Cold mornings call for cozy warm breakfast recipes and it doesn’t get easier than this Instant Pot Gingerbread Steel Cut Oats recipe. They come out creamy, with that favorite chewy bite, brimming with holiday flavors of gingerbread and eggnog. Gluten-free or regular steel-cut oats may be used.
Now that we’ve used every single morsel of our Thanksgiving leftovers on Turkey Holiday Hash, breakfast feels a bit blasé. I’ve never been a cold cereal kind of girl but also won’t fix a hot breakfast on a weekday. To many bowls and pans to clean up and too little time.
I’m feeling a bit festive with the holidays rolling on in and have put my Instant Pot to work with dazzling results once again. Instant Pot Gingerbread Steel Cut Oats (with an eggnog float on top) are a warming, delicious start to the day and are both easy and fast to prepare, leaving only one pot to clean up.
It was a happy, happy day for me when steel-cut oats became available in a gluten-free version. Though oats do not have gluten in them, they are subject to cross-contamination in processing (and can produce cross-reactivity in some gluten-intolerant people); so those on a medical gluten-free dietary program, like me, must eat only gluten-free oats. After I became gluten-free over a decade ago it took some time for regular rolled oats to become available for hot cereal. Steel cut oats are even more recent, and a thrilling option for me.
What are Steel Cut Oats?
Steel cut oats are processed so the whole oat groat (the oat kernel without the husk) is cut into several pieces leaving something that looks very similar to broken rice kernels. They take longer to cook than the flat, soft rolled oats of traditional oatmeal fame. Steel cut oats are often called Scottish or Irish Oats and have a wonderful chewy texture.
If you have had steelcut oats, you’ll know they are nothing like oatmeal. They feel to have more substance thanks to their texture when prepared. Instant Pot Gingerbread Steel-Cut Oats are no exception. Full of those sweet, familiar winter flavors, it comes out of the Instant Pot soft and ready to be eaten. It takes about 30 minutes for the Instant Pot Gingerbread Steel Cut Oats to be done which includes the time for the Instant Pot to come to pressure. I love drizzling the prepared eggnog on top for a favorite holiday flavor combo!!
If you don’t have an Instant Pot, I suggest making Pear-Ginger Oatmeal with Candied Maple Pecans!
How to make Instant Pot Gingerbread Steel Cut Oats:
Instant Pot Gingerbread Steel Cut Oats
Spice up your regular oatmeal with gingerbread-flavored steel cut oats prepared in the Instant Pot. Preparing is easy and the results are delicious with little effort from you! The cooking time is 12 minutes with a 10 minute natural release. The time for the Instant Pot to come to pressure may vary but 10 minutes would be an estimated time.
- 1 1/2 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
- 1/8 teaspoon Ground Cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon Allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 3 tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Molasses
- 1 cup Steel Cut Oats gluten-free or regluar steel cut oats may be used
- 3 cups Water
- 1/2 cup prepared Egg Nog for topping the oats
Turn Instant Pot to Saute and add the butter to the insert. Allow the butter to melt in the insert then add all of the spices, brown sugar and molasses; stir to completely combine.
Add the steel-cut oats and water and stir to combine. Lock the lid in place, ensuring the vent is sealed. Select the Porridge setting, High Pressure and 12 minutes.
When the cooking is completely allow 10 minutes of natural release. Follow with a manual relase of the remaining pressue. Remove the lid and stir the oats (there will be a layer of liquid on the top) and allow to sit on the Warm seting for 1-2 minutes before serving. Top with eggnog and any other favorite toppings.