If you're into trendy, colourful lattes, our vegan ube latte is a definitely must-try. It's a zero-caffeine alternative to the classic caffè latte, prepared with wonderfully purple yams — and it's as cute as it is tasty!
After our delicious pink latte with beetroots, we decided to make another delightful no-coffee latte recipe, this time using ube root. Purple yam, known as ube in the Philippines, is a tuber with a vibrant violet flesh and a mildly sweet, nutty flavour.
Although ube and purple sweet potatoes are boot roots and look similar, ube belongs to the family of yams. Compared to sweet potatoes, purple yam has a drier flesh and a bark-like skin. It's a staple food in the Philippines, where it's used to prepare ube halaya spread and colourful desserts.
When you use ube in recipes, you know you'll get a wonderful purple hue that's just too cute. And this ube latte is no exception! So, in the recipe below, we'll show you how to use the fresh root to make a wonderfully purply latte, bursting with lots of healthy antioxidants.
And if you can't get hold of fresh yams, no worries — we'll tell you how to swap it with ube extract or ube halaya. Then, simply choose your favourite vegan milk or follow our recipe and use chilled coconut milk drink. It adds a lovely coconut flavour to the latte but with a fraction of the calories compared to canned coconut milk.
And to finish off in style, top up your ube latte with a super frothy foam — it's so easy to do, even without a frother! So, get ready to slurp it up in your cutest mug!