Mashed potatoes are not just for the people that eat dairy; vegans can enjoy them too! Check out this list of easy vegan mashed potato recipes that will blow your mind with flavor. Whether you want a classic mashed potato and gravy recipe or something unique and spicy, there’s a vegan mashed potato on this recipe for everyone.
To kick off this list, here is a super easy vegan mashed potato recipe that is *darn* good! From the Minimalist Baker blog, vegans will love how creamy and simple this recipe is, with no dairy needed. The potatoes have a rich garlic flavor, and you won’t miss any of the dairies because they have a thick, creamy, buttery flavor that will fool you into thinking they aren’t vegan.
The recipe uses Yukon gold potatoes that offer a light and fluffy texture with a beautiful golden color. With an array of fresh herbs and a dollop of vegan butter, you can make these potatoes in less than 30 minutes as a lovely vegan side dish or an indulgent full meal.
If you love super creamy and light mashed potatoes, look no further than this recipe from Karissa’s Vegan Kitchen blog. The dish features both vegan milk and vegan butter. While not everyone may have these ingredients on hand, they are worth buying to make this tasty recipe.
Many other vegan recipes make mashed potatoes with water and oil, which is fantastic, but sometimes you want that extra creamy, soft texture. So for the ultimate comfort side dish with all the elements traditional mashed potatoes have, save this recipe.
How can buttermilk mashed potatoes be vegan? Well, there isn’t actual buttermilk in them, but no one would ever know the difference! This recipe utilizes coconut milk, one of the creamiest kinds of milk, but it won’t leave an unwanted coconut flavor in your taters. The key in this recipe is coconut milk which gives it that rich buttermilk flavor without animal byproducts.
While you could substitute cashew milk or soy milk, these won’t achieve the same dense texture that coconut milk will. The recipe also includes some apple cider vinegar which adds a burst of flavor to the potatoes, which can taste bland without the right spices and herbs. But this recipe is anything but bland, thanks to the milk, vinegar, and array of spices.
The vegan mashed potatoes on the Love and Lemons blog have a rustic and robust flavor, featuring olive oil, rosemary, kale, garlic, and scallions. The addition of kale and olive oil makes for a super cozy flavor perfect for a cold autumn night or the perfect side dish for a holiday party.
The kale adds a fresh yet earthy flavor that brings the potatoes to life and adds another layer of texture for a unique dinner. Sometimes mashed potatoes can get a bit redundant, so adding some kale and these fresh spices will wow your friends and family with your culinary skills. And they won’t even know it’s vegan.
What’s more comforting than a big bowl of mashed potatoes and gravy? But for vegans, it can be hard to achieve the right flavor and consistency in gravy without using dairy butter or meat drippings. But you’ll forget all about turkey gravy when you try this vegan gravy.
It uses water, cornstarch, poultry seasoning, and chicken-flavored bouillon made with vegan ingredients. You’d be able to fool even the most voracious turkey-lover with this gravy! And the mashed potatoes are no slouch either, featuring chives and other spices that elevate the flavor. But it’s hard to pretend the star of the show isn’t this tasty gravy.
For a flavorful mashed potato side, check out this recipe that emphasizes adding celery root. While many people may consider celery a flavorless food, when the root combines with potatoes, they offer a robust and bold flavor that will be the highlight of any dinner.
This is an incredibly easy vegan mashed potato recipe that only takes about four ingredients to come together, plus some salt and pepper! The addition of the celery root creates a complex flavor that means you don’t need to add many spices. So this is a great recipe for someone who doesn’t have a well-stocked spice rack or tons of herbs on hand.
Regular mashed potatoes are a lovely ingredient, but let’s not forget about their colorful cousin: sweet potatoes! This vegan sweet mashed potato recipe lets you have a warm and satisfying side dish with a pop of color and sweetness. This recipe features a drizzle of maple syrup to bring out the flavor of the sweet potatoes, but the salt and pepper still add a savory element that’s perfect for a hearty meal.
While nut milk isn’t always the best in traditional mashed potatoes, they work wonderfully with sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes have a distinct enough flavor that the addition of almond milk only adds a subtle sweetness that enhances the flavors.
This recipe is super inventive and interesting because it uses silken tofu as a substitute for milk or cream. The recipe notes that you can use vegan cream or soy milk, but we highly recommend using the blended silken tofu because it adds a brilliant texture that makes the dish incredibly filling and warm.
Most people don’t think of tofu when they think of mashed potatoes, but after trying out the Edgy Veg’s recipe, you’ll be convinced that all mashed potatoes, vegan or not, should use tofu. Spiced with some garlic and parsley, these potatoes are rich, creamy, and flavorful.
If you love sweet potatoes, but your dish leans more toward savory than sweet, this is the recipe for you! The recipe features curry powder, ginger, and coconut milk that comes together for a luxurious flavor with hints of spice.
Most mashed sweet potato recipes will feature some element of sweetness like brown sugar or maple syrup, but this recipe goes in another direction, highlighting the savory elements that can be so comforting. But you still get the yummy and slightly sweet flavor of the potatoes with an added layer of savory spices. If you love Indian flavors and dishes, this may become your new favorite way to make mashed potatoes.
If you straddle the line between potatoes and sweet potatoes, then this is the perfect recipe. These vegan swirled mashed potatoes combine the traditional flavor of russet potatoes with the unique flavor of sweet potatoes. The key when following this recipe is not to mix the two potatoes but to swirl them slightly so you get the colorful and enticing effect you see in the pictures on the blog.
The recipe features ginger, allspice, and white pepper for a hearty and warm flavor that will have your guests making yummy noises all through dinner. And the dish has a stunning appearance on a holiday buffet table, combining the cream color with the vibrant orange.
If you want vegan mashed potatoes without the potatoes, you can always use cauliflower instead! Potatoes can be heavy in starch and carbs, adding unnecessary calories to your dinner. If you want to make healthier mashed potatoes, you can swap out the starchy vegetable for cauliflower. Cauliflower is light and can be mashed to a fluffy and creamy texture.
If you’re worried about losing some flavor, don’t fret. The roasted garlic brings the rich and earthy flavor that everyone expects from mashed potatoes. With a few sprinkles of rosemary and thyme, the flavors of the dish come together and taste surprisingly similar to traditional non-vegan mashed potatoes.
This recipe from the Monkey and Me blog takes mashed potatoes on a different journey. Rather than just having them cook on the stovetop, they’re also baked in the oven with a garlic herb crust on top for an added crunch. Just make sure you use vegan bread crumbs! But the result is an inviting and comforting meal that would make anyone feel right at home.
There is also the addition of a creative mushroom mixture that adds to the umami flavors of the dish. If you love baked mac and cheese and casseroles, you’ll fall in love with these baked and mashed potatoes. But be warned, these take a bit longer and use more ingredients than most easy vegan mashed potato recipes on this list.
You know you can use regular potatoes and sweet potatoes, but did you ever think about using pumpkin? This recipe uses pumpkin in place of nay potatoes, making it a unique recipe perfect for autumn, especially around Halloween. Pumpkin has a much higher water content than potatoes, so the cooked pumpkin will be creamy enough without adding vegan butter or milk.
The recipe advises you to top the finished dish with grated coconut to add a complementary texture and a hit of sweetness to highlight the pumpkin. With chili powder, turmeric powder, and curry leaves, you’ll experience an Indian flavor with the familiar taste of pumpkin.
The popular vegan blog It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken has one of the best vegan potato recipes. If you love creamy mashed potatoes that are loose and light to the point that you keep adding milk, you may want to consider making a mashed potato soup!
The best part of this recipe is it can be as thick or as thin as you want, depending on your potato preferences. Just add less coconut milk or an extra potato if you want it thicker, and vice versa for a thinner, lighter potato soup. The celery, carrots, onions, and garlic are integral to creating a satisfying and filling flavor.
Colcannon is a traditional Irish potato dish that usually features cabbage and meat. But this vegan version of the recipe is equally as delicious and a wonderful choice for your next St. Paddy’s Day feast. This recipe includes russet potatoes, leeks, garlic, and kale for a well-rounded vegetable dish that everyone will love.
Think of Colcannon as the ultimate bowl of mashed potatoes! To make the potatoes perfectly creamy and fluffy, you add vegan butter and almond milk that accomplishes the texture you want from any mashed potato. The recipe is easy to make, and it can all be done in one pot, making it ideal for a busy weeknight where you can’t be bothered to make a pile of dishes for yourself.
For a mashed potato recipe that goes above and beyond, make this loaded mashed potato bowl that no one could ever mistake for a side dish. This recipe from Jar of Lemons features mushrooms, baby carrots, spinach, and potatoes.
However, you can add just about everything if you want to use up some vegetables in your fridge. Mashed potatoes are an easy side to make, so imagine how easy it is to cook a whole meal with mostly mashed potatoes and just a few extra vegetables. Try to use the avocado oil that the recipe calls for because it rounds out the fresh and rich flavor.
This list has some recipes with Indian-inspired flavors, but to take it all the way, try out this Indian mashed potato recipe, a traditional side dish in the country. Aloo Bharta has mustard oil, onion, chile, cilantro, salt, and pepper.
For this recipe, you use vegan butter instead of dairy butter, meaning you won’t lose any of the fantastic flavors this dish typically offers. Aloo Bharta uses red onion, while most other mashed potato recipes use white or yellow onion. The red onion offers some color and a sharper flavor, giving a unique twist to this comfort dish.
Who says vegans can’t make cheesy mashed potatoes? Well, whoever said that, they were wrong because the cheesy vegan mashed potatoes from WatchLearnEat are super tasty and extra cheesy. Moreover, the recipe uses nutritional yeast in place of cheese, which is something many vegans already have in their pantry!
One of the best ingredients in garlic-infused olive oil, as it takes the flavors to a whole new level. But if you don’t have that oil, you can always add some fresh garlic or garlic powder. The white pepper and ground mustard help achieve that cheesy flavor that many vegans feel they have to go without.
If you love a little heat and are a fan of Japanese flavors, you’ll be obsessed with these vegan wasabi mashed potatoes. This recipe combines a classic American side dish with Japanese flavors for mashed potatoes with a gentle spice that will have your guests intrigued.
You can use wasabi powder or wasabi paste. Consider adding some carrots or fresh green onions to bring more color and lightness to the dish. But on their own, these wasabi mashed potatoes will still shine on any dinner table.
Easy Vegan Mashed Potatoes Recipes, Final Thoughts
The main ingredients in mashed potatoes are typically milk, cream, cheese, and butter. But as this list proudly exemplifies, you don’t need any of those things to make some incredibly tasty mashed potatoes. Whether you’re a vegan or not, you’ll love what these recipes offer.
And if you are looking for some easy recipes for dishes to start your day with, check out these tasty vegan pancakes.