Black Treacle Porridge

It is really cold where I am at right now.  This recipe, which I divide into four servings, is a warm comfort in the morning next to a mug of black coffee bundled on my couch watching The Great British Bake-off.  Now I know what they mean when they say “treacle.”  It’s just molasses.

Note: this recipe uses an Instant Pot pressure cooker.  If one is not available for your use, the recipe can be created by slow cooking the beans on the stove, cooking in a crock pot, or using canned beans instead.  Your choice!


  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp. flax seeds, ground
  • 1 Tbsp. black strap molasses
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup (optional)
  • Cinnamon and other warming spices to taste
  • Berries for garnish
  • Walnuts, chopped for garnish


  1. Add oats and water in the Instant Pot
  2. Seal the Instant Pot and set to “Manual” for 5 minutes
  3. Once the timer goes off, allow the pot to depressurize completely (this may take about a half hour)
  4. Vent the Instant Pot when the pot is completely depressurized
  5. Add all other ingredients except for garnishes and mix until a smooth consistency is reached
  6. Artfully add garnishes on top
  7. Serve with nut milk and coffee if you so desire
  8. Enjoy!

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