Oatmeal is an almost everyday routine over here! I constantly find people stumped with the preparation of this simple meal so we wanted to share our go-to recipe and give our tips!
We make BIG batches in our house because 1.) These kids can EAT and 2.) We have found it too easy not to make it ahead and reheat the next morning. This recipe cuts cooking time for steel-cut oats down to a fraction of regular stovetop recipes!
(IF YOU NEED AN INSTANT POT, WE RECOMMEND THIS ONE!)
EASY INSTANT POT OATMEAL
3 C Gluten Free Oats (we like steel cut but rolled oats work too!)
6-9 C Water mix of Water and Milk (we use dairy free almond milk)
Coconut Sugar, to taste
Cinnamon, to taste
Optional Add Ins we love: Extra milk to drizzle on top, Bananas, Berries, Nuts, Homemade Granola, and Everly’s favorite… big ol’ dates!
Add oats and water to Instant Pot and close valve. Set on Manual for:
- For steel cut oats: use 3:1 ratio so for this recipe, 9 cups water/milk to 3 cup oats
- For rolled oats: use a 2:1 ratio so 6 cups water/milk mix to 3 cup oats
Cook for 5 minutes with the valve closed and walk away! When the oatmeal beeps “donnnnne”, ignore its lies! Continue on with your morning! Let it be! Let it rest! Let the Instant Pot release the steam for 20-30 minutes! THIS IS WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS, Y’all! Leave it be and enjoy the time to do other morning tasks!
When you finally turn the valve open and take the lid off, there should be no more pressure left. It’s a quiet, MESS free process this way. If you used 1/4 or 1/2 milk to water, you may find adding a bit more milk to each serving bowl is the perfect decadence! BUT HERE US ON THIS: USING ONLY WATER WILL WORK TOO! The milk gives it a wonderful rich flavor but is NOT mandatory for this recipe to work errrrryday! Mmmmmkay!
Add coconut sugar (we do about 1 tsp for a pretty large bowl), a pinch of cinnamon, and add-ins of your choice!
***Please note: We are a dairy-free household and have only used Dairy Free milk for this recipe. I assume using whole milk would burn your instant pot and leave undesirable results! When looking for a good dairy-free option try paying attention to the ingredient list and opt for what does not have added ingredients!