Pressure Cooking

One of the hot topics I find myself often chatting about with others is electric pressure cookers. I find myself discussing whether or not they should take the leap and purchase a pressure cooker, or sometimes they have already have one and now they aren’t sure what to do with it.

Let me tell you, I was slow to join the electric pressure cooker game. I thought why in the world would I need another appliance to try and find room for? Then it happened, my slow cooker broke and I needed to replace it. It was at that point that I considered the many functions pressure cookers. The particular brand that I chose has a sauté function, is able to cook rice, creates yogurt, makes quick work out of cooking dried beans as well as making a great slow cooker. I use my pressure cooker so much that I actually purchased a second! Just yesterday I used both of them – one made me breakfast and the other one made me lunch!

Considering a Pressure Cooker?

While electric pressure cookers are fast, you have to keep in mind that you will need to add on additional time to your meal prep time for the unit to reach the correct pressure to begin the cooking time. This typically takes 10-20 minutes depending on what you are cooking.

Watch for sales. Pressure cookers often go on sale right around the holidays, Mother’s Day and in September for back to school.
So what did I have for breakfast? Creamy steel cut oats…and I had enough to have it again for breakfast later on in the week! See below for the recipe!

Pressure Cooker Steel Cut Oats

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Egg Free
Keyword: Easy, Healthy, Instant Pot
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 201kcal
Cost: $5
Yes, you can have steel cut oats on a work morning!
Print Recipe


  • Pressure Cooker


  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 c steel cut oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp real vanilla
  • 3 c water
  • your choice of toppings


  • Using the saute function, toast 1 c of steel-cut oats in 1 tbsp coconut oil. The oats will start to smell a little nutty and add to the overall flavour of the final bowl.
    Turn off saute function and add cinnamon, maple syrup, real vanilla and water. Set the pressure cooker to 2 minutes. Once the 2 minutes are up, leave it in the pressure cooker for an additional 20 minutes. This will help continue to soften the oats.
    Scoop yourself a bowl, adda little milk and whatever toppings inspire you. I added shredded coconut,walnuts and a sliced banana. Delish! 


Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg