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mashed sweet potato in a brown rustic bowl

Healthy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Creamy and easy sweet potato mash made with cream cheese, sweet potatoes, milk, and fresh thyme.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 234kcal
Author Rena


  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese softened, light or fat-free
  • Kosher salt & ground pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Fresh thyme or rosemary
  • optional drizzle of olive oil or melted butter


  • Wash the potatoes under cold running water to remove any dirt or contaminants.
  • Using a sharp knife, carefully remove any bruised spots. Pat them dry with a paper towel.
  • In a large pot of boiling water, add potatoes and a pinch of salt. Let it boil for 12 to 15 minutes until tender.
  • Drain and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes until ready to handle. Meanwhile whisk cream cheese, salt, and pepper into a bowl.
  • Now peel and mash the sweet potato with a potato masher, add milk, and mash again to your desired consistency.
  • Add cream cheese mixture and mix until well combined. Garnish with fresh thyme and serve.


  • Use fresh sweet potatoes and not frozen
  • We prefer using cream cheese over Greek yogurt. Cream cheese works great in place of half and half. Use light or fat-free if possible. 
  • For a vegan option, use dairy-free yogurt or skip completely
  • Milk: Any milk of choice will work. Use almond milk for a vegan option.
  • Add a bit of flavor with a dash of cinnamon 


Serving: 1-cup | Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 791mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 32319IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg