The right oatmeal recipe is anything but bland. I want to show you how good it can taste when you mix in just the right toppings. This recipe offers up sweet and savoury flavours. And the best part is, with the help of your pressure cooker, this Instant Pot blueberry oatmeal is incredibly easy to make.
Why is this recipe healthy?
Confession: I never liked oatmeal growing up. When I did eat a bowl, it was the heavily processed, instant type (which has a ton of hidden sugars, let me add!).
But, when I started studying nutrition and reading up on the health benefits of steel cut oats, I decided to give oatmeal another try. And, wow, am I glad that I did. Now I know that oats can be incredibly tasty and fuel your body in all the right ways.
Here's why you should be eating steel cut oats too:
- Oats have a special kind of fibre called beta-glucan that helps regulate hunger hormones. Because of this, a bowl of porridge can make you feel extremely satisfied and also keep you feeling full for longer.
- Oats are a great source of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, copper, iron, potassium and selenium. There is also sound research on the cholesterol-lowering and heart health potential of these grains.
Here's what you'll need to make this Instant Pot blueberry oatmeal.
- Steel cut oats: the star ingredient and base of this bowl.
- Water: to cook the steel cut oats.
- Salt: to enhance all other flavours in the recipe.
- Coconut smiles: Adds a delicious savoury flavour.
- Greek yogurt: Adds a creaminess and a punch of protein.
- Ground flaxseed: Turns up the fibre content in the bowl, helping you feel full for longer.
- Blueberries: Adds sweetness to the dish.
- Cinnamon: A warming spice.
Let's break it down step by step to take any guesswork out of these blueberry steel cut oats.
- Add the steel cut oats, water and salt into a 6-quart Instant Pot. Stir well. Secure lid and ensure the steam release valve is set to sealing.
- Select the porridge setting on your Instant Pot.
- When the cooking cycle is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes. After this time, use a towel to turn the steam release valve to venting - this will release the remaining pressure.
- Carefully remove the lid and stir the oats. While they might appear runny at first, this step will thicken up the mixture.
- Top with coconut smiles, greek yogurt, ground flax seed, blueberries and cinnamon.
How to store
Oatmeal is a great make-ahead meal. Here's how you store your blueberry steel cut oats for enjoyment at a later time.
- Fridge: Let the oats cool to room temperature. Then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
- Freezer: Let the oats cool to room temperature. To freeze in individual portions, grab a muffin tray and fill each cup with cooked oats. Freeze until solid, then transfer into a airtight storage container or freezer bag. Let thaw overnight before reheating.
- Reheat: Scoop desired portion into a small sauce pan. Add a splash of water or milk. Heat on low until warm.
Below are the tools you'll need to make this Instant Pot blueberry oatmeal.
- Instant Pot: This is the Instant Pot I've been using for the past few years. I love it because it fits in my kitchen cabinets (unlike the 8-quart size!). It also has the porridge setting, which some models do not.
- Measuring cups and spoons:
- Ladle: makes it easy to scoop your oatmeal into your bowl or storage container
Rolled oats are steamed and flattened. This makes them quick-to-cook and gives them a tender texture. They're best used in baked goods. Steel cut oats are chopped into a rice-like grain. Because they are less processed, they take longer to cook. The steel cut oat also has a chewier texture and nuttier flavour, making it more appealing in your morning breakfast.
If you see the dreaded BURN message when cooking oats in you Instant Pot, there are a few things you can try. First, check that you turned your steam valve to sealing. Second, ensure there is enough liquid. Third, if using milk, try using non-dairy milk, as dairy milk tends to set the burn warning off far more frequently.
If you make this Instant Pot blueberry oatmeal, please consider leaving a star rating and a comment. Don't forget to tag @caiteyjay on Instagram or @caiteyjay on Pinterest so I can see your creations.Print
The right oatmeal recipe is anything but bland. Since steel cut oats are the perfect building block for a nutritious breakfast, I want to show you just how good they can taste when you mix in the right toppings. The best part is, with the help of your pressure cooker, this Instant Pot Blueberry Oatmeal is quick and easy to make.
- 1 cup of steel cut oats
- 2 ½ cups of water
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Toppings (per bowl)
- 15 g of coconut smiles
- 1 tablespoon of plain greek yogurt
- ½ tablespoon of ground flaxseed
- 1 handful of blueberries
- 1 dash of cinnamon
1. Add the steel cut oats, water and salt into a 6-quart Instant Pot. Stir well. Secure lid and ensure the steam release valve is set to sealing.
2. Select the porridge setting on your Instant Pot.
3. When the cooking cycle is complete, allow pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes. After this time, use a towel to turn the steam release valve to venting - this will release the remaining pressure.
4. Carefully remove the lid and stir the oats. While they might appear runny at first, this step will thicken up the mixture.
5. Top with coconut smiles, greek yogurt, ground flax seed, blueberries and cinnamon.
Keywords: Healthy Breakfast, Oatmeal
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