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Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower (Keto)

Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower is an easy, healthy low-carb side dish. This keto recipe is a lovely alternative to mashed potatoes, and comes together quickly!

Easy Mashed Cauliflower with roasted garlic - creamy mashed cauliflower is a low-carb keto replacement for mashed potatoes. Healthy, flavorful, delicious!

If you’re a.) staying mindful of your carb intake, b.) love cauliflower in any form, c.) can’t eat nightshades (potatoes), or d.) just love clean food, this mashed cauliflower recipe is for you!

The only time-consuming part about this recipe is roasting the garlic, which can be done up to 1 week in advance! Because the garlic doesn’t require much oversight, you can multi-task while it is roasting.

Roasted garlic turns otherwise subtle-tasting cauliflower mash into a flavor fest. All we need is a few ingredients for the garlic mashed cauliflower. Check it out!

Keto Mashed Cauliflower with roasted garlic - low-carb, easy to make, flavorful and delicious!

Ingredients for Creamy Mashed Cauliflower:

Cauliflower: The star of the show! When steamed and blended, cauliflower has a smooth consistency, similar to mashed potatoes. It is a fabulous low-carb substitute for potatoes, and mashed for an inviting side dish to any meal. One large head of cauliflower yields 3 generous servings of mashed cauliflower. If you’re serving more than 3, consider doubling the recipe!

Avocado Oil or Butter: Lending flavor and smooth texture, I add avocado oil, and/or melted butter or ghee to mashed cauliflower. Without the fat, cauliflower can taste pretty bland. Pick your fat of choice and add it to taste! I find 3 tablespoons of avocado oil or melted butter great!

Garlic:  A whole bulb of roasted garlic goes into this recipe! If you’ve never roasted garlic before, no sweat…it’s super easy, and I show you how to do it below.

Sea Salt: Adding sea salt to taste brings out the flavor of the roasted garlic and also enhances the flavor of the butter/oil. If you taste the cauliflower mash and it seems bland, keep adding sea salt a little bit at a time until you’re satisfied. You can also add cider vinegar and/or grated cheese to make it even more enticing.

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash - easy mashed cauliflower with delicious roasted garlic is a creamy, healthy side dish that is low-carb and keto. Make it to replace mashed potatoes for a lower-carb option!

Optional Add Ins:

Looking to spruce up you mash even further? Here are some ideas on how to make it even more flavorful!

  • Bacon (2 strips, cooked and chopped)
  • Sour Cream (2 to 3 tablespoons)
  • Parmesan Cheese (½ cup)
  • Cider Vinegar (2 teaspoons)
  • Chives (2 tablespoons, chopped)

Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic - keto, low-carb, healthy replacement for mashed potatoes. This creamy cauliflower mash is easy to prepare and a great side dish to any meal!

How to Make Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the top off of the garlic, exposing the tops of the cloves. Drizzle 1 to 2 teaspoons of avocado oil or olive oil over the exposed cloves and wrap the whole bulb in foil. Roast 50 to 75 minutes, until garlic is deeply golden-brown and soft. 

How to make roasted garlic

While the garlic is roasting, chop the cauliflower and add it to a pot of water. Bring the pot to a full boil and cook until cauliflower is very soft, about 8 to 10 minutes.

How to boil cauliflower

Strain the cauliflower, then transfer it to a blender (note: if you have a potato masher, you can mash the cauliflower in the same pot you used for cooking instead of blending it).

Strain the boiled cauliflower

Add the avocado oil (or butter), sea salt, and roasted garlic to the blender and blend everything until cauliflower reaches desired consistency. Note: You may need to stop the blender a few times, scrape the sides and re-start. 

Blend the cauliflower in a blender to mash

Taste the mashed cauliflower for flavor and add sea salt to taste.

If desired, serve mashed cauliflower with 2 tablespoons of melted butter on top and/or a sprinkle of dried parsley.

Keto Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash - easy mashed cauliflower that is low-carb and keto

More Low-Carb Healthy Side Dishes:

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Easy Mashed Cauliflower with roasted garlic - creamy mashed cauliflower is a low-carb keto replacement for mashed potatoes. Healthy, flavorful, delicious!

Creamy Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

Yield: 3 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Roasted garlic creamy mashed cauliflower is an easy low-carb side dish.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the top off of the garlic, exposing the tops of the cloves.
  2. Drizzle 1 to 2 teaspoons of avocado oil or olive oil over the exposed cloves and wrap the whole bulb in foil. Roast 50 to 75 minutes, until garlic is deeply golden-brown and soft.
  3. While the garlic is roasting, chop the cauliflower and add it to a pot of water. Bring the pot to a full boil and cook until cauliflower is very soft, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Strain the cauliflower, then transfer it to a blender (note: if you have a potato masher, you can mash the cauliflower in the same pot you used for cooking instead of blending it).
  5. Add the avocado oil (or butter), sea salt, and roasted garlic to the blender and blend everything until cauliflower reaches desired consistency. Note: You may need to stop the blender a few times, scrape the sides and re-start.
  6. Taste the mashed cauliflower for flavor and add sea salt to taste.
  7. If desired, serve mashed cauliflower with 2 tablespoons of melted butter on top and/or a sprinkle of dried parsley.
Nutrition Information
Yield 3 Serving Size 1 of 3
Amount Per Serving Calories 183Total Fat 14gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 12gNet Carbohydrates 8gFiber 4gSugar 4gProtein 4g
Roasted Garlic Creamy Mashed Cauliflower - low-carb, keto, paleo, whole30, a low-carb replacement for mashed potatoes

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Kara

Thursday 23rd of September 2021

My husband was worried it would be too much garlic but it's fantastic!

Julia

Friday 24th of September 2021

I'm so thrilled to hear it, Kara! xoxo

Michele

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

It would have been nice to have some nutrition facts included with the recipe.

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