Vegan Mashed Potatoes with Garlic

You’ll love the hearty flavors in this creamy Vegan Mashed Potatoes recipe. If you’re after a dairy free mashed potatoes recipe, this one delivers using vegan butter and an option for using olive oil. You’ll love this simple vegan mashed potatoes recipe using minimal ingredients, but BIG flavor!

A bowl full of vegan mashed potatoes with melted butter and parsley on top sits in front of red potatoes and a bowl of gravy.

It’s officially the time of year when we break out the sweaters and jeans and vegetarian mashed potatoes recipes. I don’t know why, but mashed potatoes are really not a thing in the summer.

One of my big challenges when I went vegan, was making mashed potatoes vegan. Priorities…right? 😂

But we love serving a dish of easy mashed potatoes as a side dish, especially in the colder months. That’s why I’m sharing with you this plant based mashed potatoes recipe. I know you’re going to love it!

Tasty Non Dairy Mashed Potatoes

I had two main goals when I make the best Vegan Mashed Potatoes recipes: 1) it had to be easy and 2) it had to be delicious. I achieved both. Maybe you’ll agree when you look at that list of ingredients! It’s pretty minimal.

So I achieved the easy part, but is it delicious?

Well, the only way to know for sure is to make it yourself, but all I’m saying is we love it!

What’s the best milk substitute for mashed potatoes? I love using unsweetened, non-vanilla plant-based milk. For example, mashed potatoes with soy milk are great!

Vegan gravy is poured over a big plate of mashed potatoes.

Can you make mashed potatoes with almond milk?

You can make mashed potatoes with almond milk. Be sure to buy plain (non vanilla), unsweetened almond milk and then substitute it 1:1 for milk in the recipe.

Expert Tips

These are tips for helping you make Vegan Mashed Potato recipes perfect every time:

  • We prefer hearty mashed potatoes, so I leave the peels on
  • Leave the flavor of the potatoes shining through by using a hand masher and leaving some of the potato chunks
  • If you prefer minimal chunks, be sure to heat up your milk before adding it to the potatoes and use a mixer to get the potatoes nice and fluffy!
  • Add the chopped garlic to the bowl where you’re going to transfer the hot, freshly boiled potatoes. That helps cook the garlic, creating a more subtle flavor
  • Make your potato cubes smaller to speed up the cooking process
  • Garlic is optional so if it’s not your thing, leave it out
  • Optional: Sprinkle the top of your no dairy mashed potatoes with chopped or dried chives
  • Sub olive oil for vegan butter — it’s just as good!
  • To reduce sodium, use Mrs. Dash instead of salt
  • Mashed potatoes without milk or easy! Simply use a plant-based milk (plain, unsweetened). For example, vegan mashed potatoes with almond milk are easy to make! And guess what? Almond milk mashed potatoes are pretty tasty too!
  • Looking for an even creamier dish? Make coconut milk mashed potatoes by using unsweetened coconut milk (the kind in a carton…not the kind in a can).
  • You can Make your vegan mashed potatoes even creamier by adding 1/4 cup vegan sour cream or plain vegan yogurt

How to Make Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Wondering how to make mashed potatoes without milk? It may seem difficult, but it’s not! All you have to do is wash 6 red potatoes and chop into small cubes. Place in a pot with water and bring to a boil. Continue boiling until the potatoes are tender. Insert a fork into the potatoes to test them.

Peel 2 – 3 cloves of garlic and chop. Place this in the bowl you’ll transfer the cooked potatoes to.

Once potatoes are done, use a strainer to drain cooking water. Pour hot potatoes over garlic in serving bowl. Then, add vegan butter and use a potato masher to mash potatoes.

Mash potatoes with almond milk or water plant-based milk you’re using. Continue mashing until combined and a desired texture is achieved.

Add salt to taste and stir to combine.

Serve Vegan Mashed Potatoes warm, with an extra pat (or two) of vegan butter to make them look even more enticing than they already are. You’ll also want a simple, easy Vegan Gravy Recipe because there’s nothing like vegan mashed potatoes with gravy!

Love Vegan Potato Recipes?

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a bowl of vegan garlic mashed potatoes with melted butter on top and two parsley sprigs.

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A bowl of mashed potatoes with a bowl of gravy behind it.

Vegan Chunky Garlic Mashed Potatoes

You'll love the hearty flavor of this Vegan Mashed Potatoes, along with the simplistic method of this recipe. Minimal ingredients. Big flavor!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegan Mashed Potatoes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Namely Marly


  • 5 – 6 Red Potatoes not peeled*, washed and chopped
  • 2 – 3 cloves of garlic peeled and chopped
  • 3 – 4 tablespoons vegan butter or olive oil
  • ¾ cup plant-based milk plain, not vanilla flavored
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Place the chopped potatoes in a large pot and fill it with water, so that you have about 1 – 2 inches of water above the potatoes. Place over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender. Sprinkle the chopped garlic over the top and remove from heat and allow the water to cool so the water isn’t too hot for the next step.
  • Pour the potatoes into a strainer over the sink (be careful of emerging steam). Place the cooked and drained potatoes in a large bowl. Add the vegan butter (or olive oil and use a fork or potato masher to mash the potatoes. Add the plant-based milk and continue to mash and stir.
  • Add the salt and stir it so it’s mixed throughout.
  • Sometimes I’ll add an extra pat of butter on the top before serving. Serve warm.

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I do not peel potatoes, but I will remove certain parts, like eyes or brown areas that do not look appealing.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chunky Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 98 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 673mg28%
Potassium 65mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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Whatever vegan potato recipe you’re dipping your fork into, enjoy!

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