Easy Chia Flax Noatmeal Creme Brulee in Instant Pot
Edit: I’ve had adequate requests (and personal curiosity!) to add an easy oven version to this keto noatmeal recipe. I love both versions, but I think I have to say I like the oven keto oatmeal version better! Thanks for asking me for an oven version so I could experiment and stuff my face with more of my favorite dessert (and now breakfast!)!
“Noatmeal” is another awesome grain-free keto substitute for a grain-based meal. There are many varieties of keto noatmeal recipes out there, but I haven’t tried any of them yet. None.
There are plenty of chia seed oatmeal recipes, flax seed oatmeal recipes, chia oatmeal pudding recipes, and other grain free and low carb oatmeal alternatives and keto oatmeal recipes.
I’ve never been a huge oatmeal fan. People say oatmeal is hearty, filling, and sticks with you longer. I think the exact phrase is “sticks to your ribs.” I haven’t found this to be true, and in fact when I eat it, I’m starving an hour later as if I hadn’t eaten at all. Like stomach-churning hungry.
I could be mistaken, but maybe it’s the 27 grams of carbs per serving, versus 2 grams of hunger-curbing fat and only 5 grams of appetite-satisfying protein. That ratio is way off. Plus, it tastes like soggy cardboard. Unless you add cinnamon and up the carbs with brown sugar.
Mmmmm…sweet soggy cinnamon cardboard…
The Exception: Noatmeal Crème Brûlée
There is one singular exception to my oatmeal aversion, and that’s oatmeal crème brûlée.
It’s nothing like its homely sister, the traditional bowl of oatmeal. I’m very happy with the changes I’m making with keto, but every now and then an old favorite haunts me, begging me to resurrect it in keto form. I miss my oatmeal crème brûlée!
Oatmeal crème brûlée is exactly what it sounds like: crème brûlée with oatmeal in it that you eat for breakfast. It’s delicious. Dessert for breakfast, and–yes–filling, too. Still high on carbs, though.
It didn’t take long for me to create a keto version once the old craving for oatmeal crème brûlée started pestering me.
For another amazing low carb breakfast recipe, try this delicious Ketogenic German Pancake.
Easy Chia Flax Noatmeal Crème Brûlée in Instant Pot
If you’ve tried chia seed pudding and don’t like the texture, this is an amazing substitute. It’s nothing like chia seed pudding.
In this crème brûlée, the texture of the chia seed baked (or, is it pressurized?) into the custardy crème brûlée is much more subtle, smooth, and integrated than a chia seed pudding.
When I find a chia seed pudding recipe I like, I’ll post it here on Keen for Keto, but for now, this crème brûlée is all I need. It’s delicious and decadent and great as a ketogenic treat or for a low carb breakfast.
If you’re not a fan of chia or flax, you can omit one or both (this will also reduce carbs). This crème brûlée is amazing on its own or with the addition of the awesome flavor, texture, fiber, and omega 3’s of chia and flax.
Can I Have Honey on Keto?
If you’ve scanned the recipe already, you’ll notice that it uses 1 tablespoon of raw honey as a sweetener. That’s 17 grams of carbohydrates for the entire dish of 4-6 servings (not including the carbs from the other ingredients).
However, there’s a reason people are careful about honey on the keto diet. In order to understand this, I need to first explain sweeteners.
If you’re new to keto, you might be confused by all the different types of sweeteners that are being used on some recipe sites. Erythritol, monkfruit, stevia, Swerve, aspartame, sucralose, inulin, and allulose are just a handful of the many, many sugar substitutes that are commonly used on the keto diet.
The reason these and other sweeteners are used on the keto diet is because they don’t affect blood sugar as dramatically as processed white sugar or even honey or pure maple syrup.
Of course, some of these substitutes are better for our bodies than others, and some are just downright awful.
For me, keto is not strictly about glycemic index or staying in ketosis. I’m going for healing and health optimization. Not to mention a more maintainable lifestyle.
Which Keto Sweetener Is Best?
I’m doing the research to find out which sweetener is best. In the meantime, I’ll continue to occasionally use natural unprocessed sweeteners like maple syrup and raw honey, but in very small amounts, so I can keep the glycemic impact low.
Also, my general rule of thumb for adding sweeteners is to not follow recipes at all. 1-2 cups of sugar in a batch of cookies is insane.
A great keto beginners tip (for those not ready to jump in full-keto right away), is to add your sweetener till you can just taste a hint of sweet.
Sweet should be an undertone to the awesome healthful flavors in our food like herbs, spices, healthy fats, etc. It should definitely not be the overpoweringly primary flavor we taste.
If you have a different philosophy, please feel free to substitute the honey for your favorite keto sweetener! And if you feel like enlightening me with your own ideas on sweetness, make a comment at the end of this post.
Ditching Pounds Versus Ditching Bad Health
My aim is for good health and healing—not just to stay in ketosis—though I know that ketosis has benefits all on its own. For those only utilizing the keto diet strictly for weight loss, ketosis is generally the primary goal (and often the sole goal).
There’s nothing wrong with that! The goal of weight loss is fulfilling enough to achieve when the results start to be felt.
However, it seems that people are also finding the keto way of life to have a separate multitude of positive effects that they didn’t expect beyond losing pounds, and some of my health goals are among them.
My concern about all of the keto substitutes is that while you may not be spiking blood sugar, the sweetness achieved through these sweeteners is still tricking your taste buds into thinking you’re getting sugar, which could trigger the same craving pathways in the brain as real sugar.
I’m not sure how I feel about that, or how true it is.
My Take on Honey on The Keto Diet
As a natural, unprocessed sweetener, not having done my research yet, I feel better about using raw honey than I do using white sugar or other highly processed sweeteners or artificial sweeteners (plus, you get the amazing beneficial enzymes if you remember to use the raw version!).
In 5 servings, that’s 2.8 grams of carbohydrates per serving. I’m okay with that. If you are more advanced than me, or have different keto goals, or have a lower GI sweetener, feel free to use the equivalent amount of it in this recipe.
I might also change my mind when I’ve thoroughly reviewed the science. If I do, I’ll update this page. Enjoy your delectable Easy Chia Flax Noatmeal Creme Brulee in Instant Pot!
I hope this low carb oatmeal recipe lives up to all your taste buds’ expectations!
If you’re looking for a hot drink to go along with this Easy Chia Flax Noatmeal Crème Brûlée in Instant Pot, you should definitely try Primal Kitchen’s Collagen Fuel.
My favorite flavor (and their most popular) is Chocolate Coconut Collagen Fuel. It’s just like hot chocolate, without all the sugar!
- 5 egg yolks
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon whole flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 pinch pink Himalayan salt
Instant Pot Instructions:
- Butter the bottom and sides of a round 1 ½ quart ceramic baking dish.
- Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of the instant pot and insert trivet.
- Add all ingredients to a medium mixing bowl. Stir gently with a fork till evenly mixed. Pour batter into ceramic dish. Cover dish with tin foil and gently lower dish into instant pot.
- Set instant pot for 10 minutes on high. Be sure the pot is sealed. (If you’ve never used a pressure cooker before, it will take several minutes to reach pressure before it begins counting down from 8 minutes.)
- After the 8 minutes, allow the Instant Pot to slow release pressure for 5 minutes. Then quick release the rest of the pressure by turning the knob to “venting.”
- After pressure is completely released (the Instant Pot will stop hissing and you will see no steam rising from the vent), carefully remove the crème brûlée from the Instant Pot.
- Remove the tin foil from the dish and allow the crème brulee to sit for 15 minutes. Spoon into individual serving dishes and enjoy for breakfast, dessert, or a snack!
- Preheat oven to 300ºF. Butter the bottom and sides of a round 1 ½ quart ceramic baking dish.
- Add all ingredients to a medium mixing bowl. Stir gently with a fork till evenly mixed. Pour batter into ceramic dish.
- Place a 9" x 13" metal or glass pan in the oven. Place the crème brûlée inside the pan. Fill the pan with hot water up to the level of the crème brûlée, being careful not to pour any water into the crème brûlée dish.
- Bake crème brûlée at 300ºF for 30-40 minutes, until the crème brûlée is no longer jiggly when you gently shake the edge of the pan. You can also test by tapping the middle of the crème brûlée with your fingertip, being careful not to burn yourself.
- Remove from oven and rest on the counter for 30-60 minutes. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.
I created this recipe while living in Idaho at the elevation of 4500 ft. 8-9 minutes was perfect for me. When I moved to Colorado, at 6800 ft elevation, I had to change it to 10. If you're worried about your creme brulee not cooking properly, start at 10 the first time and then work your way backward if you'd like a creamier creme brulee. Or try the oven version (which I prefer).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 5
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190 Total Fat: 16.1g Carbohydrates: 7.7g Protein: 5.1g
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