I thought a warming bowl of oats would be perfect as a heart healthy recipe for Valentine’s Day! Studies show 3 grams or more of soluble fiber daily from oat bran (part of the whole oat!), as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Let’s all dive into oatmeal today to keep our hearts beating strong.
Ways I Cook Oats
Both rolled oats and steel cut oats are nutritionally comparable and have the same heart healthy benefits. Read more about that in my Seed To Spoon tour with Quaker. I like to make rolled oats on the stovetop because they’re so quick to heat up, but steel cut requires a longer cooking process – and one that must be watched (because they can bubble over) and stirred (because they can stick to the bottom).
I’ve been making hands-off steel cut oats in my rice cooker for years on the porridge setting, but that takes quite a while to cook. The Instant Pot is the solution if you want both hands off AND quick. It’s abut time I made oatmeal in the IP! I have the 8 quart Duo (see the exact one in my Amazon Store.)
I studied some recipes online to get the technique right. The biggest concern other people had was sticking to the pot, but with a 4 minute cook time and 15 minute natural release, they turned out great – no sticking!
I veered off the path of plain in favor of a unique flavor and went with chai spiced with dried fig. My kitchen was filled with the smell of warm spice! Since I didn’t have a chai mix, I put a quick mix together with the common spices I always have in my pantry. It might not be 100% authentic chai, but it was close enough.
Quick Chai Spice
This makes about 8 servings, so mix all spices together in a jar and store the rest for later.
- 1 tbsp All Spice
- 3 tbsp Ginger
- 1 tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 tbsp Cardamom
I used 2% milk and banana in the mix too. Whenever I make steel cut oats in the rice cooker, I always program it to come on automatically in the morning so I can’t add milk because it would be out of the fridge too long overnight. So the same-day Instant Pot technique means I can use all the fresh ingredients I want.
All Dressed Up
I dressed up the finished bowl with a drizzle of melted coconut butter and spiced pecans. So good!! The rest of the servings went in the fridge to be reheated on other days – I even had some for a snack!
Chai Spiced Instant Pot Oatmeal
This hands-off recipe will fill your kitchen with the smell of chai. The oatmeal is naturally sweetened with bananas and figs, and milk provides a creamy base.
Natural release 15 minutes
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1 ½ cups 2% milk
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1/3 cup dried chopped figs
- 1 tbsp chai spice homemade or store-bought
- 1 banana thinly sliced
- 1 pat butter or coconut oil
Put Instant Pot on sautee mode to heat bottom and melt butter or coconut oil.
Add oats, milk, water, spices, figs and banana.
Close vent and set to Pressure Cook for 4 minutes.
Once cooking is done, wait 15 minutes for a natural release until the clock reads L15:oo and open the vent.