I May or May Not be Wearing Granny Underpants + Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats


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We expand. We contract. We shift. We reiterate. We get off balance. We find our footing.

We grow. We change.
We change. We grow.

Everything in life is in a constant state of flux and metamorphosis.

Our diet. Our relationships. Our work in the world. Our thoughts about mortality. Our patience. Our inspiration. Our art. Our cooking. Our bodies. Our outlook on life. Our anger. Our sadness. Our joy.

Every single one of us is a living, breathing piece of art that is forever a work in progress. Never finished. Always radiating a unique beauty at every stage.

So be patient with yourself, my dear and know that the change you seek is also seeking you. Wrap your arms around your magnificent body and give yourself some love. You are right where you need to be. Besides, we never get “there” anyway.

We expand. We contract. We shift. We tweak.
We reiterate. We change. We grow.

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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Makes about 2 cups (445g)
Author: Molly Patrick


  • ½ cup steel cut oats 100g
  • 2 cups water 475ml
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • Berries
  • Banana
  • Toasted coconut
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Non-dairy milk preferably unsweetened


  • Rinse the oats in a fine mesh strainer. Tap the strainer against the sink to remove excess water. Place the oats into your Instant Pot, along with the (fresh) water, cinnamon stick, and vanilla. Stir once.
  • Lock the lid into place and make sure the nozzle is pointed in the “sealing” position. Use the “manual” setting and set the timer for 10 minutes. Use the “natural release” method when the timer is up.
  • When all the pressure is out, remove the lid and stir. The oats will look super watery at first – this is okay – they will thicken as they cool. Allow them to cool completely before you store them in your fridge. Feel free to keep the cinnamon stick in your oats. It will continue to flavor them (just don’t eat it).
  • Serve with berries, banana, toasted coconut, chopped walnuts and non-dairy milk when ready to eat.

Wishing you a happy week. May it be filled with honoring your metamorphosis.


Food photography by Christine June

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  1. Elizabeth S. on October 20, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Hi Molly! Thanks so much for the recipe! Just curious – can you cook the oats in non-dairy milk to begin with, or does that not work as well in the instant pot? Thanks in advance :).

    • Molly Patrick on October 20, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Hi Elizabeth –
      I’ve never cooked these with anything but water, so I can’t tell you for sure.
      I imagine it would work. Keep me posted of you try it!

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  3. Yassir.R on November 21, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Hello Molly,
    this recipe is interesting, i love eating oats when it comes to breakfast. I use cinamon,(banana or apple) and (peanut or choco)!
    But this time i will also try your recipe.

    • Clean Food Dirty Girl on November 21, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      Mmmm, peanut butter and/or chocolate sounds amazing in oats! Let us know what you think once you try Molly’s recipe?

      Team Dirty Girl

  4. Faye on September 9, 2017 at 5:36 am

    5 stars
    I JUST made this! It took hardly any time to thicken up. SO YUMMY!!!!! Thank you!!!

    • Team Clean Food Dirty Girl on September 10, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      Hi Faye, So glad you liked the oats. You might like Molly’s poppyseed carrot cake version too, I made them this morning, so delicious!

      Team Dirty Girl

  5. Judy on October 9, 2017 at 12:53 am

    5 stars
    Love these! They’re now my ‘go to’ breakfast on busy mornings! If I wanted to double or even quadruple the recipe in my instant pot, would the water : oats ratio stay the same? Or would I not need as much water? Thanks for helping us eat strong!!!

    • Team Clean Food Dirty Girl on October 9, 2017 at 7:32 am

      Hi Judy,

      Super! Yes, you can increase the recipe ingredients factorially limited by the caution below. The ratios should stay the same or be ever-so-slightly less…I would keep them the same. The good thing about oats is that they will continue to absorb moisture after cooking so even if you have some extra liquid, it won’t be problematic. The caution I know of with super foamy foods (oats, lentils come to mind) is to not fill your cooker more than halfway (including both the oats and water) – the more full, the more likely you risk clogging your pressure release valve which you don’t want to do.

      Team Dirty Girl

      • Judy on October 9, 2017 at 8:06 am

        Fantastic! Thanks so much. You’ve just rocked my mornings!!!

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