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Best Cauliflower Mash

The best 3-ingredient faux mashed potatoes you've ever had!  Only this time the star ingredient is cauliflower!  Cauliflower makes this side dish a low carb option that you can devour.  Made with garlic, cauliflower, and your favorite plant-based milk.  I used coconut milk.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Keyword: cauliflower, easy, mashed, quick, simple, steamed, vegetables
Servings: 2 people
Author: Julie Rosenthal


  • Large pot
  • Steamer to put inside pot
  • High-speed blender OR food processor


  • 1 head cauliflower chopped into large chunks
  • 3 pods fresh garlic
  • cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • sea salt to taste


  • First, chop into pieces, wash, and dry.
  • Then steam the cauliflower with the garlic buds. Fill the pot with approx ½ cup of water and bring to a boil over medium heat. A silicone steamer works very well in this step. Put the cauliflower into the steamer and add the steamer into the pot. You don’t want the water above your steamer.  The legs of the steamer should sit in water.  But you don’t want water seeping through the holes of the steamer or coming up above it. Once your steamer filled with the garlic and cauliflower is inside the pot, you will want to cover the pot so the steam gets locked in. At this point set the stove to medium or low. And let it steam until the cauliflower is softened with the touch of a fork, approx 5 minutes.
  • Once your cauliflower has cooled somewhat and isn't steaming hot, place your steamed cauliflower in stages into the blender or food processor.  As your cauliflower is blending add a little milk at a time to get the mixture moving. You don't have to use to whole ½ cup. You can use less. It all depends on your blender or food processor. Blend until the consistency is as desired.
  • Add additional spices and herbs into your mash and serve.


  • Michelle from Nom Nom Paleo uses a food processor.  I used a high-speed blender and added coconut milk to make it uber creamy.
  • Using a silicone steamer is great because you can put it inside your steam pot.  It doesn’t have to be fancy.   
  • Use your dried spices and herbs.  These are great ways to get in your dried herbs, and adds immense flavor to cauliflower.
  • Use whatever plant milk or dairy milk you want.  Whatever you can tolerate you use.