Skip the carbs and enjoy this slow cooker cauliflower mash instead of white potatoes! I know, I know… major skeptic over here. But when you taste how flavorful and creamy Crock Pot cauliflower is, you’ll want to make it all the time. Plus, making an easy paleo cauliflower mash recipe in the slow cooker is a major win to save hands-on time and avoid heating up the house.
When I serve slow cooker cauliflower mash to my family and friends, many of them don’t even realize that they aren’t regular mashed potatoes. My favorite thing about this paleo mashed cauliflower recipe is how rich and creamy it is. The slow cooker makes the cauliflower super soft, which is just perfect for mashing!
Is Mashed Cauliflower Paleo and Keto?
Yes. Whether you make regular or garlic mashed cauliflower, chances are it will be paleo and keto friendly. Cauliflower is naturally both.
However, keep in mind that many of the best cauliflower mash recipes also include dairy, such as butter, heavy cream or cream cheese. You’ll want to avoid them for a paleo version. Fortunately, I have you covered with this easy paleo cauliflower mash recipe – and I promise it’s just as delicious!
How To Make Cauliflower Mash In A Slow Cooker
When you cook garlic mashed cauliflower in the slow cooker, the result is extra smooth and practically effortless. In our busy household, the easier, the better!
Here how to make cauliflower mash the easy (and creamy!) way, with just 3 easy steps:
- Place cauliflower florets into the slow cooker with vegetable broth, garlic, and enough water to cover the florets.
- Let the Crock Pot cook the cauliflower.
- Drain the liquid, add ghee, and mash with an immersion blender.
TIP: You can also mash the cauliflower with a regular blender or food processor if you don’t have an immersion blender. Just mash it extra well, so you get a smooth and creamy texture.
- Season your easy mashed cauliflower with fresh herbs and sea salt.
How Long To Cook Crock Pot Cauliflower Mash?
It takes 6 hours on Low or 3 hours on High to get the cauliflower perfectly soft. After that, just drain, add ghee and blend.
Season the easy mashed cauliflower with fresh herbs and sea salt. Serve immediately or leave in the slow cooker on warm until you are ready.
Can I Use Frozen Cauliflower To Make Slow Cooker Cauliflower?
Yes, you can use frozen cauliflower to make this slow cooker cauliflower recipe. This will still be the best mashed cauliflower recipe ever!
And unlike other cauliflower recipes, you won’t even notice a difference here if you use frozen florets.
How To Thicken Paleo Cauliflower Mash
If you run into an issue with your paleo cauliflower mash being too runny, you can thicken it.
The best way to make sure it isn’t too thin is by prevention. It’s essential to drain the water and broth off the cauliflower very well, or you’ll end up with a thinner cauliflower mash.
If you do run into the situation where your slow cooker cauliflower mash is too thin, here are two ways to thicken it:
- Add more soft veggies. You can add cooked carrots, parsnips, or simply more cooked cauliflower and blend again.
- Simmer it. If your paleo cauliflower mash is super thin, place it in a saucepan and simmer on the stove. This will evaporate off the liquid and should thicken it right up.
Crock Pot Cauliflower Variations
It’s not going to be a surprise to anyone that I like to change up my paleo recipes from time to time, so we never get bored.
I love this paleo mashed cauliflower recipe just the way it is, but sometimes I like to add some variety. Here are some of my favorite ideas:
- Green Onions – Adding green onions add an entirely different flavor to the slow cooker cauliflower.
- Bacon – Doesn’t everything taste better when you add crumbled bacon to it? So good!
- Horseradish – Add a kick of flavor with a touch of horseradish. A little bit goes a long way.
- Spinach – I love to add in as many nutrients as I can, and spinach is the perfect ingredient to do that. Cook it first so that you don’t end up with watery cauliflower mash.
- Butternut Squash – This is especially good during the fall and winter months.
Can You Make This Paleo Mashed Cauliflower Recipe Ahead?
Yes, this makes a great make ahead mashed cauliflower recipe. Crock Pot cauliflower mash will last in the fridge for 3-5 days. If you like to meal plan or are expecting to have a large event, you can make up several batches and place in the refrigerator or freezer for later use.
Allow the creamy cauliflower mash to cool to close to room temperature, then refrigerate or freeze.
TIP: For meal planning, I use glass containers with lids because they stack nicely and are easy to clean.
Can You Freeze Cauliflower Mash?
Yes, you can freeze this paleo mashed cauliflower recipe. It will last for 3-6 months in the freezer.
To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. To heat it up, put it in a saucepan, cover, and simmer until it is heated through.
What To Serve With Crock Pot Cauliflower
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Paleo Crock Pot Slow Cooker Cauliflower Mash Recipe
An EASY Crock Pot slow cooker cauliflower recipe - just 5 ingredients + 10 minutes prep! Paleo cauliflower mash (mashed cauliflower) is flavorful, low carb and healthy.
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- 1 large head Cauliflower (cut into medium florets)
- 6 cloves Garlic (peeled)
- 4 tablespoons Fresh herbs (minced; I used rosemary, sage, thyme, and parsley)
- 1 cup Vegetable broth
- 4-6 cups Water
- 3 tablespoons Ghee (or grass-fed butter if not strict paleo)
- Sea salt (to taste)
More TIPS about this paleo recipe in the post above!
Place the cauliflower into the slow cooker and top with garlic cloves, vegetable broth, and enough water to cover the cauliflower.
Cook on Low heat for 6 hours or High heat for 3 hours. Drain the water and broth, and add the cauliflower back to the slow cooker.
Toss in the ghee and use an immersion blender to mash.
Season with salt to taste and mix in fresh herbs. Set on keep warm until ready to serve.
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
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Nutrition Information Per Serving
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