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Mom's Mashed Potatoes | Dairy-Free

Dairy allergic or lactose intolerant guests coming for the holiday? Whip up these crowd-pleasing dairy-free mashed potatoes!

You guys out there, especially you mid-westerners, I'd venture to say that your mom makes the best mashed potatoes. I know because I married one just like you whose mom whips up a pretty mean bowl of 'em! It also happens to be that he is an Indiana boy which roughly translates into "give me meat and potatoes or I shall wilt." Well, I have to commend my hubby since our son was diagnosed with food allergies. He never complains or demands the comfort foods of his youth, but because I love him, I make them—with a few modifications, of course. One side I have been whipping up (pun intended) lately are these dairy-free mashed potatoes. They may be lacking butter and milk, but they sure aren't lacking in flavor and richness. Give these a try this holiday season, just be sure to make a triple batch—they go fast!

And on a side note. My four year-old has become my assistant in the kitchen. Tonight I told him we were having mashed potatoes for dinner and he said; "oh oh, and put bacon on them. I had a dream last night about making mashed potatoes and I put bacon on them so that people would think they were eating cowboy food." I tried to keep a straight face. So, the bacon is optional. I will say, had I not topped the potatoes with bacon bits this photo would have been worse than it already is. Let me tell you, WHITE food is challenging to shoot, so I am finding. So apologies for a photo that may be a little off color (don't they look a little green to you?), but just trust me, these mashers are good under any light!

Mom's Mashed Potatoes

Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Citrus-Free | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Nightshade-Free | Peanut-Free | Rice-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Tree Nut-Free | Wheat-Free | Sesame-Free | Sweetener-Free | GFCF

Serves:  4
Prep Time:  30 minutes


1/3 cup potato cooking WATER
2 tablespoons melted EARTH BALANCE SOY FREE BUTTERY SPREAD or olive oil
1 tablespoon NUTRITIONAL YEAST (such as Bragg's—adds cheesy flavor)
1/4 teaspoon SEA SALT
1/4 teaspoon BLACK PEPPER


1. Peel and slice potatoes into 1/2" rounds. Add potatoes to a large stainless steel pot, cover with water, bring to boil and simmer until are tender.

2. In a small bowl whisk together remaining ingredients and set aside.

3. When potatoes are tender, strain and return to pot. Pour "buttery" mixture over potatoes and whip using a hand-held or stand mixer until smooth. You may want to add a bit more water to achieve desired consistency.


Corn allergy? Use olive oil. 

Reader Comments (15)

Lexie - these look great! Even with all the white in the picture! I've been making dairy free mashed potatoes for awhile now, but hadn't thought about adding nutritional yeast (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE!). Great idea! You could also make tempeh bacon and use that instead of bacon, if you wanted to keep it vegetarian. Either way, the recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving (and any time, actually!).

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEllen

Your photos is lovely and no, the potatoes do not look green to me. Have a great Thanksgiving! xo, carol

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol, Simply...Gluten-free

They look delicious and so dies the pumpkin pie below. Yum!

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNisrine

Lexie this looks so good. I just want to dive in! Yummy!

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoudie's mood food

Hey Lex . . . I love your blog and read it frequently - you inspire me! I'll definitely try these potatoes . . . love the 'cowboy bacon' on the top! Hugs, M.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

The ingredients really make me think these are bursting with flavor! The bacon is just like the icing on the cake.

Happy Thanksgiving Lexie!


Hey Alisa, for shore, bacon is the icing :). YOUR admiring fan ...


November 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa Cooks

I am very excited to have come across this recipe! I prepared these for Thanksgiving for my dairy-free son and we ALL loved them! I have made them about five times since then. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

February 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

Diana, So glad these have been a hit with your family : ) xoLexie

February 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

These look great but how do you use the Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base and keep it soy free? My container says it has Hydrolyzed Soy Protein. Do you have a replacement that would make these completely soy free?

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

Courtney ... I only use the organic bases. The non-organic line of Better Than Bouillon contains a lot of icky stuff ... like you read, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, etc. The ORGANIC bases do not. Here is a link so you can see what's in the organic chicken. Hope that helps. xoLexie


August 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterLexie

Your photo looks scrumptious...I clicked over here from Pinterest, so you know I am telling the truth. We have been making dairy-free mashed potatoes for my daughter with just plain old Earth Balance mixed in. Your recipe looks delicious. I can't wait to try it out!

October 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

I was wondering about the chicken bouillon. I have not seen any that are dairy free. I noticed in some of the comments that "better than" bouillon is mentioned. Where can I find that? Is it available in stores? I have been trying to live without and have found a few good chicken stocks that are diary free, but I'd much rather have bouillon on hand. Thanks.

November 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

Hi Barbara, So the ORGANIC "Better Than Bouillon" can be found at natural foods grocery stores and I also find larger jars at our Costco here in Colorado. You want it to say organic. When you compare this brands organic to non-organic ... it's amazing the extra stuff that's in the non-organic. The organic version is the only one I use. I hope that helps. Check Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, Sprouts, etc. xoLexi

November 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterLexie

You may want to try Organic Smart Balance spread, instead. It is vegan and completely GMO and transfat free. Tastes and melts just like butter. We used to use Earth Balance and couldn't be happier with the switch to the vegan organic smart balance. My kids have allergies to soy, dairy, and gluten, and this hasn't bothered them one bit. Your recipe looks great! I'm going to try it, but instead of all chicken bouillon, I am going to add some plain, organic almond milk for a creamier texture. I may try some green onions and chives, too. I am so glad that I found your page. I am bookmarking it, since I'm sure it will be a go-to!

November 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Barrett

How about using homemade bone broth (chicken or beef) instead of the buillion? Just replace the potato water or use a combination of potato water and concentrated homemade broth.

December 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNancyLee

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