Creamy Garlic Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Garlic Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes, you won’t believe how good these are!

It’s been 11 days without cheese or milk.

11 days.

11 days.

Let’s rewind a bit before I demand (nicely) that you offer some support (I need it).

I’ve decided to try to go dairy free to help with some health issues, none that I will go into detail about until I know if it actually works for me or not.  Going dairy free is something that has been brought up to me multiple times in passing and readings and finally I woke up and decided “let’s do this”.     Cheese is something I love dearly (let’s be real) so all of a sudden saying goodbye to cheesy casseroles, mac and cheese, pizza and simple cheese slices hasn’t been easy, but at the same time it hasn’t been impossible.     The “no milk” rule I thought was going to be easy, after all I like almond milk and I don’t usually have a whole lot of milk… until I started to read every single label of my favorite snacks and foods and saw “milk”.  Really those have milk in them? That too?  Oh goodness, someone throw a girl a dairy free chocolate cake, please.  So it’s about learning to cook with no cheese and no milk.  Butter I’m not saying no to completely as butter is the fat that is taken from milk and most of the hormones substances I don’t want from milk are filtered out of the butter making process, but when I can I will use Earth Balance anyways because I think it tastes pretty good.

I’m learning about substitutions.  I’m learning about what tastes good.  I’m learning what tastes really horrible.  I’m learning about realizing my taste buds won’t change overnight (real talk: fake cheese will never be as good as real cheese, never, maybe you will think it’s ok, but better – never).   The hardest part is coming up with snack variations, or something that helps my sweet tooth.  Dark chocolate has been a good friend throughout this, but I’m going to try my hand at baking dairy free soon.  In the past I did make some amazing dairy free fudge so I know it can be done.  Wish me luck.

Which brings me to mashed potatoes, if you know about my favorite mashed potatoes recipe in the world you will know it’s very… dairy.   So what’s a girl to do? She’s got to make some Creamy Mashed Potatoes with no milk or butter.  And you know what? It can be done.  And you know what what?  They can be delicious!   These mashed potatoes are creamy because we’re mashing them with chicken broth which is a great liquid to use as a substitution for milk.    Throwing in some garlic gives them a great taste and the smell is pretty delicious.  Bonus points on these potatoes:  You don’t have to peel them, who doesn’t love that?

So going dairy free, or just want a change in your regular mashed potatoes? Give these a try! 

Creamy Garlic Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes, you won't believe how good these are!

Creamy Garlic Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes, you won't believe how good these are!

Creamy Garlic Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes, you won't believe how good these are!

Creamy Garlic Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes, you won't believe how good these are!

 

Creamy Garlic Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes - unpeeled and cut into equal sized pieces
  2. 2 cloves garlic - minced
  3. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  4. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add your potatoes. Keep boiling and cook these for about 30 minutes. They’re going to be so soft your fork will just slide into them.
  2. Drain the potatoes.
  3. Warm your chicken broth.
  4. In potato pot, add minced garlic, chicken broth, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  5. Mash until smooth and creamy.
  6. Enjoy!
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Creamy Garlic Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes, you won't believe how good these are!

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  • You’re amazing. I have been on a gluten-free, mostly-dairy-free, and low-sugar diet for awhile now, to deal with some health issues. The doctor just recommended I remove all dairy (no cheese! no yogurt!) and it’s SO. DAMN. HARD. I sympathize completely. But I hope you are feeling better as a result. And if you want some recipes, shoot me an email!

  • Good for you in being disciplined about dairy free! The thought of no cheese has always scared me from doing it, no matter how many “sick” days I have. Brilliant, I know. These look so creamy, I never would’ve guess they don’t have any butter or milk or sour cream! Thumbs up!

  • I have a similar version and I almost like the chicken broth method just as well (but they will never live up to my grandma’s with cream and lots o’ buttah)! Good luck on this quest. I love cheese too much to even try but sometimes we have to do things for our health goals. Hope all is well.

  • These potatoes look delicious! I was vegan for 7 months in 2012. Missed dairy the most. Vegan cheese is not the same as regular cheese, but sounds like you figured that out. I would usually just skip it all together and have pizza with tomato sauce and veggies, no cheese at all. I like it better that way : )

  • Making any diet change is tough. Really tough. I am in total sympathy with you, but if it makes you feel better then it probably will have been worth it. In the meantime, I think I could happily plough through this bowl of potatoes and be totally happy!

  • Wow Pamela, no dairy. You are very disciplined but when health issues dictate it’s best to follow. Hope this helps you feel better. I think this sounds really good. My non dairy mashed potatoes had earth balance non dairy margarine and tofutti sour cream. Your potatoes besides being tasty are also very low fat, a real plus. Best of luck!

  • The potatoes look delicious. And Yukon gold potatoes are so creamy when mashed that I am sure no one would miss the dairy.

    I hope you are feeling better sans dairy. Now I know why that pizza you posted on IG had no cheese on it. 😉

  • Good for,you! I am lactose-intolerant so I eat lactose-free. But there is good unsweetened soy milk or unsweetened almond milk out there to use in these tasty looking mashed potatoes, so check them out.

    • Hey Sophie, I use unsweetened almond milk often, but these potatoes don’t even need that to be creamy, the broth does a great job! Enjoy!

  • Congrats on 11 dairy free days!
    I am not completely dairy free, but sub almond milk for regular milk and stay away from cheese and the benefits seem to outweigh the disadvantages!
    And these mashed potatoes of yours are BRILLIANT! Thanks for sharing – happy new year!

  • These potatoes look sooooo good! I am dairy free and have been for two years now. My sons are both very sensitive to dairy, so it’s the right choice for us. I will say that the first month is soooooooooo hard! But it gets a lot easier. I LOVE so delicious brand ice cream, made from coconut milk. The chocolate peanut butter is amazing. Good luck to you!

    • I’ll be checking out that chocolate peanut butter ice cream Kelly, thanks for the suggestion! I’m a little over 2 weeks now, trying to be strong!

  • It cannot possibly be easy to give up dairy but like all things, where there’s a will (or a need), there’s a way. I have a feeling I’d love these mashed potatoes. I’ve got to try it with chicken broth. Happy New Year, Pamela! May your garden be plentiful this year. : )

  • These potatoes sound just delicious, even without the dairy. Good luck in your dairy-free trial – you have more willpower than I, that’s for sure. I look forward to reading about some dairy-free baking (that’s my sweet tooth talking)!

  • Perfect timing – I just found out how awful my “BMI” is…. and it’s shocked me enough to make some SERIOUS changes. I, too, have been having some health problems due to, I believe, poor eating habits… (Get that, a food blogger who doesn’t like to cook just for herself.) I’m going to ‘pin’ this recipe in my new board, which I’m calling “Good for You”.
    Good luck with your non-dairy…. it’s gotta be soooo hard. I’ll let you know how I do with my new ‘eating healthy plan’!

  • You go girl! I’m sure you can do it, although it must be really really hard. However, these mashed potatoes look awesome enough to make up for the lack of cheesy stuff. Seriously, the broth addition is genius! Happy New Year! xx

  • I feel your pain!! Not because you’re not eating dairy – because I AM eating dairy – but finding a good mashed potato can be tricky when a key ingredient is omitted! When I had my stint with vegetarianism, my aunt used to lose it on holidays because I wouldn’t let her put chicken stock in the potatoes! haha…. All of that rambling aside, chicken stock is a darn good alternative if you DO eat meat. Which I now do. And sometimes I add both: dairy and stock. Vegans would not be happy with me.

  • I’m really interested to hear how this all turns out. I agree that there are so many ways to make things taste delicious without dairy. I love cheese and chocolate so those would be the hardest for me to eliminate completely. Good luck, Pamela! Can’t wait to see all of your dairy free recipes.

  • I have been dairy free for over a decade now and I bake all the time. If you have any questions, send them my way. I love LOVE nutritional yeast for a cheesey (not the same, not ever, but cheesey nonetheless) Also, blended raw cashews with nutritional yeast and some other stuff is a great cheesy stand in. I have the Uncheese Cookbook which is great. GoDairyFree.com is an awesome resource also.

    GOOD LUCK!

    • I’ve been loving godairyfree, it’s been a real life saver and informative site to help lead the way. I’m going to look into the cookbook next. Thanks Katie!

  • These mashed potatoes look so creamy and delicious, love that you used chicken broth in here. Good luck on going dairy free Pamela! It sounds challenging but I will be rooting for you.

  • This looks wonderful! I hope that going dairy-free helps you. If it does, you will find new ways to enjoy the dishes you love-

    Thanks for sharing.

    Velva

  • I can’t believe you’ve managed to be dairy free over the holidays! I feel like I’ve been living off of cheese and crackers for the last week, lol! And I can’t believe these mashed potatoes are dairy free! They look insanely creamy and carby and yum… they are totally calling my name girl. Keep up the good work and I hope it helps with your health issues. 😉

    • I have to admit that going dairy free over the holidays wasn’t the easiest time but I feel proud that I made it through with no cookies or chocolates! Thanks for the kind comment Allie!

  • Oh, girrrrrrl! I feel your pain. Really, I do. Two summers ago, I had to go on a no dairy, no grain and no sugar (not even fruit, gasp!) diet to rid my body of a terrible infection. This infection gave me the worst acne ever and I never really suffered from acne before in my life. It was soul crushing! The diet was basically meat and veggies for 90 days. Just learned that it is the hormones (in pregger cows’ milk) that I am allergic to. I have been dairy free now this second time around for just a couple weeks, just like you. Hang in there…we can do this together! As Shashi said above, the benefits far outweigh the diet. But, to go without cheese? SO. HARD. Like you, I have made a pledge to offer more dairy free recipes on my blog. I look forward to sharing dairy free recipes with you and being a source of support! xoxo

    • Thanks for the support Stacy, I really appreciate it. I can’t imagine what you had go through for those 90 days, especially the no fruit! Hope everything is better with you now and I’m sending you a whole lot of support! Can’t wait to see more dairy free recipes that you’ll be sharing!

  • Oh! And, I wanted to share this with you…I am trying probiotics to see if they help. Also, taking any supplements that boost the immune system as well. My doctor thinks this all came down on me because my dentist prescribed a killer antibiotic (read: killed the good, gut flora, bacteria along with the bad) after dental work which I was severely allergic to but didn’t know until I took it. Just one capsule did the damage. (It’s called Clindamycin which can cause colitis due to the bacterium known as C. diff. So dangerous.) So, we must get that good gut flora back to repair our impaired immune systems. Wishing you lots of luck and sending warm hugs! xo

  • Having dietary restrictions can be tough, but the upside is that they make you more creative with the way you cook and eat.

    These potatoes look wonderful! I bet you could even make them ‘cheesy’ with a little nutritional yeast sprinkled on top.

  • you’re a real trouper! while i have my doubts that these can compare to my butter-laden, milk-softened best mashed potatoes, i’m sure they’re quite delicious!

    • They’re delicious Grace, I was pretty impressed by them, as was my husband who was entirely unsure of the idea at first. Hope you give them a try!

  • I never stopped to think how many things would have dairy in them. Good luck to you and hopefully you find lots of new dairy-free recipe to enjoy. Adding chicken stock to potatoes sounds like a fabulous idea

  • My mother had to go dairy free and gluten-free because of health issues. She found it so much harder to give up dairy as opposed to gluten. Sure, she missed wheat but there are so many more quality and tasty alternatives yet it’s not the same with dairy. You have done well with this potato mash – it looks creamy! And good luck with your health issues xx

  • Good for you!! At least doing this will help you figure out if dairy is/isn’t working for you. These mashed potatoes look super creamy even without the milk!

  • This looks delicious! And I feel ya – I’m dairy free for some health reasons too and it has made a world of change, it takes a bit to get used to cooking without dairy but there really are SO many different ways to make yummy food sans dairy, starting with these potatoes 🙂 YUM!

  • I’ve never thought of using chicken broth to make mash. I’ve always avoid making mash due to the amount of dairy that needs to go in. Not from now on. Thank you Pamela for this simple yet delicious recipe!…danny

  • Wow, no dairy? That’s gotta be tough! I applaud you for doing this though. 🙂 Chicken broth is a great substitute in these potatoes. I’ll have to give it a try. I hope this dairy-free diet works out girl. Take care!

  • Your potatoes sound awesome! I LOVE mashed potatoes =)
    “Cheese is something I love dearly (let’s be real) so all of a sudden saying goodbye to cheesy casseroles, mac and cheese, pizza and simple cheese slices hasn’t been easy, but at the same time it hasn’t been impossible. ”
    Not true!!!! It can be simple & insanely delicious. It just takes time & patience – 2 things I feel you have =) I am the queen of dairy free (I have over 4 years under my belt now). Please let me know if I can help – I have loads of yummy recipes for you!
    ps. cashew cheeze is really tasty!

    • Thanks for the support Kimmy! I’ll definitely be checking out your recipes! I think the hardest part has just been tweaking recipes so everyone is happy at dinnertime!

  • That is hard cutting out the dairy! Especially if it might me a permanent thing. I’ve done it temporarily when I’ve needed to lose a few pounds, but I knew it would just be short-lived. These potatoes really do look creamy and delicious though so you can definitely do it!

  • Wow – what a huge life change! I went gluten free for a short time (health related) and it was really tough. It didn’t make a difference for me, so I was able to resume a normal diet. My heart goes out to you, friend! I know that can be tough! But you’re strong and smart and you can do this!
    I never thought of using chicken stock! SO smart!! I can’t wait to try this – I’ve always got little bits of broth hanging around from leftover recipes!

  • I hope going dairy-free isn’t too hard for you and makes you feel better! For a second I thought I might be lactose intolerant and I have to say I almost cried. There are a lot of good dairy-free options out there now though. I don’t know if your problem is the lactose or something else, but Lactaid milk is really good! Also, it lasts for a really really long time in the fridge. These taters look so yummy 🙂

  • I’m so glad I found this. I almost cried when I found out I have to avoid dairy for a month to see if I’m lactose intolerant.. Especially with potatoes being a favorite and Easter being within this month range!
    I’ll be sure to try this as soon as I am able to, it looks really good. I’m also going to browse to see what other recipes I can save 🙂

      • Yay, found the recipe again (new laptop)! Turns out, I AM lactose intolerant and like you said in the post, found out nearly all of my favorites have milk in it. I can tolerate butter, but most lists only say modified milk ingredients instead of which ones.. I’m finally making this tomorrow since I’ve a few things of broth and almost a full bag of potatoes with no one to share 🙂
        Definitely going to have to go through your site again to see if there were any others I lost.

  • Thanks so much for this! I can’t wait to try it. I’ve been gluten- and dairy-free for, oh, maybe three years now? And I just asked my husband (who is not) if he misses mashed potatoes. 🙂 The chicken broth sounds delicious!

    My dairy issues are limited to casein, which is only in cow’s milk. I wonder if you can try goat’s or sheep’s milk? Mmmmm, manchego cheese…enough said.

  • You’re my new hero. LOVE these mashed potatoes. So easy and so flavor full. I used to love mashed potatoes but since going gluten free/dairy free almost two years ago I never thought to attempt them. Usually I make a pot of homemade chic/veg soup once a week and the broth always seems to go to waste in the end. We will have no more of that in this house. Thanks to your recipe I have been following up our soup days with some shepherd pie, or meat loaf and mashed. 🙂 My family thanks you.

    • That makes me so happy to hear Corine! Glad you guys enjoyed it! That shepherd pie and meatloaf sounds delicious with these mashed potatoes!

  • I’ve been saying this for weeks! I got diagnosed with lactose intolerance (among other issues) in June, and I felt like my world was ending. You’d think I was single-handedly keeping the CA dairy enterprise in business. That couldn’t possibly be the issue! (oh, it is. Not ALL of the issue, but definitely a big part.)

    Giving up milk? Sure. Yogurt? That sucks. Cream cheese and butter? Oh no…. Cheese? OMG no, please. Ice cream? Ok you need to stop right now, cuz my PMS is going to leave a crater where my house used to be.

    I thought that I might as well starve to death.

    Lactase only takes the edge off the symptoms, too. I had banked on taking that stuff all day long on days when I felt a lack of self-control.

    Thankfully, I took to the internet in my desperation and found out that cheddar cheese has practically undetectable levels of lactose. Kraft grated cheeses, for some strange reason that I can’t figure out, all say they have no lactose. Hard cheeses are also lactose free, thankfully.

    And then I found out Lactase makes ice cream I can actually eat. It’s like going from Technicolor to black and white television, but I have chocolate ice cream, at least.

    I have serious doubts about chicken broth in my mashed potatoes. I am a sour cream, cream cheese, garlic and butter kind of girl. But this is probably the 9th recipe I’ve seen that uses it, so I guess I will take the leap tonight, because I really can’t not have mashed potatoes with my meatloaf tonight.

    • Let me know ho you like them Katherine. Mashed potatoes is the perfect pairing with meatloaf! And I totally feel your pain… cheese is my weakness!

  • FYI. If it is lactose you are trying to avoid, Cabot cheeses are naturally lactose free. I can’t have lactose and have just developed a new allergy that I haven’t figured out yet. Usually I can have some lactose free dairy stuff but right now all I can have is fruit,veggie and meat and it’s driving me nuts so I can sympathize. 🙂

  • I am making this recipe for a work party because there are people that are allergic to diary in the company. How many people does this one recipe feed and how many potatoes are you using per person? I have to feed about 40 people. How do you recommend I figure out the serving amount for 40 people?

  • I personaly dont think they come out creamy enough when I used chicken broth. So I tried using unsweetened almond milk and earth balance butter and you they taste just like the real thing! The almond milk gives them that creamy texture and since its unsweetened they don’t taste funny. That’s just my two cents :). Baking is also easier than you think, just use almond milk and earth balance sticks. No one will know they’re dairy free!

  • Anytime I make mashed potatoes, I always try a different method. I’ve found that getting the most flavor into potatoes is while they’re boiling. Salting the water slightly while boiling helps the potatoes soak up the salt flavor without having to add so much after they’re done. I also like to boil my potatoes with halved garlic cloves or a few shakes of garlic powder(which ever I have on hand).
    I’ve never made mashed potatoes dairy free so I’ll have to give this a try!!
    Thanks!

  • Thank you a ton! This is exactly what I was looking for in a mashed potato recipe. I’ve been dairy free for about eight? nine? years now due to allergies, and I just gave up gluten for the same reason a little less than a year ago. Finding recipes is not the easiest thing, but these look great. Totally trying them out for dinner in the near future!

  • These were absolutely delicious! I doubled the recipe and ended up needing to quadruple the amount of broth in order to make sure the potatoes absorbed enough of the good stuff. Amazing recipe, though – really nice job!

  • The potatoes look great. I’m going to make them today. Good for you your taking care of your health. I just wanted to share with you a thought from the Bible at Isaiah 33:24 where it says “no resident will say, I am sick” I know we don’t see that today but it’s what Jehovah God promises for the near future. I hope you liked the thought.

  • These mashed potatoes were BETTER than the ones with milk!!!! I’ve recently had to cut out dairy for health reasons too. Yesterday morning when I decided that I needed my #1 comfort food, meat loaf and mashed potatoes, I had a moment of panic thinking that I could I longer eat mashed potatoes. But then I found your recipe. It was the first one that came up in my search, but it looked so simple, I didn’t search further. Thank goodness, because they were delicious! I’m thinking about eating the leftovers for breakfast!!!!

    • Hey Oregon Gurl, I’m so happy you enjoyed these mashed potatoes! I haven’t had potatoes in a while, thanks for the reminder to make one of my favorite comfort foods too! Hope you keep coming back for this recipe! 🙂

  • Thank you for this recipe! This is a perfect non-dairy mashed potatoes recipe. I use 6 Yukon Gold Potatoes as it is just myself and one other person eating, i use a little less garlic–1 larger clove, and I add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper for added flavor and heat. Delicious!

  • Thank you so much for this recipe! I know you posted it forever ago, but I’ve used it several times for 3 different rounds of the Whole30 nutrition plan, and finally got around to Pinning it. Sometimes I add garlic and sometimes I don’t; sometimes I mash by hand and sometimes I whip or use the hand mixer; sometimes I make gravy and sometimes I eat them plain; but one thing remains the same: this recipe has become my go-to for mashed potatoes! I never knew I could enjoy mashed potatoes as much without gobs of butter and some milk. And I totally agree that Yukon gold are amazing for mashed potatoes especially. Thanks for saving one of my favorite foods while I’m saving my health!

    • Hey Erica, thanks so much for your nice comment. It makes me happy to hear that you like this recipe so much! Mashed potatoes are one of my favorites and I love that we now have a way to eat them without the dairy! Keep on enjoying!

  • I’m gonna have to try this. I have chronic sinus problems for YEARS. I mean 15-20. (And I’m only turning 32 next month) and I thought all I had was just digestive problems cured by Lactaid. I noticed I got very congested after eating ice cream this go around. I went. “That’s weird.” Well I decided to just forgo all dairy. LIke be super careful and I had a 90% reduction in my headaches. Although the air is incredibly dry where I am right now, lots of smoke in the air as well and that’s causing the problem NOW…

    I’ve been struggling with “what about mashed potatoes? ARGH” (no mac and cheese bad enough) All these years of not knowing. After being off dairy for awhile I decided one week to have two slices of pizza, then another two the next day thinking (I’ll be fine.) And finally on the third day I had jalapeno poppers (a weakness of mine…) and bam headache for two straight days and NOTHING would kill the pain. Unbelieveable. I too love cheese. I could do without milk but cheese and after reading ingredient label after ingredient label. “CONTAINS MILK” is on SO many things. Luckily it is getting easier, more varities of things, more choices…thanks for sharing this recipe. 🙂

    • Hey Kate, that stinks! I am a big cheese lover so I feel your pain on this. Hopefully these mashed potatoes are able to make the transition a little more smoother for you! Nutritional yeast is a good ingredient to get to make things creamy without the cheese. I admit, it’s not nearly as good, but I have made some “cheese sauces” with it and they turned out ok. Good luck and hope you feel better soon!

  • Made these pillow mounds of goodness tonight. My ex wife is trying to go dairy free for health reasons as well. They went great next to a steak and no one missed the butter and milk. Our six year old demolished a big scoop too! Thanks for the idea!!

    • Hey Pam, this is a serving of 4 mashed potatoes dish. On average 1/3-1/2 cup of potatoes per person. Feel free to double the recipe if you have more to feed. Enjoy!

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