Imagine having a bowl of hot oatmeal waiting for you as soon as you wake up!
This easy and foolproof oatmeal recipe is going to change the way your mornings start for the better.
WHY STEEL CUT OATS?
In short, they are less processed. Basically the oats are cut, dried, and packaged. Rolled Oats go through an extra process of being flattened, and Instant Oats are additionally steamed and packaged thereafter. The processing (or lack thereof) involved with steel-cut oats is the reason they take much longer to cook.
WHY IS THIS RECIPE SO GOOD?
- helps with milk production for breastfeeding moms
- easy to make and take to go
- hot breakfast without “cooking”
- high in fiber and low in saturated fat
- toddler and kid approved
Use modern-day gadgets with programming abilities to help prep and cook meals. It will help you eat healthier, save time, and be able to enjoy moments with your loved ones.
A basic oatmeal recipe made in the Instant Pot (while you sleep)! This recipe will guide you to make perfect steel cut oats to start your day off right.
- 1/4 cup steel cut oats (washing is optional)
- 1 cup almond milk (sweetened or unsweetened depending on your sweet tooth) or water can use water instead
- 1 medjool date, fresh and blended into a paste (optional)
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp dried blueberries or cranberries
- 1 tbsp walnuts
- 1 tbsp almonds
- 2 tbsp diced apples or pears
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- shredded coconut
- fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries…)
- chopped banana
- extra cinnamon
Combine "basic ingredients" listed above into the Instant Pot insert. SIDE NOTE: I recommend making 2-3 servings if cooking directly in the instant pot.
Close the lid, set the Instant Pot to 10 minutes high pressure, and set the vent to sealing (no air is released during cooking process).
Let the Instant Pot naturally release air and cool down before opening.
Enjoy as is or with your favorite toppings.
Place the Instant Pot trivet inside the main pot.
Pour water into the Instant Pot just until it almost reaches the trivet. Be careful not to put more water than the trivet’s height.
Place basic ingredients in a container(s) of your choice. TIP: You can use anything oven safe in the IP. I use metal tiffin containers or pyrex glassware.
Put the container inside your Instant Pot on top of the trivet.
Close the lid and set the valve to sealing. Hence, no air should release during the cooking phase.
Close the lid and set to 10 minutes high pressure. Let the Instant Pot cool down and naturally release air before opening.
Enjoy as is or with your favorite toppings.
Set Instant Pot to 10 minutes and high pressure once the ingredients have been placed in the pot, then press the timer button and program according to how many hours from that moment you want it to start cooking.
NOTE: If you want to eat (or take the oatmeal with you) at 7am you can start the cooking at 6am or even earlier since the oatmeal will remain warm. Cooling process takes about 15 minutes or more depending on quantity.
SAFETY: Be sure to set the Instant Pot away from any other objects. Hence, there should be no cabinets above the Instant Pot where the released steam could potentially harm your kitchen with steam.
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Instant Pot-Delayed Timer Option
This method of cooking is about to make you feel like a superhero. Magic is real folks.
WHO HAS TIME TO SIT THERE AND PATIENTLY STIR A POT EVERY MORNING?
So here’s the deal… For this oatmeal recipe you need an Instant Pot. PERIOD. I set it up after my evening kitchen clean up and then turn on the timer right before going to bed. Start with my BASIC OATMEAL RECIPE (above), top it with additional ingredients, and then venture out to other favorites.
My post here is to help you learn how to use the delayed timer programming feature on the Instant Pot.
Remember those old school tiffin containers? The metal ones with 4 compartments stacked high? Don’t you just love them (sarcasm)? If you’re Indian, then you know exactly what I am talking about. Folks, they’re making a comeback! I asked my mom for her tiffins and she happily gave them to me with a confused look on her face-haha. Honestly she thought I was crazy, but now she wants them back because of my hack and I’m not sharing!
They are perfect for the INSTANT POT Pot-In-Pot method. I use them ALL THE TIME for various different things. For this recipe, I make two batches of oatmeal, one for my husband and one for me (the kids just eat out of ours usually).
Use tiffin containers to customize
This recipe is great for large gatherings. Simply make a batch int he instant pot and organize a self serve station with scrumptious topping. It’s healthy, delicious, and filling! Perfect for busy mornings, Christmas, Thanksgiving Day, New Years Eve, or Marathon Morning.
HAPPY EATING, FOLKS!