Instant Pot Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Instant Pot Carrot Cake Oatmeal
At some point, every parent tells their children that cake is not a suitable breakfast food. Well, good news kids (and kids at heart), now it is! Instant Pot carrot cake oatmeal combines all the best parts of delicious carrot cake with the healthy yet delicious ingredients of oatmeal. It's also pretty easy to customize to suit your tastes. Just add the ingredients you love, and hide the ingredients you don't.
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Carrot Cake Plus Oatmeal


In tackling this recipe, I had to first ask a basic question: What makes carrot cake and oatmeal delicious on their own?
To me, the best part of each of these is the flavors and the textures. Carrot cake is deliciously light and moist while oatmeal is creamy yet substantial. Because raw oatmeal is basically just a vessel for flavors, it was easy to deliver a carrot cake taste on an oatmeal finish.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal Ingredients


Here comes the add-what-you-like part! If you like raisins in your oatmeal, add as many as you would like. If you like it sweeter, add more brown sugar. If you don't love carrots, don't worry, you really can't taste them in this recipe.
I don't prefer the crunchiness of nuts in either my oatmeal or my carrot cake, but they definitely add a distinct flavor. Because of that, I chose to use Plum Deluxe's Porch Sippin' Pecan Black Tea as my nutty flavor. The other ingredients in this tea complement the carrot cake flavor so incredibly well.
A bag of Plum Deluxe loose leaf tea is surrounded by a spoon and dishes of raisins, brown sugar, shredded carrot, and oats.

Making Carrot Cake Oatmeal in the Instant Pot


There are many ways to make oatmeal, and the Instant Pot is probably the easiest once you get the proportions right. You'll want to start by making a very strong 2.5 cups of tea. This isn't quite a tea concentrate, but if you want more bold flavor, you can make one of those as well. After the tea is steeped, strain it directly into the Instant Pot.
Next, add your sugar, salt, and seasonings and mix it up. This will melt the sugar and salt and give you a more even flavor. After that, add in your oatmeal, carrots, raisins, and any other ingredients. If you'd like to add in nuts, do so after the oatmeal is done cooking.
Last but not least, set the pot to pressure cook on low for 4 minutes with a natural release.

Notes:


Do NOT use instant or quick oats. They cook too quickly and become gummy in the pot and they are very likely to burn unless you use a lot of water. They're edible, but a very weird gelatinous texture. Use old-fashioned oats or steel cut oats. Increase the cooking time by 2 minutes for steel cut oats.
• If your oatmeal looks runny when you first open the Instant Pot, don't panic! The oatmeal settles to the bottom, so just mix it up and it'll be good to go.
• If you're someone who prefers their oatmeal to be less runny, you still need to make sure you add enough water as the recipe indicates. Less water is likely to give you a burn warning on your Instant Pot.
Make your oatmeal a little creamier by adding milk or butter after it's done cooking.
• If the oatmeal is still too runny for your liking, turn on the sauté feature on your Instant Pot and mix until it looks delicious.
A white bowl of carrot cake oatmeal sits on a dark pink floral cloth next to a white teacup of tea and a bowl of fruit.

Instant Pot Carrot Cake Oatmeal



Ingredients:
  • 2 and 1/2 cups (20 ounces) water
  • 1 tablespoon Porch Sippin' Pecan Tea
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large fresh carrot, shredded
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Directions:
Boil water, then add tea and steep for 4 minutes. Strain into Instant Pot
Add brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon to hot tea and mix until sugar is dissolved. NOTE: This recipe is very lightly seasoned, so add more seasoning if you want more flavor.
Add oats, carrots, raisins and other ingredients.
Close Instant Pot lid and seal. Cook on low pressure for 4 minutes, keeping warm off, with natural pressure release.

Jesse McDonald

Jesse is a photographer and author currently living Jacksonville, FL, or wherever the Marine Corps sends her family. Her favorite thing to do is have tea with the most amazing little toddler the world has ever known.
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