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Instant Mashed Potatoes without Milk

These dairy free instant mashed potatoes are made without milk or butter.

I believe the goal when making instant mashed potatoes is to get them to taste as close to homemade mashed potatoes as possible.

Instant mashed potatoes are russet potatoes that have been cooked, mashed, and then dehydrated.

However, by themselves they don’t have all that much flavor, so that part is on us.

My homemade dairy free mashed potatoes without milk and my dairy free mashed potatoes without butter are packed with flavor so I know you don’t need dairy for flavor.

Instant Mashed Potatoes in a white bowl on a white marble counter

To make instant mashed potatoes you need to rehydrate the potato flakes which requires a decent amount of liquid.

Most instructions will call for hot water and milk.

However, unlike my mashed potatoes with almond milk, mashed potatoes with oat milk, and mashed potatoes with coconut milk, I decided to leave out the milk all together.

You can replace the milk called for in mashed potatoes, including instant mashed potatoes, with more water or something tastier like stock.

I decided to opt for the most flavor and use chicken stock or vegetable stock.

Homemade stock is idea, bullion cubes, bullion powder, or store-bought stock will work too.

I also wanted to add some extra creaminess to the mashed potatoes so I used my secrete ingredient for incredibly creamy mashed potatoes – mayonnaise.

Don’t worry, the mashed potatoes don’t taste anything like potato salad. You can’t taste the mayonnaise at all but the mashed potatoes are oh so creamy!

Are instant mashed potatoes actually potatoes?

Instant mashed potatoes are made from potatoes that have been cooked, mashed, dehydrated, and packaged.

How can I make instant mashed potatoes better?

Since instant mashed potatoes are mashed potatoes that have been dehydrated… once you rehydrate them you can add to them anything you’d normally add to mashed potatoes.

Personally, I think instant mashed potatoes that are simply rehydrated – especially if you only use water – has a taste reminiscent of dirt. So I make sure to add lots of flavor!

I do this by using stock instead of water and sometimes instead of both water and milk. I also use onion powder and garlic powder for added flavor.

Lastly, I use a little mayonnaise which is my secret ingredient in a lot of my home cooking.

Mayonnaise is incredible for roasting, grilling, baking, and even frying… it also makes the creamiest mashed potatoes!

Are instant mashed potatoes as healthy as regular potatoes?

Instant mashed potatoes have more sodium than fresh potatoes and less protein, dietary fiber, and vitamins.

Can you make instant mashed potato without milk?

Yes. What you need is a liquid, not specifically milk, however the fat in milk does make it a little creamier.

What can I substitute for milk in instant mashed potatoes?

Water, stock, coconut milk, almond milk, and oat milk can all be used instead of milk in instant mashed potatoes.

Personally, I like using either stock instead of both the water and milk, or a combination of stock and a full fat neutral flavored oat milk for creaminess.

Can you substitute mayonnaise for milk in mashed potatoes?

Mayonnaise is my secret ingredient for having incredibly creamy mashed potatoes.

However, especially with instant mashed potatoes, you do still need enough liquid to make sure the potatoes are not dry.

So, in this recipe I use it more to add a creamy texture than to replace the milk all together.

Yield: Serves 6

Instant Mashed Potatoes without Milk

Instant Mashed Potatoes in a white bowl on a white marble counter

These dairy free instant mashed potatoes are made without milk or butter and are incredibly creamy and very flavorful!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups low sodium chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 3/4 to 1 cup full fat oat milk*
  • 2 cups dry instant potato flakes
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Warm stock and oat milk.
  2. Combine potato flakes, onion powder, and garlic powder in a bowl.
  3. Add potato flake mixture to the pot and stir well with a whisk to make sure all flakes are moistened. Let sit for five minutes.
  4. Mix in mayonnaise and salt to taste.

Notes

*If you don't want to use oat milk replace it with additional stock

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 430mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g

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