Mashed Cauliflower

BY : PUBLISHED : November 12th, 2018 UPDATED: August 18th, 2021

Are you struggling to find vegan-friendly sides other than salad? This delicious cauliflower mash tastes so good you won’t believe it’s healthy. Serve with thyme for an earthy zest. Yum! It goes great with some chunky vegan patties or some sauteed mushrooms? As suspicious as you might be I’m sure you will love it!

Many people would gag at the thought of eating cauliflower! I know a few. But the trick is how to prepare it and how to spice it. This mashed cauliflower is a triple winner. Super healthy, low calorie and so filling! Would you prepare it at your next dinner party? With some vegan roast, it’s a match made in heaven. I promise!

Another fantastic feature of this mashed cauliflower recipe is that cauliflower is so affordable and one big head will make a significant amount of mash. Budget-friendly foods are our best friends! Things like sweet potatoes, potatoes, rice, and beans are nutrient rich and full of fiber. An amazing staple for a plant-based diet!

Wouldn’t this be a great recipe for Christmas or Thanksgiving? Topped with this gravy maybe! A great alternative the classic mashed potatoes and a lot less heavy after all those holidays treats!

Will you try this mashed cauliflower recipe?

Mashed Cauliflower

This delicious cauliflower mash tastes so good you won’t believe it’s healthy. Serve with thyme for an earthy zest.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 3 servings
Calories 119 kcal
METHOD Stovetop
DIET Vegan


  • 1 cup of vegetable broth + 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (don't worry about keeping florets intact)
  • 2 Tablespoons of vegan butter, cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped fresh thyme
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • In a large pot, bring the broth, water and salt to a boil. Add the cauliflower; bring back to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to low and steam for 20 minutes, or until cauliflower is very tender.
  • Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cauliflower to a food processor. Add 3 tablespoons of vegetable broth/water from the pot, along with the vegan butter. Process until smooth.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and freshly ground pepper. Add thyme and process until just combined.


Calories: 119kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 1207mgPotassium: 579mgFiber: 4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 199IUVitamin C: 93mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 1mg
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