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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

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posted: 01/21/20

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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats are an easy way to get a healthy start to the day. Your pressure cooker makes quick work of this great recipe!

small bowl of steel cut oats with raspberries, sliced bananas, blueberries and a little brown sugar

Another one of my talented friends has written a cookbook and I’m so excited to tell you about it. Barbara Shrieving, author of the great blog Pressure Cooking Today, has teamed up with Marci Buttars to bring you Instantly Sweet – a great cookbook full of delicious Instant Pot desserts!

If you got an Instant Pot for Christmas, you must add this cookbook to your shelf!

You might remember when I reviewed Barbara’s first cookbook and made Instant Pot Enchilada Pasta Casserole. She is a genius when it comes to pressure cooking and her first cookbook is what taught me how to use my Instant Pot.

This steel cut oat recipe is another work of genius. Today I’m going to give you the basic version as well as the Cinnamon Roll Steel Cut Oat dessert version from Barbra and Marci.

overhead view of the cookbook Instantly Sweet

How to Make Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot

This recipe only takes 30 minutes, with about 8 minutes of hands on time. Setting your pressure cooker for 10 minutes, you let it do most of the work! (For the full recipe and instructions, head to the bottom of the post.)

  1. First melt butter in the bottom of your Instant Pot using the sauté feature.
  2. Sauté the oats for 3 minutes until they begin to smell nutty.
  3. Add water, close the Instant Pot, and let it do it’s magic.
steel cut oats after being cooked in the bottom of an instant pot

Benefits of Steel Cut Oats

One of the things I like most about steel cut oats is that they are low on the glycemic index. They spike your blood sugar less than traditional oats.

They also have 5 grams of protein per 1/4 cup of dry oats. You can read more about their benefits here.

If you are looking for a gluten free breakfast, this is a great option.

two small bowls of instant pot steel cut oats recipe garnished with berries and banana slices next to a small bowl of brown sugar with an instant pot in the background

Cinnamon Roll Steel Cut Oats

As I mentioned, this recipe can be dressed up as a dessert with a few simple additions.

You will need:

  • 3/4 cup of raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon milk

Make it sweet!

  1. After your oats have finished cooking, stir in the raisins and let them sit with the cover of the pressure cooker on for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir the brown sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl.
  3. In another bowl whisk together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and milk. Pour into a small ziplock bag.
  4. Dish up the oats.
  5. Cut a small hole off one tip of the ziplock bag and pipe a swirl around each bowl of oats.
  6. Sprinkle on a little of cinnamon brown sugar mixture.
overhead view of cinnamon roll steel cut oats that have a swirl of frosting and brown sugar on top, lots of berries surrounding the bowl

Other Great Breakfast Ideas

overhead view of two small bowls of instant pot steel cut oats with berries, banana slices, and brown sugar on a blue wood board
overhead view of two small bowls of instant pot steel cut oats with berries, banana slices, and brown sugar on a blue wood board
5 from 1 vote

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Serves: 4 servings
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 8 minutes
Cook: 22 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats are an easy way to get a healthy start to the day. Your pressure cooker makes quick work of this great recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • With your Instant Pot set to "Saute" melt the butter in the base.
  • Add in the oats. Stir constantly to ensure they do not burn. Toast until the oats begin to darken slightly and start to smell nutty, about three minutes.
  • Pour in the water, and stir in the salt.
  • Put the lid on and lock it in place. Make sure that the pressure release valve is turned to the sealed position. Turn it off (or hit cancel) and then select High Pressure and 10 minutes for the cook time. (The pressure coooker will take about 9 minutes to come to pressure and then will begin to count down the 10 minutes.)
  • When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker. Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes (in other words, after you turn it off do nothing for 5 minutes). Then turn the pressure release valve to venting. When the valve drops, carefully open the lid and stir the oats. They will thicken as they sit.
  • Either serve with fresh fruit, or use the instructions in the post to make Cinnamon Roll Steel Cut Oats. Enjoy!

Notes

Please note that the serving size is a heaping 3/4 cup and the nutritional information does not include the ingredients for the Cinnamon Roll Steel Cut Oats.
Serving: 0.75cup Calories: 175kcal (9%) Carbohydrates: 27g (9%) Protein: 5g (10%) Fat: 5g (8%) Saturated Fat: 2g (13%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 8mg (3%) Sodium: 154mg (7%) Potassium: 1mg Vitamin A: 2IU Calcium: 6mg (1%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
overhead view of two small bowls of instant pot steel cut oats with berries, banana slices, and brown sugar on a blue wood board

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  1. Barbara Schieving says

    5 stars
    Thanks so much for the great review! Your pictures are beautiful. I’m so glad you’re loving your Instant Pot now.

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