Light ‘n Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Try these fluffy, flavorful mashed potatoes made light with sour cream, cream cheese and fat free milk. They taste just as indulgent as full-fat mashed potatoes, with half the calories!

Light ‘n Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes – Fluffy, creamy mash made skinny! They taste even better than full-fat mashed potatoes! |

Fluffy, buttery mashed potatoes will be waiting for me in heaven, I just know it. I absolutely love them and if you don’t, you should – They’re great with grilled meats and roasted vegetables. Pot pies and roast meats love ‘em too. And they make you feel good inside, like you’re getting a big, warm hug. What doesn’t always feel the best, though, is the guilt that comes with all those calories. But, never fear! I’ve discovered a perfectly simple, scrumptious way to get your potato fill without filling up your waistline … all without any butter! Really.

Light ‘n Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes – Fluffy, creamy mash made skinny! They taste even better than full-fat mashed potatoes! |

A mixture of fat-free cream cheese and milk, as well as reduced fat sour cream, does the trick and then some. Replacing fatty heavy cream and whole milk, these ingredients combine to make for the most mouthwatering mashed potatoes ever. Ever, ever, ever. If I type it one more time does that make it true?

Okay, then. EVER.

Try this spin on the classic favorite sometime for yourself and I know you’ll agree! With a little garlic powder and fresh herbs, these mashed potatoes tasty dreamily decadent but pack under 150 calories per 2/3 cup serving. No need to feel guilt about this delish side dish – dig in!

Light ‘n Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Light ‘n Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 3 cups quartered peeled potatoes, about 3 pounds
  • 2 ounces fat-free cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped chives or herbs, such as parsley or thyme


  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  2. Transfer potatoes to a large bowl and mash, or blend with a handheld mixer. Add the cream cheese, sour cream, milk, salt, garlic powder and pepper; beat until smooth. Top with chopped chives or herbs, if desired.
  3. Enjoy!

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  1. i must try that.. i love garlic.

  2. I would add a dash of chicken stock to it and eat it all by myself! Looks delcious

  3. This mashed potato looks dreay creamy – love the addition of garlic :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. My favorite mashed potatoes are always garlic. Yum!

  5. Perfect mashed potatoes if you ask me!

  6. I always love to add garlic to mashed potatoes! I love this lighter version! Thanks for posting!

  7. This is my type of mashed potatoes.

  8. I love converting bad for you recipes into something you can enjoy every day!

  9. me and my husband are very big mashed potatoes fans, i like that you are adding cream cheese, sour cream and milk, actually to make them even creamier, try adding WARM light cream next time,it tastes amazing!

  10. These do look pretty tasty, I love creamy mashed potatoes. However, I know someone that does not want anything else but mashed up potatoes in there! That does sound pretty bland, since I do want the cream I might as well go lighter with the low fat dairy! Mashed potatoes are the perfect comfort food-so this goes very well with your blog name! Have a great weekend!

  11. My dad would love these…or my hubs! Totally up their alley!

  12. mmmmmmmmmmm. mashed taters are definitely a favorite indulgence of mine. Reduced fat recipes never seem to be quite as tasty, but you’ve convinved me to give these a shot!

  13. Oh these do sound good! I love mashers especially if I don’t have to worry about all the calories.

  14. I love the garlic flavour in these, they look so creamy and rich and just the ultimate comfort food!

  15. I need these in my life. Immediately.

  16. oooh.. you had me at LIGHT! I love mashed potatoes.. I often make mine with buttermilk to add the moisture but avoid the fat. This recipe looks delish! LOVE the GARLIC!

  17. yum, these sound delicious + I love that they’re a lighter, healthier version!

  18. We are big garlic mashed potato fans, will have to try your lighter version, it really looks and sounds perfect!

  19. My mouth is watering! Those look delicious!

  20. I agree–there must be mashed potatoes in the afterlife. These look lovely, and I love the idea of creamy potatoes without all the buttery calories!

  21. those mashed potatoes look so heavenly and look like clouds. i want to dive right in and curl up in it.

  22. I have to try these, they look so good!

  23. Georgia I love that you lightened up mashed potatoes for us! They sound amazing!

  24. I could have just these potatoes for dinner and be perfectly happy!

  25. I could live solely on garlic mashed potatoes. These look amazing, Georgia!

  26. I could eat pounds of these light and dreamy potatoes!!

  27. Garlic mashed potatoes are my favorite! I now have an excuse to whip up a batch and not feel guilty if I eat the entire bowl. Love this recipe!

  28. I love mashed potatoes to Georgia. This is a great way to reduce the fat, calories, and guilt! I always make some of these changes to mine and save the luscious, full fat variety for the holidays.

  29. Wow, I love these garlic mashed potatoes. I can eat loads of it.

  30. Light and creamy? Sounds perfect to me!

  31. There’s nothing quite like fluffy creamy mashed potatoes!

  32. I truly believe that these are probably some of THE best mashed ‘taters, ever, ever, ever! ;)

  33. I ♥ how you’ve lightened up one of my favorite versions of mashed potato! Mmmmm

  34. These mashed potatoes look super fluffy – love how you lightened them up.

  35. I love your substitutions! I use sour cream in mashed potatoes a lot, but never thought to add cream cheese. Definitely doing so next time!

  36. This is a great mashed potato and the garlic would give it wonderful flavour. This would be a great compliment to many dishes xx

  37. I adore sour cream in Potatoes! Love that you didn’t add in butter! So healthy and satisfying!

  38. I love mashed potatoes!!!

  39. Georgia….mashed potatoes are my absolute go-to comfort food! They will be waiting for me in heaven, too! Though I’ve had sour cream in mashed potatoes before…I’ve never used cream cheese and I must admit…that sounds fabulous! Can’t wait to try this recipe the next time I’m making mashed potatoes! : )

  40. Mmm I love mashed potatoes-and esp. when they’re made over in such an awesome, guilt-free way!

  41. Mashed potatoes and cream cheese? That sounds fabolous! I have to try it…soon! ;-)

  42. Mashes potatoes are a favorite here and the idea of a guilt free version sounds wonderful, thank you for sharing Georgia

  43. These are incredible!!! My hubby and son adore mashed potatoes…and I must make this lightened up version for them. I doubt they could tell the difference :)

  44. Here’s another thing I do to make mashed potatoes healthier: sneak in some cauliflower! This version sounds so flavorful and delicious! :0

  45. Great idea, Jen! I’ve done something similar before but with broccoli. Here’s the recipe:

  46. I’ve tried making mashed potatoes with cream cheese before and they turned out wonderfully. nice and creamy like you said.

  47. I never added cream cheese or sour cream to mashed potatoes. That sounds like a good idea :-)

  48. Yum!!!
    you know my dad makes very smiler mash potatoes but he also adds caramelized onions and some pepper flakes….
    Delicious Georgia, I need to make this soon..

  49. Oh wow! This looks like the perfect comfort food. I need to try it :)

  50. I LOVE garlic mashed potatoes and could easily eat that whole pot. :)

  51. Love, love, love mashed potatoes! This is a great recipe.

  52. I have to admit I’ve never made mashed potatoes with cream cheese in them, but it sounds like a fabulous idea:)

  53. These look so yummy! Definitely going to make these!!

  54. My favorite side dish. I also like how there are fat-free ingredients used.

  55. I love all kinds of mashed potatoes, but especially ones with garlic. This looks so luscious!

  56. I’ve never been keen on mash recipes that skip the butter, but this one’s got me convinced! :) I gotta try this one! Thanks for sharing :)

  57. What do you know…I have 2 oz of cream cheese left. I guess I have NO choice but to make these, to use them up!

  58. I tried this today and it was delicious…plus this is the first time I’ve had success making mashed potatoes from scratch! I had to make some substitutions based on what we have in the fridge: neufchatel instead of fat free cream cheese and nonfat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, but it came out just great anyway.

    One thing though, 3 cups chopped potatoes is more like 1 lb (16 oz) not 3 lbs. That way it comes out to the calorie count you posted above too :)

    Thanks for the recipe…love your site!

  59. These look amazing!! Can’t wait to try this to lighten up Thanksgiving a bit :) yummy!

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