When my sister in law acquired a pressure cooker for me at a super low price I was overjoyed. I use it often for stews and soups but I had not tried to use it for breakfast foods. I love oatmeal. It doesn’t have to be winter for me to enjoy a nice big bowl of the stuff with a bunch of great toppings. But since I only like steel cut oats that meant either cooking them overnight in a slow cooker or soaking overnight and then spending 40 minutes at the stove. NOT ANYMORE!
Enter the pressure cooker… Once all ingredients are in and the pressure is reached it only takes ten minutes. That’s right. TEN MINUTES. And since I love to share here is one of my basic recipes. You can use plain water, your favorite almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, etc. I like mine with a little water and 1%milk. You can play with the proportions until you find the right consistency. 3 cups of liquid will yield a less creamy oatmeal. Adding that extra 1/2 cup makes it creamier.
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 peeled and roughly diced apples
1 cup steel cut oats
1 cup water
2 1/2 cups milk of your choice
Warm up the pressure cooker and sauté the oats in the oil. If you want to skip this step it’s fine but doing this enhances the flavor and adds to the overall pleasure party with your taste buds! Add the rest of the ingredients, cover and set your timer for 10 minutes. If you have an old fashioned cooker bring it to a boil, cover and cook for ten minutes. Release the pressure, stir and YUM!
Here’s my version for today
I added fresh blueberries, dried golden berries and a nice spoon-full of chia seeds along with a dollop of Manuka honey.
Try cutting up a couple peaches and adding those instead of the apples. You can also add raisins and other dried fruit to cook along with the oats. Use your imagination!