour in ube mixture and increase heat to medium. Heat until steam starts to rise from the mixture, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes.

  5. Pour mixture into individual serving glasses or molds. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill until set, about 3 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

220 Calories
9g Fat
32g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 220
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 97mg 7%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 468mg 10%

* 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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