Vegan Mashed Sweet Potatoes Recipe - Real + Vibrant (2024)

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This vegan mashed sweet potatoes recipe is made with a few ingredients and takes 30 minutes to make. It's vegan, vegetarian, and refined sugar-free.

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While I enjoy sweet potatoes all year long, I especially enjoy them during the holidays. One of the most popular ways to enjoy them is making mashed sweet potatoes. They pair well with almost any main course and are a delicious addition to any Thanksgiving meal.

How do I define the perfect mashed sweet potatoes? They are:

  • Creamy
  • Sweet, but not too sweet
  • A little savory
  • Flavorful
  • Delicious

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  • Ingredients you'll need
  • How to make vegan mashed sweet potatoes
  • Storing and reheating
  • How to cook sweet potatoes
  • How to mash sweet potatoes
  • Substitutions and variations
  • More Thanksgiving dishes
  • Other sweet potato recipes
  • Vegan Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients you'll need

To make these mashed sweet potatoes, you'll need the following ingredients:

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  • Sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch cubes
  • Maple syrup
  • Almond milk: Or any other kind of milk.
  • Ground cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Sea salt

How to make vegan mashed sweet potatoes

Once you have the ingredients, making them is pretty straightforward:

1. Cook the potatoes: In a large pot, pour enough water to cover an inch of the base. Insert steamer basket and place the chunks of potatoes on top. Cover the lid and steam on medium heat for 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are very tender.

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2. Mash the potatoes:In a medium-sized bowl, add the steamed sweet potatoes. Mash the mixture until the desired texture is achieved.

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3. Add remaining ingredients:Add almond milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and mix until well combined. Adjust seasoning and sweetness, if needed. Serve and top with pecans, if using.

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Storing and reheating

To store: Store leftover sweet potato mash in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for 3 days.

To freeze: mashed sweet potatoes store well in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To reheat: When you're ready to enjoy the mashed sweet potatoes, warm it on a skillet on medium-low heat, the microwave, or enjoy at room temperature.

How to cook sweet potatoes

If you scour the internet for recipes on how to make mashed sweet potatoes, you'll find a few different methods for cooking the sweet potatoes:

1. Boil: Submerging the sweet potatoes in boiling water to cook them.

2. Steam: Exposing them to hot steam without submerging them in the boiling water below them. Quick and easy without losing any of the nutrients in the water.

3. Roast: Cooking the sweet potatoes in high dry heat in the oven until they are cooked through. This method usually takes the longest.

I find that steaming sweet potatoes is the easiest and quickest way to cook them - less than 30 minutes from start to finish.

How to mash sweet potatoes

There are a few ways to mash the sweet potatoes once they are cooked. Each technique will lead to a different texture:

  • Potato masher: This will give you a chunkier texture depending on how long you mash it.
  • Fork: This is a great alternative if you don't have a potato masher and also prefer a slightly coarse and chunky texture.
  • Food processor: Using a food processor will lead to an ultra-smooth texture but be sure not to over-process, otherwise you'll end up with a gummy-like texture.
  • Immersion blender: This will give you a smoother texture than using the potato masher but not as smooth as the food processor.
  • Hand or stand mixer: Similar to the food processor, this will lead to a smooth and creamy texture.

Substitutions and variations

Leave the skin on the sweet potatoes: for a more rustic taste, simply leave the skin on the sweet potatoes.

Use another milk: Any type of dairy-free milk works. Use coconut milk for added flavor and creaminess.

Roasting the sweet potatoes: Instead of steaming the sweet potatoes, try roasting them. To roast, preheat oven to 400°F. In a medium bowl, toss sweet potatoes with avocado oil, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, lay the sweet potatoes in a single layer.

Garnish with fresh herbs: Add crushed garlic and fresh herbs for a savory flavor. Some of my favorite include chives.

Add additional toppings: Add chopped nuts, fruit, and other toppings for added flavor. Check out Eat with Clarity's sweet potato breakfast bowl for a filling breakfast idea.

Roast for about 30 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are tender. Once cool enough to handle, add the roasted sweet potatoes back into the bowl. Add in the remaining ingredients and mash.

Boiling the sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes can also be boiled in water if you don't have a steamer basket on hand. Simply pour enough water to cover the sweet potatoes and boil until cooked through. Turn off the stove and drain the sweet potatoes.

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More Thanksgiving dishes

For more holiday side dishes, check out these recipes:

  • Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
  • Homemade Cranberry Sauce
  • Vegan Collard Greens
  • Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • Apple Spinach Salad

Other sweet potato recipes

  • Sweet Potato and Kale Soup
  • Crispy Sweet Potato Black Bean Bowl
  • Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Bowl
  • Sweet Potato Pancakes
  • Sweet Potato Soup

Did you make this vegan mashed sweet potato recipe?Leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let us know how it turned out! Save this easy Thanksgiving recipe for later by pinning to your favorite Thanksgiving Pinterest board and be sure to tag me onReal + Vibrant’s Instagramto show me your delicious mashed sweet potato!

Editor’s note:This recipe was originally published on October 31, 2019. Since then, it’s been freshened up with new pictures and more details to help you make the recipe.

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Vegan Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Prep time: 5 minutes minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes minutes

Servings: 4 servings

Calories: 100kcal

Author: Sapana Chandra

This easy vegan mashed sweet potatoes recipe is one of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes! Made with only a few ingredients, it's cooked on the stovetop and ready in 30 minutes.


  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 2-inch chunks
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg

Optional Topping:

  • Raw pecans, roughly chopped


  • Cook the Potatoes: In a large pot, pour enough water to cover an inch of the base. Insert steamer basket and place the chunks of potatoes on top. Cover the lid and steam on medium heat for 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are very tender.

  • Mash the Potatoes: In a medium-sized bowl, add the steamed sweet potatoes. Mash the mixture until the desired texture is achieved.

  • Add Remaining Ingredients: Add almond milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and mix until well combined. Adjust seasoning and sweetness, if needed. Serve and top with pecans, if using.


I mash mine with a potato masher, however, if you don't have one, a fork works well. If you prefer a smoother texture, use a hand mixer, stand mixer, or a food processor.


Calories: 100kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 365mg, Potassium: 340mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 13832IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 53mg, Iron: 1mg

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

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How do you make Ina Garten mashed sweet potatoes? ›

Place the sweet potato meat into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and add the orange juice, cream, butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Mix together until combined but not smooth and transfer to a baking dish. Bake the potatoes for 20 to 30 minutes, until heated through.

How do you keep sweet potato mash from getting watery? ›

Besides flour added to thicken mash potatoes that you have gotten too thin, you can add some instant potatoes. This is what I would do. I also add instant potatoes to thicken soup when it is too 'runny' for my taste. Not a lot, a little will do it very nicely.

How can I thicken my mashed sweet potatoes? ›

You can use what you have on hand: Flour, cornstarch, or powdered milk are all solid options that are probably already in your pantry. Potato flour and potato starch would work as well. Stir in the thickening agent gradually, about a tablespoon at a time, until the potatoes have reached your desired consistency.

How do you make mashed sweet potatoes less stringy? ›

Food Processor: Use a food processor for the smoothest, silkiest mashed sweet potatoes. How do you make mashed sweet potatoes less stringy? The secret to make mashed sweet potatoes less stringy is to use a food processor to mash the potatoes.

Why not to boil sweet potatoes? ›

Despite their sweet taste, these potatoes have an intermediate glycemic index (GI) level, meaning they are digested and absorbed fairly slowly, leading to a more gradual increase in blood sugar levels. But, a lot of these benefits, including nutrients and taste, can be lost by boiling sweet potatoes.

Why do you need to soak sweet potatoes before cooking? ›

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: The main secrets to achieving that incredible crispy texture, is to soak the cut sweet potatoes in cold water for at least 30 minutes. This helps remove the starch from the sweet potatoes so they´re not limp & soggy.

Why are my mashed sweet potatoes stringy? ›

Sweet potatoes stored at temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit will shrivel and become dry and stringy. Sweet potatoes may develop an off-flavor and the flesh may become discolored when stored at temperatures below 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

What causes mashed potatoes to become gummy? ›

When too much starch gets released, the potatoes become gummy, gluey, and unappetizing. Overworking the potatoes can happen in a couple ways: either by simply handling them too much, or by using a food processor, blender, or similar tool, which mixes the potatoes too aggressively.

Why do my sweet potatoes taste watery? ›

(Another hot tip if you're boiling your sweet potatoes: Don't overcook them! They tend to absorb water, which could make the filling watery.) So, say you do have some undercooked bits of sweet potato. You have two choices: Pick them out or bake your sweet potato casserole long enough to soften the underdone pieces.

Can you add too much milk to mashed potatoes? ›

Runny potatoes can happen for a few different reasons. Too much liquid: This is the most common reason. In the mashing process you may have added too much milk or broth. Boiled too long: Boiling your potatoes for too long can make them water-logged, which (you guessed it) can contribute to runny mashed potatoes.

How do you make mashed potatoes thicker without cornstarch? ›

Cook Additional Potatoes – Another one of my more preferred thickening methods is adding in extra cooked potatoes. For this trick, peel and boil/cook potatoes exactly how you would to make mashed potatoes. Once super soft, give them a quick mash before adding them straight into your thin mashed potatoes.

Why are my sweet potatoes so thin? ›

My sweet potatoes are long and thin. Is there something wrong with my soil? Too much nitrogen in the soil causes long, thin roots. When planting next season, don't improve soil in your sweet potato patch with anything that might add nitrogen (such as compost), and don't fertilize.

How do you make mashed potatoes thicker without flakes? ›

Whisk a little cornstarch into the warm potatoes, only a teaspoon at a time, until the potatoes thicken to your liking. The potatoes must be warm. You can also use tapioca starch or potato starch, although most cooks are less likely to have those products on hand.

What is the difference between a yam and a sweet potato? ›

Sweet potatoes are in the morning glory family, while yams belong to the lily family. Yams aren't as sweet as sweet potatoes, and they are starchier and drier. Their texture and flavor are more similar to potatoes or yuca.

Why are my mashed potatoes sticky and not fluffy? ›

As already discussed, pastiness is caused by too much potato starch being worked into the mashed potatoes. The main way we combat this problem is by rinsing away starch, both before and after cooking potatoes for fluffy mashed potatoes. Rinsing off starch means that there is less of it that can end up in the dish.

Should I peel sweet potatoes before boiling? ›

There is not much difference between boiling sweet potatoes with the skins on versus peeling them, but you will get a boost of fiber and potassium if you keep the skin on. The skin also adds a subtle texture to each bite. If you're looking for a smoother mash, peel the potatoes first before boiling.

Is it better to boil sweet potatoes or bake sweet potatoes? ›

Baking can also cause an 80% drop in vitamin A levels, twice as much as boiling. Therefore, from a nutritional standpoint, boiling rather than baking should be recommended for cooking sweet potato.

How to cook sweet potatoes Martha Stewart? ›

Scrub and pat potatoes dry. Pierce potatoes all over with the tines of a fork and bake in oven, directly on rack, until soft and caramelizing, 1 1/2 hours. Slash the tops of potatoes open with the tip of a sharp knife and push ends of each potato toward each other to open.

How does Ina Garten bake sweet potatoes? ›

  1. Preheat oven to 425*F.
  2. Cut sweet potatoes in wedges or like french fries.
  3. Place wedges on large baking pan or cookie sheet. ...
  4. Now sprinkle over brown sugar, salt, and black pepper. ...
  5. Spread out in a single layer. ...
  6. Place back in oven and bake another 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy on the outside.


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