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Keto Mashed Potatoes

Say hello to your favorite mashed cauliflower recipe! This oh-so-yummy Keto Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese recipe will make you forget all about potatoes thanks to the extra creaminess from cream cheese and heavy whipping cream. This recipe is perfect for the holidays and “just because”!

bowl of cauliflower mashed potatoes keto with gold spoon dipping in

Keto Mashed Potatoes

Did you ever think that you’d be eating mashed cauliflower?! And that you’d LIKE it?! In my previous carb-filled life, I would have never guessed that mashed cauliflower could come anywhere near the flavor or texture of mashed potatoes, but I have to admit: it is DARN good. Especially when you take it to the next level and make this Keto Mashed Cauliflower with Cream Cheese recipe!

This version is extra-creamy and flavorful and will, I assure you, be loved by all who try it. It’s perfect for the upcoming holiday season! This dish is especially popular for Keto Thanksgiving celebrations. Even die-hard potato fans won’t be able to resist a serving of this once they enjoy that first creamy bite.

Bonus points: it’s super easy to make! Want to see just how easy? Let me run you through the process…

How to Make Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Keto + Tips

This is just a quick overview of how to make this keto mashed cauliflower recipe. For the recipe in detail, scroll to the recipe card at the end of the post.

First, steam your cauliflower florets. See the sections later in the post for two different methods for steaming cauliflower.

TIP: When I say cauliflower florets, I really mean florets — don’t include any (or much) of the stems. The florets puree the easiest and will give you the creamiest mashed cauliflower.

Then, drain the excess moisture from your cauliflower florets.

TIP: If you want to go the extra mile, you can squeeze the moisture out of the florets with a cheesecloth. This will give you an even better texture!

Once your cauliflower is ready to go, combine all remaining ingredients except almond milk into a small bowl.

bowl containing butter with heavy whipping cream being poured in for keto mashed cauliflower

Then add your steamed cauliflower to a food processor and pour in combined ingredients.

TIP: If you don’t have a food processor, an immersion blender will work too.

bowl pouring combined ingredients into keto mashed cauliflower

Process/blend to your desired texture. (I like mine with a little texture, but you can blend as smooth as you’d like.)

TIP: If you like your mashed cauliflower a little thinner, you can use a little unsweetened almond milk at this step to thin it out.

inside of food processor containing keto mashed cauliflower

Your Cream Cheese Keto Mashed Cauliflower is ready to serve! Garnish with a little parsley, if desired.

closeup of gold spoon inside keto mashed cauliflower with parsley on top

How to Steam Cauliflower Florets with a Steamer Basket

  • Fit a large saucepan with a steamer basket insert.
  • Add salted water to just below the steamer basket and bring water to a boil.
  • When the water is boiling, add cut cauliflower florets, reduce water to a simmer, and place lid on the saucepan.
  • Allow cauliflower to simmer for 10-15 minutes until fork tender. (You want very soft cauliflower for mashed cauliflower, so you’ll likely be on the higher end of this range.)

How to Steam Cauliflower Florets without a Steamer Basket

  • Fill a large saucepan with 1″ water and cut cauliflower florets.
  • Bring water to a boil and place lid on the saucepan.
  • Allow cauliflower to cook for 10-12 minutes until fork tender. (You want very soft cauliflower for mashed cauliflower, so you’ll likely be on the higher end of this range.)

Can I Use Cauliflower Rice in this Recipe?

If you prefer, you can use riced cauliflower (fresh bagged or frozen) to make this low carb mashed cauliflower. Just be sure to cook the riced cauliflower until it is tender and drain any excess moisture.

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Cauli Mash Keto Nutrition Facts

Per serving:

  • 147 calories
  • 13g fat
  • 3.5g protein
  • 3.3g net carbs

More Keto Thanksgiving Sides

With the popularity of Keto Mashed Potatoes as a Keto Thanksgiving Sides, here are some more popular dishes to try:

  • Keto Deviled Eggs: These “Everything Bagel” seasoned deviled eggs are amazing! Best served as an appetizer.
  • Keto Stuffing: What Thanksgiving turkey is complete without making a fantastic stuffing!
  • Keto Cornbread: This keto bread recipe is fantastic and a huuuuuge favorite for the Fall season.
  • Keto Green Beans: A new twist on this seasonal favorite by topping the beans with delicious pecans.
  • Keto Roasted Radishes: This dish can be served on the side, or as an appetizer before the main event. Top this dish with our Keto Ranch Dressing.
  • Keto Cranberry Sauce: This cranberry sauce is soooo good it could easily pass for a dessert. There is just something about that cinnamon-cranberry combination that melts in your mouth!

Keto Desserts

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closeup of gold spoon inside keto mashed cauliflower with parsley on top

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Keto

Say hello to your favorite mashed cauliflower recipe! This oh-so-yummy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Keto will make you forget all about potatoes thanks to the extra creaminess from cream cheese and heavy whipping cream. This recipe is perfect for the holidays and “just because”!
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Keto Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauli mash keto, keto mashed potatoes, keto Thanksgiving, low carb cauliflower
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 147kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb cauliflower florets
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 2 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder optional
  • 1/8 tsp dried parsley optional
  • Unsweetened almond milk to thin up to 1/4 cup, if needed

Instructions

  • Steam cauliflower florets (see Notes for directions).
  • After cauliflower is steamed, combine the remaining ingredients except for almond milk in a small bowl.
  • Add the steamed, drained cauliflower to a food processor.
  • Add the combined ingredients to the cauliflower and pulse or blend to desired texture. If needed, add unsweetened almond milk to thin.

Notes

How to Steam Cauliflower Florets with a Steamer Basket
  • Fit a large saucepan with a steamer basket insert.
  • Add salted water to just below the steamer basket and bring water to a boil.
  • When the water is boiling, add cut cauliflower florets, reduce water to a simmer, and place lid on the saucepan.
  • Allow cauliflower to simmer for 10-15 minutes until fork tender. (You want very soft cauliflower for mashed cauliflower, so you’ll likely be on the higher end of this range.)
How to Steam Cauliflower Florets without a Steamer Basket
  • Fill a large saucepan with 1″ water and cut cauliflower florets.
  • Bring water to a boil and place lid on the saucepan.
  • Allow cauliflower to cook for 10-12 minutes until fork tender. (You want very soft cauliflower for mashed cauliflower, so you’ll likely be on the higher end of this range.)
Tips
  • When I say cauliflower florets, I really mean florets — don’t include any (or much) of the stems. The florets puree the easiest and will give you the creamiest mashed cauliflower.
  • If you prefer, you can use riced cauliflower (fresh bagged or frozen) to make this low carb mashed cauliflower. Just be sure to cook the riced cauliflower until it is tender and drain any excess moisture.
  • If you want to go the extra mile, you can squeeze the moisture out of the florets with a cheesecloth. This will give you an even better texture!
  • If you don’t have a food processor, an immersion blender will work too.
 
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Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes Keto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2.7g11%
Protein 3.5g7%
Calcium 16mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer



Nutrition facts are included as a courtesy only. They are accurate to the best of our knowledge based on the ingredients and brands used, but their accuracy is not guaranteed. If applicable, sugar alcohols have already been removed from the total carb count.

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  • 5 stars
    I’ve made this like 20 times now and its by far the best recipe I’ve found. I’ve had a range of thick to soupy and any way they come out they still taste great.

  • 5 stars
    This is a great recipe for Keto Mashed Potatoes. I do not have a steamer basket and it took the full 12 minutes to get the cauliflower florets soft. With the additional ingredients of cream cheese, butter and heavy whipping cream, the mashed cauliflower dish is even better than mashed potatoes in in my opinion.

  • 5 stars
    Your recipe for Keto Mashed Potatoes is my favorite. I tried another Keto recipe that used chicken broth but your version is much richer and creamier. The addition of the heavy whipping cream makes a big difference plus I like my potatoes to be a thicker consistency. Cauliflower is not a vegetable that I normally like but in this cauliflower mashed potato dish, they are great.

  • 5 stars
    I doubled this recipe of Keto mashed potatoes to serve with my Christmas dinner. Everyone enjoyed them from the two year old to the 89 year old. My guests were surprised when I told them they were actually eating cauliflower mashed potatoes or Keto cauli mash as I like to call it. The end product is so rich and creamy – thanks!

  • 5 stars
    I first made Keto Mashed Potatoes to serve with Christmas dinner. They were excellent and everybody liked them. Now that I know how easy it is to make the cauliflower version of mashed potatoes, I am making them every week. Wonderful addition to my weekend meals!

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