I pretty much gave up oatmeal years ago. I was eating that pre-packaged stuff that is loaded with tons of sugar. I refer to it as “stuff” because it provides very little nutritional value. I sought out other alternatives for oatmeal, but now I am back. This is my first time trying steel cut oats in my Instant Pot. What better way to eat steel cut oats than to make them taste like apple pie?
Calories: 210 Fat: 5G Net Carbs: 37G Protein: 3G
I love to make my own oatmeal because I can control the amount of sugar that is used. Using fresh fruit and raw honey helps create a recipe that is naturally sweetened. You can totally still accomplish the same homemade baked apple pie taste in this recipe without going overboard with refined sugar.
How Do You Cook Steel Cut Oats in an Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker?
I used Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats. Here is a link to the exact oats used in this recipe. It is important that you use regular steel cut oats, and not instant or quick steel cut oats.
Add your steel cut oats to the pressure cooker or Instant Pot with milk and water. Cook for 10 minutes. Allow steam to release naturally.
You can learn more about how to make the perfect Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats every time here.
Are Steel Cut Oats Better?
Now, why steel cut oats and not regular oats. Most of us are used to rolled oats. I am sure you have fond and/or vivid memories of Quaker oatmeal. If you compare the macro/nutritional value of rolled oats vs steel cut oats, you will find they are very comparable. Calories, fat, etc. are pretty much the same.
The biggest difference in steel cut vs rolled is the amount of processing and how the oats are processed. Rolled oats are rolled out and flattened. Steel cut oats are cut into thin slices by steel blades. This process retains fiber and protein. Steel cut oats help your fill fuller after eating them.
Steel cut oats take up to 20 minutes to cook on the stove. With the Instant Pot, you cut that time in half. You also have the freedom to walk away and do whatever you need around the house. No need to babysit a pot on the stove!
This recipe is perfect for make-ahead breakfast or meal prep. You can throw all of your items in the Instant Pot overnight and let it sit in the fridge and then turn on the pressure cooker in the morning.
Can You Reheat Steel Cut Oats?
Yes. I like to meal prep the oats and store them in Tupperware. I use the microwave to reheat.
You may also enjoy these Healthy Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats recipes from Shape Magazine.
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Instant Pot Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats
Instant Pot Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats is a vegan, dairy-free, refined-sugar free pressure cooker recipe that is perfect for overnight, make-ahead breakfast, and meal prep. This healthy dish is quick and easy to make.
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 2 apples peeled and diced, I used Honey Crisp
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger I used ginger sold in a jar
- 2 cups water
- 2 tsbp chopped pecans for topping
- cooking spray or oil to grease the Instant Pot I used avocado oil, you can also use coconut oil
Grease the sides and bottom of the Instant Pot with oil. You can also use cooking spray. This step is important because you don't want the oats to stick to the pot.
Add all of the ingredients to the pot (with the exception of the pecans) and stir.
Close the pot and seal. Place the Instant Pot on Manual High-Pressure Cooking for 10 minutes.
When the timer beeps DO NOT perform a quick release. Press cancel, to turn the pot off. You do not want the Instant Pot on "Keep Warm." The oats may burn.
Allow the steam release naturally for 10 minutes before opening the pot.
Serve the oatmeal in bowls topped with chopped pecans or desired toppings.
Cooking time noted above includes the time for the Instant Pot to come to pressure and naturally release steam and pressure. Overall timing may vary depending on how long it takes your pot to come to pressure.
If you prefer oats that are chewy and less creamy, decrease the cooking time. You can use 3-5 minutes.
If you like sweet oatmeal try adding a little stevia organic sweetener.
Additional topping ideas: Greek yogurt, chia seeds, granola, and almonds.