Where has the summer gone? I for one I am glad it’s over! We moved cross-country over the summer, and I am happy to be settled. Going from a hot and humid climate to a cooler climate has put me in the mood for fall! Pumpkin is one of my all time favorite foods, so I may go a little crazy on the blog with recipes. Of course, I had to use my Instant Pot to make this Instant Pot Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal to share with you. I love the texture of steel-cut oats!
Benefits of Steel Cut Oatmeal
I get a lot of questions about whether people should eat instant oats, old-fashioned oats, or steel-cut oats. To be honest, eating any kind of oatmeal is a good source of Vitamins B and E. Oatmeal provides around 4 – 5 grams of fiber per serving, depending on the type. Soluble fiber is a beneficial component of oats because it attracts water in the intestines and slows digestion which may help lower the risk the risk of heart disease. The benefit of eating steel-cut over old-fashioned or instant oats is that it has a lower glycemic index.
Benefits of Pumpkin
The color of pumpkin speaks volumes on its nutrient content. It’s pumped full of Vitamin A, boasting over 200% of the RDA. Vitamin A is critical for immunity and vision, among a few benefits. It has 3 grams of fiber and 50 calories per 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree.
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 3 cups water
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- Add all the ingredients to the Instant Pot without the trivet.
- Whisk together until lumps from pumpkin are gone.
- Set the Instant Pot to High Pressure for 10 minutes.
- Natural release for 10 minutes or until the pin drops.
- Open the pot and stir.
- Serve hot or divide into 4 jars for meal prep.
- Top with chopped pecans, if desired.
For the slow cooker, add 1 cup of water to the recipe and cook on low for 6-7 hours.
Slow Cooker vs Instant Pot
I have both a slow cooker and an Instant Pot. There are benefits to both. What I like about my Instant Pot is the shorter time frame, and I don’t have to scrap it off the sides of the pot. However, smelling apples and cinnamon throughout the house when I wake up with my Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cuts Oats is pretty amazing! You can watch me make the recipe in the link provided. If you choose to use your slow cooker with this recipe, add 1 more cup of water and set your slow cooker to low for 6-7 hours.
This recipe for Instant Pot Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal is the perfect meal prep recipe for a busy week! Separate the cooked oatmeal into 4 separate jars. You can top with yogurt and pecans and keep it cold or just fill the jars for reheating later in the week. I use 8 ounce glass jars. When reheating, reconstitute with a little water and stir before warming.
Author: Betsy Ramirez
Betsy is a registered dietitian/nutritionist, homeschool mom, & fairy tale junkie, who loves getting crafty. Being on my bike and lifting weights are my therapy. Thinking outside the box is my jam!