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Simple Mashed Potatoes

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 Servings 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Cuisine: American


Enjoy this classic favorite; it’s simple and fast, creamy and delicious.  Homemade mashed potatoes made healthy, you say?  Why yes, it can be done – the Whole Food Plant Based way!  The smooth texture is superb, making it a perfect side dish.


  • 5 lbs Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks (or Yukon Gold)
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups unsweetened plain plant milk (+/-)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons sea salt (+/-) *
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (+/-)
  • 1 teaspoon onion power (+/-)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (+/-)


  1. Peel and cut into chunks the potatoes. Place in a large pot and cover with cold water.  Add 1 Tablespoon sea salt (+/-) to the water and bring to a boil. Once the water has been brought to a boil, reduce heat to a low boil.  Boil until all the potatoes are tender, approx. 15 to 25 minutes dependent on the size of the potato chunks.  When a sharp knife slides easily into the potato you can feel confident they are tender.
  2. When the potatoes are tender, turn off the stove and drain off all the water. Return the pot back onto the burner (off) and let them dry out a little bit, approx. 2 minutes.
  3. Take a potato masher and mash the potatoes. Add the unsweetened plain plant milk, sea salt, garlic power, onion powder, and black pepper, mash.
  4. Take a beater and beat the potatoes until fluffy.


  • Potatoes:  Russets and Yukon Golds are an excellent choices for mashed potatoes.
  • Serving Size/Amount of Mashed Potatoes:  This recipe makes about 8 1/2 to 9 cups of mashed potatoes, (give or take).  The serving size is relative as some folks can make a meal out of mashed potatoes or it can be used as a side dish. You can cut the recipe in half for a smaller batch.
  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes:  Feel free to ramp up the unsweetened plain plant milk for creamier mashed potatoes.
  • Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.