Dairy Free Funeral Potatoes

First of all, no one died.  Whew, thank goodness.  Second of all, I think I’ve mentioned before that I have a thing for funeral potatoes (the cheesy potatoes generally served at Mormon funerals).  I am kindof obsessed with potatoes in general.  Especially since I’ve been pregnant.  I am craving potatoes just about every day!  I have almost singlehandedly eating 15 pounds of potatoes in the last month.  I know, I have a problem.

Anyhow, it’s hard to find a good funeral potatoes recipe for us gluten and dairy freers.  I think I have mastered a good one and I would like to share it with you, but only if you will treat it nicely.

Also, this dish is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and I do believe I ate it for all 3.  For breakfast, we ate it paired with scrambled eggs and sausage.  Yummy!

Below you will see a photo of how it should look before it goes in the oven and before the Corn Flakes go on the top.  Also, I should mention this recipe is naturally gluten free as well as dairy free, so it fits in with our family’s diet quite nicely.


Dairy Free Funeral Potatoes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 12

Dairy Free Funeral Potatoes


  • 3/4 C. almond milk (not vanilla)
  • 1/2 C. chicken broth
  • 1 C. Tofutti brand sour cream
  • 1 1/2 C. white Tofutti brand cheese-substitute shreds
  • 2 lb bag of frozen hash brown squares, mostly thawed
  • 3 C. corn flakes cereal
  • 3 T. Earth Balance dairy free butter substitute
  • 2 T. dried onion
  • 1 T. Garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a stoneware casserole dish. I used a square. You could also use a 9x13 pan.
  3. In a large bowl, mix milk, broth, sour cream, and cheese. Carefully fold in hashbrowns gently until well coated. Spoon the mixture in the prepared casserole dish.
  4. Crush the corn flakes in a ziploc bag and mix in the melted butter. Sprinkle the cereal and butter mixture over the top of the hashbrown mixture
  5. Put foil over the casserole dish and and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, and bake for another 15 minutes. I broiled the casserole for 5 minutes to get a crispy coating on the top. This is optional. Enjoy!

If you have any questions, please post a comment and I will try to answer as quickly as possible.  I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as my family did!


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    • Joan Lee on March 29, 2024 at 8:40 pm
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    I didn’t see a reply if these could be made ahead, so this Easter I’ll make them that day. For future reference, can this recipe be made ahead and frozen?

      • Janet on March 30, 2024 at 11:55 am
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      I have made the regular (not dairy free) funeral potatoes many times and always make them the day before then bake the next day. I can’t see these would be any different

    • Rebecca on November 20, 2023 at 3:46 pm
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    Hi, thank you for the recipe. Have you mixed it together the night before and then baked it the next day? If so, how did it turn out? I would wait to put the corn flakes on until the day of.

    • Julia on April 17, 2022 at 5:37 am
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    I made these for Christmas and they are fantastic. My gluten and dairy eating family thought they were good, too. Can’t wait to eat them again today for Easter.

    • Lindsey on April 15, 2022 at 7:33 am
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    I have made your recipe for many years now for Easter dinner as my siblings and I and now my Dad have gluten and dairy intolerances or allergies, Something we all developed as adults. So odd. Anyways, it’s a hit every year!! Thank you so Much for this recipe.

    I do have a question: can I substitute oat milk for the almond milk?

    • Summer Blizzard on April 11, 2020 at 12:09 pm
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    I’ve made these many times and my son’s fiance and my grandson really like them. Since our store does not sell dairy-free sour cream I substitute that with plain unflavored dairy-free yogurt. Since she can’t have gluten I usually just leave the corn flakes off of it.

    • Joy on April 11, 2020 at 11:33 am
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    What do you mean by dried onion? Is that like onion powder or dehydrated onions? Where could I find it at the store?

      • Summer Blizzard on April 11, 2020 at 12:11 pm
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      Dried onion would be dehydrated onions. I have also used onion powder and they said it’s just as good. You can find onion powder and the dried onions in the spice aisle at the store.

    • Candace on December 22, 2018 at 6:42 am
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    Can you use fresh potatoes instead of the prepackaged ones? Any suggestions?

    1. I tried it with fresh potatoes and it was really mushy. I think it’s much better with hashbrowns. You could try to drain fresh potatoes very well – that might help.

  1. My sister is nursing her brand new baby son and just recently found out he has a dairy allergy and therefore no dairy for her! Funeral potatoes are a HUGE Easter tradition for our family as Grandma ONLY makes us her DELICIOUS cheesy potatoes on Easter, so since out childhood we look forward to Easter for potatoes every year. So excited to find this recipe so I can make my sister her own pan of cheesy funeral potatoes and she doesn’t have to miss out! Thank you so much for sharing. Happy Easter!

    1. I would like to know how this tasted for your family.

    • Allyse on December 5, 2017 at 4:32 pm
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    These were pretty good for being dairy free. I doctored mine up a bit by adding chopped green onions and Tofutti cream cheese for more thickness. I couldn’t find Tofutti shredded cheddar cheese, so I ended up using a combination of Vegan Gourmet fiesta blend shreds (pepperjack and cheddar flavor) and Go Veggie cheddar shreds. It turned out pretty good in the end.

    • Summer Blizzard on December 2, 2017 at 1:02 pm
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    Thank you for this recipe. We have made it so many times. Our only change is using plain almond milk yogurt instead of sour cream since our store doesn’t have dairy free sour cream.

      • Rachel on December 3, 2017 at 7:27 am
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      I am so glad it’s been useful for you! Thanks for posting a comment, it made my day 🙂

    • Rebekah on March 11, 2016 at 7:26 am
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    how many hashbrowns? 2 lb bag?

    1. Yep, 2 pound bag.

    • Tara on June 9, 2015 at 5:30 pm
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    Do you know if this is good to make ahead and freeze (minus the corn flakes)?

    1. Hello Tara – Good question. I think if you froze this dish, the fats might separate a bit, but it will still taste good. I haven’t personally tried. Let us know how it goes!

    • Cindi on June 4, 2015 at 9:06 am
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    Making this for a funeral today where a nursing momma’s baby is allergic to eggs and dairy will be attending and I know that no one else will be thinking of her. Crossing my fingers that this is delicious! It looks like it,

    1. How did they turn out? I’m getting hungry just looking at the picture again 🙂

    • Sasha Farnsworth on December 31, 2013 at 8:38 pm
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    Just make sure your corn flakes are gluten-free too, if you really need that (I have celiac, so I do).

    1. Yes, for sure! Thanks for the tip Sasha.

  2. Glad it’s useful for you! I too am glad to have an excuse to make it again this year 🙂

    • Hilary on September 8, 2013 at 2:12 pm
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    Thank you for this!! With the holidays coming up I was stressing how I’d survive without funeral potatoes and you saved me 🙂 excited to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing!!!

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