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Fat-Free Potato Puffs

By Chuck Underwood @brandnewvegan

I promise the potato recipes will change soon, but as long as I’m on this Mary’s Mini Diet – I’m kind restricted on what I can eat.  But I’ll tell you what, these Fat-Free Potato Puffs sure were a nice treat!   (hey, that rhymed) 🙂

Fat-Free Potato Puffs

That’s right, I’m on my 2nd  – 10-day round of a Potato Diet.  I know it sounds kind of nutty, but rest assured I’m not hurting myself in any way, and my excess weight is just melting off.

As an added bonus, my blood pressure is slowly backing its way down into the normal range too.  And this is all without any major exercise program or medication.  

What a concept – losing weight and reversing hypertension – just by changing the foods that I eat.  And in this case, that happens to be mostly potatoes.

So here I am with a bowl of mashed potatoes, wondering what ELSE I can do with them and I happen to see my Air Fryer out of the corner of my eye….
Air Fryer?  Mashed Potatoes?  Could it work?  

Only one way to find out!  You ready?

Fat-Free Potato Puffs

Fat-Free Potato Puffs
Fat-Free Potato Puffs | Brand New Vegan

So let’s start with the mashed potatoes.  

Earlier, I had dropped 2 Yukon Golds and 2 peeled Russets into my Instant Pot.  Of course, you could just as easily boil them on your stovetop.  Just cut them into even pieces and drop them in a pot covered with water. 

In my case, I used my Instant Pot and added 1 cup of Veg Broth and a few cloves of garlic.  4 minutes on Manual and a Quick Release and I had perfectly steamed potatoes, ready for mashing. 

To keep cleanup to a minimum, I just grabbed by handy potato smasher and went to town, but a stand mixer would work too.  

To season, I added about 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder, 1/4 tsp Onion Powder, and about 1 tsp of Basil (Italian Seasoning would work too).  Use whatever you like, these are, after all, YOUR mashed potatoes!
Then we simply place these bad boys into the fridge to chill for a while.  Remember, we want them COLD and STIFF, not soft and runny (well, to make the puffs anyway)

Ok, on to the Magic Puff Balls

I have a melon-baller gizmo I think I got from Bed, Bath, & Beyond.  It has this rubber bottom you push and out pops a perfectly formed ball of melon, ice cream, or in our case – mashed potatoes.

I simply made little round balls of mashed potato and dropped them directly into my air fryer basket.  That’s it.  
Now we have to talk about parchment paper.  You can either cut a piece of regular parchment paper to fit the bottom of your air fryer or buy some already made.  Don’t forget to poke holes in the paper for airflow. 

I just added these to my Amazon Store (these are affiliate links and I will earn a commission on every purchase). 

Fat-Free Potato Puffs
GoWise Perforated Parchment 7.5″ Air Fryer

The point is I did not use anything …. and these mashed potato balls DID stick.  And since I do NOT use any kind of oil or spray, I would recommend you use parchment paper.  Or, simply let them stick and pry them off with a spatula (it’s not too bad). 

Now – back to the Air Fryer.  Do NOT stack the Potato Puffs on top of each other.  My little 3qt NuWave holds 9-12 puffs across the bottom, depending on size. 
And finally, we just air fry for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F.   I’d check on them and give them a little shake once or twice during the process.

And bam – little golden brown balls of potato yumminess.  

Fat-Free Potato Puffs!

Crispy on the outside, and creamy on the inside.  And if I might add, incredibly tasty when dipped in my Amazing Vegan Cheese Sauce.

Can you bake these in your oven?  I would think so, especially if you have a convection oven, but I haven’t tried it yet.  But if you WANT to try, I would just line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and space the puffs evenly.  Again, bake at 400 degrees, but it might take longer than 20 minutes to get them golden brown.  Let me know how it went if you do.

That’s it for this week.  I have 5 days left on my Mini and so far between the two I’ve done already, I’ve lost 10 lbs and my blood pressure has normalized.  The trick will be, like last time, being VERY careful which foods I introduce back into my diet when I’m done.  

So wish me luck and until next week…

Keep on Cookin’!

Fat-Free Potato Puffs
Fat-Free Potato Puffs

Fat-Free Potato Puffs

  • Author: Brand New Vgan
  • Fat-Free Potato Puffs
    Cook Time:
    20 min
  • Fat-Free Potato Puffs
    Total Time:
    20 min
  • Fat-Free Potato Puffs
    9-12 Potato Puffs
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  • Fat-Free Potato Puffs
    Air Fryer
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    Potatoes, Vegan, Fat-Free
Fat-Free Potato Puffs


These little round Potato Puffs will be the life of the party and make the perfect snack or appetizer!  They’re fat-free and perfect for the Mary’s Mini Diet.


  • 2-3 cups of cold, unseasoned, Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 tsp dried Basil (or Italian Seasoning)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • Amazing Vegan Cheese Dipping Sauce (optional)


  1. Prepare mashed potatoes ahead of time and allow them to chill in the fridge.
  2. Potatoes should be cold and stiff – not soft and runny
  3. Stir in seasonings and mix well
  4. Line your air-fryer basket (or cookie sheet) with parchment paper.  Be sure and poke holes in the paper if using in your air fryer.
  5. Using whatever scoop you may have, make ping-pong sized balls of mashed potatoes and drop them in a single layer on the bottom of your air fryer basket (or cookie sheet).
  6. Air fry (or bake) at 400 degrees for 20 minutes (may take longer if using your oven)
  7. Dip in your favorite sauce and enjoy


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