Cooking Steel-cut Oats in an Instant Pot is a game changer, making this unsung hero of superfoods easy and fast in the morning. We have been adding this to our breakfast line up and are amazed at how satisfying and delicious this is.
Growing Up It Was Oatmeal in the Morning
I grew up in a big family and many mornings started with a huge pot of oatmeal because it was an affordable way for my Mom to get a good breakfast into us, all nine of us. There are many sweet memories of my Dad making us oatmeal with tons of raisins when we were camping. It was a great start to active days of hiking, canoeing and swimming.
So, I have wonderful associations with oatmeal and enjoy it – as long as someone else makes it. Greg has the patience to stand at the stove to stir and watch. But, I’m a ridiculous multi-tasker and always seem to leave it long enough to burn on the bottom, resulting in a pan that takes forever to clean. No fun.
But What About Steel-Cut Oats?
This summer my sister was visiting and gave me the remainder of a container of organic steel-cut oats. She didn’t like the hassle of making them. I had that, “Are you kidding me? I can’t stand the hassle of steel-cut oats” moment. So then I decided to experiment with our Instant Pot.
(Aside here. The Instant Pot has changed my kitchen. It is more important to me than the Vitamix. I never thought I would feel that way, but if my house is on fire, I’m grabbing the dog and the Instant Pot, maybe Greg will grab the Vitamix)
The Instant Pot makes using steel-cut oats soooo easy. (disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post, we are just super enthused about using an Instant Pot. The link is an Amazon affiliate link)
Let’s talk about oatmeal. The difference between steel-cut oats and rolled oats is how they are processed. Both start with whole oat grouts, but steel-cut oats are simply the whole grain passed through thin blades that cut the oat kernel into smaller pieces. Rolled oats are steamed and then rolled out, making them faster to cook.
Steel-cut Oats are the Nutritional MVP
Less processing increases the nutritional benefit of steel-cut oats. 1/2 cup dry steel-cut oats (a big bowl when cooked!) has about 300 calories and delivers about 8 grams of fiber, twice that of rolled oats. This really gets you started on the recommended 25-30 grams of fiber daily, providing greater satiety and feeding your gut bacteria to support your own microbiome. The glycemic index for steel-cut oats is only 42, compared to that of instant oatmeal, which is 66.
In addition, steel-cut oats are rich in calcium, potassium, B vitamins, copper, iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc. Delivering 10.5gms of protein, they are rich in the amino acids, leucine, isoleucine and valine, all highly effective for stimulating skeletal muscle synthesis = building muscle!
I encourage you to give this amazing superfood a try. It is delicious and satisfying and a great way to start the day. Cooking steel-cut oats in the Instant Pot makes it easy and fast. Go to the recipe below for our directions for perfect steel-cut oats with your Instant Pot.
- 1 cup organic steel cut oats
- 1/4 tsp salt (optional)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3-1/2 cup raisins (optional)
- 3 cups water
- Combine all ingredients in the Instant Pot
- Using manual setting, set for 10 minutes (12 if you want creamier consistency)
- When the cooking is done, turn it off. Do not leave it on warming mode.
- Allow the pressure to reduce naturally for about 5 minutes before releasing with the valve.
- Stir and serve.
- This recipe provides 2-4 servings. We like big bowls!
- We have substituted the raisins with raw banana or chopped apple with a great result.
- Serve with plant based milk.
- Top with chopped nuts or coconut sugar for a big treat.