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Instant Pot Oatmeal (yes, it’s that easy!)

Learn to make Instant Pot oatmeal in no time! It’s as easy as pouring in the oatmeal and water, and pressing a button. The Instant Pot can transform your mornings, giving you more time to enjoy a delicious breakfast (or snack).

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So I have to admit that for the majority of my life, I didn’t like oatmeal. Or at least, I didn’t think I did. I tried it every time my husband made it, but the texture never did it for me. But one day, as I was rushing to do a video shoot, I stopped at Panera Bread and oatmeal was literally all I could find to eat. So I tried it, and from that point I was hooked!

If you don’t like oatmeal, maybe you just haven’t found it YOUR way yet. I learned that I like my oatmeal more firm, as my husband likes his more watered down. I also found that I like steel cut oats way better than regular oats. And I love to add strawberries, dates, cinnamon, coconut flakes and flax seed. Yum!

When I first started eating oatmeal, I made it on the stove. But after forgetting about it, having it boil over and cleaning the stove a few too many times, I made the switch to the Instant Pot and I’m glad I did. It’s SO easy. In just 6-8 minutes, you’ll have fresh, hot oatmeal ready to top with your favorites and enjoy. This also helps a lot when you’re getting ready for work in the morning!

Here are a few of my favorite combos for Instant Pot Oatmeal:

  • strawberries, flax seed, chopped, medjool dates, coconut flakes and cinnamon (shown below)
  • vegan chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and peanut butter
  • dates, pecans, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar
  • bananas, blueberries, and maple syrup
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To make this recipe for Instant Pot Oatmeal:

First, add the steel cut oats and the water to the Instant Pot. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, press the “Porridge” button (or Manual) and make sure it’s set to 6 minutes. Turn the knob on the top of the lid to Sealing (not venting).

The Instant Pot will turn on and start to build pressure. After about 10 minutes, the timer will automatically set to 6 minutes.

After the 6 minutes are done, it will need to sit for an additional 6-8 minutes to release the pressure (you will see the L0:02, etc. on the screen which means it is releasing pressure). When the pressure is released, remove the lid. (Note: If the pressure is not released, you won’t be able to open it). Alternatively, instead of using the Porridge function, you can set it on Manual mode (or Pressure Cook for some models) and set it for 6 minutes.

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That’s it! Stir the oatmeal and add it to a bowl, then add toppings of your choice. My favorite is chopped up strawberries and dates, with flax seed or coconut flakes and cinnamon. Yum!

This recipe makes 2-3 servings, depending on the amount of toppings you add. You can easily double the recipe and use the same cooking time. I usually make double or triple the batch and eat it for breakfast every day throughout the work week. It will store in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-6 days.

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Instant Pot Oatmeal (yes, it’s that easy!)

Learn to make Instant Pot oatmeal in no time! This amazing piece of kitchen equipment can transform your mornings, giving you more time for a delicious breakfast (or snack).

  • Author: Christin McKamey
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel cut oats (or regular oats)
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups water, depending how how thick you like your oatmeal
  • Topping choices: strawberries, bananas, blueberries, apples, pears, chopped medjool dates, cinnamon, flax seed, coconut flakes, peanut butter, maple syrup or agave, all kinds of nuts, vegan chocolate chips (I love the Enjoy Life brand), etc.

Instructions

  1. Add steel cut oats and water to the Instant Pot. Place the lid on the Instant Pot (*see important tip below) and press the “Porridge” button (or Manual/Pressure Cook). Set to 6 minutes, and turn knob on the top of the lid to Sealing (not venting). The Instant Pot will turn on and start to build pressure. After about 10 minutes, the timer will automatically set to 6 minutes.
  2. After the 6 minutes are done, it will need to sit for an additional 6-8 minutes to release the pressure (you will see the L0:02, etc. on the screen which means it is releasing pressure on low heat). When the pressure is released, remove the lid. (Note: If the pressure is not released, you won’t be able to open it). Add the oatmeal to a bowl, and add toppings of choice. It will store in an airtight container in the fridge for 5-6 days.

Notes

*Make sure that your Instant Pot lid is properly sealed (the sealing ring is properly in place and clean) before securing the lid. If not sealed properly, the oatmeal may burn and stick to the bottom of the pot. Note: You may need to experiment to see how you prefer your oatmeal consistency. 3 cups of water will lend to a more watery oatmeal, but 2 1/2 cups water (or even a little less) will result in a firmer oatmeal. This recipe makes 2-3 servings, depending on the amount of toppings you add. You can easily double the recipe and use the same cooking time. I usually make double or triple the batch and eat it for breakfast every day.

Important: I’ve heard from some readers that the Instant Pot gives them a “burn” warning. After doing a lot of research, I’ve seen this mostly applies to newer Instant Pots, and more specifically, 8 quart. If you have any issues, I highly recommend this blog post—> Instant Pot Burn Message– which can help troubleshoot your issue. =) 

Keywords: instant pot, pressure cooker

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76 Comments

  • What is the instal-pot time setting for doubling the oatmeal recipe? I’m still cooking at 9 minutes.

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    • Hi James, to double the recipe, I set it for the same time as a single recipe and it still cooks the same. =)

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  • Hi I’m sorry it didn’t work out. I think soaking the pot will get it off, at least that has always worked for me. Different brands/temperatures of pressure cookers might give different results, but this recipe always works perfectly for me. Maybe try more water next time. 🙂

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  • Could you put cut-up apple chincks in with oatmeal and water?

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    • I haven’t tried that. They may end up being a bit mushy, but it’s worth a try! =)

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      • I add two peeled/cored apples (whole) and 1 tsp Cinnamon to the pot. This makes sure we each get a full apple and it is perfectly cooked. The added Cinnamon is enough flavor that no sweetening is needed.

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        • Hi Penny, this is great! Thanks for the tip. Hopefully other readers will try it (and I will too). =)

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  • Yum! Am enjoying my oatmeal right now! My IP Porridge setting goes for 20 minutes. I added 1 cup of water to the pot, set a wire rack in the pot and put my oatmeal ingredients in a glass bowl to cook.

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    • That’s an interesting way to cook the oatmeal. Thanks for sharing Sue! =)

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    • Do you cover bowl? I had oatmeal stuck to bowl and think if it were covered this would not be an issue.

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      • Hi Judy, I’m not sure what you mean. I used an Instant Pot so I tightly closed the lid and set it to “Sealing”. So it was covered. =) Thanks!

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    • So you basically steamed dry oatmeal? This is an idiotic way to cook oatmeal.

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      • Hi Jane, no you cook it in water in a pressure cooker. And it works!

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      • Lmao! I’m guessing basic reading comprehension isnt your thing.

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    • I’m going to try this next time! Oatmeal sick to the bottom of the pot ? thanks for the idea ??

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    • I kept getting the dreaded “Burn” message until I did the same thing. I put my oats and water in a steel mixing bowl (no lid…you want the heat and pressure to get all around your porridge), and then placed it on the wire rack and added 2 cups of water in the bottom of the pot (I have an 8, so I wanted to make sure I had enough water). I used the porridge setting, so 6 minutes of cooking time once it reached operating temperature and pressure. Once the 6 minutes were up, I vented it, and put the porridge into a serving bowl, and ate it

      This worked perfectly, but I like my porridge to have a bit of texture.

      As for clean-up, put cold water into whatever pot you cook your porridge in..It’ll clean up nicely once you’ve eaten. Cold water seems to work better that hot for this.

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      • Thanks for the awesome tips Roger!!! Yes, for some reason, there are some IP’s that burn more frequently. I’ve never seen that message on my Instant Pot, but I’ve heard many others get the error depending on which model they have. I really appreciate you sharing your tips so it will help others! =)

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  • Hi! Using my instapot for first time with this recipe. Thank you! Question…I doubled the recipe and kept the time at 6 like you said. Everything went as you said excepted the releasing of the pressure. My pot is now up to 20 minutes (LO:20). What did I do wrong?

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    • Hi Laura, I just made it again this morning to double check and it did release the pressure by 20 minutes. What size Instant Pot do you have? I hope it worked out. =)

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  • I am going to try this recipe today. Could I use almond milk instead of water for the recipe?
    One of my favorite combos for oatmeal is berries, natural pb, and cinnamon 🙂

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    • Hi Astrid, I’m sure almond milk would work great! And that is a good combo- I LOVE peanut butter! =)

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  • I read your recipe today and immediately made it (that doesn’t happen very often but I found myself craving oatmeal!). This is the first time I’ve used the Instant Pot to make oatmeal; I wasn’t sure it’d turn out as thick as I like it, but your recipe is perfect (I used 2-1/2 cups water)! The timing is spot on too.

    I’m so glad to have this recipe because I’ve been missing oatmeal ever since I got tired of cleaning my stove’s glass top after many crusted, messy spillovers.

    Now I have another IP recipe I consider a “keeper” in my files. Thank you! I love this pressure cooker SO much; it helps make vegan cooking an interesting adventure with awesome results 🙂

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    • YAY!! I’m so glad you love this recipe. I too had a bunch of spillovers on my oven and oatmeal is the WORST to clean up cause it’s so sticky! The Instant Pot is a lifesaver. =) Thanks so much for letting me know.

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  • Christin, this recipe looks great. I’m making it this morning. Do you have a serving measurement for cooked oats? I’m on a wellness plan and counting macros.

    Thanks,

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    • This is tricky because it all depends on how much water you use. For 2 1/2 cups dried, I generally end up with about 3-4 cups of cooked oatmeal, but I will have to make it again to measure out exactly how much. Not sure if that really helps you! =)

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  • I only used 1 cup dry oatmeal because a serving is shown as 1/4 cup and covered with about 1 1/2 inch of water. I divided it into 4 servings, It worked for me. I appreciate your response.

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    • Great feedback, thanks for letting me know! =)

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  • What happens if you put in whatever sweetener you use before cooking rather than after?

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    • Hi Gary, I don’t think it matters. I’ve added cinnamon in there before it cooks, and I’m sure it would be equally as good with the addition of sweetener. =)

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  • I made steel cut oatmeal in my Instant Pot last week. The instructions stated to avoid sticking use a cooking spray. I used an organic canola spray and it worked great for no stick and easy cleaning. I made them with 2 cups unsweetened organic almond milk plus a cup of filtered water and 1 cup of Bob’s Red mill organic steel cut oats. After pressude released I stirred in cinnamon and I was set with breakfast all week. Each morning I re-warmed a single portion added a banana and a dollop of Nuttzo butter. Heaven! Thanks for your take as well – I want to try the porridge setting so this is great information. It’s going on a Pinterest board!

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    • YAY!! Thanks Melanie, so happy you loved it. =) =) =)

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  • This worked great! Do you have tips for reheating? I’ve tried to make large batches in the past to have for the week but reheating seems like a Herculean effort with it getting so dense in the fridge.

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    • I hear you on the reheating! It does getting pretty thick in the fridge. I usually just add a bit of unsweetened almond milk and smash it down with my fork, then throw in the microwave. Seems to work for me. =) Thanks!

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  • I have an 8 quart Instant Pot. Does the size of the Instant Pot change anything?

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    • I think an 8 quart would work great. I would be more worried about a 4 quart, that it could boil over. =)

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  • Help! I keep getting ‘burn’ message on the instant pot. What am I doing wrong????

    Was I suppose to prep the pot before adding oats and water??? The oats are stuck to the bottom of the pot. Very difficult to clean up!

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    • Hi Cathie, I’m so sorry to hear this. I’m not sure why it would burn. As long as the water covers the oatmeal in the pot, it should not burn. I’ve never had an issue with burning and I don’t do anything to prep the pot. Do you set the pot to “Sealing”?

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    • Just tried this and mine said burn and luckily I was standing by. It did in fact burn onto the pot. It didn’t get to cook all the way to a soft texture. This is new to me. Will try another way. Also have an 8.

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  • Hi! You stated an option to use the manual button. The default for that is hihh pressure whereas the porridge button is normal. Do I lower the pressure to normal if I use the manual button? Thanks.

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  • Hi again. Just ignore my question. Both are at high pressure! Blame it on lack of sleep! Oatmeal in IP now. Can’t wait!

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    • Oh good, glad it’s working!

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  • I had the same experience as the first person, got a Burn message after a few minutes and followed every step of instruction….

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  • If I triple the recipe will I still use the same time? I imagine it will take longer to get up to pressure, but the 6 min cook time still good?

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    • Hi Leslie, I have doubled the recipe and it works great using the same time, 6 minutes. I would say tripling the recipe depends on how big your instant pot is. Just be careful about overflowing it. 🙂

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  • Thank You! I was making it to take to a breakfast so I just doubled it…using 3 cups of water/cup of oats. It turned out perfectly….was about 20 minutes natural release.

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    • Awesome, thanks Leslie! Glad you like it. =)

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  • I always buy oatmeal at work because I love how it comes out fluffy, but I’ve never been able to duplicate that til now. So easy, and I make a double batch to eat throughout the week. I’m saving $3/day!! Thanks for perfect oatmeal.

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    • Hi Angelica, yay for saving $$$! That’s awesome. So happy you found this recipe useful. =)

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  • I used Costco Coach Steelcut oatmeal. After a few min on porridge my IP said burn. I used 3 cup water for 1 cup oats. Am I using the wrong steel cut oats for this recipe? Thank you

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  • Ok I was sceptical….it’s absolutely perfect!! Need more recipes!

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    • Haha thanks Jessica! =)

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  • Is this really any faster than doing it on the hob? I use a double boiler so I don’t have to stir it and nothing ever sticks. It takes about 30 minutes total, which sounds like it’s about the same as using the Instant Pot. When I remember, I just add the porridge and boiling water to a thermos flask the night before and it’s ready to eat in the morning without any further cooking at all. I have no objection to using the Instant Pot if that really is better–it’s just a lot of trouble to get it out of the pantry and set it up when the kitchen stove is sitting right there. If it tastes better in the IP, or something like that, I’ll certainly try it.

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    • Hi Helen, it sounds like your way is working for you nicely so I would just stick to that. I think it’s honestly about the same time, but for me, it’s a convenience thing. I pull out the Instant Pot, set it up, then take a shower in the morning and by the time I’m ready to eat the oatmeal is ready for me. So I can just “set it and forget it”. I’ve boiled over my oatmeal one too many times so this helps. =)

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  • I doubled the recipe and added cinnamon, cut up apples, fresh nutmeg, and a tablespoon of brown sugar. At the end of the cook cycle it was still bit watery so I turned on the brown/sear setting of my IP and let it bubble for a few minutes. The result was super fluffy, creamy oatmeal. I’ll be making my oatmeal in my IP from now on.

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    • Yay thanks Liz! So happy it worked well for you. Yes, it can be a bit watery but it will thicken a lot over time. Thanks! =)

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  • Burned!! Got a burn sign on my instapot that I’ve never seen before. Hopefully I can get it clean. I tried it and it’s a gooey mess. I’m going to try another recipe and then go back to stove or microwave. I think some milk would help and definitely need to look at timings.

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    • Hi Bob, I’ve had a lot of people try this recipe with success so I’m not sure what happened. Did you have the Instant Pot set to Sealing? I’ve heard of a couple other people burning it and this was always the problem. One person pulled the Sealing knob out and it caused the oatmeal to burn because it was not properly sealed while cooking. Thanks.

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    • Hi again! It seems there is an issue with newer model Instant Pots and burning. I’ve done a lot of research and found many reasons for it, but I think this article sums it up pretty well. I hope this helps! =) https://www.paintthekitchenred.com/instant-pot-burn-message/?fbclid=IwAR3782NPmrO4JZKwLBHqIGPt9ZsCN3224oB3c7m3Mdi6MBRi_n2MTqaQfuw

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  • Thanks for posting this. Tripled the batch and it worked perfect in the 8qt instant pot. Very creamy.

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    • Awesome, thank you Keith!! =)

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  • I too have had the “burn” come up but I stay close and have been able to stop it before it made a big mess. I’ve used several different receipts and use the pressure setting. Thinking of using the porridge setting next. I’m not giving up! I use cinnamon dried cranberries chopped walnuts and a quarter cup of milled flax seed. One cup extra water. No sugar although there is a little on the cranberries.

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  • I made porridge yesterday, using the manual setting, but it threw a ‘burn’ error. Today, I used the recipe on the ‘porridge’ button and left it to naturally release for about three minutes, then slowly let out the rest of the steam. It was slightly caught on the bottom, but no ‘burn’ error was given and it completed the time. I have read that the Duo pots are more prone to the burn error, which is what I have. On this occasion, I didn’t stir the oatmeal in; I put the water/almond milk in first then just sprinkled it on top. I don’t have an issue with cleaning the pot; it’s stainless steel, so quite easy. Lovely recipe and my husband thoroughly enjoyed it too, thank you.

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    • Thanks for the update Victoria! That’s interesting that the Duo pots are more prone to error. I don’t have one; maybe that’s why others have experienced it. I generally use the porridge setting as well. Actually I just made some this morning and it worked like a charm. So glad you enjoyed the recipe! =)

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  • I also got a burn message, and burn at the bottom of the pot. I doubled the recipe. And added cinnamon and apple pieces. It smells good but I don’t think I’ll make the recipe again because of the issues with the burning… Not sure how to change this

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  • Hi! I just made this (2 C oats 6 C water) and it was perfect! However, I waited 15 minutes to release pressure and so much stuff spewed out of the valve. Your directions said to wait 8 min & I waited 15 just to be safe but it was such a mess on the top.
    The oats were just perfect so I’ll definitely make it again, just wondering how much longer I should wait next time. Thanks!

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    • Hi Farah, there shouldn’t be anything spewing out of the valve. Every Instant Pot seems to be a little different so I’d suggest waiting for around 20=25 minutes or so until all the pressure is gone. But honestly, the fact it’s coming out of the valve is a bit strange. Did you make sure the valve was securely clipped to the lid? I had another reader that had a similar issue and it was a valve problem. Once she got it fixed, it worked great. Either way, glad you liked the recipe! =)

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  • hi! Yes, it was sealed properly. I made it again the next day and double the recipe. But I made sure to let it sit longer – maybe 25 minutes? And it was totally fine! Thank you so much 🙂

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    • Oh YAY! So happy to hear that! Glad you like the recipe and it’s helpful to you. =)

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  • What about halving the recipe? Alternatively, any recommendations for reheating the leftovers? (I am very new to IP).

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    • Hi Carl, it would work fine halving the recipe. For me, if I’m going to go through the effort of making it, I usually just make a bigger batch so I can eat it for a few days. =) For leftovers, you can add a bit more water so it doesn’t stick and heat in a stovetop. Or you could microwave. Thanks!

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