Fall is almost here, y’all! Kids are back at school, the air will start getting crisp, and all things will be flavored pumpkin spice. Before my eldest goes to school, I like to make sure he’s had a filling breakfast that will keep him going until lunch. We all know how great oatmeal is for you, but did you know that steel cut oats are actually even better? They’re less processed and have a chewier texture that makes them feel more like a meal and less like something you’d feed your horse. I have been making Instant Pot steel cut oatmeal for months, mostly because I can start it while my coffee brews and then come back after my devotional, shower, and getting dressed and have breakfast ready to go for when the boys wake up, with little to no effort. Instant Pot steel cut oats for fall, in my head, means they need something spicy, something pumpkin-y, something pecan-y, and maybe something chai-y. As a result, Instant Pot steel cut oatmeal for fall would also be SUPER comforting and warm– everything you want for a fall breakfast.
I’ve come up with not one fall Instant Pot steel cut oats recipe, but four. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get better than having apple pie, pecan pie, or pumpkin pie for BREAKFAST, but the Chai Tea Instant Pot steel cut oatmeal recipe is pretty dynamite, too. It’s a little spicy, a little sweet, and a whole lot of comforting. The pie Instant Pot steel cut oats recipes, though, taste just like your grandma made them, but they won’t give you a sugar high first thing in the morning. Plus, they’re super pretty to serve on a Thanksgiving morning as a good breakfast to hold you over until halftime (not that we plan our Thanksgiving dinner around the Cowboys game or anything).
Honestly, the best part about these recipes is how easy they are to make. It makes our mornings go so much smoother. Thanks to the fact that they’re super yummy, I don’t even have to fight my kids to eat breakfast– in fact, half the time, I’m telling them they have to finish up their third helping so we can get out the door! They don’t have meat in them, which means I have time to remember it’s Friday before blowing the whole no-meat-on-Fridays thing we Catholics do.
If you’re looking for a little something to put on the side of your oatmeal (and you’re not vegan), make a batch of Instant Pot boiled eggs on Sunday and they’ll be ready for you all week long! Seriously, they’re the easiest thing EVER to make and they peel like a DREAM.
All of my Instant Pot steel cut oats recipes for fall start off with a classic Instant Pot steel cut oats recipe, and then have other things added. So, I’ve given you my normal, boring Instant Pot steel cut oatmeal recipe first (I usually add butter, cut up peaches, and brown sugar once it’s cooked and it’s YUMMY).
Classic Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal
3 c water
1 c oats
1/2 t salt
- Pour the steel cut oats into your Instant Pot before adding the water and salt.
- Stir well, making sure the water is in through all the oats.
- Set to manual, high pressure for 3 minutes.
- Allow to natural pressure release.
- Stir up to incorporate the water floating on top and make it the perfect texture.
- Add your favorite toppings!
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats for Fall
Below, you’ll find all the fall versions of my Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal. Just take the recipe above, the ingredients below, and make sure to check out the notes for each one so it cooks up just right!
Apple Pie Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal
1 c unsweetened applesauce
1 large apple, peeled and cut
1/2 t ground cardamom
1 t cinnamon
1/4 brown sugar
Notes: Cook like you would the classic steel cut oats, but use 2.5 c water instead of 3 (to make up for the applesauce you’re adding), adding all the ingredients to the Instant Pot. Top with pecans!
Chai Tea Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
1 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 t vanilla extract
1 cinnamon stick (or 1/2 t ground cinnamon)
Notes: Cook like you would the classic steel cut oats, but use 2 c water instead of 3 (to make up for the almond milk you’re adding), adding all the ingredients to the Instant Pot. Stir in 1/8 c maple syrup after it’s cooked (more if you like it sweeter).
Pumpkin Pie Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal
1 c pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t ground cloves
1/2 t vanilla extract
Notes: Cook like you would the classic steel cut oats, but use 2.5 c water instead of 3 (to make up for the pumpkin puree you’re adding), adding all the ingredients to the Instant Pot. Top with pumpkin seeds!
Pecan Pie Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
12 oz can evaporated skim milk (we use coconut)
1/4 c brown sugar
Notes: Cook like you would the classic steel cut oats, but use 2 c water instead of 3 (to make up for the evaporated milk you’re adding), adding all the ingredients to the Instant Pot. Top with pecans and a drizzle of maple syrup.
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