Use your favorite berries in this easy, creamy, and kid-friendly oatmeal recipe that can be made in your slow cooker or Instant Pot.
This recipe is not paleo, whole30 or low-carb. It’s good old hearty oatmeal. I acquired a taste for oatmeal later in life but if I had been served oatmeal like this as a child, I definitely would have eaten it with no complaint!
I’m keeping it generic and just saying ‘berries’ because your taste buds are different than mine. I used a combination of blueberries and raspberries but you might want all strawberries or raspberries & blackberries. I encourage you to use your preferred berry or combination of berries.
The key to this recipe is using very ripe, sweet berries. If you have ripe berries then you don’t need a lot of sweetener. For the sweetener I used honey but yes, you can use maple syrup or your preferred sweetener. Just try to avoid adding sugar (because it’s sugar). If you like a bit of tart, try using cranberries.
I used full-fat coconut milk. You can use light coconut milk, coconut cream, or even all almond milk although that won’t be as creamy as if using the coconut milk. Personally I did not find the coconut taste to be overpowering at all. In fact, I would say it’s almost non-existent but could be just me. I obviously use a lot of coconut in my cooking. Really, you need 3 cups of liquid in whatever combination you want to use.
Instant Pot oatmeal or slow cooker oatmeal – up to you! The pictures are from my slow cooker but having made this both ways I can honestly say I don’t have a preference when it comes to taste. To me, it’s more about how fast do you want your oatmeal done?
This uses steel-cut oats, not instant or rolled oats.Print
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 15 ounces coconut milk
- 1 cup almond milk
- 4 ounces berries
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (or honey)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Spray slow cooker generously with cooking spray.
- Add all ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir to mix well.
- Cook HIGH 3-4 hours, LOW 6-8.
Spray the Instant Pot generously with cooking spray.
- Add all the ingredients. Stir gently to mix well. Select manual setting. Adjust pressure to high, and set time for 4 minutes.
- Allow for oatmeal to natural release, approximately 10-15 minutes.
- Open lid & stir.
Your oatmeal will thicken slightly as it cools.
Cook time calculated using slow cooker.
Please note that your oatmeal will thicken slightly as it cools. Add more almond milk (or water) to get oatmeal to desired consistency.
How do you serve your leftover oatmeal? I like mine served with almond milk, sometimes cold like it’s cereal. I used a 3.5-quart slow cooker for this recipe but it easily could have fit in a smaller 2-quart.’
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