Ube Donuts – How to make Purple Yam Donuts with Coconut Glaze

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Last Updated on May 20, 2021 by Chef Mireille

A delicious quick and easy Instant Donut Recipe. These donuts use baking powder as a leavener, therefore eliminating the wait time in yeast raised donuts.

Not only as delicious, but with the health benefits of ube, this is a donut recipe you can feel free to indulge in – even better with the Coconut Milk Glaze.

Depending what size biscuit cutter you use, you can customize the size of the donuts per your preference and even make Ube Munchkin Donuts, if you like.

Ube Donuts with Coconut Glaze

Ube/Purple Yam are very healthy sweet potatoes, rich in antioxidants. They have a rich colored purple flesh which I used in the past to make this lilac colored Ube Buttercream Frosting for Ube Banana Quinoa Muffins. Used often in Filipino cuisine, you can also try this traditional Filipino dessert, Halayang Ube. If you live near a large Chinatown like the one here in NYC, you should be able to find it if not fresh, at least frozen.

I’m lucky enough to find a few markets in my city that sell the fresh ube. When thinking of foods that begin with letter U for this month’s Alphabet theme, ube immediately came to mind. I went on a search for more Filipino specialties utilizing this colorful yam. Although not traditional, these doughnuts were an awesome use of the sweet potato.

Purple Sweet Potato Varieties – Purple Yam

  • Peruvian Blue Potatoes – Peruvian Potatoes have a range of color from blue to purple. These are not sweet potatoes and should only be used in savory recipes, like you would normal potatoes.
  • Okinawa Purple Sweet Potatoes are not as vibrant in color and not as sweet.
Japanese Sweet Potatoes
  • Ube has a deep rich vibrant purple color.
Ube, Purple Sweet Potato Varieties, Purple Yam. Filipino Recipes, PInoy Recipes

Health Benefits of Ube (Purple Yam)

  • High in antioxidants
  • May help manage blood sugar
  • May help lower blood pressure
  • May improve asthma symptoms
  • Promotes gut health

How to make Ube Donuts

  • Combine dry ingredients.
  • Mix wet ingredients.
  • Combine to make a soft dough.
  • Leave the dough to rest.
  • Meanwhile, make the Coconut Glaze.
Doughnut Glaze
  • Using a biscuit cutter, cut out the donuts.
  • Fry in hot oil until golden brown.
  • Place on the wire rack. Once the oil has drained off, pour the glaze on top and let sit until glaze hardens.
Glazed Donuts

Delicious Instant Ube Donuts – ready in a short time compared to traditional yeast raised doughnuts.

Purple Yam Donuts

I really liked these doughnuts as they were not overly sweet. Using baking powder instead of yeast, these can be done in a jiffy.

You can be sitting down enjoying these donuts with a cup of coffee or tea in less than an hour.

If you cannot locate purple yam, I suppose you can use regular orange fleshed sweet potatoes.

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Ube Donuts with Coconut Glaze

Delicious instant donuts made from ube (purple yam/ purple sweet potato) ready in just 30 minutes. So delicious with the accompanying coconut milk glaze.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 290kcal


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 10 oz. purple yam boiled, peeled and mashed (boil in their skins so that they retain color)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • oil for frying

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and sugar.In a small bowl, whisk eggs, coconut milk and butter until thoroughly combined.
  • Make a well in the middle of the flour.  Pour in the wet ingredients in the middle and slowly start to incorporate the flour.
  • When it is halfway mixed, add the yam and mix until you have a smooth homogenous dough. The dough will be very soft.
  • Leave to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the glaze. Sift the powdered sugar. Add coconut milk and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.
  • On a well floured board, place the dough. Sprinkle more flour on top of the soft dough.
  • Knead for 1-2 minutes and then pat into a 12" diameter circle.
  • Heat enough oil for deep frying to 350 F.
  • Using a 3" cutter for the doughnuts and 1" cutter for the holes, cut out donuts and place on parchment paper.
  • Roll the leftover dough into a circle again and continue to cut out doughnuts until all the dough is used up.
  • Place a wire rack over a piece of parchment paper.
  • Place in hot oil.
  • When the donuts rise to the surface and are golden brown, flip over and cook for another few minutes until both sides are browned.
  • Place on the wire rack. Once the oil has drained off, pour the glaze on top and let sit until glaze hardens.


If using, fresh purple yam, make sure it is ube and not Okinawa purple sweet potatoes. The Okinawa has a far less vibrant color inside.


Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 284mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 4139IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Mir, you are so lucky to be living in NYC where you can find all kinds of exotic ingredients. Thanks to you, all of us are getting to know about so many dishes from various cuisines.
    Ube doughnuts with that yummy coconut glaze look tooooooo good.

    • Here in the US it’s really hard to find the actual yam but if you have an Asian market near you especially one that carries Southeast Asian products you should be able to find it in the frozen section. It’s also available for purchase online – the frozen.

  2. Did u try making ube crunch if u have I would like u too post it on your page I know pumkin crunch but I want to make something different for Easter aloha from Hawaii oahu

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