PB and J Oatmeal Energy Balls

These Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls taste just like the classic PB and J on oatmeal bread, but heartier and nutrient-dense! Packed with oats, dried fruit, chia seed and peanut butter to hold it all together, they are the perfect make ahead snack to fuel your day!

oats and peanut butter ballsPeanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

These no bake energy bites are the perfect snack to have on hand in the fridge. These PB and J Oatmeal Balls are loved by both kids and adults! Grab one or two and have a filling bite-size snack, pack in the lunch box with your kids or serve for a healthy after dinner treat. They’re nutrient-dense, filling and packed with that classic PB and J taste!

What we love most about these peanut butter oatmeal balls is that no extra equipment is required. A lot of energy balls use dates as a binder and sweetener, and that requires a food processor. But this one uses peanut butter as the binder, so all you need is a bowl and heavy spoon!

ingredients for peanut butter oatmeal balls in a bowlIngredients for PB and J Oatmeal Balls

  • Natural Peanut Butter
  • Honey
  • Old Fashioned Oats (make sure to get certified gluten-free if you need it!)
  • Chia Seeds
  • Dried Fruit (dried cherries or strawberries are our favorite!)
  • Collagen peptides or protein powder (optional)

no bake peanut butter oatmeal balls being rolled up

Substitutions for Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

These are a great snack to send to school with your kids, but a lot of schools do not allow nuts. You can swap in sunflower butter in place of the peanut butter. And you can also swap in any other nut butter that you might like, such as almond butter.

Most any dried fruit will work here. We are partial to dried cherries or strawberries, but anything such as cranberries or blueberries, or even raisins will work!

We think honey works well in this mixture, but you can also use maple syrup if you prefer!

What if the mixture is too dry?

We tried this with a few different types of natural peanut butter, and the oil content can vary from differing brands. If your oatmeal bite mixture is too dry, as in it won’t stick together when you squeeze it, you can add in a tablespoon more of peanut butter at a time. Alternatively if it is too sticky, add in 1/4 cup of oats at a time until it is workable enough.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Energy Balls

Prep Time 00:10 Total Time 00:10 Yields 12-14 balls

Ingredients

  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1-½ cups old fashioned oats 
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ⅓ cup dried cherries
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides, or protein powder (optional)

Directions

  1. To a large bowl add peanut butter, honey, oats, chia seeds, and collagen powder. Mix together with a spoon.
  2. Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of the oat mixture and roll into a ball. 
  3. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

  1. If your oatmeal bite mixture is too dry, as in it won't stick together when you squeeze it together, you can add in a tablespoon more of peanut butter at a time. Alternatively if it is too sticky, add in 1/4 cup of oats at a time until it is workable enough.
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Raspberry Oat Breakfast Bars

These Fresh Raspberry Bars have a delicious oat crumble and are a delicious on-the-go breakfast option. They’re made with minimal ingredients, no refined sugars and are gluten-free.
 
Raspberry oat crumble bars for breakfast

Fresh Raspberry Bars

With summer berries rolling in, we had a vision in mind for a make-ahead breakfast bar with minimal ingredients, a minimum amount of (unrefined) sugar and one that could be made with minimum effort. These Fresh Raspberry Bars with Oatmeal Crumble definitely check all those boxes! We were thoughtful about what ingredients we added in to the fresh raspberry bars and wanted to make them feel like a true breakfast food with good-for-you ingredients. Think of these raspberry oat bars as an on-the-go oatmeal!

To make them, you mix together a quick oat crumble mixture that doubles as both the crust and the topping. Then you take fresh raspberries with a touch of sweetener and vanilla, spread it on the crust, top it with the crumble and bake it away. The bars are soft, flavorful and perfect for a make-ahead (or fresh) breakfast.

Raspberry crumble barsFresh Raspberry Oat Bar Ingredients:

  • Oat Flour
  • Rolled Oats
  • Maple Syrup
  • Baking powder
  • Sea salt
  • Butter or coconut oil
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Fresh Raspberries
  • Tapioca starch (optional)

Fresh raspberry bars cut with a knife

Can you make substitutes?

We haven’t tested this with frozen raspberries, or any other fruit. Frozen raspberries could potentially work, but they might need a little more tapioca since they will exude a lot more liquid than the just cooked fresh raspberries. Similarly, if you added in other fruit like strawberries or blueberries they may be a bit more runny than the raspberries. 

Looking to avoid egg? We tested this with an egg substitute and without egg. The egg helps hold this together, but it can be made without if if you really have to. It will be just a little less stable of a “bar”. We do not like the addition of a flax egg as it made it too crumbly, so simply omit the egg if you need to.

How healthy is oat flour?

Oat flour is made from rolled oats. If you tolerate this grain, rolled oats are a good source of fiber. We’ve been working a lot with oat flour over the last year, and are impressed with this gluten-free flours ability to replace some of our typical go-to gluten-free flour. This is a good alternative gluten-free flour if there is a nut-allergy, or you are looking to add more fiber to your diet.

Is oat flour gluten free?

Oat flour and oats are naturally gluten-free. However, they are sometimes processed in the same facility where wheat (gluten) products are processed, and can therefor be contaminated. If you are celiac or gluten-free, look for oat flour that is certified as gluten-free.

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Fresh Raspberry Bars

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:35 Total Time 00:45 Yields 9

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • ⅓ cup, plus 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 cup (120 grams) oat flour
  • 1-1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 pints fresh raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon tapioca starch

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 8”x8” pan with a parchment paper sling and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, melted butter and 1/3 cup of maple syrup. Add in the oat flour, oats, baking powder and salt and mix together until it forms a wet crumbly mixture.
  3. Take about two thirds of the crumble mixture and place it in the prepared dish. Pat down the mixture evenly with your hands or a spatula.
  4. In a small bowl toss together the fresh raspberries and 1 teaspoon tapioca starch. Add in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons maple syrup and toss together, mashing a few raspberries as you mix.
  5. Place the raspberry mixture evenly on the on top of the crust.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining crumble mixture evenly on top.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes until the topping is golden.
  8. Cool on a wire rack and then cut into squares.

Recipe Notes

  1. We really wanted to keep the sugar low on these for breakfast. If you are serving these more as dessert you can increase the maple syrup in the fresh raspberries from 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup. We've also tried honey as a sweetener, and that works well.
  2. Looking to avoid egg? We tested this with an egg substitute and without egg. The egg helps hold this together, but it can be made without if if you really have to. It will be just a little less stable of a "bar". We do not like the addition of a flax egg as it made it too crumbly.
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Maple Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

This Maple Blueberry Baked Oatmeal recipe is perfect for a make-ahead breakfast or to serve at brunch. This 1-bowl breakfast bake is dairy-free, gluten-free and made without any refined sugars. This oatmeal bake makes a great fiber-rich and filling breakfast or snack.

Dish with blueberry baked oatmealEasy Maple Blueberry Oatmeal Bake

We’re bringing you more oatmeal recipes per your request because you’ve been loving all of the others! Previously we’ve brought you overnight oats, other oatmeal bakes and of course our guide on how to make oatmeal! And we get why you love it: oatmeal is a crowd pleaser, so easy to put together and can be so delicious with the right flavor combination! Maple and blueberry together is SO GOOD and we knew it would be delicious as an oatmeal bake, but you can also make these as baked oatmeal cups if you’d like!

This Maple Blueberry Baked Oatmeal is a one-bowl recipe and can easily be made ahead of time, though we do think it is amazing straight from the oven too. This oatmeal bake is based off of our popular Oatmeal Cups recipe so it has the perfect almond milk (or milk of choice) to oats ratio.

So what exactly is baked oatmeal?

If you haven’t had an oatmeal bake before it is essentially an oatmeal casserole! It combines oats, your milk of choice, flavoring and eggs with hands-off baking in the oven! There are a few ways you can serve baked oatmeal, besides digging right in with a spoon! You can scoop out a serving into a bowl and add a little extra milk of choice, like a warm cereal. You can slice it and eat is as, warm or cold. This makes it a great meal prep option as you well; bake it and eat some immediately and pack the rest away for later.

Putting blueberries inside of the bowl with oats

What Oats Should You Use

For this recipe, use rolled oats, not quick cooking oats. If you are gluten-free, make sure the package you buy says gluten-free rolled oats on it! However, make sure not to use instant oatmeal. It’s different than rolled oats or old fashioned oats because it is thinly cut, processed and flavored. They don’t lend the same structure to baked goods as regular oats or quick oats so make sure to check labels.

How do you make baked oatmeal?

It’s so easy!

  • Combine your dry ingredients.
  • Add in your wet ingredients.
  • Pour into your greased, or lined with parchment paper, baking dish.
  • Bake!

Up close shot of blueberry oatmeal bake

Can you freeze baked oatmeal?

Yes! Once it is fully cooled, store in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Either defrost overnight in the refrigerator or give it a quick pass in the toaster oven or microwave to heat up!

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Maple Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:40 Total Time 00:50 Yields 9 squares

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (see note)
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or oil of choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon real maple extract (optional)
  • 3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • ¾ cup fresh blueberries (see note about frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF and grease an 8" x 8" oven-safe dish. If desired, prepare a parchment sling by cutting out a piece of parchment paper slightly longer than the pan and placing it inside for easy removal of the baked oatmeal.
  2. In a large bowl add eggsalmond milk, maple syrup, apple sauce, oil, vanilla extract and maple extract (if using) and whisk to fully combine.
  3. To the wet ingredients add oats, blueberries, chia, baking powder, and salt and mix until fully combined.
  4. Pour into prepared dish and bake for 40 minutes, until the center is just barely firm.
  5. Scoop and serve warm as is or with almond milk, or cool and slice into 9 square portions.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can reduce the amount of maple syrup in the recipe to 1/4 of a cup if you prefer a less sweet version. 
  2. Maple extract can be commonly found at most grocery stores. We obviously recommend only buying an all natural extract, and skipping it if it's artificially flavored.
  3. You can use frozen blueberries. Do not let them thaw, or they will streak the whole oatmeal bake purple. You may need an extra minute or two for the total baking time, make sure to follow the instructions about the center being just about cooked through.
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Savory Breakfast Sausage Oatmeal

Savory oatmeal with breakfast sausage is a great start to the day, filled with fiber and protein and so delicious. It’s gluten-free, optionally dairy-free and a great make-ahead breakfast idea.

Bowl of savory oatmealSavory Oatmeal with Breakfast Sausage

Oatmeal is often thought of as a sweet food. But have you ever thought of making it savory? We love this savory breakfast oatmeal made with breakfast sausage, cheddar and green onions. You can even put an egg on it, if you’d like! It’s prepared almost the same way as regular oatmeal, but with added savory flavor like red and green onions, extra salt and garlic powder. We use ground breakfast sausage (from our Butcherbox) but you can use chopped up fully cooked breakfast sausage (either pork or chicken) if you prefer.

What is Needed for this Breakfast Sausage Oatmeal?

  • Water or Stock (veggie or chicken)
  • Rolled Oats
  • Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Maple Syrup (it doesn’t taste sweet, it just helps balance the flavor)
  • Ground Breakfast Sausage
  • Red Onion
  • Green Onion
  • Cheddar Cheese (or nutritional yeast, for dairy-free)
  • Cooked sunny side up or poached eggs (optional)

Toppings for savory oatmeal recipe

Are oats gluten free?

Oats are naturally gluten-free, but they can sometimes be processed in a facility where wheat products are also processed so there can be cross-contamination. If you are sensitive to gluten be sure to purchase oats that are labelled gluten-free!

How to Make Old Fashioned Rolled Oats?

We are recommend to make old fashioned rolled oats with two methods: stove top or instant pot! The stove top is the quickest method, and is included in the recipe below, with oatmeal ready in about 15 minutes. If this still feels like too much than you can make ahead of time and simply reheat it! The other method is in the instant pot which is the easiest method. It requires no stirring and you can accomplish other things while it’s cooking!

Check out this post for everything you need to know about cooking oatmeal, including how to cook it in the Instant Pot.

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Savory Breakfast Sausage Oatmeal

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:10 Inactive Time 00:00 Total Time 00:15 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water or stock (veggie or chicken)
  • 2 cups (old fashioned) rolled oats
  • 1/2 red onion, diced very fine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 lb. ground breakfast sausage
  • 3 green onions, sliced and divided
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • cooked sunny side up or poached eggs (optional)

Directions

  1. In a pot over medium heat bring water/stock to a boil.
  2. Add oats, red onion, salt and garlic powder, stir to combine and and lower the heat. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring often, until the oatmeal is creamy and tender. Stir in maple syrup, if using.
  3. Meanwhile heat a skillet over medium-high heat. When hot add oil and ground breakfast sausage. Cook until the sausage is brown. Remove sausage to a plate lined with paper towel (or a clean kitchen towel) and let excess fat drain.
  4. Divide oatmeal into 4 bowls and top with sausage, green onions, cheese and eggs, if desired. If cooking for meal prep do not add cheese until after it has be re-heated.

Recipe Notes

  1. Can omit cheese and add in 1 tablespoons of nutritional yeast into the oatmeal if looking for a "cheesy" taste.
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Cherry, Coconut and Chocolate Granola

Granola can be a great whole grain breakfast or snack, especially when paired with yogurt! This Cherry, Coconut and Chocolate Granola is full of fiber and healthy fats, but more important it tastes so delicious! It’s super crispy and has the perfect combination of tart cherries, sweet coconut flakes and big chunks of chocolate! It’s gluten-free and refined sugar free and so easy to make!

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Cherry Coconut and Chocolate Granola

Ready for a story? Once upon a time Lexi was on vacation and was in a cute store offering cute looking wares and picked up some cute looking granola. She was hungry so grabbed two bags and went to pay. Not paying attention to the cost until after she left, she quickly discovered she had just unwittingly spent $40 on granola. YES you read that right: $40. Well she was still mad when digging into the bag to taste it, but once tasting that granola she immediately released all anger because the granola was SO GOOD. Vowing to make up for the $40 granola she knew she would spread the wealth by creating a new granola recipe for her recipe site that matched it and voila: this new Cherry, Coconut and Chocolate Granola recipe was born.

We’ve explored making the BEST granola before, but this recipe for Cherry, Coconut and Chocolate Granola is quite different than that one. The biggest difference is our other granola recipe is all about the granola clusters! This one is cluster free, and is an olive oil granola. What stands out and makes this granola so dang good is the crisp texture of the individual oats and coconut flakes and the salt. We added just enough salt to really bring out all of the flavors of the granola and it is borderline addicting.

So the good news is that in the end, that $40 granola was worth it, because it spurred on this amazing new recipe (as well as one other that will be forthcoming in a a few weeks). But Lexi has learned a valuable lesson for sure: when in one of those cute cute shops on vacation, ALWAYS check the price tag lest you end up with granola for millionaires.

How do you preserve homemade granola

How long does homemade granola last?

You can store this granola at room temperature in an air tight for about a month! But honestly it’s doubtful a batch will last that long, because it’s hard to stop snacking on it.

Are oats gluten-free?

Oats are naturally gluten-free, but stray wheat, rye, or barley can be introduced during the harvesting and transportation. So if you have a gluten allergy or intolerance look for the gluten-free labeled rolled oats.

What kind of oats do you use for granola

Eat homemade granola with:

  • Nut milk and berries
  • Yogurt
  • Smoothie bowls
  • As a snack
  • On top of ice cream
  • With banana or an apple and nut butter

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Cherry, Coconut and Chocolate Granola

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:22 Total Time 00:32 Yields 6 cups

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the cherries and chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  3. Pour on prepared baking sheet and shake until it is in one even layer.
  4. Bake at 350 for 22 minutes, turning the mixture halfway through so it bakes evenly.
  5. Let cool and toss with cherries and chocolate chunks. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one month.

Recipe Notes

  1. You can substitute pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds for the pecans if you'd like to make a nut free version.
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The Ultimate Guide on How to Make Oatmeal

This post is all about How to Make Oatmeal! We tested so many different types of oatmeal recipes with different cooking methods until we found the three that produced the best oatmeal! We used both old fashioned rolled oats (on the stovetop and instant pot) and steel cut oats (in the instant pot) and perfected recipes that are great for a warm hearty breakfast or make ahead prep for the week!

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How to Make Oatmeal

It’s another How to Wednesday post and today we are talking all about How to Make Oatmeal. But not just any oatmeal, we set out in search of the best oatmeal and the best cooking method! There are so many different choices out there and we tried them all to pick which ones were no only the tastiest, but also for the easiest and quickest cooking method to get you a whole grain, gluten-free, easy breakfast on the table, with leftovers serving as meal prep.

For a few weeks in a row, we made A LOT of oatmeal. We tried and tested every type of oatmeal and every method we had heard of. After eating lots of oats (so much so that we haven’t eaten any since) we have decided on two methods (stovetop and Instant Pot) using two different types of oats (rolled oats and steel cut oats) as the BEST METHOD of How to Make Oatmeal. Each recipe produces a slightly different taste and texture of the oats and each has it’s own redeeming quality and characteristics.

Our favorite oatmeal recipes are for:

  • Stovetop Rolled Oats: This is hands down the quickest method to cook rolled oats. It’s done in under 15 minutes and results in nicely textured creamy oats.
  • Instant Pot Rolled Oats: This is the easiest method to make rolled oats that results in a super creamy oatmeal that doesn’t require any stirring and is done in around 30 minutes, which means you can start it as soon as you wake up and breakfast will be done for you (and your family) by the time you’ve showered and gotten ready!
  • Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats: This is the quickest and easiest method to cook steel cut oats! The hands-off cooking method takes almost the same amount of time as rolled oats and is super creamy. The texture of steel cut oats has more bite to it!

best oatmeal recipe with toppings

You may notice some omissions in this post and that’s because we tried them, and didn’t like it. The biggest omission from here is that we did not include slow cooker overnight oats. We tried making them more than 4 times with both rolled oats and steel cut oats and in the end we just felt that they tasted like they were overcooked. We even tried making them with the “warm setting” on the slow cooker and they still were not to our liking.

This is obviously a matter of preferences, but we preferred to have oats that still kept a nice texture so we are not including instruction on cooking them overnight in a slow cooker. We also are not including quick oats here, because we felt it did not take much more time to make the old fashioned rolled oats  and felt they have a far better texture. Are you sensing a theme here? We prefer the oats that keep there structure well and do not get cooked so much that they turn into one mass and so that is why we are recommending these three methods to make the best oatmeal.

Does Oatmeal Taste Better with Milk or Water?

When oatmeal is cooked with just water it is REALLY plain. We preferred a combination of almond milk and water in our recipes, but you can feel free to sub in other milk whether it be dairy or dairy-free. We like the combination of milk and water because it was perfectly balanced and the flavor didn’t overwhelm the oats, but also brought some creaminess to them.

Tips for Making Rolled Oats Recipe

We are recommending to make old fashioned rolled oats with two methods: stove top and instant pot! The stove top is the quickest method with oatmeal ready in about 15 minutes. If this still feels like too much than you can make ahead of time and simply reheat it! The other method is in the instant pot which is the easiest method. It requires no stirring and you can accomplish other things while it’s cooking!

How to cook oatmeal

How do you make the best steel cut oats?

The instant pot is the best method to cook steel cut oats! It’s the quickest method, that produces the best taste and texture. But there is a catch: you can’t cook them straight inside the pot! We found that some parts of the oats got overcooked and produced a rubber-y oatmeal, so we used the pot-in-pot method to make the oatmeal. This simply means we cooked the oatmeal inside of a bowl that sat on a trivet! It produces the most luxuriously creamy oatmeal, without any cream!

Are oats gluten free?

Oats are naturally gluten-free, but they can sometimes be processed in a facility where wheat products are also processed so there can be cross-contamination. If you are sensitive to gluten be sure to purchase oats that are labelled gluten-free!

cooking oatmeal in instant pot or on stove top

What can I put on top of oats?

There is an endless number of toppings you can add to oats! Below find some examples with a suggested amount for a typical serving bowl of oatmeal. Have fun and mix and match these serving suggestions!

Sweet:

  • 2 teaspoon maple syrup / honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raisins, nuts, shredded coconut
  • 1-2 tablespoons drizzled almond butter, peanut butter or sun butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons cashew cream
  • 1/4 fruit like berries, banana or chopped apple (you can also add the apple while cooking for a twist)
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 2 tablespoons seeds (such as chia, flax, pumpkin or sunflower)
  • 1 scoop protein powder or collagen peptides (add while still hot and stir to combine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon spices like cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

Savory:

  • 1 strip crumbled cooked bacon or sausage
  • 1-2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoons sliced green onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon spices like cumin or chili powder

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How to Make Oatmeal

Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:10 Inactive Time 00:10 Total Time 00:30 Serves 4

Ingredients

Stove Top Rolled Oats

  • 4 cups water (or water and milk combination)
  • 2 cups (old-fashioned) rolled oats
  • pinch salt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup (optional)

Instant Pot Rolled Oats

  • 2 cups (old-fashioned) rolled oats
  • 3 cups water, divided
  • 2 cups milk of choice
  • pinch of salt

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup milk of choice (we used almond milk)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)

For Serving for each portion

  • 2 teaspoon maple syrup / honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raisins, nuts, shredded coconut
  • 1-2 tablespoons drizzled almond butter, peanut butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons cashew cream
  • 1/4 fruit like berries, banana or chopped apple (you can also add the apple while cooking for a twist)
  • 1/4 cup granola
  • 2 tablespoons seeds (such as chia, flax, pumpkin or sunflower)
  • 1 scoop protein powder or collagen peptides (add while still hot and stir to combine)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 strip crumbled cooked bacon or sausage
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoons sliced green onion

Directions

Stovetop Rolled Oats:

  1. In a pot over medium heat bring water to a boil with salt
  2. Add oats and lower the heat. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring often, until the oatmeal is creamy and tender. Stir in maple syrup, if using.
  3. Serve immediately with toppings, as desired or for make-ahead place in individual containers and let cool completely before covering. Oatmeal will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop with a little extra water or milk, or using preferred method.

Instant Pot Rolled Oats:

  1. In a 6 or 8 quart instant pot, place metal steaming rack and 1 cup of water inside the inner pot.
  2. Inside a heat safe medium bowl mix together oats, remaining water, milk of choice, pinch of salt and maple syrup, if using. (see note about bowl)
  3. Place the bowl on top of the rack, place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to sealing.
  4. Cook on manual high pressure for 8 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, and then release any remaining pressure.
  5. Remove bowl from Instant Pot and serve with desired toppings.
  6. If preparing make-ahead oatmeal, place into individual containers and let cool completely before covering. Oatmeal will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat gently on the stove top with a little extra water or milk, or using preferred method.

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats:

  1. In a 6 or 8 quart instant pot, place metal steaming rack and 1 cup of water in the inner pot.
  2. Inside a heat safe medium bowl mix together oats, remaining water, milk of choice, pinch of salt and maple syrup, if using. (see note about bowl)
  3. Place the bowl on top of the rack, place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to sealing.
  4. Cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, and then release any remaining pressure.
  5. Remove bowl from Instant Pot and serve with desired toppings.
  6. If preparing make-ahead oatmeal, place into individual containers and let cool completely before covering. Oatmeal will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat gently on the stove top with a little extra water or milk, or using preferred method.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you are strict gluten-free make sure to buy oats that are labelled as being gluten-free!
  2. We used stainless steel and pyrex bowls during testing. 
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