I’m a texture person; I don’t ‘do’ mushy food.
My little brother used to call oatmeal ‘mush’ when we were kids, and I couldn’t have agreed more with him. Traditional oatmeal is just a little bit gross to me. Love it in cookies, dig it in muffins, don’t want to eat it on its own, ya know? But Steel Cut Oats are like a whole different ball game. Slightly chewy, a little toasty tasting, and still a bit creamy while having some texture to them. Making them in the Instant Pot means I can have hearty, warm, balanced breakfasts all week, and it’s honestly a bit of a game changer!
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats for Easy Meal Prep
With a very busy toddler on my hands, I rarely make myself meals during the day. I call it the “My toddler has learned to climb the furniture and open doors on her own diet” and it keeps me from making quality meals for myself most of the time. So having a batch of hearty steel cut oats waiting for me in the fridge means I can easily portion some out, zap it in the microwave, toss on my fave toppings and sit down to eat breakfast while my daughter eats hers. These oats can keep for a week in the fridge and the batch makes about 7 portions.
Unlike a quick piece of toast or cold cereal, oats fill me up with a bunch of other benefits like controlling blood sugar levels, add fibre to my diet, and lower cholesterol levels.
I love to give mine a boost with:
- Chia seeds (antioxidants, Omega-3s, iron and protein).
- Walnuts (antioxidants, Omega-3s, decrease inflammation, can help lower blood pressure)
- Dried Apricots (raisins, cranberries and other dried fruits are great too! I get the ones with no sugar added)
- Brown Sugar (because, C’mon you gotta add a little sweetness! Honey or Maple Syrup also work here)
- Coconut Milk (to give it a touch of creaminess when reheating, but water also works just fine or any other milk of choice)
Some other toppings that would be great:
- Fresh fruit
- Shredded coconut
- Almonds or other raw nuts
- Sunflower Seeds
- Hemp Hearts
What you’ll need:
- An Instant Pot or pressure cooker of choice. I use the Instant Pot Duo 7 in 1 6qt
- Steel Cut Oats. These are my favourite.
- Toppings like Dried Apricots, Brown Sugar, Walnuts and Chia Seeds.
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
An easy, foolproof Steel Cut Oats recipe using your Instant Pot that makes for easy meal prep for breakfasts for the entire week!
- 1 tbsp Coconut Oil virgin, unrefined
- 2 cups Steel Cut Oats
- 6 cups Water
- 1/4 tsp Pink Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp Brown Sugar
- 2 whole Dried Apricots
- 6 Raw Walnuts
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 3 tbsp Coconut Milk
Turn your Instant Pot on Saute and melt the coconut oil. Add Steel Cut Oats and toast for 2-3 minutes until slightly nutty smelling.
Add water and salt and stir. Switch Instant Pot to Pressure Cook/Manual and set the time for 6 minutes. Close the lid and turn the knob to Sealing.
Do not turn on the keep warm function.
Allow Instant Pot to come to pressure, and then when the timer is done, leave until the pot naturally depressurizes on its own and the pin drops.
Stir oats to combine and water that may have risen to the top.
Top with brown sugar, dried apricots, chia seeds, walnuts, coconut milk or whatever other toppings you desire if serving immediately.
To prep for the week, individual portions (without toppings) can be reheated in the microwave with a few tablespoons of water or milk of choice (I like Coconut Milk in mine) to loosen the oats back up. Then top and enjoy!
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