We fake this instant oatmeal classic by using milk and the oat’s own starch as the cream. Whenever I could talk my mother into bringing home an Instant Oatmeal Variety Pack – the strawberries and cream packets would be the first to go. They were the only convenience food my mother would allow in a household were just about everything was cooked from scratch.
It makes my stomach turn to read the what’s in those packets today. Did you know that they don’t actually contain any strawberries or cream?!? The strawberries are actually little pieces of dried apples dyed red with a sprinkle of “artificial strawberry flavoring” and the cream is a “creaming agent” made mostly of sugar, oil and salt. Ugh.
Seriously, make your own oatmeal packets with dried fruit you choose using milk you buy. I do.
If you can’t get freeze-dried fruit any dried fruit will do – check the label as some dried fruits (cranberries, for example) are boiled in a sugar syrup before drying. This isn’t a big deal, just give your oatmeal a taste before adding the sugar – it might not even be needed.
Ditto for the milk. If whole cow’s milk does not work with your family’s diet, use a nut milk or even water.
|Pressure Cooker||Accessories||Pr. Cook Time||Pr. Level||Open|
|3 L or larger||steamer basket, heat-proof bowl(s)||10 min.||High(2)||Natural|
- Serves: 1 serving
- Serving size: 1
- Calories: 207.8
- TOTAL Fat: 7.3g
- TOTAL Carbs: 28.3g
- Sugar Carbs: 10.3g
- Sodium: 75.8mg
- Fiber Carbs: 2.8g
- Protein: 8.6g
- Cholesterol: 23.1mg
- ⅓ cup (35 g) rolled oats
- ⅔ cup (150 g) whole milk
- 2 tablespoons (4 g) freeze-dried strawberries (or your favorite dried or frozen fruit)
- 1 pinch salt
- ½ teaspoon (2 g) white sugar
- Prepare the pressure cooker with 2 cups of water and the steamer basket.
- In a small heat-proof bowl or mug, add the oats, milk, strawberries and salt.
- Close and lock the lid of the pressure cooker.
- For electric pressure cookers: Cook for 10 minutes at high pressure.
For stove top pressure cookers: Turn the heat up to high and when the cooker indicates it has reached high pressure, lower to the heat to maintain it and begin counting 10 minutes pressure cooking time.
- When time is up, open the pressure cooker with the Natural release method - move the cooker off the burner and wait for the pressure to come down on its own (about 7 minutes). For electric pressure cookers, disengage the “keep warm” mode or unplug the cooker and open when the pressure indicator has gone down (7 to 15 minutes).
- Vigorously mix the contents of the bowl, sprinkle with sugar and serve.