So, why make oatmeal in the Instant Pot? Why not? This full-proof recipe is not only fast and easy, it adds a bit of extra “oomph” when you add chia seeds — my new favorite energy food. This Instant Pot chia seed oatmeal recipe is nutritious and delicious; it’s a great start to your day. And it’s ready in 4 minutes!
Since I’ve been trying to lose weight, I’ve completely changed the way I eat… and suffice it to say, adding chia seeds not only makes the recipe better, it also boosts the nutritional value. Eating oatmeal has also helped me lower my cholesterol. I never had an issue with that before, but when my doctor told me it was elevated, I ate oatmeal every morning, and it dropped.
Lower Cholesterol Foods
According the Harvard Medical School, oats is the #1 food on their list to lower cholesterol. Oatmeal provides 1 to 2 grams of soluble fiber. And as I suggest below, when adding fruits and nuts, it gives you even more grams. I also add chia seeds because I love the health benefits they offer. (Here’s another recipe using chia seeds and between us, I’m wasn’t a huge fan of chia seed pudding until I figured out how to make it.)
According to Healthline a 1 ounce (28 grams) serving of chia seeds has the following:
- Fiber: 11 grams.
- Protein: 4 grams.
- Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
- Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
- Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
- They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
In any case, Instant Pot Oatmeal calls for a variety of toppings, from chewy to crunchy — basically whatever’s in the pantry or fridge.
Ingredients I love to add to Oatmeal:
Dried cranberries, coconut flakes, even dark chocolate chunks. You can also add a dash of cinnamon or drizzle some maple syrup. Yogurt is good, too. Basically, just mix and match your toppings to fit your mood. Anything goes — almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, fresh fruit such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, or bananas. And drumroll…
Instant Pot Oatmeal… APPLE!
My favorite addition are apples. Nothing is better than apples and cinnamon to kick up your Instant Pot Oatmeal, except maybe: homemade applesauce! This is my #1 recipe because it’s so easy. No need to stand there and peel or chop 3 pounds of apples… this No-Peel Instant Pot Applesauce is ready in 4 minutes and is the perfect topping for Instant Pot Oatmeal.
Just add some of the saved liquid from my no-peel homemade applesauce. No matter how you serve it, Instant Pot Oatmeal is the perfect way to start your day.
So, Make It & Take It… and share it — because your homemade food deserves to be served in something better than an old yogurt tub, no?” So, I created these cool food storage containers which can be personalized. After all, as my mother Bernice would say, “YOU made it… who else’s name should be on the label?” Check `em out.
If you like this recipe and want another with Chia Seeds, check this easy no-cook Low Carb Chia Seed Pudding.Print
Perfect Instant Pot Oatmeal with Chia Seeds in 4 minutes
- Prep Time: 2 mins
- Cook Time: 4 mins
- Total Time: 6 mins
- Yield: 3 servings 1x
- Category: Instant Pot, Easy, Fast
- Cuisine: American
- 3/4 cup Steel-Cut Oats
- 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
- 2.5 cups Almond Milk (unsweetened)
- 1 pat/TBS butter (optional)
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Spray your Instant Pot with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
- Add the ingredients
- Set your IP to Manual or Pressure to 4 MINUTES
- Move valve to sealed
- Do a NATURAL RELEASE for 10-12 minutes
- Top with your choice of cinnamon, almonds, walnuts, coconut flakes, fresh fruit such as strawberries, blackberries, bananas, blueberries, dried cranberries, dried apricots, cinnamon, honey, agave, and more.
1 serving is 4 WW points
Shopping list: (affiliate links).
Anthony’s Organic Chia Seeds – Gluten Free/Batch tested, Non-GMO
Viva Naturals: Organic, Gluten Free 2 lb bag
Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats – 2 pack
Trader Joe’s Steel Cut Oatmeal – 30 oz.
There are several options, and all of the IP’s are great, but these are the ones I’ve used and/or tested and listed below. (I personally have the Mini 3 quart which I bought initially and use it to make side dishes while I use my 6-quart Duo60 for larger meals.)
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