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Apple Cranberry Oatmeal in a bowl

Apple Cranberry Chia Oatmeal: Fiber & Protein Breakfast

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  • Author: Karen
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Bring to Pressure: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 5 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Pressure Cooker & Stovetopp op
  • Cuisine: Classic
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Start your morning with delicious and nutrient-dense Apple Cranberry Chia Oatmeal. This recipe provides half the recommended fiber intake and the protein of two eggs. Make extras to have a healthy breakfast that curbs your appetite all morning.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice
  • 3 cups water**
  • 2 cups Old Fashioned oats*
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 Tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 medium apples, cored and diced
  • 1/3 cup cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt

Toppings

  • 5 Tablespoons flax meal
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 Tablespoon raw honey
  • 8 Tablespoons plain whole milk Greek yogurt


Instructions

1. Stovetop – Add milk, water, oats, chia seeds, cranberries, vanilla extract, and salt to a medium to large saucepan. Stir to combine and break apart chia seeds since they tend to clump. Push any ingredients that stick to the side into the liquid. Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in flax meal. Allow to sit for 10 minutes. Serve oatmeal in five bowls and divide the toppings amongst the bowls. For meal prep, scoop oatmeal into containers/jars with lids and store it in the refrigerator after it has cooled slightly. It is good in the fridge for 5 days. Make sure the containers are microwave-safe if reheating another day.

1. Instant Pot Р Add milk, water, oats, chia seeds, cranberries, vanilla extract, and salt in the pressure cooker pot. Stir to combine and break apart chia seeds since they tend to clump. Push any ingredients that stick to the side into the liquid.

2. Lock the lid and check that the valve is in the seal/pressure mode.

3. Press PRESSURE COOK and set it on high pressure for 5 minutes***. After the cooking timer beeps, let the pressure cooker naturally release by allowing it to sit for 10 minutes. Do not quick-release, or oatmeal may clog the release valve.

4. Nature release. Allow the oatmeal to sit in the pot for 10 minutes (more is okay since it will stay warm), and release any remaining steam by setting the pressure valve to VENT or STEAM. Remove the lid and stir the ingredients when all the moisture is released.

5. Serve oatmeal. Stir in 5 tablespoons of flax meal and divide the mixture into five serving bowls. Add desired toppings – nuts, honey, yogurt. For meal prep, scoop oatmeal into containers/jars with lids and store it in the refrigerator after it has cooled slightly. It is good in the fridge for 5 days. Make sure the containers are microwave-safe if reheating another day.


Notes

Try Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats: Chia Seeds & Cherries – another wholesome breakfast recipe.

* If following a gluten-free diet, check the oatmeal label since all bands are not guaranteed to be without cross-contamination with other grains.

**The standard liquid ratio is 2 cups of oats to 4 cups of liquid; I add an additional cup because the chia seeds and fruit also absorb water.

*** Ingredients and timing are for a 6 Qt Instant Pot. If using a mini, cook for 7 minutes on high pressure; for 8 Qt, cook for 4 minutes on high pressure. All other steps remain the same.

Note: Do not cut this recipe in half; you may get a burn notice. Doubling the recipe works great, but do not triple it because the volume will surpass the halfway mark. Instant Pot advises keeping sputtering foods like oatmeal below the halfway mark, or pieces may clog the steam vent.

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