Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

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A warm and heart healthy breakfast, making Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot is so much faster than making them on the stove!

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.

A warm and heart healthy breakfast, making Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot is so much faster than making them on the stove! A warm and heart healthy breakfast, making Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot is so much faster than making them on the stove!

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.

A warm and heart healthy breakfast, making Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot is so much faster than making them on the stove! A warm and heart healthy breakfast, making Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot is so much faster than making them on the stove!

A warm and heart healthy breakfast, making Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot is so much faster than making them on the stove!
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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

235 Cals 7 Protein 50.5 Carbs 3 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 8 servings
COURSE: Breakfast, Brunch
CUISINE: American
A warm and heart healthy breakfast, making Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot is so much faster than making them on the stove!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1scant cup plus toppings, Calories: 235kcal, Carbohydrates: 50.5g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Sodium: 26mg, Fiber: 6.5g, Sugar: 15g
WW Points Plus: 7
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142 comments

  1. 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. 

  2. Delicious! Thanks for all you do!!

  3. 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

  4. This was an excellent and easy way to make steel cut oats! I served it with Nutpods non dairy creamer, banana, blueberries and maple syrup …. so good. There is one big caveat, though. Believe it when the recipe says to release the pressure naturally! I released it after 10 minutes, thinking that would be enough – and had a volcano of liquid shooting out the vent of the Instant Pot along with the steam, all over the counter, etc. Quite the mess to clean up. Glad it was delicious, though, and lesson learned.

  5. Simple and tasty! This just became the first recipe I used to break in my new Instant Pot. Which reminds me of how I also used one of your chili recipes to break in its predessor, a slow cooker. That one was a similarly simple “dump the ingredients in, start the device and come back for a yummy result”. Thank you for your recipes!

  6. Made as written, this turns out way too soupy. I’ll be looking for a different recipe

    • Mine did too but after stirring and adding blueberries it was just fine. I added half a packet of Splenda to ky bowl and it was perfec4.

  7. Gina, do we use the plastic cup that came with the instapot to measure out the ingredients or a standard measuring cup?

  8. Trying to make this recipe but keep getting the burn alert on my IP — anyone else have this issue? 

  9. When I saw this recipe this morning, I got excited!!! I have it all, except bananas. I recently had hand surgery, so my cooking abilities are nonexistent. Cooking it now!!! Thank you, Gina!!! Because of you, I don’t have to eat junk this morning!!! 🙂

  10. I loved how this turned out. But don’t mess up and add the blueberries into the hot pot like I did-they will get leathery. Just add them to the top of your oatmeal at the table. I didn’t have cinnamon sticks so I added ground cinnamon to taste and it was great.

  11. It seems like a lot of your recipes lately don’t have the total servings listed. Like this one , it doesn’t say how many servings it makes 

    • 8 servings. It is listed above the actual recipe. 🙂

      • The total time to make this seems well over 25 minutes, between coming to pressure and natural release. That being said I added vanilla and a little brown sugar, maybe a tablespoon and it’s so good.

  12. Just wondering how long the natural release took for everyone. I have this recipe in now, and am currently at 30 minutes and it doesn’t even look like the button is starting to pop up.  I usually do quick release so not sure if it supposed to take this long or if something isn’t right? Thanks!

  13. I don’t have a pressure cooker
    can it make this in a slow cooker?