Instant Pot 3-Berry Steel Cut Oats

I fell in love with steel cut oats many years ago, but being a busy mama, I didn’t cook them to often. If you’ve never tried them before, you are really missing out! They have an awesome, chewy texture, and are more filling than your typical quick or old-fashioned oats. When I eat regular oatmeal, I feel like I’m eating mush. When I eat steel cut oats, I feel like I’m having a hot, hearty meal!

What is the downside to this AMAZING grain? They take a lot longer to cook, (around 30 minutes) and require lots of close attention and stirring. Rolled oats are steamed, rolled, and end up on the shelves as thin flakes, taking no time at all to cook. Steel cut oats are roughly chopped from the oat kernel in to little chunks, and thus much thicker. They turn out okay, but typically, I get sidetracked and don’t stir them often enough and I end up with a nice, thick layer burned to the bottom of the pan. BOO!

Then, I purchased the glorious Instant Pot, and now I enjoy Steel Cut Oats all the time because they are SO EASY to cook! Between the time it takes to come up to pressure, cook, and then naturally de-pressure, these oats take about the same amount of time to cook on the stove (around 25 minutes). However, unlike the stove top method, I can dump all the ingredients in to the Instant Pot, set it, forget it, and my oats come out perfect EVERY SINGLE TIME! No messy boil overs on the stove, no burned pot to clean, and no stirring!

This 3-Berry Steel Cut Oats Recipe is based off of the Three-Minute Steel Cut Oats Recipe by Jill Nussinow, found in the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Recipe Booklet that came with the pot. I tailored it to my own tastes, and of course, using all ALDI Ingredients! Check it out below:

What you need

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup Friendly Farms Vanilla Soymilk (you may substitute with any NON-DAIRY milk you have on hand. Please don’t use cow’s milk, you will scorch your oats!)
  • 1/8 teaspoon Stonemill Essential’s Iodized Salt
  • 1 cup Millville Steel Cut Oats
  • 1/2 cup Southern Grove All-Natural Dried Mixed Berries Cherries, Blueberries, & Cranberries (Southern Grove Golden Raisins are a great alternative too!)

 

How to cook

  • Put water, soymilk, salt, oats, and half of the dried mixed berries in to your Instant Pot and stir to combine.
  • Put the lid on the pot and set to sealing. Cook on Manual (high) for 3 minutes.
  • Allow pressure to naturally release.
  • Remove lid and add the rest of the dried berries. Stir and serve.

 

If I’m using the Dried Mixed Berries, I don’t typically add any additional sweeteners as the berries have added sugar on them (and I don’t like my oatmeal super sweet).  The Golden Raisins don’t have extra sugar added to them, so you may find you want to add some additional sugar, honey, agave, or your sweetener of choice.

This makes about 4 servings, so serve it up to the family or store in the fridge to eat later in the week.

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