These Vegan Mashed Sweet Potatoes are the ideal blend of sweet and buttery goodness to accompany your Thanksgiving or Christmas feast, or to enjoy during a quick weeknight dinner. With just a handful of straightforward ingredients, you can whip up this recipe in under 30 minutes!
This easy Thanksgiving side dish consists of boiled sweet potatoes, dairy-free butter, oat milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon. It's sweet, buttery, and comforting!
Holiday gatherings can bring a variety of different people together who have various dietary needs. This sweet potato mash is gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan.
You have enough to cook on Thanksgiving day so feel free to whip up a batch of mashed sweet potatoes and store them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
For those of you who love a sweet potato casserole but want something that takes half the time, this is a perfect alternative to that classic Holiday casserole.
Boiled sweet potatoes, dairy-free butter, oat milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon are mashed together to create a sweet, buttery, and comforting Holiday side dish!
Sweet Potatoes: You'll need 4 large sweet potatoes for this mash recipe. Peel and dice.
Vegan Butter: I used Earth Balance but any vegan butter will work for this recipe. It adds a nice buttery flavor and is a must when it comes to mashed potatoes.
Plant-Based Milk: Oat milk or soy milk work best because they are creamy but almond milk, cashew milk, or even coconut milk will be great as well!
Maple Syrup: Maple syrup adds sweetness and makes this taste like the classic Thanksgiving side dish, the sweet potato casserole. But without all the toppings and added work, of course. This is such an easy alternative!
Spices: Cinnamon and nutmeg are a must. Kosher salt is added too to enhance flavor.
See recipe card for quantities.
Mashed potatoes are an easy side dish to make that will complete your Holiday spread!
All you need is a large pot and a potato masher.
If you want a smoother mash, I recommend an immersion blender.
How to Make This Recipe
This creamy mashed sweet potato recipe is the perfect sweet and buttery side dish for weeknight dinners, Thanksgiving dinner, and Christmas dinner!
The full written recipe can be found in the recipe card below.
Step 1: Peel and dice the sweet potatoes.
Step 2: Add the sweet potatoes to a large pot and fill with water. Bring to a boil and cook until soft and fork tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and return the potatoes to a pot.
Step 3: Use a potato masher and mash the potatoes.
Step 4: Add the vegan butter, plant-based milk, maple syrup, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Step 5: Continue to mash until completely smooth. Optional: Use an immersion blender to get the potatoes extra smooth.
Step 6: Taste and adjust the sweetness and salt to your preference. Serve and enjoy!
NOTE: If you want your mashed sweet potatoes to be less sweet, add half the amount of maple syrup.
Substitutions & Variations
Mashed sweet potatoes are easy to make, comforting, a classic Thanksgiving side dish!
This recipe is customizable and can be changed depending on your dinner guests or personal preference.
Sweet potatoes: Don't like sweet potatoes? Try out this mashed potato recipe instead.
Maple syrup: Use brown sugar or coconut sugar instead.
Cinnamon & Nutmeg: Use pumpkin pie spice instead for more flavor.
Use herbs: Omit the maple syrup and spices and add herbs like parsley, chives, and rosemary.
Spicy: Omit the maple syrup and spices then add cayenne, smoked paprika, and black pepper.
Add a crunch: Add toasted pecans and a sprinkle of brown sugar on top for a nice crunch!
This sweet potato mash is luxuriously creamy and complements a wide range of main courses.
You have enough to cook on Thanksgiving! Give yourself a break by making these the day before and reheating the next day. They taste just as delicious.
Storage: Store cooled leftover in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Reheat: Add the portion of mashed potatoes you'd like to reheat to a pot over medium-low heat. Add a splash of plant-based milk to loosen it up as needed. Alternatively, you can use the microwave. Heat for 1-2 minutes until hot.
Freeze: These mashed sweet potatoes are freezer friendly! Store in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months.
Tips & Tricks
Peel the potatoes. Peeling the sweet potatoes creates a smooth and creamy mash. If you’d prefer the added texture, you can leave the peels on but make sure they’re thoroughly scrubbed before cooking to remove any dirt.
Cut the sweet potatoes into cubes that are the same size. They will cook more evenly! Nobody wants a chunk of raw crunchy potato in their mash.
Frequently Asked Questions
Oat milk is my preferred milk for mashed potatoes but soy milk, almond milk, and cashew milk will work as well.
I recommend peeling the potatoes before boiling. It will yield a better texture.
It's a simple swap of plant-based milk and vegan butter. No one will ever know!
More Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
Vegan Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- 4 Large Sweet Potatoes peeled and diced
- ¼ cup Vegan Butter
- ¼ cup Plant-Based Milk I recommend Oat Milk
- ¼ cup Maple Syrup
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt more to taste
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg
- Peel and dice the sweet potatoes.
- Add the sweet potatoes to a large pot and fill with water. Bring to a boil and cook until soft and fork tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and return the potatoes to a pot.
- Use a potato masher and mash the potatoes.
- Add the vegan butter, plant-based milk, maple syrup, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg and continue to mash until completely smooth. NOTE: If you want your mashed sweet potatoes to be less sweet, add half the amount of maple syrup.
- Optional: Use an immersion blender to get the potatoes extra smooth.
- Taste and adjust the sweetness and salt to your preference.
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