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3 Ingredient Ube Ice Cream (No Machine, No Churn — Better Than Trader Joe’s)

4.72 from 77 votes
Have you ever had Trader Joe's Ube Ice Cream? My 3-Ingredient Ube Ice Cream recipe beats it, no contest — and you don't even need a machine to make it.
Top-down view of a finished batch of easy homemade Ube Ice Cream

Hi Bold Bakers!

Don’t adjust your computer screens! Ube Ice Cream really is that purple — that’s because it’s made with ube powder and extract, which are made from purple yams. Of course, those aren’t the only ingredients, but you’ll be surprised that there aren’t many ingredients at all in this ice cream, just like my popular Easy Homemade Ice Cream with 2 Ingredients recipe.

I’ll admit that before making this, I can’t recall baking very much with ube, though I’m sure I’ve had purple yams here and there over my culinary years. As it turns out, I love it — and I’m excited to bake load more with it now that I know how simple it is to work with.

Bright purple easy Ube Ice Cream recipe, top-down, next to cones and a scoop.

 

What Is Ube?

Ube, pronounced OO-BEY, is a purple yam. If you’re from Southeast Asia, especially the Philippines, you already know very well what ube is — as it’s one of the most important crops grown in the area. Fresh, it can still be difficult to find here in the U.S., but luckily for ice cream, you can use ube in its powdered form — and even a bit of ube extract (like I do!).

So, what does it taste like? It’s hard to describe — definitely lightly sweet. For me, it’s almost floral like lavender, but some describe it as almost a vanilla-y pistachio. Honestly, you just have to try it! And if you think ice cream is the only way to enjoy ube, think again. You can use it in things like donuts, cookies, and more.

The recent explosion in popularity of Trader Joe’s Ube Ice Cream (Trader Joe’s is a smaller, yet popular grocery chain here in the U.S.) caught my attention here in Los Angeles, and I thought to myself… I can do that.

So I did!

What You Need To Make Ube Ice Cream

Honestly, you don’t need any machines to make this ice cream. You can use an electric hand mixer if you’d like, but in the video below I’ll show you how to use your natural-born muscles to make the perfect Ube Ice Cream with no fuss.

You do need a few things, however.

A close up scoop of purple Ube Ice Cream to show texture, color, and how easy it is to scoop.

How To Make Ube Ice Cream

Are you ready for how simple this is? You’ll be eating your very own, very purple ice cream in no time — and if Ube Ice Cream isn’t available in your area, you’ll finally be able to see what all the excitement is about. Let me tell you, it deserves it. Here are the basic steps (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below):

  1. Pour your cold cream into a large bowl.
  2. Using a hand whisk (or you can use an electric mixer) whip the cream until soft peaks form, roughly 3-4 minutes.
  3. Once your cream is holding a shape, pour in the cold condensed milk and continue whipping until the mix holds stiff peaks. This will take just 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add in the Ube powder and or Ube flavoring and stir until fully incorporated. Taste to make sure it has the flavor you want.
  5. Pour your Ube ice-cream into a freezable container and freeze for a minimum of 5 hours. Scoop and enjoy.
  6. Store in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.

An extreme close up of my 3-Ingredient Ube Ice Cream recipe, showing texture and consistency.

Gemma’s Pro Tips For Making Ice Cream

  • Keep it cold! Your Condensed Milk and Whipping Cream should be straight from the fridge, as cold as possible (without being frozen) when making this recipe.
  • Out of Condensed Milk? Here’s how to make your own Homemade Condensed Milk.
  • If you don’t want to do this by hand, you can also use a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer as well.
  • Ube flavor?? I used Ube powder and some Ube flavoring. Both had great flavor and amazing color.

Make More Ice Cream!

Two scoops of Ube Ice Cream sitting on top of a cone.

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

Watch The Recipe Video!

3 Ingredient Ube Ice Cream Recipe (No Churn)

4.72 from 77 votes
Have you ever had Trader Joe's Ube Ice Cream? My 3-Ingredient Ube Ice Cream recipe beats it, no contest — and you don't even need a machine to make it.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 2 pints
Prep Time 10 mins
Have you ever had Trader Joe's Ube Ice Cream? My 3-Ingredient Ube Ice Cream recipe beats it, no contest — and you don't even need a machine to make it.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 2 pints

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (16floz/450ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 1 can (14floz/400ml) sweetened condensed milk, cold
  • 4 teaspoons (20 ml) ube flavoring extract
  • 1 tablespoon ube powder

Instructions

  • Whip heavy cream on medium-high speed until soft peaks form.
  • Pour in condensed milk and whip until thick, stiff peaks form.
  • Add the ube extract and powder and whip until combined.
  • Spread evenly into a freezer-safe container, cover and freeze for at least 5 hours, or overnight. Store in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.

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Regina Recano
Regina Recano
2 months ago

What are alternatives if you dont have ube?

Monika
Monika
2 months ago

Where do you buy ube powder?

rjknycusa
2 months ago

What a nice surprise. I was introduced to Ube in the Philippines. After viewing your video discovered I had Ube powder in my pantry & prepared a batch of Ice Cream. I took it one step further by adding coconut preserves. Thereby, making it Ube Macapouno Ice Cream! Good Results!

Marie
Marie
2 months ago

Thank you for this recipe. I will try making this but instead of using ube powder, i will use ube halaya (ube jam) that my sister just cooked.

Lynette
2 months ago

I luckily found ube paste. How much do you think I should use? Should I decrease the amount of the extract?

marydumps
2 months ago

Omggg definitely gonna make this. I’m from Philippines ❤️

anty
2 months ago

this is amazing

Somkay
2 months ago

Amazing

Laurence
Laurence
2 months ago

hi Gemma, where did you buy the ube powder and ube flavoring? I checked the amazon and it is currently unavailable

caprice
caprice
2 months ago

I have frozen Ube, would that work too ?

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