This Creamy Cauliflower Mash is a tasty low-carb and Whole30 friendly twist on mashed potatoes! Made with just a few simple pantry ingredients, this healthy and flavorful side dish has everything you love about mashed potatoes. Dairy-free and easy to customize and includes vegan-friendly option.
The Best Cauliflower Mash Recipe
This easy recipe for mashed cauliflower is perfect for people on Whole30, paleo, keto and low-carb diets and includes a vegan-friendly option as well.
You won’t have to miss out on the delicious flavors of mashed potatoes any longer! This healthy side dish is so easy to make, and it’s the creamiest version of cauliflower mash you’ll find. You could easily trick someone into thinking they’re eating mashed potatoes. And when they find out how healthy this recipe is, they won’t even mind!
What is Cauliflower Mash
This vegan Cauliflower mash is just like mashed potatoes but lower in carbs and Keto-friendly. It comes together quickly, and this version is easy to make in your blender. You can also use a potato masher, like you would for regular mashed potatoes, if you’d prefer!
How do You Make Cauliflower Taste Like Mashed Potatoes?
Getting cauliflower to taste like mashed potatoes is super simple. It’s all about the seasonings you add. This Whole30 cauliflower mash recipe will show you the perfect combination of herbs, garlic and salt to disguise mashed cauliflower as potatoes. This dish is also easier to make than mashed potatoes, and you won’t be able to tell the difference.
Keto Mashed Cauliflower Recipe Ingredients
This recipe is full of mashed potato flavor and has the creamiest texture! Plus, it uses simple, healthy ingredients.
- 1 medium head of cauliflower – rinsed, drained, and cut into florets
- minced garlic
- ghee or unsalted butter, or vegan butter for vegan cauliflower mash
- unsweetened almond milk or any plant-based milk
- fresh chopped parsley or chives
How to Make Cauliflower Mash
This mashed cauliflower is so easy to make, and it doesn’t take long to prepare. These 6 simple steps will have you enjoying delicious mashed cauliflower in no time!
- Soften Cauliflower: Steam or boil your cauliflower in a large pot for about 8-10 minutes, or until soft. Then drain well.
- Return Pot to Burner: Put the same large pot back on the burner and heat 1 tablespoon of ghee on medium heat.
- Add Garlic: Toss in your garlic and cook for 20 seconds, or until fragrant. Then, stir in the drained cauliflower.
- Remove From Heat: Remove your pot from the burner and add salt along with your remaining ghee and milk.
- Blend it Up: Transfer to a food processor or use a handheld immersion blender to mash the cauliflower until it reaches your desired consistency. Season your mash with more salt and black pepper, to taste.
- Garnish your Dish: Sprinkle with chopped herbs and extra ghee or butter, if desired.
What to Serve with Cauliflower Mash
Mashed cauliflower is a great side for just about any main dish you can think of. It’s a nice addition to your Thanksgiving dinner or your typical weeknight plate. You should definitely try it with this easy lemon-marinated Grilled Chicken recipe or my savory Broiled Salmon. Cauliflower mash also makes a delicious & healthy snack on its own!
How to Store Leftovers
Want to save your side dish for later? The best way to do this is by freezing your cauliflower mash. Once the mash is completely cool, place it into a freezer bag and squeeze all the air out. It will stay good for up to 3 months! And when you’re ready to chow down, just thaw it out and heat it on the stove at medium heat. It’s that simple!
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This Creamy Cauliflower Mash is a tasty low-carb twist on mashed potatoes! Made with just six ingredients, this healthy and flavorful side dish has everything you love about mashed potatoes.
Steam or boil cauliflower in a large pot for about 8-10 minutes, or until soft. Drain.
Return the same large pot back to the burner and heat 1 tablespoon ghee on medium heat.
Add the garlic and cook for 20 seconds, or until fragrant then stir in the drained cauliflower back in.
Remove pot from heat and add salt along with remaining ghee and milk.
Transfer to a food processor or use a handheld immersion blender to mash, until desired consistency. Season with more salt and black pepper, to taste.
Sprinkle with chopped herbs and extra ghee or butter, if desired.
Photo Credit: The photos in this blog post were taken by Tamsin of Cupful of Kale