Creamy Chickpeas & Mashed Potatoes
4.55 from 11 votes

Creamy chickpeas & mashed potatoes are the ultimate, nutritious comfort food. They’re packed with fiber and nutrients, cozy, and filling. The dish can also be made gluten-free!

Creamy mashed chickpeas have been piled on top of mashed potatoes with a generous sprinkle of parsley.

I’m ending this year and starting the next one with a recipe that feels well suited to where I’m at lately. It’s comforting, familiar, and easy, all of which are top priorities after a somewhat helter-skelter fall and early winter. And it’s the first recipe that I’ve made in a while that just came to me—it was a real-time craving, not something I’d planned out in my head—which is a small victory after a lot of fraught and dissatisfying cooking in the last couple months.

I spend so much time putting stuff on toast that I sometimes forget how nice it is to pile beans and vegetables and plant meats over other starches: polenta, pasta, and—case in point—potatoes.

Mashed potatoes aren’t so much harder to make than regular potatoes, but they sure do announce “comfort food” more clearly.

I love having a batch of my fluffy vegan mashed potatoes in the fridge, to use either as a side dish or as the base of some pile of plant-based goodness or another 🙂

I was thinking distantly of the chickpeas and mushrooms from the dinner toast in Power Plates when I made this, but in the end, the toppings are pretty different.

This is super creamy (à la King-ish), which was mostly a concession to the fact that I’d made cashew cream for another recipe earlier the day before, and I’d made extra to freeze. I’m glad that the remainder got used here before it could make it to the freezer, because it makes this meal so much richer and heartier than it would be otherwise.

A white, fluted plate has been covered with a mixture of creamy chickpeas & mashed potatoes, then sprinkled with green herbs.

If you’d like to make this dish with sweet potatoes, by all means, do. If you’d like to add kale or spinach or chard to the chickpea/mushroom mixture, rather than serving it with a green side (like I did here), that’s great. If you’d prefer white beans to chickpeas, that’s also fine. Many modifications will be good here, and you can most definitely treat this meal as one of those bean/green/starch templates that make vegan eating so much simpler, at least conceptually.

A white plate is covered in a dish of plant-based beans and vegetables. A silver fork is being used to serve.
Creamy mashed chickpeas have been piled on top of mashed potatoes with a generous sprinkle of parsley.
4.55 from 11 votes

Creamy Chickpeas & Mushrooms Over Mashed Potatoes

Author – Gena Hamshaw
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yields: 4 servings


Mashed potatoes

Creamy Chickpeas & Mushrooms

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil (or a few tablespoons vegetable broth)
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots (about 2 large or 3 medium shallots)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces sliced white or baby bella mushrooms (about 2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon Braggs Liquid Aminos, tamari, or soy sauce
  • 1 3/4 cups vegetable broth, divided into 1/4 cup and 1 1/2 cups
  • 1/2 cup cashew cream*
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose or gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2-3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (to taste)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (1 14.5-ounce can, drained and rinsed)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • optional: fresh, chopped herbs and/or vegan parmesan cheese, for topping


  • Prepare the mashed potatoes as directed in here. Cover the potatoes to keep them warm as you hold them for serving.
  • To make the creamy chickpeas & mushrooms, heat the oil or broth in a large, roomy skillet (preferably non-stick) over medium low heat. Add the shallots. Cook for 2 minutes, or until the shallots are clear. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more, stirring frequently. Add the mushrooms, 1/4 cup vegetable broth, and the tamari. Cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms have released all of their juices and are completely tender (about 6-8 minutes).
  • Add the remaining broth and cashew cream to the skillet. Stir well. When the liquid is heated through, transfer a ladle of it (about 1/3-1/2 cup) to a small bowl and whisk it together with your flour to create a slurry. When the slurry is smooth and has no visible lumps, pour it back into your skillet and stir everything well. Continue to cook the whole mixture for a minute or two, until the sauce has thickened. Then, stir in the dried thyme and rosemary, lemon, and chickpeas. Taste and add salt and freshly ground pepper as needed.
  • To serve, divide the mashed potatoes onto plates (about 1 heaping cup per person) and top with a generous spoonful of the chickpea and mushroom mixture. Garnish with fresh herbs and/or vegan parmesan cheese, if you like. Enjoy!


As a substitute for cashew cream, you can use unsweetened vegan cashew or almond yogurt or full-fat coconut milk from the can.
A round, fluted ceramic plate has been piled with rustic, vegan creamy chickpeas & mashed potatoes.

I’m already remembering this dinner fondly as the one that brought me back into my kitchen rhythm after a period of feeling out-of-step with it. It’s nice to be ending 2019 with a meal that was both intuitive and satisfying. I’m hoping that I can carry that sensation and experience into 2020, across different areas of my life.

I wish you all the same, and more. Happy New Year, friends!


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Categories: Recipes, Main Dishes
Method: Stovetop
Ingredients: Chickpeas
Dietary Preferences: Gluten Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan
Recipe Features: Meal Prep

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  1. I normally don’t comment on blogs, but this recipe was so so so good I just had to tell you :). I have been meaning to make this for weeks, and finally did today for lunch. I am so happy I did! The flavor is just out of this world! I can’t get over how creamy it is. Plus this was my first time making cashew cream and was very pleasantly surprised by how flavorful it is. I have been cooking a lot of your recipes lately and can’t wait to try even more. Thanks so much!!

  2. Lovely, thank you. I forgot to soak my cashews (sigh) so substituted oat milk and it still turned out pretty creamy. Really flavoursome sauce. Definitely one to make again.

  3. Just made and ate and loved ! The flavor was delicious I think you are pretty awesome Talented and definitely a big thinker congratulations are your degree Really hope your year is smooth sailing and you can always feel the breeze and buy yourself some flowers. You truly deserve them

    • I’m afraid I don’t, Kia! You can try inputting ingredients into an app like MyFitnessPal to calculate. Happy new year.