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Vegan Mashed Potatoes (plant-based, oil-free)

  • Author: Beth Hornback | Pass the Plants
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: American Vegan


Mashed potatoes for dinner? Yes, please! Upgrade the classic side dish to the main event with these vegan mashed potatoes that are plant-based, oil-free, packed with hidden veggies, and so creamy and delicious!



  • 34 lbs yukon gold or russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 16oz. bag of frozen cauliflower florets (or 1 head cauliflower, cored and chopped into large florets*)
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews (optional, but recommended)
  • 1 T. nutritional yeast
  • 23 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 tsp. salt


  1. In a large saucepan, cover cauliflower florets with water by 2 inches. Add cashews and garlic cloves.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-high and cook for 6-8 minutes, or until cauliflower is easily pierced with a fork.
  3. Strain the water off and remove the cauliflower, cashews, and garlic to a blender or food processor and let cool.
  4. To the same pot, add the chopped potatoes and cover with water by at least an inch.
  5. Bring a to boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook potatoes for 8-10 minutes, or until a fork goes through a piece of potato easily.
  6. Turn off the heat, drain the potatoes, and return them to the hot pot.
  7. To the ingredients in the blender, add 1 tsp salt and 1 T nutritional yeast, if using.
  8. Puree the cauliflower sauce until smooth and creamy.
  9. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or electric mixer until smooth.
  10. Mix in the sauce gently, taking care not to over mix and make the potatoes gluey.
  11. Add a splash of unsweetened, unflavored plant milk to thin, if necessary.
  12. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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