These “Overnight” Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats using the Delay Start Button are a weekday morning game changer! This post containsaffiliate links for products I’m obsessed with.
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Confession: The amazing women in my Facebook group put me to shame on a weekly basis.
You have to see their meal prep photos. Perfectly portioned meals lined up in adorable bento style containers.
Like a work of art. Makes this blogger very proud!
Since working from home, my meal prep game has been lacking (because, kids). And plus, I am always in the process of testing recipes that pop in my head on a whim, so I can’t always commit to a plan like I want to (last week was curry chicken – yum!).
That’s why this Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats recipe is such a game changer for me! It feels like I am killing it with prepping, but it only takes minutes . And it saves me a ton of time each morning!
What is the Delay Start button on the Instant Pot?
The Delay Start button (or Timer button on older models) allows you to prep your food and delay the cook time for a set amount of time. I love using this for breakfast or to prep other grains like rice or quinoa.
Is the Delay Start button safe to use?
I would NOT use the delay start button to cook anything that requires refrigeration (meat, eggs, etc) unless you are only delaying the time by a half hour or so. But it’s perfect for pantry items like pasta, rice, beans, and Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats!
How to set your Delay Start timer to make Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
Set the timer so that the oats start about 30 minutes before you are going to eat them. This gives enough time for the pot to build pressure, and the cook time, and natural release.
To do this, put your water and oats in your pot and lock your lid, just like you always do.
- Press the Manual or Pressure Cook button.
- Press the + or – button to select the cook time (10 minutes for this recipe).
- Press the Timer or Delay Start (depends on your model of IP) button (the hour will flash) and use the + or – button to choose how many hours from now you want it to start.
- Press the Timer or Delay Start button again (the minutes will flash) and use the + or – button to choose the minutes, in 10 minute increments.
- Then, after a few seconds it will beep, and the timer is all set! The green light on the Timer button will be on, and the time will begin counting down. Now go to bed before someone in your house wakes you up!
This recipe makes 6 servings for the 21 Day Fix, so your breakfast will be prepped for a few days at least. My kids and I love to mix and match toppings so it feels like a different bowl of oats each day! Our favorites are banana nut, apple cinnamon, berries, raisins, and, of course, the occasional chocolate chips!
And, these FREEZE perfectly! I use my Silicone Egg Bites Molds for this, but you can also use a regular muffin tin.
Tip – you can even FREEZE the toppings to make your life even easier!
Looking for more 21 Day Fix Oatmeal Recipes? Check these out!
Warm Gingerbread Oatmeal | The Foodie and The Fix
Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oats | My Crazy Good Life
Coconut Overnight Oats | Carrie Elle
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These “Overnight” Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats using the Delay Timer are a weekday morning game changer!
cooking oil spray (I use coconut or avocado, but it doesn’t matter)
2 ½ cups of water
optional – sprinkle of salt
fruit and nut toppers (or even some nut butter!)
optional – splash of almond milk (my kids like it with some milk)
- (Optional) Spray inner pot with cooking oil spray, then add in oats and water and salt, if using.
- Lock Instant Pot and set to ten minutes on manual. Then press your delay start or timer button and set the timer for the amount of time you want to delay the cooktime for (be sure you figure about 30 minutes of cooktime after the delay time). I set it for 7-8 hours at night before I go to bed (wishful thinking that I actually get to sleep 7-8 hours).
- After cooktime, do a full natural release. When it’s safe, remove lid and enjoy your hot breakfast! I personally love topping mine with fruit, cinnamon, and a tsp of maple syrup. My kids like to add some milk to theirs.
This also freezes great! I use my silicone egg molds or muffin tins to portion out my oats and freeze. You can even freeze with your favorite toppings!
Want to double the batch? Go ahead! Just double the oats and the water!
No Instant Pot? You can make this recipe using your slow cooker! Just cook the Oats covered on low for 7-8 hours while you sleep!
21 Day Fix: 1 YELLOW plus toppings (per 1/2 cup serving)
WW: Green – 2 points plus toppings, Blue – 2 points plus toppings, Purple – ZERO points plus toppings (per 1/2 cup serving)
- Serving Size: 1/2 cup
Keywords: healthy instant pot, instant pot breakfast, instant pot oats, instant pot meal prep