Ok I’m going to just admit it. I was one of those people who would try to eat a healthy breakfast and starting reaching for the instant oatmeal. You know those Quaker instant oatmeal packets that are pre-seasoned and you just add water or milk?? They were good for awhile but then I had fresh oatmeal at the cafeteria work and it didn’t have the same taste or texture as the instant oatmeal packet. I was super confused, like the fresh oatmeal was so so good! What was the difference!?
Could it really be that the instant oatmeal packets, although high in convenience, was lacking in something!? So of course I had to figure this out. I went and bought the oatmeal that comes in a canister, being very careful not to get the one that says “Instant.” I went home and made myself some oatmeal according to the package directions. It was just ok. Missing the flavor of those pre-flavored packets! But the texture was so amazing! So I kept trying to get the perfect oatmeal, there were lots of trials!
Since one of my favorite flavors from the Instant oatmeal packets was the cinnamon ones. I decided to go for a cinnamon flavor too. I added in cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla for a really nice, warm flavor. Since this “discovery” of mine, I haven’t gone back to those packets. lol!
I have played around with the recipe here and there. And especially once I bought an Instant Pot, I knew I needed to figure out how to quickly and easily get oatmeal made. So here is my go-to recipe for Instant Pot Cinnamon Oatmeal.
Bonus 2 in 1 Recipe
Rolled Oats and Steel Cut Oats Recipe
I’ve got a bonus recipe in this one for you! So I actually love both rolled oats and steel cut oats, just depends on the day for me. Only difference between the 2 recipes is the amount of water needed to cook the oatmeal and the time to cook. Other than that, the recipes and measurements are identical! So bookmark this one and try both of these Instant Pot Cinnamon oatmeal recipes!
So I love to have this oatmeal warmed with milk. My kids favorite mix in is peanut butter and nutella. Yes its decadent, but its just a tiny bit of nutella!
My favorite is mixing in fruits, like blueberries, strawberries or bananas. I also love added in different textures like granola and cacoa nibs. Both provide amazing crunch.
Looking for more easy and healthy breakfast options? Try Ricotta Fruit Toast – 3 Ways