vegan scalloped potatoes in a glass baking dish topped with fresh herbs, with a spoon sticking out of it, on a blue and white striped kitchen towel

I have always been a huge fan of scalloped potatoes. Some variation of cheesy, baked potatoes is a staple on every holiday table in Wisconsin, and they are always a fan favorite.

I even remember the first time I tried to make them, and they didn’t cook as quickly as I thought they would and we ended up putting the baking dish in the microwave. Not very food-blogger-like, I know.

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Can you make scalloped potatoes without cheese and milk?

The thing about scalloped potatoes is that they don’t require cheese. They never did. The cheesy potatoes dish is actually considered a gratin, so we’re good there.

To make these vegan scalloped potatoes, I used a blend of coconut milk and cashew milk (any dairy free milk would work). I like this blend of dairy free milks because you get the creaminess of the canned coconut milk, but the nut milk balances the sweetness of the coconut milk.

This is my go-to method for getting a creamy texture, and I use it in a ton of recipes, like my creamy broccoli soup and my dairy free alfredo sauce.

More dairy free Thanksgiving recipes: dairy free green bean casserole / dairy free pumpkin pie / homemade stuffing / healthy sweet potato casserole

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Here’s what you’ll need to make vegan scalloped potatoes

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How to make vegan scalloped potatoes

Slice your potatoes. To key to getting a really tender scalloped potatoes is slicing them thinly. You can definitely do this with a knife, but the process goes a little faster if you have a mandolin slicer. Once you’re potatoes are sliced, place them in a bowl and cover them with cold water. This will stop the air from turning the brown.

a spoon holding a scoop of vegan scalloped potatoes over a glass baking dish topped with fresh herbs, on a blue and white striped kitchen towel

Make the sauce. Melt vegan butter (or buttery spread) in a large saucepan. Add the garlic and let it sizzle for about 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Whisk in your flour until you have a smooth roux.

Slowly whisk in your dairy free milks and broths, whisking as you go, until everything is smooth. Add your remaining ingredients and let the sauce come to a strong simmer so it has a chance to thicken. Remove it from the heat until you’re ready to add it to the baking dish.

Bake until tender. Drain your potatoes and layer half of them in the baking dish. Pour about half of your sauce over the first layer of potatoes, and repeat with the second half.

Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 25 – 30 minutes.

Let the potatoes rest for at least 10 minutes before serving. If you want, you can top the potatoes with fresh herbs, like parsley or chives, to make them pretty, but it definitely isn’t necessary.

vegan scalloped potatoes in a glass baking dish topped with fresh herbs, with a scoop taken out of it, on a blue and white striped kitchen towel

What to make a substitution? Here are my suggestions:

  • To make this gluten free, substitute 2 tablespoons of cornstarch for the flour and make sure to use gluten free broth.
  • If you have a nut allergy, substitute any dairy free milk for the cashew milk. Soy, oat or hemp milk would work well.
  • If you aren’t vegan, feel free to use chicken broth.

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    Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

    You don’t need cheese or milk to make creamy scalloped potatoes. These vegan scalloped potatoes are baked in a creamy, garlicky sauce until tender. They make a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving table.

    • Author: Melissa Belanger
    • Prep Time: 15 minutes
    • Cook Time: 55 minutes
    • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
    • Yield: 812 servings 1x
    • Category: Side dish
    • Method: Baking
    • Cuisine: American, French
    • Diet: Vegan


    • 6 medium russet potatoes, peeled and sliced
    • 4 tablespoons dairy free butter
    • 23 garlic cloves, minced 
    • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour, or 2 tablespoons cornstarch (GF)
    • 2 cups cashew or almond milk
    • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
    • 1/2 cup vegetable broth*
    • 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast
    • 1/2 tablespoon coarse salt
    • Black pepper, to taste


    1. Preheat oven to 400˚F.
    2. Heat a large saucepan to medium-high. Melt dairy free butter, and add minced garlic. Sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
    3. Whisk in flour until you have a smooth roux. Slowly whisk in milks, broth and nutritional yeast until smooth. Let sauce simmer until it has reached a thick consistency, and can easily coat the back of a spoon.
    4. Layer half of the sliced potatoes in a 9×13 baking dish, and cover with half of the sauce. Repeat with remaining potatoes and sauce.
    5. Cover pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue cooking for 25 – 30 minutes, or until potatoes have softened.
    6. Allow the scalloped potatoes to rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.


    • Serving Size:
    • Calories: 148
    • Sugar: 0.8 g
    • Sodium: 381.8 mg
    • Fat: 5.6 g
    • Saturated Fat: 2.6 g
    • Carbohydrates: 22.1 g
    • Fiber: 1.5 g
    • Protein: 3.1 g
    • Cholesterol: 0 mg

    Keywords: scalloped potatoes, dairy free, vegan, potatoes, Thanksgiving

    Last Updated on November 5, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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    1. The recipe I’ve been looking for! I’m having guests over for Easter that are lactose intolerant, so I will definitely be adding this dish to my table.

    2. Tried it and LOVED it, the only difference I made was adding more nutritional yeast because I love that cheesy flavor.

    3. Just made this an hour ago!
      Works beautifully, though I did add some vegan grated cheeze on top 😀

      10/10 would make again 😀

    4. Hi! love the look of this dish, can I use golden yellow potatoes for this also?Thanks! Johanna

      1. I’m not sure how those flours thicken, but if you try it, I’d love to know if it works! My guess is, if you use them for other thickening in place of cornstarch or flour, it would work here.