Earth Balance, a commercial vegan butter substitute, is wonderful in vegan mashed potatoes. But if you'd rather use ingredients that you have in your pantry, then try this simple vegan sweet potato mash, prepared with full fat coconut milk to create tons of creaminess. —Gena Hamshaw
6 to 8
5 to 6
sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped roughly (about 3 1/2 pounds)
cup coconut milk, full fat
salt and pepper, to taste
maple syrup (optional; add if you like your mashed sweet potatoes to be sweeter)
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the sweet potatoes and boil for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
Drain the potatoes and transfer them back to the pot, or another large, flat-bottomed container. Add 1/2 cup of the coconut milk, salt (about 1/2 teaspoon) and pepper. Mash the potatoes until they're tender, adding more coconut milk as needed until they've reached a desired consistency. Stir in the maple syrup and ginger, if using. Potatoes will keep, refrigerated, for up to four days.
Gena is a registered dietitian, recipe developer, and food blogger. She's the author of three cookbooks, including Power Plates (2017) and Food52 Vegan (2015). She enjoys cooking vegetables, making bread, and challenging herself with vegan baking projects.