Being a mom is no joke.
My daughter is currently teething (the dreaded molars and canines have arrived!). It’s been rough at our house. Though she is seventeen months old, it’s like we are back in survival mode. It always helps me during periods like this to go back to tried and true recipes and methods to help me out when our life and schedule is unpredictable. One of the breakfast recipes I continually come back to is steel-cut oats in the instant pot.
I ate these oats during my postpartum breastfeeding days like they were going out of style! I needed a reliable hearty breakfast that would be easy to prepare and support my supply. Back then, I made my oats on the stove top. Today? No. Way. The cleanup was too much. Now, its almost ridiculous how easily these oats come together in the instant pot without the mess using my new favorite Instant Pot hack, the (PIP) pot-in-pot method.
The instant pot is truly the best way to prepare steel-cut oats using the pot-in pot method. I like to *soak my steel-cut oats with water in a mason jar the night before (if I can remember #mombrain) for easier digestion, but soaking is not required!
Fill the liner with 1&1/2 cups of water and place the trivet in the bottom of the liner. Place the soaked/non-soaked oats in a small Pyrex (or equivalent 4 cup oven-proof) glass bowl along with the water or milk of choice (I use unsweetened almond milk). Cover the bowl with tinfoil and place it on the trivet. Lock the instant pot lid and place the valve to sealing. Pressure cook on high for 22 minutes followed by a natural release of 5-10 minutes.
Be careful lifting the pot out of the liner. The glass bowl will be very hot, so use a kitchen towel or potholder to safely lift the bowl off of the trivet. Also, be careful to remove the tinfoil slowly to avoid steam burns.
Toppings can vary depending on seasonal fruits or what is in your pantry. I love a sprinkle of chia seeds for texture and a small dollop of almond butter. A quick drizzle of 100% pure maple syrup and a large handful of blueberries make the most delicious combination.
The cheapest brand of steel-cut oats I can find for the price is at Trader Joe’s. I always keep a canister in the pantry as a quick and cheap breakfast option. What brand is the lowest cost you have seen for steel-cut oats? Let everyone know in the comments!
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats - Blueberry Almond Butter
The easiest way to prepare steel-cut oats! This recipe is fast with little cleanup.
- 1/3 cup oatmeal steel-cut
- 3/4 cup water filtered
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tbsp almond butter
- 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1. Fill the instant pot liner with 1&1/2 cups of water and place the trivet to the bottom of the liner.
2. In an oven-safe glass bowl (pyrex), add steel-cut oats and 3/4 cup of water. Cover with tinfoil. Place the bowl carefully on the trivet.
3. Secure the lid of the instant pot and set the valve to sealing. Set the timer for manual of pressure cook on high for 22 minutes. Let it release naturally for five to ten minutes before releasing the remaining pressure.
4. Once the pin has dropped and the oatmeal is ready to be removed, use a pot holder or kitchen towel to safely remove the bowl from the instant pot.
5. Carefully remove the tinfoil and stir the oatmeal.
6. Transfer to a bowl and add toppings of choice.
*Notes: Amy Chaplin has information about the benefits of soaking whole grains before consuming them in her book, At Home in the Whole Foods Kitchen.