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Ube Bars

These ube bars are soft and moist bread lightly soaked in ube syrup and coated in desiccated coconut. Think of ube cake made into easy to eat bars. These Filipino bakery goodies great for breakfast, snack and desserts!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Bread, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: ube bars, ube bars recipe
Servings: 18 pcs./bars
Author: Mia


Ube Syrup

  • 3 cups water
  • ¼ cup sugar add more if needed
  • ¼ tsp purple/violet food color
  • 1 tbsp ube extract add more if needed


  • 500 grams bread flour all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 175 grams sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 50 grams lard or vegetable shortening replace with butter if not available
  • 50 grams margarine


  • 1 cup desiccated coconut


  • Pre heat oven at 180°C or 356°F. Prepare baking pan (32cm x 22 cm) by brushing butter on the bottom and sides. Set aside.

Making the ube syrup

  • In a medium pot, add water, sugar, food color and ube extract. Stir to incorporate and place over medium heat until it simmers. Once sugar dissolves, remove from heat and transfer in a bowl and let cool down. Set aside.

Making the bread (by hand)

  • Tip in flour, sugar and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Mix with a spatula until well incorporated.
  • Pour water and mix until incorporated. Add lard and margarine then mix again. Transfer in a clean flat surface and knead until dough is formed.

Making the bread (using stand mixer)

  • Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat over low-medium speed until dough forms.
  • Place dough in prepared baking pan and flatten the surface by hand or a spoon to evenly distribute dough in the pan.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let it rest until cool to touch.


  • Cut the bread into bars approximately 3 in. x 2 in. Soak bread bars one at a time into the ube syrup then dredge in dessicated coconut until all sides are coated. Repeat until all bread bars are done. Serve and enjoy. Bon appetit!