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We eat a lot of oatmeal in my house. It’s one of my son’s favorite breakfast meals and something that always makes me like I’m getting a mom win when he scarfs down another bowl.
The best part about these steel cut oats? Prep everything ahead of time for easy assembly in the morning. I know it doesn’t take a lot of time to mix everything together, but fellow busy parents know that every second counts when it comes to getting everyone ready in the morning.
Berries are one of my families favorite foods— my kids go through pint after pint of fresh ones and bags of frozen ones in these steel cut oats, in smoothies, crisps, freezer fudge and more. We love that blackberries and raspberries are naturally sweet and packed with fiber.
A single cup of blackberries has 8grams of fiber! I know I’m a broken record on the benefits of fiber: it increase fullness after a meal, helps with digestion, and can lower LDL cholesterol levels. Recent studies suggest that most American’s only get half of the recommended fiber intake per day and berries are a good way to boost levels.
Blackberries contain gallic acid, rutin and ellagic acid, compounds that may have antiviral and antibacterial properties that help to kill oral bacteria. Pretty cool huh? I love telling my son that eating blackberries is like brushing his teeth!
Ripe blackberries have significantly more phenolic compounds, like anthocyanins, than underripe berries. These compounds are mostly found in deep purple foods and may help prevent chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease and cancer. Oregon berries are frozen at the peak of ripeness, locking in all of these beneficial compounds.
Place water, almond milk, oats, salt, cinnamon and vanilla into the base of your Instant Pot the night before. Give a quick stir to mix together, then place in the fridge. When you are ready to cook, simply remove the base and place in the Instant Pot then cook as directed. The oats will have soaked up some of the liquid already, which makes for an even creamier bowl of steel cut oats.
This recipe won’t work with other oats; the steel cut oats are hearty enough to be cooked by the pressure cooked without turning to mush.
Yes, but you’ll need to decrease the liquid to 1 3/4 cups for 1 cup of oats.
It’s no secret that I have a love-hate relationship with oatmeal. I’m incredibly picky about my bowl of oats and it needs to be perfect or else I won’t touch it. That means a lot of trial and error on what makes the best bowl of oats.Here’s what I know to be true. I prefer not to dose my oats with extra maple syrup, which means I need my oatmeal to be naturally sweetened with plenty of fruit. As the texture doesn’t matter, I rely on sweet frozen fruit like Oregon raspberries.
Oregon raspberries (and their blackberries!) burst with the sweet, juicy taste of summer. They are picked at the peak of ripeness, and available frozen year round. They are my top pick for baking, jam or my homemade berry freezer fudge. They add the perfect amount of sweetness to my oatmeal, which means I don’t need to add in any extra syrup— unless you want to! I also like to stir in a little almond butter, peanut butter or cashew butter into my oats right after they cook for extra creaminess without any dairy.
These Instant Pot oats remind me of a bowl of berries and cream oatmeal— except this version is packed with fiber, protein and naturally sweet.
*If making this right away, decrease liquid to 2 3/4 cups liquid.
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