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Creamy Gluten-Free Mashed Potatoes (Dairy-Free, Vegan)

Creamy gluten-free mashed potatoes that are easy and flavorful, and make the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner and holiday table. Totally dairy-free and vegan too, but no one would care!

Top down view of a bowl of mashed potatoes with melted butter.

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It’s Holiday Season!

Now that we’re officially in the last quarter of the year, it means that holiday season is finally here!

The final stretch of the year always feels extra special, especially when you’ve been working hard all year long, and you’re looking forward to enjoying time with family and friends as the year begins to close.

From Thanksgiving, to Christmas and New Year’s, the holidays will be here before we know it, and it’s never too early to start preparing for them!

Up close shot of a bowl of mashed potatoes on wooden board.

Mashed Potatoes – A Delicious Side Dish

While main courses such as a whole roasted Thanksgiving turkey, a glazed leg of ham or gluten-free meatloaf may be the star of the holiday table, we can definitely agree that no table will be complete without a variety of side dishes to choose from.

And of the most popular side dishes, mashed potatoes are definitely a great side dish at any holiday meal (but is also perfect for an easy weeknight meal).

And no, I’m definitely not referring to the packet mashed potatoes made from synthetic powder.

I’m talking about easy mashed potatoes from scratch that are creamy and topped with warm butter and sprinkle of chives -a heavenly combo- that can be eaten with practically any main under the sun!

cornbread in a cast iron skillet
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Why This Recipe Works:

  • Simple Ingredients: The ingredients required for this gluten-free mashed potatoes recipe are easily accessible at the local grocery store (nothing fancy required!).
  • Easy to Make: These creamy mashed potatoes are incredibly simple to prepare, and they’re ready in just over 30 minutes!
  • Totally Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free & Vegan: The best part is that this tasty side dish is 100% gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. This means that even those with Celiac disease or gluten or lactose intolerances can enjoy it without issues!
Top down view of a bowl of mashed potatoes on wooden board.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

Here’s a visual overview of the ingredients required for this gluten-free dairy-free mashed potatoes recipe.

(For exact measurements, please scroll down to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.)

Ingredients for gluten-free mashed potatoes laid out on board.

Recipe Notes + Substitutions:

  • Potatoes: For best results, peel the potatoes before cutting them into small pieces. In my oinion, the best potatoes to use would be starchier potatoes such as Russet potatoes or Idaho potatoes which will result in a creamy texture.
  • Milk: I like using an unsweetened version of my homemade almond milk, but any unsweetened non-dairy milk will do (such as cashew milkrice milkoat milkcoconut milk etc). Alternatively, if you are not lactose-intolerant, go ahead and use regular whole milk, heavy cream or sour cream if you prefer.
  • Butter: I used dairy-free butter (vegan butter) to keep this recipe dairy-free. You may also use olive oil if you prefer a less buttery flavor. Alternatively, if you are not lactose-intolerant, go ahead and use regular butter or ghee instead. If using unsalted butter, make sure to add a little bit more salt to the mash if necessary.
  • Garnishes: I like adding some ground black pepper and sprinkling fresh chopped chives over the mashed potatoes. You may also use other garnishes such as fresh chopped parsley or spring onions if you prefer.

How to Make Gluten-Free Mashed Potatoes (Step by Step):

1. Boil Potatoes Until Tender

Place chopped potatoes in a medium pot of water and add salt.

Once the water comes to a boil, cook the potatoes for another 20 minutes or until they are very tender and can be easily mashed with a fork.

Cubed potatoes in a pot of water.

2. Drain Potatoes and Add Butter and Milk

Drain the water from the pot. Add the dairy-free butter and pour in half the amount of hot almond milk.

Boiled potatoes in a pot.

3. Mash Potatoes Until Creamy

Start mashing the potatoes with the back of a fork or a potato ricer.

Add the remaining hot almond milk to achieve the desired mashed potato consistency. Continue mashing the potatoes until they are as smooth as possible without any lumps.

A pot of creamy mashed potatoes.

4. Serve and Enjoy

Serve the finished mashed potatoes with chopped chives, a sprinkling of black pepper and dairy-free butter.

View of a bowl of mashed potatoes topped with butter.

Dish by Dish Tips/Tricks:

  • Extra Flavors: The recipe is for basic mashed potatoes. If you wish to jazz the potatoes up a little, feel free to add in condiments such as garlic powder or onion powder if you want more flavor. If you like some extra heat, you can also sprinkle a bit of ground paprika or cayenne pepper as you wish.
  • Double or Triple Recipe as Needed: The recipe serves four, but if you’re bringing this to a large group gathering, go ahead and double or triple the recipe as needed (just make sure to use a large pot to fit all the potatoes).
  • Garnishing: I like garnishing this creamy mashed potatoes with chopped chives for a pop of color, but you may also use other fresh herbs such as parsley, spring onions or even thyme and rosemary.
  • Serve with Gravy: If you like, you may also serve this potato mash with gluten-free gravy (like at KFC!).
  • Use Sweet Potatoes: For a sweeter option, you may also substitute the potatoes with sweet potatoes instead.

What to Do with Leftover Mashed Potatoes?

If you wish to repurpose the leftover potato mash, here are some fun ideas to use up the leftovers!

Recipe FAQs:

How to Store Mashed Potatoes

To store leftovers, place the gluten-free mashed potatoes in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap and store for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Reheat the potatoes in a pot or microwave (add a little extra milk if the potatoes are dry to make it creamy again).

Can I Freeze Mashed Potatoes?

Yes, you can! To freeze, place the gf mashed potatoes in individual freezer bags and freeze for up to 2 months. Let the frozen mashed potatoes thaw completely overnight before reheating them in a pot or microwave.

Are Mashed Potatoes Gluten-Free?

In general, traditional mashed potatoes are made up of ingredients that are naturally gluten-free. However, the gravy that they may be served with may sometimes use wheat flour as a thickener. In this case, either leave out the gravy or make sure to use a gluten-free gravy.

Up close view of melted butter on top of mashed potatoes.

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Creamy Gluten-Free Mashed Potatoes (Dairy-Free, Vegan)


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  • Author: Felicia Lim
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Creamy gluten-free mashed potatoes that are easy and flavorful, and make the perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving dinner and holiday table. Totally dairy-free and vegan too, but no one would care!


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Boil Potatoes Until Tender: Place chopped potatoes in a medium pot of water and add salt. Once the water comes to a boil, cook the potatoes for another 20 minutes or until they are very tender and can be easily mashed with a fork.
  2. Drain Potatoes and Add Butter and Milk: Drain the water from the pot. Add the dairy-free butter and pour in half the amount of hot almond milk.
  3. Mash Potatoes Until Creamy: Start mashing the potatoes with the back of a fork or a potato ricer. Add the remaining hot almond milk to achieve the desired mashed potato consistency. Continue mashing the potatoes until they are as smooth as possible without any lumps.
  4. Serve and Enjoy: Serve mashed potatoes with chopped chives and dairy-free butter.

Notes

Potatoes: For best results, peel the potatoes before cutting them into cubes. I recommend using starchier potatoes such as Russet potatoes or Idaho potatoes which will result in a creamier texture.

Milk: I like using an unsweetened version of my homemade almond milk, but any unsweetened non-dairy milk will do (such as cashew milk, rice milk, oat milk, coconut milk etc). Alternatively, if you are not lactose-intolerant, go ahead and use regular whole milk if you prefer.

Butter: I used dairy-free butter (vegan butter) to keep this recipe dairy-free. You may also use olive oil if you prefer. Alternatively, if you are not lactose-intolerant, go ahead and use regular butter or ghee instead.

Garnishes: I like adding some ground black pepper and sprinkling fresh chopped chives over the mashed potatoes. You may also use other garnishes such as fresh chopped parsley or spring onions if you prefer.

Storing/Freezing: To store any leftovers, place the gluten-free mashed potatoes in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap and store for up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Reheat the potatoes in a pot or microwave (add a little extra milk if the potatoes are dry to make it creamy again). To freeze, place the gf mashed potatoes in individual freezer bags and freeze for up to 2 months. Let the potatoes thaw completely overnight before reheating them in a pot or microwave.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

2 Comments

  1. Hello Felicia!

    What a wonderful and simple dish to prepare to satisfy the hungry tummies on a cold evening!

    This staple is great to go with any starters, side dish or even to compliment another main dish for the family!

    This mashed potatoes dish is well-loved by both young and old so it is a great dish to serve at any event!

    Sending you lots of love from SG!
    Mum






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