Creamy, delicious and garlicky Nut Free Vegan Scalloped Potatoes are absolute delight and a family favorite! It serves well as dinner or as a side dish. It’s made with cauliflower cheese sauce and is oil free so its low in calories and yet comforting.
Potatoes are for sure comforting and Thanks giving is around the corner so definitely potatoes top the menu. What can be more satisfying than scalloped potatoes.
However, potatoes are usually mistaken as fattening ingredients. While I was doing my weight management certification, I learnt that potatoes when eaten in the right way and in proportion are very much required carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates are important macronutrient for our body and instead of running away from it, we must focus on the good and complex carbohydrates. And so, when potatoes are eaten in their original form and not overly processed it does wonders. Potatoes are comforting, soothing and versatile that can be blended and cooked in any way in any recipe making your dish even more desirable.
So, after innovating and practicing this low-fat vegan potato casserole which is absolutely dairy free and nut free, I am here to share it with you.
Ingredients for Nut Free Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
Chives/parsley (to garnish)
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- Potatoes – it’s the star of my recipe. It is basically a root vegetable. There are a variety of potatoes available in the market but I chose gold potatoes for my recipe. This worked the best and softened quickly as well.
- Vegetable broth – you may make your own broth or use store bought one. I used it so add flavor to this dish and moreover I made it oil free so I need a flavorful comforting base to cook potatoes before soaking them into vegan cheese sauce.
- Cauliflower – I wanted to made a low carb, healthier cheese sauce for this recipe and cauliflower works as wonder. When they are blanched/steamed and then blended with other ingredients cauliflower makes the cheese sauce creamier and healthier. They are great substitute for nuts in many recipes.
- Nutritional yeast – it gives a nice cheesy and subtle nutty flavor to this recipe along with lots of Vitamin B12.
- Cornstarch – I used this to thicken the sauce a bit while baking since we used vegetable broth. To make this dish thick and not runny, cornstarch plays a vital role here.
So, you must have realized that this potato recipe is healthy one pot recipe and absolutely hassle free. In fact, it does not even require any baby sitting and hardly any after dinner clean up. So, therefore, I have made your holidays fun, relaxing and more family time along with comfort foods.
How to make Nut Free Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
Firstly, I sliced the potatoes with a sharp knife/mandolin and kept it aside.
Secondly, I blanched the cauliflower florets. Then, after cooling them a bit I combined all the cheese sauce ingredients in a blender and blended it smooth.
Next, I combined potatoes with vegetable broth in a Dutch oven and seasoned it with salt and pepper. Then, I cooked it covered on the stove top for 5-7 minutes.
Thereafter, when the potatoes were soft, I poured the cheese sauce over them evenly and placed the Dutch oven in the oven.
Afterwards, I let it bake for 30 minutes. Then, I turned it off and took it out.
Lastly, I garnished it and served hot.
We ate it as our main meal with some garlic breads and dinner rolls and a side salad. We enjoyed our family dinner immensely.
Now, I am so looking forward to enjoy more of these holiday delights with my loved ones.
- The thinner you slice the potatoes the tastier this dish will be.
- I personally, like to boil cauliflower florets and drain them. I let it cool down a bit and then blend it into a sauce. This makes the sauce creamier, thicker and richer.
- You may use your own homemade vegetable broth as well if desired.
This tastes best when served immediately, however the leftovers can be refrigerated in an air tight container for about 2 weeks.
I understand that potatoes are starchy and are high in carbohydrates. But it’s a root vegetable and if you eat them in their original form without heavy processing, they do wonders in satisfying your taste buds. Moreover, I made this recipe nut free which automatically makes it low fat and since it is absolutely oil free, we save a lot of calories here as well. Overall, it’s a healthier holiday dish comparatively.
While baking, this potato dish thickens because I have used cornstarch in the cheese sauce which helps in absorbing the extra liquid while cooking. Also, the potatoes absorb lot of liquid. And if you have time, keep this dish inside the hot oven for few extra minutes which will thicken it further as per your desired consistency.
Yes, for this recipe, I prefer peeling the potatoes skin which makes it smoother after cooking.
I am sure you must be having all the ingredients in your kitchen so I would insist you to grab and get started with this recipe. Trust me you do not have to wait for the Thanksgiving Day to enjoy this recipe. In fact, you can celebrate each day like Thanksgiving with these vegan scalloped potatoes recipe.
You may also like:
Vegan Green Bean Casserole
Creamed Corn Casserole
Baked Cheese Broccoli
Baked Black Beans in Vegan Cheese Sauce
Vegan Cheese and Parsley Baked Cauliflower
Other potato recipe that you might like:
Healthy Vegan Potato Salad
Instant Pot Potato Corn Chowder
Red Potato Mushroom Curry
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Nut Free Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
- 6 large gold potatoes (peeled and thin round sliced)
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1-1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp crushed black pepper
- 1 1/2 cups cauliflower florets (blanched/steamed/boiled and drained)
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 2 tbsp chives/parsley (to garnish)
- Preheat oven at 350-degree Fahrenheit. Combine sliced potatoes and vegetable broth in a Dutch oven. Place it on the stove to and turn on the flame at high-medium heat. Add 1/2 tsp salt and black pepper and gently mix with a flat spatula. Evenly spread the potatoes thought out the Dutch oven. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until potatoes start to soften.
- In the meanwhile, in a blender, combine cauliflower florets, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, onion powder, coconut milk, remaining salt as per taste and cornstarch and blend it smooth.
- Now, pour the cauliflower cheese sauce over the cooked potatoes evenly.
- Turn off the flame and place your Dutch oven in the middle rack of the oven without the lid. Bake it for 30 minutes and turn it off. Take it out and place it on a flat surface. Garnish and serve hot.
- If you do not have Dutch oven you can simply cook the potatoes in vegetable broth in a stock pot or a saute pan. Then, spoon it out in a greased baking dish evenly spreading the potatoes in the baking pan. Then pour the cauliflower cheese sauce over it and bake for 30 minutes. Turn it off and garnish and serve.
- Oat milk also works well in this recipe but do not use canned coconut milk or else the coconut flavor will overpower the dish.
This looks so good! We are currently coming out of winter and the weather is slowly warming up but last week we had a cold front so hot, comforting dishes like these are still high on my list for dinners! Love the addition of cauliflower too.
Rebecca Blackwell says
I made this last night and it was absolutely fantastic! I just love the addition of cauliflower. It makes the whole dish feel both more creamy and decadent and more wholesome and healthy. 🙂 GREAT recipe!
How clever to use the cauliflower cheese, making it a healthier alternative to traditional scalloped potatoes! This would be just perfect side dish to serve at our next family gathering!
Such an amazing idea to make use of cauliflower here! I have never tried nutritional yeast before and your recipe is inspiring mw to give it a go! Looks so creamy and delish.
So ingenious to use cauliflower cheese to make these scalloped potatoes both nut-free and dairy-free … and of course, lower in fat and vegan, too! A side dish anyone around the table can enjoy – perfect for Thanksgiving!
Thank you Shelley! Hope you get a chance try it.
Genius! This is such a great scalloped potato recipe! I love the creaminess of the cauliflower and the herbs and spices. It’s a new family favourite!
Creamy and super delicious and cheesy. Love that it is veg and so easy to make too. My vegan friends to feast on it.
Thank you Veena!
Sandra Shaffer says
Wonderful recipe. I eat lower carb dishes often, but I’m with you, choose the right nutritious carbs. Super filling and love the cauliflower sauce!
Hope you get a chance to make it soon!
I love potatoes and I’m so happy I live in a country (Sweden) where they taste delicious and there are so many varieties! I grew up in Italy where pasta is the carb staple and potatoes are only seen as a side dish to meat. But you can do so much more with them and I’m exploring all their possibilities now. Havent yet tried a similar cauliflower sauce and I’m very intrigued, thanks for the inspiration!