Lots of people like their oatmeal a little bit sweet, but a big dollop of sugar isn’t what we need for breakfast. Never fear - Kidsweet oatmeal is just as good, and packed with nutrition. The kids (and their parents…) will eat it up. A serving of Kidsweet oatmeal is only about three grams of sugar (from the milk, and six if you add molasses), far better than any of the commercial sweetened oatmeal blends. Making it in an Instant Pot takes most of the work out of the cooking process.
4 c old fashioned oats
1 stick unsalted butter
1 t cinnamon
4 cups boiling-hot water (6 cups for conventional pot)
1/4 c Kidsweet™
1/4 t sea salt
1/4 c molasses (optional, not sugar-free)
4 cups whole milk (6 cups for conventional pot)
1/4 c hemp oil
start your water getting hot. Six minutes in a full-power microwave will do it.
melt butter in your pot on high. If you’re using an Instant Pot, put it on sautee/high.
when the butter is melted add the oats. Stir in the butter right away and then stir occasionally so the oats toast but do not burn.
a minute before the oats will be toasted thoroughly, add the cinnamon and stir for the last minute.
now add the boiling hot water. There may be splashing, roiling, and steam, so use your safety gear.
now add the salt, Kidsweet, and molasses (if using). Stir to combine.
if you are using a conventional pot, boil on medium-high until most of the water is absorbed/evaporated, stirring occasionally. For an Instant Pot, just continue.
add the milk and hemp oil and stir to integrate. You can skip the hemp oil or use another type of oil, but it’s a great way to get Omega-3’s into the kids and it adds a subtle nutty flavor.
for a conventional pot, continue boiling on medium until the milk is mostly but not entirely absorbed, stirring occasionally. For an Instant Pot, on manual mode, set it for 12 minutes and cook with natural release (but turn off the pot).
stir again when cooking is done. Serve as-is or with a sprinkling of Cinnamon Kidsweet on top.