Easy Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it sure seems to be the most rushed meal of the day too! Luckily for my 3 growing boys, we don’t have to be in a cereal rut anymore. With this incredibly easy and nutritious recipe for Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal Breakfast bowl, you can have a hot breakfast on the table in just a few moments, even on the busiest of days. My family loves the texture of this recipe and I love how filling and flavorful it is without spending more than a few moments of time preparing it!

Easy Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats Breakfast Bowl

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes + time to come to pressure
Serves: 4


1 c. fresh strawberries, hulled and cut into chunks
1 c. fresh blueberries rinsed and patted dry
1 c. steel cut oats
3¼ c. water
2 c. Greek or coconut yogurt
1½ T. chia seeds
1 T. real maple syrup, plus additional for serving
Non-Cooking Spray


  1. Spray the Instant Pot pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Add the steel cut oats and water and stir to combine. Cover with lid and lock into position, then flip the pressure valve to the “Sealing” position.
  3. Press the “Manual” button and select the high heat setting.
  4. Set cook time to 10 minutes.
  5. Combine maple syrup, chia seeds, and yogurt in a small bowl.
  6. When cook time is complete, turn off the Instant Pot to prevent burning. Allow pressure to release naturally for 15 minutes, and then do a quick release for any remaining pressure.
  7. Carefully remove the lid and stir the contents to combine.
  8. Pour oats to individual serving bowls, letting oats be on one side of the bowl and yogurt mixture on the other side. 
  9. *Optional* Spoon strawberries and blueberries between the two halves.
  10. Serve immediately with additional maple syrup on the side, if desired. Enjoy!

Steel cut oatmeal breakfast bowl

I love how this recipe cuts down on cooking time for steel cut oatmeal! Have you ever made oatmeal in your instant pot? I would love to hear about your favorite breakfast options for the instant pot because we are always looking for great ways to enjoy a hot breakfast together, even on the busiest of days!

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20 Yummy French Toast Recipes You Must Try

French Toast Recipes

French Toast is a delicious way to start any day and it is also a winner at dinner time too! While we have all had the traditional version of this breakfast staple, there are so many ways to enjoy French Toast! I gathered some of my favorite recipes to share with you. I am sure you are going to find several you will want to try! I can’t wait to hear which of these 20 French Toast recipes you want to try first!

1. Pumpkin French Toast Bake
2. Slow Cooker French Toast
3. White Chocolate French Toast
4. Oven Baked French Toast
5. French Toast Casserole
6. Orange Marmalade & Cream Cheese Croissant French Toast
7. Overnight Creme Brulee French Toast Bake
8. Whipped Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast with Raspberries
9. Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
10. Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake
11. Cake Batter French Toast
12. French Toast Breakfast Bake
13. French Toast Cake Balls
14. Strawberry Shortcake Baked French Toast
15. Peaches & Cream Overnight French Toast
16. Fluffy Buttermilk French Toast
17. Cinnamon Streusel French Toast
18. Caramel Apple French Toast
19. Peanut Butter & Banana Stuffed French Toast
20. Cinnamon Brioche French Toast


Gearing Up for Back to School with Jimmy Dean

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Acorn Influence, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
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Back to School season is here and the rush is picking up by the minute. There are the preparations to make, the supplies to buy; open houses to attend and of course, the meals to consider!
This year, I am going to simplify breakfast without skipping out on flavor or quality with Jimmy Dean breakfast options. Jimmy Dean has been a favorite breakfast sausage in my family for as long as I can remember. With the unique flavors of seasonings and the convenience of preparing such a delicious sausage, it is easy to see why we go to Jimmy Dean any time of the year!
Being able to pop a Jimmy Dean Sausage, Egg and Cheese Biscuit into the microwave and offer my boys a hearty breakfast that will fuel them until lunch time is a blessing. The fact that it takes only 3 minutes is a morning saver! Knowing they are made with real ingredients is a major selling point to me. I love that with Jimmy Dean I am able to offer an easy and wholesome breakfast in record time!
Jimmy Dean
When the day has ended, the boys always come home hungry! I am always in search of a great way to feed them something filling without spending all day in the kitchen, or a ton of money in the process. Jimmy Dean refrigerated sausage in fully cooked patties or original fresh roll form gives me quick dinner solutions that please the family and that I can grab at Target without any fuss!
Jimmy Dean
Jimmy Dean is a great option for a fast and filling breakfast or a family friendly dinner. As a mom, I greatly appreciate both the savings of time on my part, and the satisfaction of seeing my boys fueled for a day of learning, or an evening of playing!
This year, on a busy morning or anytime that you are hungry for something hearty, grab a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit and sit back. Breakfast will be served in about 3 minutes thanks to Jimmy Dean!

Healthy Breakfast Ideas With An Instant Pot

If you want to use the instant pot for breakfast, but you may not know what healthy breakfasts would be the best for you and your family, consider the following breakfast options that combine superfoods and your instant pot.

You may not be able to use your instant pot for every meal. If you can only use it for one meal, then make it breakfast. It is one of the most important meals of the day and it is usually the meal where everyone is at home and starving. If you want to use the instant pot for breakfast, but you may not know what healthy breakfasts would be the best for you and your family, consider the following breakfast options that combine superfoods and your instant pot.

Coconut Steel Cut Oatmeal

Overnight oatmeal has become an increasingly popular dish, but you don’t need overnight when you have your instant pot. Steel cut coconut oatmeal is packed with superfood properties and can give you a great start to your day. All you need is steel cut oatmeal, coconut milk, fresh shaved coconut, cinnamon, water, and bananas. Bananas give you a shot of potassium and a serving of fruit. Cinnamon, especially fresh ground, gives you a boost to your immune system but it also helps to regulate your blood sugar. Combined with the power of steel cut oatmeal you will be ready for the day.

Breakfast in a Jar

Sometimes you want something quick and easy that each member of the family can grab and go with. A breakfast in a jar is a great option and can be loaded up individually for each person. If one person loves avocado, then you can add it as a superfood boost. If another person prefers lots of vegetables, you can do that too. The basic recipe of the breakfast in a jar for the instant pot is to layer egg along with different ingredients in small mason jars. Leave the jars uncovered and start on high pressure for 5 minutes. Switch to the NPR setting for 5 minutes and your breakfasts are done.

If you want to use the instant pot for breakfast, but you may not know what healthy breakfasts would be the best for you and your family, consider the following breakfast options that combine superfoods and your instant pot.

Breakfast Rice Pudding

Rice pudding allows you to get a good source of carbs and to fill those carbs with superfoods for the day. In fact, one of the base ingredients for rice pudding is cinnamon. This gives you a good dose of superfood that allows you to regulate your blood sugar and help your metabolism kick in. You can replace traditional milk with coconut milk for more vitamins and minerals. It also removes the possible antibiotics that may be found in traditional whole milk recipes.

These are just a few ideas for you to work with. You can expand on these ideas and change them up to work with your family. Remember, the ideal option is to use superfoods to create the meals that work best for you.

4 Tips on How to Keep Breakfast Simple #BigGBreakfast

This post is written by me on behalf of General Mills. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Acorn Influence, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 

Here are some helpful tips for keeping breakfast simple.

It’s the calm after the holiday storm…kind of nice, huh?As my boys get older, I take every chance I can to get them around the table. Breakfast is the time we get together every morning. However, my kids are not early risers, so I need to keep breakfast as simple as possible. I have noticed that eating breakfast together really helps our family bond. Here are some tips for keeping breakfast simple.

#1. Have a set time for breakfast.

In my home, we have breakfast at the same time, every morning. It is at 7 AM. My boys know to get up, get dressed, and head downstairs to the table for breakfast. This is something we have established over the years, so they know about it and have no problem showing up.

#2. Make sure you have supplies on hand.

Here are some helpful tips for keeping breakfast simple.

When you’re setting a tradition of having breakfast together, you need to ensure you have the right supplies on hand. I never miss getting our breakfast groceries at the store. And if I do, you better believe I make a late-night run to stock up.

#3. Keep the menu simple.

I can tell you, from experience, that keeping the menu simple is super important. You don’t want to be up at 5 in the morning trying to make your family a gourmet breakfast. Keep things simple and you won’t regret it. Nothing is worth stressing yourself out over and you don’t want to make more work for yourself.

#4. Go with what you know.

In our household, we like to go with what you know. For years, we have enjoyed eating our favorite breakfast foods together. One of our favorite foods to eat for breakfast is cold cereal Big G Cereals at Publix. These cereals have been a staple at our table for years! Some of our favorites include Cheerios, Cocoa Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Lucky Charms, and Tiny Toast. My personal favorites are Lucky Charms and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. We rely on Big G cereals from Publix to help jumpstart our schedule and you can too. Getting back into a schedule after holiday break was the worse.

Right now at Publix grocery stores, you can find our favorite General Mills Cereals:

  • Cheerios
  • Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Multi-Grain Cheerios
  • Cocoa Puffs
  • Cookie Crisp
  • Golden Grahams
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  • Lucky Charms
  • Reese’s Puffs
  • Tiny Toast
  • Trix

Plus, you can save money while picking up your favorite easy breakfasts too! Check out the coupon deals below. 

Save $1 when you buy any (2) Big G cereals including Trix, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms, Cookie Crisp, Reese’s Puffs, Tiny Toast, Cheerios and more.

How do you keep breakfast simple? Tell me your tips in the comment section.


5 Quick Grab-and-Go Breakfast Ideas

Here are some grab-and-go breakfasts you can prepare. 

A meal that is often forgotten about is breakfast. You and your family need to eat a nutritious breakfast, even on your busiest morning. Luckily, the following grab-and-go breakfast ideas are both easy to prepare and can be very healthy. Even as a busy mom, you can prepare the following grab-and-go breakfasts.

An easy way to have breakfast ready for the entire week is by making a healthy bread loaf that has lots of fruit and nuts in it. This is a lot healthier than making a loaf of cinnamon raisin bread, which might be delicious, but doesn’t contain as many nutrients. You can try a loaf with fig and almonds, or go for a multi-berry loaf with applesauce and walnuts.

2. Protein or Breakfast Bars

Breakfast bars are great when you are really low on time, but you don’t want to hand your children a Pop-Tart when they leave the house. Breakfast bars and protein bars tend to have more vitamins and minerals, plus extra protein to keep your family energized for the day. You can also make your own with just a few simple ingredients.

3. Smoothies

Smoothies are not only healthy and easy to make but with the right bottle, can be something anyone in your family can bring with them on a busy morning. You can even prepare some of the ingredients the night before, such as chopping up and freezing fruit and putting them in serving-size baggies. In the morning, all you have to do is grab those baggies and add them to the blender with milk and yogurt, and you have yourself a healthy smoothie.

4. Breakfast Sandwiches

Believe it or not, it is actually quite easy to have healthier versions of the breakfast sandwiches you usually get from a fast food drive-thru. You can prepare them ahead of time as well, which saves you, even more, time on busy mornings. Make the eggs ahead of time by putting an egg into individual muffin tins, then baking them until the eggs are cooked. Now get out whole wheat or whole grain English muffins and put the egg on top, with a slice of cheese and anything else you like. Wrap up each sandwich individually and pop it in the freezer. In the morning, you can hand one to each family member to heat up or let defrost until they are ready to eat breakfast.

5. Homemade Granola

Finally, don’t forget about granola! This is a healthy snack or breakfast to make for your family and is easy for them to bring along on busy mornings. You can make the granola with your choice of nuts, grains, dried fruit, and other ingredients, then put it in individual baggies. In the morning, they can grab a bag of granola to munch on or add it to some yogurt.

What is your morning go-to breakfast item? 

Here are some grab-and-go breakfasts you can prepare.
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