Grab-and-go STEAMED OATMEAL!

INSTANT POT OATMEAL (Cooked in a JAR!)

PERFECT OATMEAL steamed right in the JAR in the INSTANT POT!

These INSTANT POT mini pots are cute little jars of perfectly steamed rolled oats, fruit, nuts, etc. cooked right in the jar, in the Instant Pot. (STOVETOP instructions coming soon!) Because they are steamed with low pressure, (not boiled) the oats stay intact and get nice and plump. These jars make the perfect warm breakfast, or packable picnic lunch. Take them to work with you, or serve them to the kids as an after school snack. They can even be refrigerated or frozen to save for future busy days when there’s no time to cook.

PERFECT STEAMED OATMEAL cooks right in the jar in the INSTANT POT!With so many combinations of fruits and nuts to choose from, you can literally eat a different flavor of oatmeal every day of the week! Which flavor combinations will you choose? (See combo ideas below.)

Carrot Cake Oatmeal steamed right in the jar.Eat the perfectly steamed oatmeal right away out of the jar, or twist on the lids and take them with you wherever you’re headed. (Don’t forget to bring a spoon!) The oatmeal jars will keep warm for about an hour after cooking, and they even serve double duty as HAND WARMERS on cold frosty mornings!) *FOOD SAFTEY NOTE: These oatmeal jars are not sealed and are not shelf stable. Please refrigerate them if not consumed within 2 hours.

Guests will love waking up to WARM STEAMED OATMEAL, cooked right in the jar!Hosting overnight guests? They’re going to love waking up to the smell of warm, cinnamon-y goodness! And since the covered jars will keep warm for over an hour, your guests can sleep in and eat this warm oatmeal breakfast at their leisure. (I like to write the guests’ names on the jar lid, so they know it’s theirs to eat!)

Fill the fridge with OATMEAL, STEAMED right in the JAR! And of course, if you don’t plan to eat right away,  just cool and cover the steamed oatmeal jars and put them into the refrigerator or freezer.  Cooked oatmeal will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator, and up to 2 months in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat them, just take off the lid and heat each jar in the microwave oven for 2 minutes. Add almond milk if you like, grab a spoon, and you’re good to go!

Get Well Gift- STEAMED Oatmeal in a JarAnd wouldn’t this make the perfect little GET-WELL gift to bring to someone who is sick, or just had surgery? It’s something they can eat right now, or refrigerate and eat later, depending on how they are feeling. Either way, they will appreciate and treasure your love for them with each warm and comforting spoonful!

Ok, enough ogling over oatmeal. Let’s just make some already!

INSTANT POT OATMEAL (Cooked in a JAR!)

STEP ONE:
Use 3-4 clean pint mason jars. (My jars are FAT BELLY pint jars, so only 3 jars would fit in my 6 quart instant pot duo. But if you use the standard size wide mouth pint jars, you should be able to fit in 4 jars at a time.)
*Don’t have any mason jars? It’s ok, just use ANY glass jar with a 2 cup capacity, or even a 16 oz. drinking glass with a nice, heavy flat bottom, covered with foil.  HOW TO: PERFECT STEAMED OATMEAL- cooked right in the jar!STEP TWO:
In each jar, place 1/2 cup regular rolled oats (NOT quick oats or steel cut oats.) Add 1 teaspoon ground flax seed, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir.  Next add 1 teaspoon maple syrup, and 1 cup of cold water. Stir well to mix.

HOW TO: PERFECT STEAMED OATMEAL- cooked right in the jar!
STEP THREE:
Add desired combinations of fresh or frozen fruit, nuts, etc. to total about 1/4 cup. (See recipe below for fruit combo suggestions.) Or if you prefer, just leave off the fruit or nuts for plain oatmeal. Make sure to leave at least 1 inch head space at the top of each jar, so the oatmeal has room to expand as it steams.

HOW TO: PERFECT STEAMED OATMEAL- cooked right in the jar, In the INSTANT POT
STEP FOUR:
Set up your INSTANT POT (or other duo temperature electric pressure cooker) with the trivet/rack in the bottom. Add 2 cups hot water to the bottom of the pot.

HOW TO: PERFECTLY STEAMED OATMEAL- cooked right in the jar, in INSTANT POT
STEP FIVE:
Cover the tops of the jars with FOIL. (Don’t use the jar lid- we want the jars to steam, not seal.) Carefully set the jars into the INSTANT POT on top of the trivet/rack.  Place the lid on the instant pot with the silicone ring in place. Turn the lid to lock, (listen for the glissando) and move the lever on the lid to the SEALING position.
Select RICE (low pressure) and adjust the time to 12 minutes. Now just stand back and LET THE MAGIC HAPPEN!

Instant Pot Oatmeal- COOKS RIGHT IN THE JAR!
STEP SIX:
When the time is up, move the leaver to the VENT position, to quickly release the pressure. Once the nail-head drops, turn the lid to the UNLOCK position, and remove the instant pot lid.
The jars will be VERY HOT, so using a HOT PAD, carefully lift and remove the jars from the instant pot and transfer to a cooling rack. Remove the foil and admire your beautiful mini pots!

COOK PERFECT OATMEAL- Right in the jar!
STEP SEVEN:
And now for my favorite part: adding additional toppings! This is totally OPTIONAL of course, but it’s also a lot of fun, so decorate away!
Suggested additional toppings might include: cinnamon sticks, mint leaves, additional sliced fruit, whole nuts, or even a drizzle of Cashew Sour Cream! ( it tastes just like cream cheese when drizzled on oatmeal!)

STEP EIGHT:
At this point your oatmeal is ready to eat. Add almond milk if you like, or just eat it straight up. If you will be taking the oatmeal jars with you, or keeping warm for guests, just twist the lid on top of the jars, and take them in the car with you (along with a spoon) or set on the counter or in a towel lined basket for your guests to find upon awakening.
(Remember, the oatmeal jar with the lid on will stay warm for about an hour- or even longer.)

OK, now it’s time to get creative!
Let’s go over some of the possible fruit and nut combinations you might want to try in your oatmeal mini pots:

APPLE WALNUT OATMEAL- cooks right in the jar, in the INSTANT POT!
APPLE WALNUT OATMEAL:

BEFORE COOKING: Add 1/2 of a fresh apple, diced, or a small hand full of dried apple slices, and 1 Tablespoon chopped walnuts.
OPTIONAL GARNISH: (Add after cooking) cinnamon sticks, mint leaf.

BERRY OATMEAL- cooks right in the jar, in the INSTANT POT!BERRY OATMEAL:
BEFORE COOKING: Add 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, or mixed berries.
OPTIONAL GARNISH: (Add after cooking) A drizzle of Cashew Sour Cream, fresh berries, mint leaves.

CARROT CAKE OATMEAL- cooks right in the jar, in the INSTANT POT!CARROT CAKE OATMEAL:
BEFORE COOKING: Add 1 carrot, grated, 2 T. raisins,  and 1 T. chopped pecans.
OPTIONAL GARNISH:(Add after cooking) A drizzle of Cashew Sour Cream, a sprinkle of nutmeg, grated coconut, pecan halves.

BANANA NUT OATMEAL- cooks right in the jar, in the INSTANT POT!BANANA NUT OATMEAL:
BEFORE COOKING: 1/2 banana sliced, 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts or pecans.
OPTIONAL GARNISH: (Add after cooking) fresh or dried banana slices, mint leaf, walnut or pecan halves, a sprinkle of nutmeg.

PEACH PECAN OATMEAL- cooks right in the jar, in the INSTANT POT!PEACH PECAN OATMEAL:
BEFORE COOKING: Add 1/2 diced fresh peach, or 1/4 cup frozen diced peaches, 1 tablespoon chopped pecans.
OPTIONAL GARNISH: (Add after cooking) Pecan halves, peach slices, a light sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon.

CRANBERRY ORANGE OATMEAL- cooks right in the jar, in the INSTANT POT!CRANBERRY ORANGE OATMEAL:
BEFORE COOKING: Add 2 tablespoons dried Craisins,  and 1/4 cup fresh peeled orange segments, chopped, or 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
OPTIONAL GARNISH: (Add after cooking) Fresh orange slice; a fresh or frozen cranberry; mint leaves.

LEMON POPPYSEED OATMEAL: (Not pictured)
BEFORE COOKING: 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1 tablespoons poppy seeds or chia seeds.
OPTIONAL GARNISH: (Add after cooking) Lemon slice, mint leaf

CHERRY CHOCOLATE OATMEAL: (Not pictured)
BEFORE COOKING: 2 tablespoons vegan chocolate chips, 1/4 cup chopped pitted cherries, (fresh or frozen)
OPTIONAL GARNISH: (Add after cooking) A long stemmed maraschino cherry, 1 teaspoon vegan chocolate chips, mint leaves.

INSTANT POT OATMEAL (Cooked in a JAR)

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Perfectly steamed oatmeal, cooked right in the jar in the Instant Pot


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Ingredients


For each jar you will need the following:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (not quick or steel cut)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground flax or chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of fruit and nuts of your choice (See ideas in post above)

Directions

  1. Use 3-4 clean pint mason jars. (4 regular wide mouth jars will fit in the 6 quart instant pot duo. If using fat belly jars, (shown above) only 3 jars will fit. ) TIP:*Don’t have any mason jars? Just use ANY glass jar with a 2 cup capacity, or even a short 16 oz. drinking glass with a nice, heavy flat bottom, covered with foil. Just make sure it’s short enough to fit in the instant pot on the trivet, and the lid will still close properly.)
  2. In each jar, place 1/2 cup regular rolled oats (NOT quick oats or steel cut oats.) Add 1 teaspoon ground flax seed, 1/4 teaspoon salt (more or less to taste), and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir.  Next add 1 teaspoon maple syrup, and 1 cup of cold water. Stir well to mix.
  3. Add desired combinations of  fresh or frozen fruit, nuts, etc. to total about 1/4 cup. (See recipe below for fruit combo suggestions.) Or if you prefer, just leave off the fruit or nuts for plain oatmeal. Make sure to leave at least 1 inch head space at the top of each jar, so the oatmeal has room to expand as it steams.
  4. Set up your INSTANT POT (or other duo temperature electric pressure cooker) with the trivet/rack in the bottom. Add 2 cups hot water to the bottom of the pot.
  5. Cover the tops of the jars with FOIL, (Don’t use the jar lid- we want the jars to steam, not seal.) and carefully set the jars into the INSTANT POT on top of the trivet/rack.  Place the lid on the instant pot with the silicone ring in place. Turn the lid to lock, (listen for the glissando) and move the lever on the lid to the SEALING position. Select RICE (low pressure) and adjust the time to 12 minutes. Now just stand back and LET THE MAGIC HAPPEN!
  6. When the time is up, move the leaver to the VENT position, to quickly release the pressure. (or you can let it release naturally) Once the nail-head valve drops, turn the lid to the UNLOCK position, and remove the instant pot lid. The jars will be VERY HOT, so using a HOT PAD, carefully lift and remove the jars from the instant pot and transfer to a cooling rack. Remove the foil and admire your beautiful mini pots!
  7. Additional Toppings: This is totally OPTIONAL of course, but it’s also a lot of fun, so decorate away! Suggested additional toppings might include: cinnamon sticks, mint leaves, additional sliced fruit, whole nuts, or even a drizzle of Cashew Sour Cream! ( it tastes just like cream cheese when drizzled on oatmeal!) (For more suggestions, see ideas in post above.)
  8. At this point your oatmeal is ready to eat. Add almond milk if you like, or just eat it straight up. If you will be taking the oatmeal jars with you, or keeping them warm for guests, just twist the lid on top of the jars, and take them in the car with you (along with a spoon) or set on the counter or in a towel lined basket for your guests to find upon awakening. (Remember, the oatmeal jar with the lid on will stay warm for about an hour- or even longer.)
  9. STORAGE: If you don’t plan to eat the oatmeal right away,  just cool and cover the steamed oatmeal jars and put them into the refrigerator or freezer.  Cooked oatmeal will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator, and up to 2 months in the freezer. When you’re ready to eat them, just take off the lid and heat each jar in the microwave oven for 2 minutes, stirring half way through cooking time. Add almond milk if you like, grab a spoon, and you’re good to go! *NOTE: If heating from frozen, take the jar out of the freezer and let sit on the counter for about 15 minutes before heating for 5 minutes in the microwave. (Otherwise the cold glass may crack when immediately exposed to the heat.) Or you can take the jar out of the freezer the night before and place in the refrigerator overnight. Then there should be no problem heating it in the microwave in the morning.

Find this recipe and more great plant-based recipes at http://www.LittleBluePlates.com

OATMEAL STEAMED IN THE JAR- Take this HOT breakfast with you!
Warm oatmeal jars make the perfect breakfast to take along with you on cold, frosty mornings.

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