How to make creamy mashed potatoes without milk. Very easy to make. Perfect vegan side dish for thanksgiving or the holidays. Learn which milk substitute is the best for mashed potatoes and what to use if you don't have any milk on hand at all.
The holidays to me are all about spending time with the people I love, being grateful and giving, and mother f&cking MASHED POTATOES!!!
I don’t care what anyone says, the best part of a holiday meal are the creamy, buttery, satisfying mashed potatoes and gravy.
I remember reading about a study that showed potatoes were the most satiating food on the planet. So, there’s no fighting it. Mashed potatoes will always win.
DO NOT use unsweetened soy or almond milk. They will always leave a weird after taste in your potatoes and send the non-vegans running for the hills proclaiming that vegan food is gross.
Always, always add salt to your potato cooking water. It will make sure there’s an extra layer of flavor.
A trick to get your potatoes to be nice and creamy, is gently warm up the coconut milk before adding it into the potatoes.
What is the best milk substitute for mashed potatoes?
Unsweetened, plain coconut or oat milk is the best milk to use. I used the So Delicious brand of coconut milk and get the green box (unsweetened and plain).
It’s nice and creamy and leaves no weird after-taste like soy and almond milk do.
Unsweetened and plain oat milk is also good to use. You can even find extra-creamy oat milk.
When the coconut milk is cold, it won’t mix well with the potatoes at first, and it will cool them down. Warming the milk helps them to come together better and make the potatoes extra fluffy.
What if I don't have any milk on hand?
If you don't have any milk on hand at all, just use the water you boiled the potatoes in. I did this for years before I found out about coconut milk, and my potatoes were always delicious.
What potatoes are best for mashed potatoes?
My choice for the best mashed potatoes is to use Yukon gold potatoes, or Russet potatoes. They have the most starch and will mash the best.
What if I can't find vegan butter?
If you can’t find vegan butter, just use a margarine. You can usually find margarine pretty easily.
More vegan holiday appetizers and side dishes
- Maple Balsamic Candied Brussels Sprouts
- Easy vegan deviled eggs
- Best vegan green bean casserole
- Vegan pumpkin pie parfait (super easy)
- Roasted brussels sprouts with coconut bacon
- Easy vegan pumpkin pie
- Butternut squash roast
- Vegan fondue
Creamy mashed potatoes without milk
- Add peeled and quartered potatoes to a large pot and cover with water. Sprinkle in ½ teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are fork tender (about 10-15 minutes). Drain the water and bring potatoes back to the pan2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
- Gently warm up the unsweetened coconut milk on the stove or in a microwave (this allows the milk to mix with the potatoes better and makes them fluffy)½ cup unsweetened and plain coconut milk
- Add the vegan butter, warmed milk, 1 teaspoon salt to the potatoes and mash them however you'd like. For a more whipped mashed potatoes, use an electric hand mixer. Don't over mash or mix the potatoes as it will make them gummy.½ cup unsweetened and plain coconut milk, ¼ cup vegan butter, 1 teaspoon salt
- Serve with an easy vegan gravy
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