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Surviving Thanksgiving dinner when you’re trying to eat plant-based can be tough. Traditional Thanksgiving dishes, even veggie-based dishes like our beloved mashed potatoes, are typically loaded with meat and dairy products. However, if you bring your own hearty side dish to the table, you have something to eat and pass around.

While we love nothing more than a big plate of mashed potatoes, why not try putting a new spin on the classic dish this year?

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Also, don’t forget to check out our ultimate guide to plant-based recipes for Thanksgiving!

Here are 15 tasty, vegan mashed vegetable recipes that are loaded with seasonal flavors!

1. Sweet Potato Mash With Cashew Cream

Sweet Potato Mash With Roasted Garlic and Cashew Cream

Source: Sweet Potato Mash

This simple Sweet Potato Mash by Bianca the Green Creator has the deep flavors of roasted sweet potato, onion, and a whole head of garlic. The cashew cream makes this dish feel like a guilty pleasure, with its unsurpassed creaminess.

2. Slow Cooker Rosemary Carrot Parsnip Mash

Slow Cooker Rosemary Carrot Parsnip Mash

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This Rosemary Carrot Parsnip Mash by Lindsay Cotter makes a great alternative for those who eat vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, or paleo. The nutty flavor of the root vegetables mixed with the creamy almond milk and coconut cream creates a satisfying dish to add to any menu. This is an easy-to-make, comfort-food-style dish that is perfect for any family party.

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3. Mashed Cauliflower Green Bean Casserole 

Mashed Cauliflower Green Bean Casserole

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This is a dish for everyone — even the pickiest of eaters. Fresh green beans are tossed with coconut milk, nutritional yeast, and onion, all topped with a creamy layer of cauliflower mash plus a crunchy, garlicky bread crumb topping. It’s comforting, warming, creamy, and cheesy. In short, this Mashed Cauliflower Green Bean Casserole by Florian Nouh is comfort food approved. Plus, since it’s prepared with minimal ingredients in just 35 minutes, you just can’t go wrong.

4. Hearty Lentil, Mushroom, And Barley Mash 

Hearty Lentil, Mushroom, And Barley Mash

Source: Hearty Lentil, Mushroom, And Barley Mash

This mash will do the trick if you need to warm up – comfort food at its tastiest, folks. This Hearty Lentil, Mushroom, And Barley Mash by Bianca Scartabello is incredibly delicious and filling. If you are a mushroom fan, this recipe is dedicated to you. It is full of flavor and it takes under a half hour to make!

5. South Indian Mashed Pumpkin

South Indian Mashed Pumpkin

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In this South Indian Mashed Pumpkin by Preeti Tamilarasan, yellow pumpkin is cooked until tender in a pot tempered with curry leaves and spicy mustard seeds. As it cooks, onions, spicy chilis, and turmeric are added to the pot and cooked until the pumpkin is tender enough to be mashed.

6. Sweet Potato Mash With Maple-Pecans Topping

Sweet Potato Mash With Maple-Pecans and Brussels Sprouts

Source: Sweet Potato Mash With Maple-Pecan Topping

In this recipe, the flavors of roasted Brussels sprouts and maple pecans pair perfectly with creamy mashed sweet potato. This Sweet Potato Mash With Maple-Pecan Topping by Sonja Trurnit is warm, comforting, and earthy, yet so simple to make. The taste of each component on its own is delicious enough, but when combined, it becomes something special.

7. Lentil, Sweet Potato, And Carrot Mash 

Lentil Stew With Sweet Potato and Carrot Mash [Vegan]

Source: Lentil, Sweet Potato, And Carrot Mash

If you haven’t cooked with lentils before, this is a great place to start! This Lentil, Sweet Potato, And Carrot Mash by Renee Sexton is super easy to make, really hearty, and beautiful on top of the bright orange mash. Top the whole thing off with some coconut yogurt and avocado and enjoy!

8. Perfect Pea Mash 

Perfect Pea Mash

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This Perfect Pea Mash by Rebecca Leffler may just make you sing. Serve this purée as a side dish, as a spread on toast or crackers, atop a salad, or as a creamy pesto over other vegetables. This is a unique and simple dish to jazz up your table.

9. Celery Root, Pumpkin, And Carrot Mash

Celery Root, Pumpkin, And Carrot Mash

Source: Celery Root, Pumpkin, And Carrot Mash

A mix of root veggies creates a wonderful little side dish that pairs well with practically anything! This Celery Root, Pumpkin, And Carrot Mash by Judy Moosmueller brings traditional seasonal flavors to the next level!

10. Lentils Over White Bean Mash 

Lentils Over White Bean Mash 

Source: Lentils Over White Bean Mash

If you’re looking for a versatile recipe that’s packed with protein, look no further than these Lentils Over White Bean Mash by Christina Barmakian. A heart stew made from lentils, mushrooms, carrots, and spices is served on top of a filling mash made from white beans and creamy Yukon Gold potatoes. Serve this with a side salad or some vegetables with crusty bread and you have yourself a hearty meal.

11. Mashed Casserole With Broccoli And Cauliflower Gravy 

Mashed Potato Casserole With Broccoli and a Cauliflower Gravy

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This Casserole by Jennifer Harmon has a layer of mashed potatoes, then a layer of cauliflower gravy, then a final layer of minced broccoli. The mashed potato layer has an undetectable can of white beans mixed in for protein. The gravy is made of puréed cauliflower as well as mushrooms. This ultimate comfort food of a casserole is creamy, dreamy, and a must-make for dinner.

12. Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Apples And Bourbon 

Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Apples And Bourbon

Source: Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Apples And Bourbon

This is a simple but delicious twist on regular old mashed sweet potatoes. The small amount of bourbon gives them a kick, but the cinnamon and brown sugar will make these sweet ‘taters appealing to the more traditional types at your Thanksgiving table. Bring these Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Apples And Bourbon by Cathy Elton to dinner and your company might not even realize they’re eating way less sugar and fat than usual!

13. Potato and Celery Root Mash

mashed potatoes

Source: Potato Celery Root Mash

The typical holiday mashed potato recipe contains nearly a stick of butter. But of course, you can make great mashed potatoes without any dairy at all. The celery root in this Potato Celery Root Mash by Cathy Elton gives the dish a buttery flavor that is just as good as the real thing.

14. Fennel and Carrot Mash 

Fennel and Carrot Puree

Source: Fennel And Carrot Mash

This rich and creamy Fennel And Carrot Mash by Rachel Hanawalt is the perfect recipe to add to your Thanksgiving table! Chopped carrots and fennel are blended, along with creamy coconut milk, olive oil, and a bit of lemon.

15. Macrobiotic Millet Cauliflower Mash With Shiitake Gravy 

Macrobiotic Millet Cauliflower Mash With Shiitake Gravy 

Source: Macrobiotic Millet Cauliflower Mash With Shiitake Gravy

Millet with cauliflower, a classic macrobiotic dish, cooks up soft and creamy and even tastes like mashed potatoes. The Shiitake gravy makes it especially tasty. This Macrobiotic Millet Cauliflower Mash With Shiitake Gravy from The One Peaceful World Cookbook is a delicious and hearty dish that will keep everyone wanting seconds.

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