Dad’s Pine Nut and Glazed Onion Vegan Mashed Potatoes


I’ve always thought that my dad makes the best mashed potatoes in the whole wide world. Last time he came to visit, he wanted to make mashed potatoes for me, but got all stressed out because I didn’t have any “real” butter or “real” milk in the house. I showed him the ways of vegan butter and cashew cream. Afterwards, we both went into a divine mashed potato food coma and lived happily ever after.

Dad’s Pine Nut and Glazed Onion Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Serves a holiday crowd, for a McCowan sized crowd, double the recipe.

  • 5 lbs red or gold potatoes, peeled or unpeeled and quartered (dad peels his, I don’t)
  • 4 tablespoons vegan butter, divided
  • 1 large white onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked in warm water for 4-6 hours if you don’t have a power blender)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method: Bring 8-12 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Carefully add the quartered potatoes and cook for about 40 minutes important not to over-cook, soggy, or under-cook, chunky. While the potatoes are cooking saute the onions in a couple tablespoons of the vegan butter until golden and translucent. Add the pine nuts to the onions and cook for a few minutes more until pine nuts are toasted. Next, in your blender, combine the water, lemon juice and cashews. Blend until silky smooth. Carefully drain the cooked potatoes and return to the pot. Hand mash the potatoes with the remaining vegan butter and cashew cream. Then add salt and pepper to taste. Stir onions and pine nuts into the mashed potatoes, saving some for garnish. If desired, dot the top of the mashed potatoes with additional pats of vegan butter.



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Filed under Gluten Free, Holiday Recipes, Nuts and Seeds, Side Dishes, Vegan

24 responses to “Dad’s Pine Nut and Glazed Onion Vegan Mashed Potatoes

  1. I love how you use cashews in so many different ways. This dish looks beautiful.

  2. Sounds like a great way to get around the issues of dairy etc… I have to say though, I’m a pound of butter kinda guy ;). Your dad seems to have some great recipes up his sleeves.

    • He’s an amazing cook, and a pound of butter guy too, but the best thing was is that he said that the vegan mashed potatoes were every bit as good as his “regular” mashed potatoes, or even better! :)

  3. I like your Dad!! That looks very tasty ☺️

  4. How wonderful that your dad is so open in learning new and healthier ways of cooking the dishes he loves! That’s awesome! The best looking mashed potatoes ever. :)

    • My brother who is vegan lived with my parents over the summer. They ate mostly vegan meals together. I think my dad’s developed a whole new love for vegan food as well as ways to prepare things without animal products, which of course, makes me very happy :)

      • Wow, that’s super Somer! I have soooo much work to do with my family. They still don’t get it. The only thing I can do is keep enticing them with delicious “I-can’t-believe-this-is-vegan” dishes and keep answering all their questions with a very big smile!

  5. Sounds and looks tasty,I will try this with almonds!

  6. I’ve never met mashed potatoes I don’t like (as long as they’re vegan, obvs), and this is no exception. Looks delish!

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  8. Reblogged this on Gemini Health & Nutrition and commented:
    and another recipe that I am going to have to add to my box to make in upcoming weeks!

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  10. Yum! I really wish I would have pulled mashed potato duty for Thanksgiving this year so I could make these :)

  11. Yum yum yum yum! This looks so delicious!
    I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I love seeing the things you cook up! You can view the post here-
    Thank you for sharing your great food :)

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