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Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal in the Instant Pot {Vegan}

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Let’s start off by discussing the Instant Pot in case you’re not familiar with it… it’s a programmable pressure cooker, slow cooker, saute pan, rice cooker, yogurt maker, (and even more!) all in one. Using the Instant Pot can be a bit daunting at first, what with all of the buttons and options, but once you familiarize yourself with the settings, it will become your new favorite kitchen item. My in-laws bought me one for my birthday last year, and it has come in handy more times than I can count!

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Ok, now on to these Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats!

Creamy, chewy, slightly sweet, laced with cinnamon, and dotted with soft apple pieces, this vegan oatmeal is the perfect antidote to any dark & cold morning. Steel cut oatmeal takes about 30 minutes to cook on the stovetop, but using the pressure cooker slashes that time in half. The oatmeal reheats well, so you can have a few breakfasts on hand for busy mornings.

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Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal in the Instant Pot {Vegan}

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 (14 oz) can coconut milk, well shaken
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of Kosher salt

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in Instant Pot. Whisk to combine.

Lock the lid in place, and make sure the steam release handle is pointed toward “Sealing.”

Press the “Manual” button and toggle the “-” button down until you reach 3 minutes. Keep pressure option on “High Pressure.”

When the Instant Pot beeps, signaling the end of cooking, press the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button and switch the steam release handle toward “Venting”.

Allow Instant Pot to naturally release pressure until the valve has fallen completely down, then carefully remove the lid. Stir oats and serve.

* You can also make this recipe on the stovetop. Simply combine all ingredients in a dutch oven (or large saucepan) and cook according to the directions on the steel cut oatmeal packaging.

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Chai Pear Overnight Oats Parfait

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I typically eat plain yogurt, but when I was offered the chance to try Noosa Bhakti Chai and Pumpkin Yoghurt, I accepted without hesitation… and I am so glad I did because this yogurt is fantastic! Thick, rich, and creamy plain yogurt is swirled with ribbons of sweetly spiced yogurt.

It’s certainly dessert-worthy, but I made an overnight oats parfait with the Bhakti Chai Noosa, a ripe pear, and my Crunchy Chai Spice Granola Clusters, and it was the best breakfast I’ve had in quite a long time.

This parfait has everything going for it: flavor (hello double chai!), texture (creamy + crunchy), sustenance (oats), and a touch of decadence (delicious yogurt). I wrote the recipe to yield one serving, but I highly recommend doubling, tripling, or quadrupling the recipe so you can a) share or b) enjoy a few parfaits throughout the week (just wait until you’re ready to eat to assemble the different components!).

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Chai Pear Overnight Oats Parfait

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients (1 serving)

Instructions

The night before you intend to eat the parfait, combine the oats, yoghurt, milk, water, and chopped pear; stir to combine;, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, layer the overnight oats with the granola clusters.

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*I received free product in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.