With the weather starting to turn cooler with the arrival of fall, it only made sense that I would break out the Instant Pot at breakfast time for one of our favorite morning meals in the winter. For years we ate those individual packets of oatmeal for breakfast but last winter I discovered that oatmeal in the Instant Pot is like a bowl of heaven in the winter.
Not only does it taste amazing and provide us a great start to our day, it is actually very easy and quick to make. We had talked about this oatmeal last winter in one of our Midweek Update videos but I decided it might be useful to you to have the recipe here so you can easily find it. Here is the recipe:
1 cup Original or Steel Cut Oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup dried fruit of your choice (we like using dried cherries)
1/4 cup black walnuts broken into small pieces
1 cup water
1 cup milk
Combine all ingredients into Instant Pot and stir a couple of times. Place lid on Instant Pot and set valve to pressure. Manually enter 4 minutes on the instant pot. Release pressure when done or allow pressure to naturally release on its own. Makes 2 good size bowls. Add milk to serving for desired consistency.
I like to put all of the dry ingredients into to the Instant Pot the night before and place the lid on it.
When we wake in the morning, after we have taken Truman and Bess outside, all I have to do is add the water and milk and begin the cooking process.
While it is cooking, we get cleaned up and dressed. By the time we get back downstairs, our oatmeal is ready just in time for breakfast.
This is a very quick and hearty breakfast for us that we love during the winter. You can make it any way you like but substituting the dried fruit and nuts. Sometimes I just add some Baird Farm Vermont Maple Syrup instead of the fruit and nuts. Other times I have substituted dried cranberries or dried blueberries for the cherries. We have also used steel cut oats instead of the original rolled oats.
No matter how you decide to make it, we hope you enjoy it!