A warm and heart healthy breakfast, making Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot is so much faster than making them on the stove!
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
Breakfast is an important part of the day. This healthy cereal is made with blueberries, bananas and cinnamon and lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup or honey. The question I get asked most often when I share my overnight oats recipe, is can you use steel cut oats? The answer is no, as they need to be cooked, as seen in below in this steel cut oats recipe.
How To Make Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
Steel-cut oats are chewier and coarser in texture than rolled oats, because they are less processed. The oats are cut with steel blades, hence the name “steel-cut” and take longer to cook than instant, ground, or rolled oats. Using the Instant Pot reduces the cook time, for a breakfast porridge that is nuttier in flavor and chewier in texture than quicker rolled oats.
To Make Ahead:
Steel cut oats are still great for meal prep, you can make it ahead and refrigerate for the week. To do so, leave the fruit and milk out and refrigerate in small containers. To heat up, you can microwave about a minute or heat up on the stove with a little liquid, to loosen. Then stir in milk and your favorite toppings.
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- 2 cups steel cut oats, gluten-free, if necessary
- 6 cups water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 4 medium ripe bananas
- 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 cup milk of your choice, nut, soy or skim
- 8 teaspoons pure maple syrup or honey
- ground cinnamon, for topping
- Combine the steel cut oats and water in the bowl of your pressure cooker and stir.
- Add the cinnamon sticks, cover and cook 6 minutes on high pressure.
- Allow the pressure to naturally release.
- Remove the cinnamon sticks and discard and stir in blueberries.
- To serve, pour 1 cup of oats in each bowl, and top each with 2 tablespoons milk, 1/2 sliced banana, drizzle with 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup and finish with a pinch of cinnamon.
- Leftovers can be refrigerated in glass or plastic containers. To reheat, microwave for 2 to 3 minutes, until warm then add toppings.
148 comments on “Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats”
This recipe has worked perfectly every time for me. My instant pot is the smallest one so I half the recipe and follow the cooking instructions. Perfect every time!
Made this weekly this winter! It’s a great starter too, sometimes I add frozen cherries at the end, sometimes dried fruit. Lots of options
I love this healthy steel-cut oats breakfast! It’s on repeat in our house. Easy to portion out and both my husband and I enjoy it during the workweek.
Great recipe but I am not sure it’s much faster than stovetop since the pressure takes time to build and release. I make this regularly minus the fruit and cinnamon. I store it in the refrigerator. I put scant one cup in a bowl, mash a banana and add about half a cup of milk. Cook 3 minutes on high, add one tablespoon each of peanut butter and chia seeds. Delicious!
I’ve been making this on repeat!! SO hearty and yummy.
I did half the recipe to try it and the oats came out great. Did not have cinnamon sticks and used ground cinnamon. It smells amazing opening the lid.
Delicious! Thanks for all you do!!
Ok. I plan to try this recipe, but I want to comment about one little blip I just read…You actually CAN make overnight oats with steel-cut oats if you use the quick-cooking variety. I have used the Bob’s Red Mill Quick Cooking steel-cut oats to make them and they are delicious! They get soft, but are more substantial/chewier made this way. I personally prefer cold overnight oats made with steel-cut oats vs regular rolled oats.
You can honestly even eat them after just one night, as I often make a batch for the week and eat them all week. They’ll get a tad softer each day they are