Purple mashed potatoes?! Is that even a thing? I'm here to tell you it's not only a thing, but there is a very good reason why you might want to make them in place of your regular mashed potatoes. The best part? They taste every bit as delicious.
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My absolute favorite holiday dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas is mashed potatoes. Move over sugary cookies and bring my potatoes!
Yet potatoes sometimes get a bad rap because of their high glycemic index. In fact, even Trim Healthy Mama got them a bit wrong at one point. Thankfully on the Trim Healthy Poddy (ep 108) the sisters clarified the potato conundrum and put them back in their rightful place.
However, potatoes still have a very high glycemic index, which does not make them the most weight-loss-friendly food. White potatoes typically have a GI of about 93, golden potatoes come in at around 81, but the purple potatoes? Now that is another story!
Purple potatoes have a GI of about 71, which is loads better than the white potatoes and ends up being much gentler on blood sugar.
I am obsessed with purple potatoes and we love making our roasted purple potato pan whenever we have extra in our garden. We also love my twice-baked purple potatoes, but in all honesty, they are a little more time-consuming!
The holidays are different though, during the holidays I need my buttery mashed potatoes and I have a trick for your purple mashed potatoes to keep them well within the THM E classification.
- Purple potatoes
- Unsweetened almond milk
- Mineral salt
- THM butter extract
- Nutritional Yeast
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
Vary the seasonings according to your liking.
See the recipe card for quantities.
Purple Mashed Potatoes Instructions
Chop potatoes into cubes around 1-2 inches.
Place into a saucepan on medium heat and bring to a boil.
Once soft, drain and place into a stand mixer.
Mix on low speed while adding the remaining ingredients.
Add 1 cup of almond milk
Add salt, nutritional yeast, onion powder, and garlic powder.
Spread out in a serving dish.
Serve while hot.
Hint: You don't have to use cast iron to boil your potatoes, but it certainly does retain the heat better and then your potatoes cook faster! Target does not sell my color any longer, but here is their current model. It is a gorgeous dutch oven without paying an exuberate amount of money!
There are many ways you can modify this recipe to make it uniquely yours. If you want to keep it in a THM E mode make sure just to experiment with the seasonings and not add any fats such as butter or heavy cream.
- Sharp knife
- Cutting board
- Stand Mixer (here is my favorite)
- Serving Dish (here is the one photographed)
Store leftover potatoes in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. This recipe does not freeze well.
Top Tip for Buttery Potatoes
These purple potatoes are still solidly in a THM E mode, which means there is minimum to no fats involved.
- 2 pounds of purple potatoes
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ tablespoon mineral salt
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp THM butter extract
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- Cut potatoes into cubes and place in a saucepan of cold water.
- Put on the lid and bring to a boil.
- Drain potatoes and place them into a stand mixer.
- On low-speed mix potatoes.
- Add 1 cup of almond milk
- Add salt, onion powder, and garlic powder
- Llastly add the butter extract
- Spread into a dish and serve hot
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 276mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g
Online calculators are estimates only. Use your best judgement when consuming.
Do Purple Potatoes Taste Different
Purple potatoes taste very similar to a russet potatoes. They do, however, have a nuttier flavor.
What are Purple Potatoes Good for?
Purple potatoes are more nutrient dense than other potatoes. They are also filled with anthocyanins which is a nutrient that is beneficial for eye and heart health. They have 4x more antioxidants than russet potatoes.