Coming at ya with one of the boys favourite breakfasts on cold mornings – Vanilla Maple Instant Pot Steel-Cut Oats.
I don’t know why, but breakfast is a struggle for me. The boys are up at the crack of dawn and ready to eat the entire house by 7 am. Cooking healthy meals every morning under such time constraints does not bode well for my half woke mind that has barely had a sip of coffee… Am I painting a clear enough picture …
So I created this Instant Pot steel-cut oats recipe that gives me almost a week’s worth of breakfasts for the boys in about 30 minutes!
I promise making this Instant Pot steel-cut oats recipe is the easiest way to cook steel-cut oats and it takes almost no time to put together. How did I even make it through the day without an Instant Pot?! You can make this recipe last minute and half asleep. If that doesn’t hook a mama I don’t know what will!
Why steel-cut oats?
Almost everyone has quick oats in their pantry, but unfortunately, steel-cut oats aren’t as popular as their quick and easy sibling. I believe they are the best of the oats though because they are the least processed and are high in fiber and protein. And the nuttier flavor is somewhat irresistible!
To top it all off, we make a big batch at the beginning of the week and it reheats beautifully (especially when adding a splash of milk to the bowl)!
How to store your cooked oatmeal.
One of the main reasons I love this Instant Pot steel-cut oats recipe is that I can make it at the beginning of the week and give it as a quick option for breakfast for the rest of the week! Whether it’s reheating it in the mornings for the boys, or adding a small mason jar topped with fruit for a quick snack in my hubby’s lunch…you can’t go wrong!
We usually just keep it refrigerated for the week, it will last in a sealed container for about 5 days. Just scoop out how much you need, add a splash of milk (or whatever liquid you’d like to loosen it up with – but we like milk the best!), and heat it in the microwave for 40 seconds! Top it off with some fruit and you are good to go!
Our never lasts long enough to freeze it, but you definitely can do this if you want to make a few batches! The easiest option I think would be to put a bunch of silicone muffin cups on a tray, fill them with a few scoops of oatmeal and freeze it. When you have the hankering for oatmeal you can put a few frozen oatmeal cups in the microwave with a splash of liquid and heat it up!
Vanilla Maple Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats – A super simple, quick and delicious way to make this healthy breakfast. Perfect for breakfast the whole week!
- 2 cups steel cut oats
- 6 cups water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
Place all the ingredients into your Instant Pot.
Close the Instant Pot lid and turn the steam release valve to the sealing position.
Set the cook time using the Pressure Cook/Manual function to 6 minutes at high pressure.
The Instant Pot will take a few minutes to reach pressure and then the 6 minute cooking time will start counting down. When the cook time ends, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for at least 20 minutes. Don't release the pressure manually!
After the Instant Pot has naturally released for 20 minutes, carefully turn the steam valve to the venting position to make sure that all of the steam and pressure has escaped.
Open the lid. Stir the oatmeal well to incorporate the liquid that has settled at the top.
Serve with desired toppings! We love blueberries and raspberries (& sometimes walnuts!)