If oatmeal is your go-to breakfast, ditch the packet of flavored instant oatmeal and make your own.
If your morning routine involves tearing open a packet of flavored instant oatmeal, there are some questionable ingredients in your breakfast that don’t belong, like artificial flavors, partially hydrogenated oil, corn syrup, and lots of other unhealthy stuff. That flavored instant oatmeal likely has less protein and fiber, and more sugar, salt, and definitely more chemical additives than oatmeal made from scratch.
I don’t have oatmeal often but when I do I make it from scratch. The easiest way is in the Instant Pot®. Takes less than 5 minutes to assemble the ingredients. Bonus you can take a shower while it cooks! I have it with a hard-boiled egg or two so my serving size is about ½ cup. I can get about 3 to 4 servings out of a batch. Keep your leftovers in the fridge and warm up the next day for an even faster breakfast.
1 cup water
1 cup full fat coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk
1 cup old fashion gluten-free oatmeal
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
1 – 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Pinch of salt
In the Instant Pot® bowl, add in all the ingredients. Stir to combine. Lock lid. Press the Manual button and adjust the time to 5 minutes. When the timer beeps, quick-release pressure until float valve drops and then unlock the lid. Stir oatmeal and serve. I get three to four servings out of a batch. Store in the fridge and warm up for a quick breakfast.
I like mine with ¼ cup each of blueberries and walnuts and a splash of almond or coconut milk. Add-in any fruit or nuts that you like. Dried fruit is very concentrated so it’s higher in sugar than fresh or frozen fruit. So don’t add too much in.
Hello! I'm Jori Zimmerman, a nutritionist and owner of Nutrition Savvy. I work with individuals that are looking to make dietary and lifestyle changes that will lead them to living a healthier and higher quality of life.