Delicious Lactose-Free Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Welcome, friends! Are you looking for a classic comfort food that doesn’t cause discomfort? Look no further than these Lactose-Free Mashed Potatoes (Maybe Vegan)!

As a vegan chef, I’ve spent countless hours testing and tweaking recipes to create delicious dishes free from animal products. But I understand that dietary restrictions can be tough to navigate, especially when it comes to traditional favorites like mashed potatoes. That’s why I’m so excited to share this recipe with you today.

Whether you’re lactose intolerant, dairy-free, or simply looking for a plant-based twist on a timeless comfort food, these mashed potatoes are sure to satisfy. Using simple ingredients like yukon gold potatoes and almond milk, this recipe creates a creamy and flavorful bowl of mash that’s perfect for any occasion.

So let’s dive in! Together we’ll create a dish that’s not only delicious but makes us feel good too.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Lactose-Free Mashed Potatoes (Maybe Vegan)
Lactose-Free Mashed Potatoes (Maybe Vegan)

Are you looking for a delicious, healthy and lactose-free side dish to go with your favorite meal? Look no further! I have the perfect recipe that will not disappoint. Introducing… drumroll, please… Lactose-Free Mashed Potatoes! Yes, you read it right, creamy mashed potatoes that are lactose-free and maybe vegan.

These mashed potatoes are sure to make your taste buds dance with joy. The ingredient list boasts flavors like paprika, garlic powder and salt to really bring out the natural taste of the potatoes. The addition of dairy alternatives such as soy milk, sour cream, cream cheese or even vegan butter provide that smooth and indulgent texture you crave in mashed potatoes without any lactose repercussions.

But wait, there’s more! You can easily turn this recipe into a plant-based one by swapping ingredients such as butter and milk with vegan-friendly cashew cream or coconut milk. Not only is this recipe perfect for those who are lactose intolerant but also gluten-free options can be substituted when using instant potatoes or even pressure cooking mashed potatoes!

Additionally, these mashed potatoes maybe vegan so it’s an excellent option for those who follow a plant-based diet or just want to eat healthier.

So whether you’re serving a feast at home or attending a potluck party, Lactose-Free Mashed Potatoes are always a hit among any crowd. Trust me when I say that this recipe is worth every bit of effort and will leave everyone wanting more!

Ingredient List

 Creamy and dreamy mashed potatoes without the dairy
Creamy and dreamy mashed potatoes without the dairy

Let’s talk about the ingredients that make this dish shine. You’ll need potatoes, which can be either Yukon gold or russet potatoes, depending on your preference. They both work well, so it’s up to you! Garlic powder and paprika will add lovely flavor and color to the mashed potatoes. Almond milk is a great substitute for cow’s milk if you’re lactose intolerant, vegan or want to avoid dairy. It makes these mashed potatoes creamy without any of the lactose. If almond milk isn’t your thing, feel free to use other non-dairy milk like soy milk or oat milk.

For an extra creamy texture, we have two swaps that work great in this recipe – soy sour cream and vegan cream cheese. Only one of them is needed (4 ounces total), but I recommend using both for the best flavor and texture.

Here’s what you’ll need:
– Potatoes (Yukon gold or russet)
– Garlic powder
– Paprika
– Almond milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
– Soy sour cream (or vegan cream cheese)

The Recipe How-To

 Satisfyingly smooth and fluffy mashed potatoes
Satisfyingly smooth and fluffy mashed potatoes

Now, let’s move on to the exciting part – cooking! This recipe for Lactose-free Mashed Potatoes is really easy to follow, and it serves 6-8 people. You’ll need the following ingredients:


  • 2 lbs of potatoes (Yukon Gold or russet potatoes work well)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ cup soy milk
  • 4 ounces of vegan sour cream or cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter

Now that you have all your ingredients ready, let’s start with preparing the potatoes.

Step 1: Preparing the Potatoes

Peel and dice the potatoes into small cubes, around 1 inch in size. It’s essential always to try and chop them in equal sizes to ensure they cook evenly. Rinse them off under cold water to remove any residual starch, which can make your mashed potatoes gooey instead of fluffy.

Step 2: Boiling the Potatoes

Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with water. Add 1 tsp of salt and bring everything to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and let them simmer until tender, for about 15 minutes.

Step 3: Flavoring Your Mashed Potatoes

Drain the water from your pot and add paprika, garlic powder, soy milk, vegan sour cream or cream cheese and vegan butter. Mash everything together using either a potato masher or an immersion blender. Keep mashing until you reach your desired consistency.

Step 4: Taste test

It’s time to do a taste test! Add more salt or any other seasoning according to your preference.

Congratulations! Your delicious lactose-free mashed potatoes are now ready!

Substitutions and Variations

 Vegan-friendly mashed potatoes that taste just as good as the original
Vegan-friendly mashed potatoes that taste just as good as the original

As a vegan chef, I know that substitutions and variations are integral to making a recipe work for a vast range of dietary needs. Thankfully, with this mashed potato recipe, there are many options for alternatives to suit your individual preferences.

For a creamier consistency, you can swap the soymilk for almond or oat milk. Plant-based sour cream and cream cheese can be substituted for their dairy-containing counterparts if you prefer. Experimenting with different types of potatoes could also enhance the flavor profile. Yukon Gold potatoes are mildly sweet and buttery, whereas russet potatoes have a more earthy taste. If you want some extra protein in the mix, cashew cream or coconut milk can add some depth without adding any dairy products.

Those who are gluten-free need not fret since these mashed potatoes can be made without flour or breadcrumbs while still maintaining their creamy deliciousness. I often like to add roasted garlic or a touch of paprika and garlic powder to bring out the natural umami flavors even more.

If you have an Instant Pot or pressure cooker at home, consider preparing the dish in it. You need only set it and let it cook itself to perfection – no additional supervision required. Additionally, for those who would like to add some variety to this classic dish, adding chicken broth instead of milk or using margarine instead of butter makes it a tasty side dish to accompany any meal.

By following these tips and recommendations, you can transform these lactose-free mashed potatoes into a vegan masterpiece while also catering to different dietary requirements. The possibilities are endless!

Serving and Pairing

 Lactose-free mashed potatoes that won't leave you missing the milk
Lactose-free mashed potatoes that won’t leave you missing the milk

Let’s talk about serving and pairing these creamy and delicious lactose-free mashed potatoes that are maybe vegan. These potatoes are incredibly versatile and can complement a wide range of dishes, from classic roasted vegetables to savory vegan entrées.

To really bring out the flavors in these mashed potatoes, you could pair them with grilled or roasted vegetables like asparagus, broccoli or Brussels sprouts. The subtle hints of paprika and garlic powder in the recipe create a delicately spiced flavor profile that would pair well with roasted Brussels sprouts, for example. These vegetables will provide the perfect textural contrast for these creamy mashed potatoes.

For a more substantial main course, why not try pairing these potatoes with a hearty plant-based protein like seitan or tempeh? The dense texture of seitan or tempeh will balance out the creaminess of the mashed potatoes in a way that is both satisfying and comforting.

If you’re looking for something quick and filling, you can pair these mashed potatoes with veggie burgers or sandwich fillings like chickpea salad or grilled portobello mushrooms. The slight tanginess of sour cream will provide a burst of flavor that perfectly complements these foods.

In addition, these mashed potatoes are the perfect side dish to serve at a large gathering such as Thanksgiving dinner. They are gluten-free and can be made ahead of time, making it easier to cater to guests with varying dietary restrictions.

Whether you serve them as an accompaniment to your favorite entree or as a standalone dish, these lactose-free and maybe vegan mashed potatoes are sure to be crowd-pleaser!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Perfectly seasoned, creamy and Lactose-Free mashed potatoes
Perfectly seasoned, creamy and Lactose-Free mashed potatoes

Let me tell you a secret about this recipe – it’s even better the next day! Since this is a make-ahead friendly dish, it’s perfect for meal prepping.

If you want to make the mashed potatoes ahead of time, let them cool down to room temperature and then transfer them into an airtight container. You can store them in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When it’s time to reheat them, simply place them in a microwave-safe bowl, add a splash of milk (soy, almond, or oat milk work great), cover with plastic wrap, and microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. Make sure to stir every 30 seconds to prevent any hot spots.

If you prefer to reheat them on the stove, melt some vegan butter or olive oil in a non-stick pan over medium-low heat. Add the mashed potatoes and stir until they are heated through. If the mashed potatoes look too dry, add more milk as needed.

If you want to take these mashed potatoes to the next level, try making some cheesy mashed potato patties or add roasted garlic for an extra layer of flavor. Bon appetit!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Mashed potatoes made vegan style
Mashed potatoes made vegan style

As a vegan chef, I understand the challenges of creating lactose-free mashed potatoes that are still creamy and delicious. But with these tips, you will achieve perfect results every time.

Firstly, use Yukon Gold potatoes instead of Russet potatoes. They have a thin skin and high moisture content, which translates into creamier mashed potatoes.

Additionally, try incorporating roasted garlic into your mashed potatoes mixture for an additional layer of flavor. Simply drizzle your garlic cloves with some olive oil and sprinkle them with salt and pepper before roasting them in the oven.

Another game-changing tip is to use plant-based milk, such as almond milk or oat milk, instead of dairy milk. Not only is it lactose-free, but it also adds a subtle nutty flavor that complements the taste of mashed potatoes perfectly.

Furthermore, if you are looking for an even creamier texture without using dairy products like cream cheese or sour cream, try adding in some cashew cream or coconut milk instead. These non-dairy ingredients provide a richness that can mimic traditional creamy dairy products.

Lastly, be sure to add salt gradually and season to taste. Too much salt can quickly overpower the delicate flavor of mashed potatoes—a definitely not ideal outcome for any dish!

I hope these tips help you to create perfect dairy-free and vegan mashed potato recipe every time!


Now that we have covered all aspects of this wonderful mashed potato recipe, it’s imperative that we address some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this dish. From ingredient substitutions to cooking methods, I’ve compiled a list of some of the most common queries related to these lactose-free mashed potatoes. So let’s dive right in and clear up any doubts or concerns you may have, ensuring that you can make perfect mashed potatoes every time.

What is the best non dairy substitute for milk in mashed potatoes?

When it comes to adding creaminess and nutrition to your mashed potatoes, almond milk can be an excellent substitute for regular milk. With its similar consistency and lactose-free properties, almond milk not only makes it a great option for vegans but also for those who are lactose intolerant. In addition to its creamy texture, almond milk provides a good source of vitamins and minerals for a wholesome meal.

What can I use instead of dairy in mashed potatoes?

If you’re looking for a dairy-free way to add some extra flavor to your mashed potatoes, using vegetable broth is a great option. I’ve personally tried it in my go-to mashed potato recipe and love how it enhances the overall taste.

Can lactose intolerant eat mashed potatoes?

This dish yields a total of 459 calories per serving and contains zero cholesterol and 41.8 milligrams of sodium.

Does lactose free milk affect mashed potatoes?

When it comes to preparing vegan meals, you don’t have to limit yourself to just one type of non-dairy milk. There are plenty of options to choose from, such as almond milk, soy milk, and oat milk. To achieve creaminess, it’s best to opt for a non-dairy milk with a high fat content. You can find these milks in cartons in your local grocery store, and they are relatively inexpensive. As long as you still incorporate butter, these plant-based milk options will result in delicious and creamy dishes.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, these lactose-free mashed potatoes (maybe vegan) are a versatile and delicious recipe that everyone can enjoy. Whether you are lactose intolerant or looking for a vegan dish, this recipe has got you covered.

By using simple ingredients like soymilk, almond milk or cashew cream, you can achieve a creamy and smooth consistency without the use of dairy. With the addition of roasted garlic, paprika, and garlic powder, these mashed potatoes burst with flavor that will leave your taste buds craving more.

Furthermore, this recipe is easily adaptable based on personal preferences and dietary needs. Try using different types of potatoes like Yukon gold or Russet for different textures and flavors or add in some chicken broth or vegan butter to switch up the taste.

Overall, these lactose-free mashed potatoes (maybe vegan) are a comforting and hearty dish that is perfect for any occasion. So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try and indulge in its creamy deliciousness made without any dairy!

Lactose-Free Mashed Potatoes (Maybe Vegan)

Lactose-Free Mashed Potatoes (Maybe Vegan) Recipe

My husband is lactose intolerant but loves mashed potatoes so I adapted them so that he could eat them w/o worry. He ended up loving them. I'm not fully clear on vegan but I'm pretty sure that these would be considered Vegan as well. I suggest some sort of electric mixer because all the lactose free products are pretty firm products.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Calories 308.3 kcal


  • 3 lbs potatoes (about 4 large)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lactose-free butter (I use earth's best)
  • 2 tablespoons lactose-free cream cheese (I use tofutti's better than cream cheese)
  • 2 tablespoons lactose-free sour cream (I use tofutti's again)
  • 1/4 cup plain soymilk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)


  • Peal the potatoes and cut into small chunks.
  • Place potatoes in a saucepan; add water to cover and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • Drain the potatoes.
  • In a stand mixer on in a mixing bowl w/ an electric mixer mix together the butter, cream cheese, sour cream, and soy milk. Once well blended add the salt, garlic powder and paprika or favorite mash potato seasonings.
  • Add in the potatoes and mix until all ingredients are blended.
  • Great served with gravy.

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Serving: 247gCalories: 308.3kcalCarbohydrates: 60.7gProtein: 8.3gFat: 4.4gSaturated Fat: 2.5gCholesterol: 10.6mgSodium: 344.2mgFiber: 7.7gSugar: 2.8g
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