I left my Instant Pot in the box for at least 6 months, but not for the reasons everyone else does.
The Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker, and I’ve seen other people talk online about how they let theirs sit unopened because they were afraid of it exploding. Me, I’m just too busy to read the instructions or try something new sometimes – isn’t that silly?
I used my poor Instant Pot once, last summer, for a party when I was in a pinch (and totally overcooked my broccoli and cauliflower because I didn’t take the time to read the instructions, ha!) and then it sat in my basement for another 6 months before I re-discovered it.
And now…it’s been in almost constant use for the past 2 weeks, I’ve figured out how to adapt slow cooker recipes for the Instant Pot, and I’ve even already sent one as a gift to my hard-to-buy-for friend who visited and was smitten with it. She keeps texting me beautiful pictures of her food with notes like “this is a game-changer.”
Make your Instant Pot work for you!
The Instant Pot has gotten a lot of hype over the last couple years – for good reason. It really can do just about anything.
Although it can seem a bit daunting to use at first, it really becomes quite simple once you give it a try.
Use the techniques, tips and simple recipes from the Instant Pot Guidebook to get started, and before you know it, your Instant Pot will become indispensable!
Note: The prices fluctuate wildly on Amazon, so it’s worth waiting around a little while to get it under $150 at least – this very second as I look (2/29/16 at 3p EST) the one I have is an incredible price, but if you’re reading this later, you can check out the various options here.
Discovering Steel Cut Oats
The recipe I get to share today has become a favorite breakfast for my kids – even though we never like steel-cut oats before this! It’s a good idea to prep ahead the night before with all the ingredients, because the “instant” part of the Instant Pot is a bit overblown online in my opinion – it takes about 20 minutes to get up to pressure, so you have to add that amount to all cooking times.
You CAN set a delay timer on many models, so as long as you’re ok with dairy products sitting out all night (I am) or are using coconut milk, it can still be ready when you need it in the morning. Or if you’re like me, you can try to get up at least an hour before the kids anyway to start working…or do laundry…or sit in silence (which never happens!). Then you can push the on button and walk away, no stirring or watching temps needed, which is a nice change even from the ease of regular stovetop oatmeal.
An easy and delicious breakfast to be sure!
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats Breakfast Recipe
- Grease the bottom of the Instant Pot container with butter or coconut oil.
- Soak all but the maple syrup, salt and vanilla overnight in the Instant Pot.
- In the morning add the syrup and salt and cook on “porridge.”
- Don’t forget to close the valve!
- It will take about 15-20 minutes to get up to pressure, then 20 minutes to cook.
- Open the valve for a quick release when it’s finished cooking.
- Stir in the vanilla and serve with milk.
** If you want to do even less in the morning, feel free to include the syrup and salt in the overnight soak and skip the vanilla. It’s a pretty flexible recipe!!
** Leaving out the salt, by the way, is just an old-fashioned way to soak that some say can make whole grains more digestible. More on soaking grains here.
** I bet you could save on prep time and use a cup or two of applesauce instead of the apples, or just have your kids cut them up like we do in the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse!
** Dairy-free with coconut milk should work fine too – just use 3 cups coconut milk and 3 cups water, or one can full-fat coconut milk and 4 cups water. You don’t need the yogurt.
** No fresh cranberries? I buy them at the holiday season and freeze right in the bag for later, but you could certainly use dried cranberries or cherries. Yum!
** I’m curious now that I have more experience with the IP if 15 minutes would be sufficient, since the bottom will get a little brown (but nothing that’s very hard to clean up, unlike some other not-so-good recipes we tried!).
Note: I’ve read a few recipes since this that say to make steel cut oats with the manual setting for just THREE minutes! I haven’t tried it yet so I won’t officially update the recipe, but as soon as I confirm that I will!!
Nighttime and Michigan-winter breakfasts are horrible photography moments, so ignore the lighting on these. You know I really made the recipe, right? Your IP will look like this at night with cute floating cranberries:
And this in the morning – delicious, creamy, hearty oatmeal with plenty of flavor that will satiate you until lunchtime, no problem:
We like to serve with milk!
My dear friend Wardee at Traditional Cooking School can do just about anything with her Instant Pot – cakes, bread, main dishes, veggies, even “stacking” multiple kinds of food at once!
She’s offering a free ebooklet with 12 healthy Instant Pot dessert recipes!
It features 12 whole food and naturally sweetened treats — from pudding to flan and cake to cheesecake — that can be cooked (quickly!) in the Instant Pot.
While you’re waiting for your Instant pot to arrive, you might check out my Grain-free Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Porridge. Watch for more Instant Pot recipes, tips, and tricks this month – you’ll be able to get to them all by clicking the image above.
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