Until recently, I rarely made steel cut oats. Don’t get me wrong — I have always loved how chewy, nutty and hearty they are, but I just didn’t love standing over the stove babysitting them for half an hour. Now that I have an Instant Pot, steel cut oats have become a breakfast staple at my house. They’re easy, virtually hands-off, and clean up is a cinch. I can set the timer to have them ready to go in the morning, or make a big batch as part of my meal prep.
Steel cut oats are incredibly versatile and nutritious. They are a great source of vitamins and minerals including thiamine, iron, and zinc, as well as disease-fighting antioxidants. Each serving (1/4 cup dry oats) contains 7 grams of plant-based protein and 5 grams of fibre. The powerful soluble fibre in oats known as beta-glucan can help to reduce blood cholesterol, improve blood sugar control, promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut, and increase feelings of satiety.
This recipe delivers loads of chocolatey goodness along with healthy fats, nearly 10 grams of fibre, and over 14 grams of protein per serving. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Ingredients for 4 servings:
1 cup gluten-free steel cut oats
1 ripe banana, mashed
3 cups unsweetened almond or nut-free milk (I like to use my Almond Cow to make homemade plant-based milk)
1/2 cup canned organic full-fat coconut milk
2 scoops Nuzest Clean Lean chocolate protein powder
2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
2 Tbsp unsweetened powdered almond butter (optional)
2 to 4 Tbsp Swerve zero calorie sweetener or maple syrup (optional, use more if prefer sweeter oats)
1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (such as Lily’s Sweets sugar-free chips)
optional toppings: berries, bee pollen, granola, coconut chips, or toppings of choice
Grease instant pot with cooking oil (I like to use coconut oil or spray avocado oil).
Put oats, mashed banana, almond milk, coconut milk, protein powder, cacao, sweetener, and salt in instant pot and whisk to combine.
Close lid and set to pressure cook on high for 5 minutes for chewy oats (my preference), or up to 10 minutes for softer, creamier oats, followed by a natural pressure release.
Remove lid carefully, stir, and allow to cool slightly to thicken. Serve sprinkled with chocolate chips and your choice of toppings.
Triple Chocolate Steel Cut Proats can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 days and enjoyed cold or reheated before serving.