Syn free: mashed potato bites

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baked potato shapesTwo nights ago, my 8-year old chose dinner, and mashed potato was on the menu.

I am useless at gauging how much mash to cook for our family of 4, and erring on the side of caution, I cooked too much. Not wanting to waste (or eat!) the leftover, I decided to freeze it.

mashed potato shapes

With no freezer-proof containers to hand, these colourful ice cube trays from IKEA came to mind and in turn, this led to a fabulous foodie discovery!

Mashed Potato Bites

Here, I used up leftover mash, but these were so good, I’d actually make a batch just for this!

I can’t tell you the exact ‘recipe’ for my mash, since I just throw it together – but this mash is syn-free* on the Slimming World Extra Easy plan.

I simply peeled and chopped some regular white potatoes, and boiled until soft. I used a potato ricer to get a smooth mash (a regular masher will do just fine!), and added a splash of skimmed milk* and stirred until creamy.

  • Spoon your mash into the ice cube trays and freeze.
  • When ready to eat, pop your frozen shapes out onto a non-stick baking tray.
  • Spritz the top of each one with one squirt of Fry Light (I used the Olive Oil variety).
  • Season with freshly ground salt and pepper.

frozen potato shapes

  • Pop into a pre-heated oven at 180° for 18 minutes (or until golden brown on top).

baked potato shapes

And they are good! 

mashed potato bites

Slimming World Info:

If you’re following the Slimming World ‘Extra Easy’ plan these mashed potato bites are syn free on the Extra Easy plan (when using milk from your daily HexA allowance).

I think I’ll be making these often!

Syn free, no added oils or stabilisers so often found in similar supermarket products, convenient to make and freeze ahead – and they cost only pennies to make.

Give them a try… come back and tell me what you think :)

xoxo Natalie

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Comments

  1. says

    I love this idea! So cute. My boys love mashed potato already but I’d like to get them to eat sweet potato and pumpkin more often. Might try a pumpkin variety. Do you think that would work? x

    • Natalie says

      I think pumpkin would work perfectly! Maybe a little cream instead of milk, and spice instead of salt and pepper. Sounds like a great idea!

  2. Danielle says

    WOW!!! What an amazing idea!! I have a 14 month old and always struggle for dinner as she eats before us and so its difficult to make food that will still be nice later and not too much (hence why I have no yet given her mashed potato).. This looks so cool, I hope she likes it!! Does it taste like crispy mash or a cross between a baked potato?

    • says

      Hey Danielle, I am SO sorry for my delayed reply. We’ve just got back from holiday and had no wifi (gasp!)

      These mashed potato bites are delicious. Don’t save them just for your baby :) They are still very mashed potato-ey, but with a crispy outer shell. Think along the lines of Alphabites, but better! Let me know if you try them, I’d love to hear how you get on. And they are just perfect for keeping in the freezer for those speedy midweek meal times.

      • Danielle says

        I am in Australia so am not familiar with alphabites but I took your advice and I have so many put in frozen ice cube trays, I still could fill another 4 I reckon :-) Just need to find room in my freezer :-) I am so glad I found your wonderful site!! I will let you know how I go x I am “The Quirky Calorie” so if you get hash tagged that is me :-) xx

        • says

          Oh I do hope you enjoy them! Once they are frozen they are easy to chuck into a ziplock baggy and store until ready. Just remember to pop them on a baking sheet, spritz with low calorie cooking spray and bake until golden. I like mine sprinkled with lots of salt and cracked black pepper, but the kids enjoy them without. Oh and ketchup! :)

          Please feel welcome to tag me on Facebook – http://fb.com/OnebusyWAHM – and I can share you too my Page also :)

          • Danielle says

            I think my sweet potato mash may have had too much milk as they didnt crisp up, they just spread out on the baking sheet but I used 1000g sweet potato and 250mls of milk so that may be why.. I will try again on a highter heat and see what happens x

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