We went grain free years ago, and felt amazing without them! But, memories of the warm oatmeal and cream of wheat that I ate as a kid crept back in. While we are definitely NOT going to be adding wheat and gluten back into our meals, I did decide to give oatmeal a try again.
But, I did my homework first. I read a lot about the proper preparation of grains and oats in Nourishing Traditions, one of my favorite cookbooks! I made sure the oats were labeled as gluten-free (because cross-contamination can happen!), and I prepared them according to the old methods of soaking and fermenting them.
Wow, my family LOVED these oats. I like to call it “porridge” because it gives it a real nostalgic feel. So, now we regularly have instant pot steel cut oats for breakfast, delicious porridge!
The reason why I add yogurt to these oats and soak them overnight:
- Whenever you soak your grains, you’re saving a bit of cook time, but with the Instant Pot this really isn’t an issue!
- Soaking the oats in the yogurt really develops a complex flavor, the longer you soak, the more complex the flavor
- Soaking the oats reduces their phytic acid content, which makes them easier to digest. Since grains are hard to digest, this is the most important reason why I use this method
Soaked Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
- 2 cups gluten-free steel cut oats — we love these oats
- 6 cups filtered water
- 2 Tbsp homemade yogurt — here is my homemade yogurt recipe
- 1/2 cup organic raisins
- Grass-fed butter (we use 1 stick) — if you can’t find in the store, you can buy it online
- Raw honey (to taste) — where to find
- Add oats, water, and yogurt to your Instant Pot (IP) — here is the IP that we have and LOVE!
- Allow to soak (and break down the anti-nutrients) overnight
- In the morning, add in the raisins and hit “porridge” on your IP and let them cook for 20-25 minutes
- When cooked, add in the butter and honey
- Serve and enjoy!
- Additional toppings we use on our Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats: shredded coconut, cacao powder, goji berries, cinnamon, raw cream, toasted nuts, fresh strawberries, frozen blueberries, and sliced bananas.