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
I like to call this recipe "porridge" because it gives it a real nostalgic feel. We regularly have Instant Pot steel cut oats for breakfast, delicious porridge!
- Add oats, water, and yogurt to your Instant Pot (IP).
- 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 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.
Learn how to make your own yogurt here.
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What are YOUR favorite things to add to oatmeal? I would love to hear about them in the comments below. Always love trying new recipes!