Nothing makes the morning better than a delicious breakfast. Most of the time, I lean towards the regular, unsweetened oatmeal because I want to stay away from all of the refined sugars. That's what I love about this recipe. I can add a little maple syrup as a topping if I want something sweeter, or use berries for all-natural flavors. Not only is it healthy, but it's also easy to make. Who doesn't love a delicious quick recipe from their Instant Pot?
There are a ton of things I love about this version of Steel Cut Oatmeal, but at the top of the list is it makes for the perfect grab-n-go breakfast the next day. Or even the day after that. Get some mason jars for easy storage, heat it, and top it off with your favorite berries. If you plan on eating it the next day, I like to stir in a little bit of mile to soften up the oatmeal when you are reheating it.
I got my Instant Pot over the Christmas holiday, and have tried a handful of recipes. I'm not going to lie, navigating that thing takes some time to learn. I have kept my recipes simple, but that doesn't mean they can't be delicious. This recipe takes about 8-10 minutes to cook, but that does not include the time it takes the pressure to build, or the time it takes for it to drop and release naturally.
10-minutes of cooking time seems fast, but it really takes about 30 minutes if you count for all of the waiting time.
The key to cooking a good batch of Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot is allowing the pressure to release after the initial cooking cycle naturally. This is when the oats absorb the water without burning on the bottom of the pot. Being patient allows the oats to become perfectly tender. This is why I like the Instant Pot. There is no standing over the stove or waiting for the water to boil. You press buttons and walk away until you hear it beep.
In my recipe book, this is considered the ultimate power food. It's loaded with protein (which I love for my post-workouts), fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, and is excellent for your digestive health. If you are looking for something simple to make on your next lazy Saturday morning, or a quick bite to eat before work, this recipe is a must!
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- ⅓ cup chia seeds, reserve some for topping the oats with
- ½ cup flax meal, super ground up
- 4 cups milk (plant milk works too)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup of blueberries
- ½ cup pecans
- chia seeds
- Heat the Instant Pot using the sauté setting and melt the butter, pour in the oats and toast them in the butter for a minute or so before pouring in the liquid.
- Stir well and then pour in the chia seeds and flax meal.
- Mix everything together for another minute or so before twisting on the lid.
- Cancel the sauté setting and select manual mode, high, for 10 minutes.
- When the pot is done, let it natural pressure release for 10 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure and removing the lid.
- Stir the oats to mix everything together again and then spoon into bowls and top with some fresh blue berries, hearty nuts and tiny power packed chia seeds.