This vegan twice-baked potatoes recipe makes a cheesy, savory main dish (or side dish) that you can enjoy night after night! Potatoes are loaded with healthy nutrients and you can enjoy the nutritional benefits of this plant-based meal made with baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, vegan sour cream, chives, and more!
A hankering for potatoes recently combined with the not-so-gentle urging of my daughter resulted in a quest to make traditionally creamy, cheesy Twice-Baked Potatoes. My quandary? How to make twice-baked potatoes vegan.
So when my recent urge for potatoes came on full throttle, I decided to give it a more adult (if not suburban) twist; Twice Baked Potatoes.
My quandary was how to make full-flavored, twice-baked potatoes vegan. Most recipes include bacon, sour cream, and cheese (things we vegans don’t eat).
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- Rubbing potatoes in olive oil before baking adds flavor and crispiness to the potato skins, making the entire potato delicious
- Adding sweet potato to the filling creates a cheesy look and flavor in a healthier, plant-based way
- Using the best vegan toppings, like veggie bacon and vegan sour cream, creates a potato you can serve as a main meal or a side!
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Russet potatoes — You’ll need 4 large potatoes
- Olive oil — Rubbing the potato skins with oil before baking makes it more flavorful
- Vegan sour cream — Use store-bought vegan sour cream or make your own cashew cream
- Vegan butter — Any store-bought dairy-free margarine will work here or you can make and use your own non-dairy butter
- Veggie bacon — Any veggie bacon will do, but I’m partial to this tempeh bacon or even these bacon almond slivers
- Chives — You can use freshly-chopped chives or dried ones
- Plant-based milk — Use a plain variety (not vanilla flavored), like soy milk
- Vegan cheddar shreds — Our favorites are Daiya or Follow Your Heart
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Sweet potato — We’ll use a small sweet potato to add flavor and a cheesy filling mix
What Potatoes are Best for Baked Potatoes
Russet potatoes have a starchy, firm texture and low moisture content making them the best choice for baked potatoes. They create baked potatoes that are light and fluffy with a crispy crust (when prepared correctly). Red potatoes and Yukon Gold have a higher moisture content that can yield dense potatoes. They may work in a pinch, but your go-to potato should be the russet. You can speed up the baking time by poking a metal skewer through the center as it bakes. Use tongs to squeeze your potato to test whether they’re done. If they yield, your potatoes are done baking.
How to Make Vegan Twice-Baked Potatoes
This Vegan Twice-Baked Potatoes dish is quite easy to make! I’m even sharing two ways to bake those potatoes. If you’re in a hurry, you can use the microwave, but my favorite is to bake them in the oven. So good!
The good news is that a vegan baked potato is not much different than a traditional potato. Here are two ways to make it!
Step One: Make Baked Potatoes
- Prepare potatoes by washing them and pricking each with a fork (to release steam as they bake). I also like to rub the potatoes with a little bit of oil to add more flavor and create a better texture for the skin.
- Oven-Baked Potatoes: To bake your potatoes in the oven, place prepared potatoes in a preheated oven and bake 60–75 minutes. The potatoes should be fork-tender. Be sure to use oven mitts to remove the hot potatoes!
- Microwave Baked Potatoes: To bake your potatoes in a microwave, place prepared potatoes in a microwave, and either use the baked potato setting on your microwave or cook for 6–8 minutes. Use tongs to turn potatoes and cook 2–3 additional minutes. Use a fork to see if the center is tender enough. If not, cook in 1–2 -minute increments until done. You can leave the potatoes in the microwave until cool enough to touch.
Step Two: Potato Filling
- Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. Then use a melon scoop to scoop out the potato flesh. Be sure to leave a 1/8″ shell of potato flesh around the skins to hold the potato boats together.
- Combine the potato flesh, vegan sour cream, vegan butter, and garlic powder in a bowl. Use a fork or a potato masher to mash and press the ingredients together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add soy milk, one tablespoon at a time, until you get a creamy texture. Stir in chives, veggie bacon, and some of the cheddar shreds.
- Fill each of the potato boats with the creamy potato filling. Top each potato with equal amounts of the remaining cheddar shreds.
- Return the potatoes to the oven and bake 15 to 20 minutes, until the cheese has melted.
You can serve twice baked potatoes as a meal, appetizers, or a side dish. They’re good and filling either way!
More Vegan Potato Recipes
Serve vegan twice-baked potatoes as a side dish to any number of tasty entrees such as Lentil Burgers or our family favorite, the French Dip Sandwich. Or it can even serve as its own meal with a Wedge Salad on the side.
Here are even more tasty potato recipes you’ll love:
We hope you love this recipe for vegan twice-baked potatoes as much as we do!
Vegan Twice-Baked Potatoes
- 4 large russet potatoes
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ cup vegan sour cream
- 3 tablespoons vegan butter
- ¼ cup tempeh bacon (see note)
- ¼ cup chopped fresh chives (optional)
- ½ cup plant-based milk (plain, not vanila flavored)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup vegan cheddar shreds
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 small sweet potato
For the Baked Potatoes
- Wash and dry potatoes, then prick each with a fork several times (around 6 pricks per potato). Rub all 4 potatoes with olive oil, using your fingers to work the oil around all of the potatoes.
- Oven-Baked Potatoes: Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Place prepared potatoes in the oven and bake for 60–75 minutes, until the potatoes are fork-tender. Use oven mitts to remove the hot potatoes. They will need to cool for several minutes before they are cool enough to touch.
- Microwave Baked Potatoes: Place prepared potatoes in a microwave and use either the baked potato setting on your microwave or cook for 6 to 8 minutes. Use tongs to turn potatoes and cook for 2 to 3 additional minutes. Use a fork to see if the center is tender enough. If not, cook in 1 to 2-minute increments until done. Leave potatoes in the microwave to cool or
For the Potato Filling
- Prick the sweet potato with a fork several times. Place it in the microwave and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Test it with the fork, it should be tender. Use oven mitts to remove it from the microwave. Let it sit until cool enough to handle. Then cut it in half and use a melon baller to scoop out the insides.
- Once the potatoes have cooled to the touch, slice potatoes in half lengthwise. Use a melon baller to scoop out the potato flesh. Be sure to leave a 1/8" shell of potato flesh around the skins to hold the potato boats together.
- In a medium bowl combine the scooped sweet potato and potato flesh, vegan sour cream, vegan butter, and garlic powder. Use a fork or a potato masher to press the ingredients together. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add soy milk, one tablespoon at a time, until you get a creamy texture. Stir in chives, veggie bacon (reserving some for the topping), and about 1/2 cup cheddar shreds.
- Use a spoon to fill each of the potato boats with the creamy potato filling. Top each potato with equal amounts of the remaining cheddar shreds.
- Return the potatoes to the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the cheese has melted.
- Serve warm with additional vegan sour cream, veggie bacon, and any other favorite toppings.
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This post was originally published in 2011 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2020.