3-Ingredient Vegan Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Ultra creamy vegan roasted garlic mashed potatoes that have no added butter or oil, take only 3 main ingredients to make and are omnivore-improved!
Course sides
Cuisine gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, sugar-free, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword vegan roasted garlic mashed potatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Total Yield 5 servings
Calories Per Serving 383 kcal
Author Yup, it's Vegan


For the vegan roasted garlic mashed potatoes:

  • 2 pounds Russet potatoes scrubbed, peeled (if desired), and cut into large pieces
  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked in filtered water for 8 hours, and drained
  • 2 heads of roasted garlic (see notes for instructions if needed) - cloves only (remove the paper)
  • plenty of salt + pepper to taste


For the vegan roasted garlic mashed potatoes:

  1. Add the potatoes to a pot with cold, salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until completely tender, around 20 minutes. (I make the cashew mixture in step 2 while I wait). Drain the potatoes, reserving the cooking water, and mash them well with a potato masher.
  2. In a blender or food processor, combine the raw cashews and roasted garlic cloves with 1/2 cup of reserved potato cooking water. Blend until completely smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides with a spatula. In a food processor, this could take a few minutes to get smooth. Add a little more water if needed to help blend.
  3. Add the cashew and garlic mixture to the mashed potatoes, and use your spatula to fold it in until combined.
  4. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste (I find that it needs a good amount of salt). Serve hot with gravy or toppings of your choice.

Recipe Notes

HOW TO ROAST GARLIC: Use your method of choice. Here's one method for oil-free roasted garlic and another that doesn't use aluminum foil either.

MAKE AHEAD: Roasted garlic and roasted garlic cashew cream can be made ahead of time. Bring it to room temperature or warmer before adding it to the potatoes. Leftover fully-assembled mashed potatoes reheat pretty well with a splash of water or nondairy milk added to loosen them up. (A touch of olive oil also helps if reheating, but of course, they would not be oil-free anymore).

NUTRITION: Nutrition information is for mashed potatoes without gravy or toppings.

Nutrition Facts
3-Ingredient Vegan Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (1 fifth recipe)
Calories 383 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 1323mg38%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin C 79.2mg96%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.