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These vegan mashed sweet potatoes are the healthier and somewhat sweeter variation of classic mashed potatoes! Orange, tasty, and healthy – that’s how perfect dairy-free mashed sweet potatoes should be!

two hands holding Vegan Mashed Sweet Potatoes

If you love sweet potatoes, then this is your new favorite go-to side dish recipe during the colder time of the year!

What are mashed sweet potatoes, anyways?

Very simple, a smooth mash made with sweet potatoes. It is prepared in exactly the same way as those classic vegan mashed potatoes, but instead of regular potatoes, you need to use sweet potatoes.

See how gorgeous vibrant orange and large a sweet potato is?

a large orange sweet potato on a white surface

Sweet potatoes are healthier than regular potatoes yet quite sweet. That’s why you must season it with a good pinch of salt. Of course, this only applies if you serve it as savory mashed sweet potatoes along with salty dishes.

It is also possible to use sweet potato mash in desserts. But I won’t go into that any further.

Boiled sweet potatoes are a bit softer than regular potatoes, that’s why you need a little less plant-based milk and margarine when preparing mash with them. An excellent way to save some extra fat and calories.

What To Serve With Vegan Sweet Potato Mash

Actually, everything that goes along and you are used to serve with classic mashed potatoes. It is a super tasty and healthy side dish to many hearty meals. 

This dairy-free sweet potato mash is especially popular during winter and goes well with:

savory mashed sweet potatoes served with a piece of dairy-free margarine

How to make vegan mashed sweet potatoes?

It is very easy to make mashed sweet potatoes dairy-free. The only difference from a non-diary mesh is that you need to replace the butter and milk with a plant-based version. You can use any kind of plant-based milk. 

Personally, I prefer to prepare the recipe with oat milk or soy milk. It also works fine using nut milk, but nut milk often has a unique taste and can give the mash a somewhat nutty flavor. If you like that, perfect!

Coconut milk would work too, but you need to like the strong coconut flavor! Coconut milk contains quite an amount of fat. Therefore, if you are planning to use it to make this sweet potato mash, cut down on the butter.

You can use any kind of plant-based margarine to substitute the butter. It doesn’t matter which brand you use. If you don’t have any dairy-free margarine at hand, you can also replace it with olive oil. But make sure to use olive oil which isn’t too bitter.

How To Cook Sweet Potato Mash

Cooking Sweet Potatoes

  • Peel and wash the sweet potatoes thoroughly. Cut in equal big chunks.
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Raw Sweet Potatoes in Chunks!
  • Place the sweet potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Add the salt, bring it to a boil, reduce heat, and cook for 15 minutes until the sweet potatoes are soft. They are ready when you can stick a knife into the middle of the sweet potatoes without any noticeable resistance.
  • Drain the sweet potatoes and leave them to sit for 5 minutes until the steam has evaporated.
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Cooked Sweet Potatoes in Chunks!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

  • Heat the butter and milk in a small pot or microwave (should be hot but not cooking).
how to make vegan mashed potatoes recipe step 5
how to cook vegan sweet potato mash step 3
  • Pour in the warm butter-milk-mixture and mash for another minute until you have fluffy mashed potatoes.
how to cook vegan sweet potato mash step 4
  • Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg powder.
  • Serve the mashed sweet potatoes warm with a piece of margarine, fresh chives, or this vegan gravy.

Don’t have a stand mixer at home? Place the hot potatoes back in the pot (in which you cooked them) and mash them using a potato masher. Stir in the warm milk and butter until creamy.

Recipe Variations

  • Garlic: Do you like garlic? Add two cloves of garlic while cooking the potatoes in the saltwater and discard them afterward. Or you can add garlic powder to season your mashed potato.
  • Herbs: Stir in fresh herbs before serving.
  • Sweetness: Mashed sweet potatoes are much sweeter than regular mashed potatoes. If you prefer it less sweet, use half sweet potatoes and half regular potatoes to prepare the mash.

Recipe FAQ

How long to boil sweet potatoes for mash? Fifteen minutes on the point. Test: If you can stick a kitchen knife into the middle of the sweet potatoes without any noticeable resistance, they are ready.

Can I cook the sweet potatoes in advance? No. If you want a fluffy result, the potatoes need to be processed while hot.

Can I prepare the mashed potatoes in advance? Yes, prepare it one day in advance and reheat it in a pot or microwave while stirring constantly. Add more oat milk if necessary.

How long does it stay fresh? Stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator, it stays fresh for 3-4 days. 

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savory mashed sweet potatoes served with a piece of dairy-free margarine

Vegan Mashed Sweet Potatoes

These vegan mashed sweet potatoes are the healthier and somewhat sweeter variation of classic mashed potatoes! Orange, tasty, and healthy – that's how perfect dairy-free mashed sweet potatoes should be!
Author : Aline Cueni
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Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :15 minutes
Total Time :25 minutes
Servings : 4
Calories : 342kcal

Ingredients
 

Cook Sweet Potatoes

  • 2.2 lb (1 kg) sweet potatoes
  • 1 tsp salt

Mash Sweet Potatoes

Instructions
 

Cook Sweet Potatoes

  • Peel and wash the sweet potatoes thoroughly. Cut in equal big chunks.
  • Place the sweet potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Add the salt, bring it to a boil, reduce heat, and cook for 15 minutes until the sweet potatoes are soft. They are ready when you can stick a knife into the middle of the sweet potatoes without any noticeable resistance.
  • Drain the sweet potatoes and leave them to sit for 5 minutes until the steam has evaporated.

Mash Sweet Potatoes

  • Heat the butter and milk in a small pot or microwave (should be hot but not cooking).
  • Transfer the hot potatoes in the bowl of a stand mixer and mash for one minute using the flat beater.
  • Pour in the warm butter-milk-mixture and mash for another minute until you have fluffy mashed potatoes.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and nutmeg powder and serve warm.

Notes

  • Sweetness: Mashed sweet potatoes are much sweeter than regular mashed potatoes and need enough salt to taste along with savory dishes. If you prefer it less sweet, use half sweet potatoes and half regular potatoes to prepare the mash.
  • Don’t have a stand mixer? Use a potato masher (see product recommendations). Transfer the hot potatoes back to the pot in which you cooked them in. Mash them using the potato masher and slowly add the butter-milk-mixture until you have fluffy mashed potatoes.
  • Can I cook the sweet potatoes in advance? No. If you want a fluffy result, the potatoes need to be processed while hot.
  • Can I prepare the mashed potatoes in advance? Yes, prepare it one day in advance and reheat it in a pot or microwave while stirring constantly. Add more oat milk if necessary.
  • How long does it stay fresh? Stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator, it stays fresh for 3-4 days. 

Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 1377mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 26g

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