Oat Groats in the Instant Pot

Oat Groats in the Instant Pot

This hearty recipe for Oat Groats in the Instant Pot was inspired by a recipe from Tami of Nutmeg Notebook. Make it your own by adding your favorite fruit, nuts, spices, or even a sprinkling of homegrown sprouts! Nan Simonsen demonstrated this recipe in her August 2021 cooking class.


  • 2 cups oat groats—I use organic from a bulk bin at a local natural food store
  • 3 1/4 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional

Rinse and drain the oats in a colander. Put into the cooking pan of the Instant Pot. Add 3 1/4 cups of boiling water and salt, if using.  Stir. Cover and set to 5 minutes on high power.  Let steam naturally release for 2 hours.  In other words, set and ignore for a couple of hours. 

Uncover when finished and serve, or fluff with a large serving fork and turn onto a large plate and let it cool before storing. 

Nan’s Notes: I make this once a week. For my daily oatmeal this is what I do: Spoon out 1/2—2/3 cup cooked groats into a microwave-safe bowl. You can use a small saucepan and heat on the stove if you prefer.  Cover lightly with unsweetened soy or other plant milk. Heat 2 minutes in the microwave (or bring to a simmer in a pot). Stir in 1 1/2 tablespoon of a mixture of ground flaxseed, chia seed, and hemp hearts (2:1:1) which thickens the oatmeal mixture, and a heaping 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon (2:1:1). Over this, I add fruit, usually 1/2 sliced banana and 2/3 cup of mixed berries. Pour in a bit of almond milk, and a sprinkling of toasted sliced almonds finishes it. 

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