Instant Pot Healthy Cinnamon Almond Steel-Cut Oatmeal
This Instant Pot Healthy Cinnamon Almond Steel-Cut Oatmeal is a heart-healthy, delicious breakfast that’s easy to cook up on a busy morning. Sweetened with honey, flavored with cinnamon and almonds, enriched with chia seeds, and packed with hearty steel-cut oats, this steel-cut oatmeal will give you a morning boost and keep you satisfied. Making this hearty steel-cut oatmeal in an Instant Pot makes it that much better because it cooks up so fast (for steel-cut oatmeal).
We stayed on the DL this last weekend. With all the little ones recovering from the Icky Germs Invasion (you can read about that in my last two posts–Toasted Coconut Lime Cookies and Easy Hydration Popsicles), we had to keep things simple. When Sunday morning rolled around, I didn’t even know what to think about breakfast. Between getting up in the middle of the night to feed ChuChi, checking her oxygen levels every couple hours, and listening to our BooBaw cough, Saturday night was a long one (as was the 5 nights before that).
Having nights like that or busy morning’s can make a hot breakfast feel impossible. Trust me, I know! When the sun decided to play its cruel trick on me and peek through my shutters at 7 o’ clock in the morning, I knew I needed to get up and make breakfast. With everyone being sick and it being the weekend, I felt like a hot, healthy, filling breakfast would be the best way to go.
This oatmeal is awesome for mornings like this. I made it in an Instant Pot (which I love and probably couldn’t live without now that I have one. I use it all the time. You should totally check them out if you don’t already have one yourself. They are SOOOO worth the money)! With an Instant Pot, you throw everything in, turn it on, and leave it alone until it’s done. I love any meal that’s a throw-and-go, but love it even more, when that meal cooks in half or third the time. This oatmeal only takes a couple minutes to put together, then you let the Instant Pot do all the work. Love that!
This oatmeal is not only quick and easy, but also very healthy. It’s full of heart-healthy steel-cut oats, one of the most healthy oats you can eat (more about that in a minute). It’s also packed with cinnamon, almonds, chia seeds, and naturally sweetened with raw honey. It’s one of those meals you eat and feel like, maybe, you should be guilty but then remember it’s totally healthy. Score!
So, what’s the big deal about steel-cut oats? They are more healthy for you than quick oats and rolled oats. Steel-cut oats are the least processed and because of that, takes a lot longer to cook. Becuase steel-cut oats haven’t been processed, rolled, and partially cooked, it has a higher fiber content, takes your body longer to process, and is considered low on the glycemic index. This makes you feel fuller longer when you eat steel-cut oats. Awesome, right?! Who knew all these different oats are the exact same oats, just processed differently? When I first learned about these differences, I thought it was so interesting.
Okay, back to the steel-cut oatmeal recipe. I love this oatmeal because the ingredients are so clean and raw. Here’s what I used:
Next, I added the water. It doesn’t look like a lot but trust me, it will expand a little and is very hearty and filling.
Lastly, I gave it a quick stir, locked the lid, and set the cook time. I cooked mine on high pressure for 7 minutes. This left a more firm, chewy texture which we prefer because we like to add milk to our oatmeal. If you prefer a softer oatmeal, you increase the cook time by a minute or two. Once the cooking timer beeped (to let me know it was done cooking), I turned the Instant Pot off and let the pressure come down on its own. This took about 20 minutes. If you were in a bigger hurry, I’d guess you could cook the steel-cut oatmeal a few minutes longer then do a 5 or 10-minute natural release–I haven’t tried this so if you try it, I’d love to hear how it turned out.
Once the Instant Pot was depressurized, I opened the pot. The steel-cut oatmeal may look like it’s not cooked or have standing liquid on top. Just stir the oatmeal and the liquid will disperse and be absorbed.
Once it was blended, we scooped it out into bowls, added a little milk and enjoyed. This cinnamon almond steel-cut oatmeal really is a great one. It’s just sweetened enough my kids would eat it without added sugar. It’s so filling, my husband actually didn’t finish all of his because he was full (I split this recipe 3 ways).
Are you a steel-cut oatmeal lover? What’s your favorite hot breakfast?
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