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Whole30 Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (DF, Paleo)

These are the best homemade Whole30 Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes ever! This easy recipe for delicious garlic mash is easy to make ahead of time. You’ll never even believe they are dairy-free!

a bowl of whole30 mashed potatoes with a fork, chives, and mini potatoes on a white board

Before I tell you why these amazing Whole30 mashed potatoes should be on your weekly meal plan, I need to first hit you with one giant truth bomb: making mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot isn’t a giant time saver compared to stovetop mashed taters. It cuts maybe 5 minutes off the total time.

Um, then why are you telling us how to make Instant Pot mashed potatoes then? Excellent question.

I think these mashed potatoes are delicious and are equally as delicious as my make-ahead easy mashed potatoes recipe. But having an Instant Pot option is great when you’re out of space on your stove, or you just want to be able to make and keep mashed potatoes warm in one container.

And before your boob sweat gets out of control, relax. Yes, I included non-Instant-Pot instructions.

In conclusion, I firmly believe in having options and eating delicious mashed potatoes. And for my Whole30, paleo, and dairy-free friends, I need you to know these will be the best-mashed spuds you’ll ever eat.

And that is a hill I am willing to die on this week.

Can You Have Mashed Potatoes on Whole30?

Yes! The program changed in summer 2014 to allow potatoes onto the list of compliant foods. While starchy foods aren’t generally the best thing to fill your diet with, incorporating potatoes occasionally during a Whole30 round is fine.

There is some debate as to whether white potatoes are allowed on a paleo diet, but it appears to be a personal choice. You know, like every freaking thing in life!

Can You Make Mashed Potatoes With Ghee?

Gosh yes, and it is yummy! Ghee is an acceptable form of butter for people who follow a Whole30 or paleo diet. For dairy-free people, ghee may be tolerable depending on your dairy issues.

But if you’re vegan, or can’t consume ghee, I have you covered with a delicious substitution. See recipe notes for details.

What Are The Best Potatoes For Making Mashed Potatoes?

Here is the truth friends, you should be using a mixture of different kinds of potatoes. Starchy, waxy, and baking spuds all add their own perfect quality to this delectable side dish. I usually use a mix of russets, golds, yellow, and a few red potatoes (those buggers are delicious, but HARD to peel).

If it is in your budget, look for organic potatoes, as their conventionally grown cousins are very high on the Dirty Dozen.

This recipe used half peeled russet potatoes and half unpeeled yellow potatoes.

Errr, What Are Nut Pods And Why Is the Name So Hilariously Awesome?

Nut Pods are a dairy-free, Whole30 approved substitute for coffee creamer, half-and-half, and cream. They’re pretty freaking delicious (I just ordered the chocolate orange flavor and I’m pretty sure I’m going to squeeze Felix our UPS guy when he delivers them) and work awesome for dairy-free cooking.

For this recipe, you’ll want the original flavor.

If you’re unable to find them locally, Amazon carries them. You can also use a substitution of half coconut cream and half almond milk in place of the Nut Pods.

Also? I just like saying Nut Pods.

How to Make Whole30 Mashed Potatoes

*A detailed and printable recipe card is at the bottom of the post

Add your potatoes and garlic to your Instant Pot and pour in enough water or stock to cover them by 1 inch.

potatoes in an instant pot for whole30 mashed potatoes

Secure the lid and set the vent to “sealing”. Press manual>high pressure>8 minutes.

When the time is up, wait 2 minutes and then using a clean kitchen towel, flip the vent to “venting”. Allow it to rest until the pressure gauge drops. Using oven mitts, remove the insert and drain the potatoes into a strainer/colander.

Place the insert back into the Instant Pot and press “Saute”. Add the ghee, milk, and salt. Allow it to cook until warmed through (about 1 minute).

two photos showing the cooking process for whole30 mashed potatoes in an instant pot

Add the potatoes and garlic back to the pot and mash until it has reached your desired consistency. Add more (warmed) milk, stock, and salt to taste.

a potato masher and potatoes in an instant pot for whole30 mashed potatoes.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Leave the finished mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot and press the “keep warm” setting if you’d like to serve them within an hour or so. Stir occasionally to prevent any hot spots.
  • To make them a day or so ahead of time, allow the mashed potatoes to fully cool and then store them in an air-tight container in the fridge. Reheat at 300 degrees F.
  • If you aren’t dairy-free, feel free to use your favorite milk and butter in the same measurements as listed in the recipe card.

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Whole30 Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (DF, Paleo)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 

These are the best homemade Whole30 Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes ever! This easy recipe for delicious garlic mash is easy to make ahead of time. 

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free mashed potatoes, instant pot mashed potatoes, whole30 mashed potatoes
Servings: 10
Calories: 124 kcal
Author: Sarah Cook - Sustainable Cooks
Ingredients
  • 3 pounds potatoes mixture of russet, red, and yellow potatoes recommended
  • 5 cloves garlic peeled
  • 3 tbsp ghee
  • 1 cup Nut Pods or preferred dairy or non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • chives optional
  • water or stock to cover potatoes
Instructions
  1. Peel (optional) and cut your potatoes into 1-inch pieces. Add your potatoes and garlic to your Instant Pot and pour in enough water or stock to cover them by 1 inch.

  2. Secure the lid and set the vent to "sealing". Press manual>high pressure>8 minutes.

  3. When the time is up, wait 2 minutes and then using a clean kitchen towel, flip the vent to "venting". Allow it to rest until the pressure gauge drops. Using oven mitts, remove the insert and drain the potatoes into a strainer/colander.

  4. Place the insert back into the Instant Pot and press "Saute". Add the ghee, milk, and salt. Allow it to cook until warmed through (about 1 minute).

  5. Add the potatoes and garlic back to the pot and mash until it has reached your desired consistency. Add more (warmed) milk, stock, and salt to taste.

Stove top Instructions
  1. Peel (optional) and cut your potatoes into 1-inch pieces. Add your potatoes and garlic to a stockpot.  

  2. Add enough water to cover all the spuds completely. Boil for two minutes, and then reduce to medium-high and cook until the tip of a knife can pierce through one of the potatoes.

  3. Drain the potatoes and add the ghee, milk, and salt. Allow it to cook until warmed through (about 2 minutes).

  4. Add the potatoes and garlic back to the pot and mash until it has reached your desired consistency. Add more (warmed) milk, stock, and salt to taste.

Recipe Notes

Use olive oil in place of ghee if you are dairy-free or vegan.

 

Leave the mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot and press the "keep warm" setting if you'd like to serve them within an hour or so. Stir occasionally to prevent any hot spots.

 

To make them a day or so ahead of time, allow the mashed potatoes to fully cool and then store them in an air-tight container in the fridge. Reheat at 300 degrees F.

 

You can use 1/2 cup coconut cream and 1/2 cup almond milk in place of the Nut Pods.

Nutrition Facts
Whole30 Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes (DF, Paleo)
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 124 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 179mg 7%
Potassium 568mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 0g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin C 19.4%
Calcium 7.4%
Iron 24.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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