Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”

Heather Dessinger

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Once, at a cooking demonstration, I all but inhaled a calzone with my eyes. Seriously, y’all, it was full of the melty goodness we call cheese. Except, it wasn’t.

It looked like a calzone. The chef was calling it calzone. But it was made with weird sprouty things.

Back then I was pretty put off by the idea of adapting old favorites to meet new dietary needs, but since then – both by necessity and the desire to get my kids to eat more veggies – I’ve changed my tune.

Pizza crust made with cauliflower? Totally doable, but my eyes and taste buds need to be in sync. And so it is with that in mind that I humbly offer you my tried-and-true fauxtato recipe.


Although my family has reintroduced potatoes to our diet, we still love this version. In fact, when I made it last week my preschooler finished his portion and then proceeded to scoop every last bit out of the serving bowl for himself.

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Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

I started making these cauliflower mashed "potatoes" when my family was on a gut-healing protocol. We've reintroduced potatoes now, but we still love this recipe! Makes about 4-5 cups total.
Servings 8
Calories 1165kcal
Author Mommypotamus



  • Steam garlic and cauliflower for 10 minutes (you may have to do this in two batches depending on the size of your steamer)
  • Remove cauliflower from steamer and place in a colander to drain for 15 minutes
  • Toss cauliflower/garlic, butter, salt and pepper in a food processor and blend until smooth. Warm up in the oven before serving.


Calories: 1165kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 96g | Saturated Fat: 59g | Cholesterol: 244mg | Sodium: 1163mg | Potassium: 3607mg | Fiber: 24g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 2839IU | Vitamin C: 567mg | Calcium: 356mg | Iron: 6mg

Want More Cauliflower Recipes?

Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe – This simplified cauliflower pizza crust doesn’t require any pre-cooking, steaming, squeezing, or double back-handsprings. It takes only a few minutes of hands-on time and holds together beautifully!
  • Cauliflower Fried “Rice” – One of my very favorite things this recipe is that it’s so versatile. Don’t have any onion or carrots? No problem, just use whatever veggies you have on hand – zucchini, squash, mushrooms, leeks, etc.
  • Golden Roasted Cauliflower – The simple blend of spices in this golden recipe create a rich, savory, slightly garlicky flavor. ⁣My family loves it, and I love how easy it is to throw together at the end of a busy day.⁣⁣
  • Creamy, Dairy-Free Shrimp Chowder – You don’t need to be dairy-free to enjoy this “creamy without the cream” shrimp chowder, and it’s a great way to get extra veggies into your family’s diet.

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world.