Breakfast Farro | Easy Instant Pot recipe

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This Instant Pot Brown Sugar Raisin Farro is ultra creamy, satisfying, and full of whole grains for a delicious family breakfast on a chilly morning. 

Close up picture of Instant Pot breakfast farro with crasins and a splash of milk, with sliced strawberries in the background.

Why You’ll Love Farro for Breakfast

This is a flavorful morning porridge recipe made in a big batch that the entire family loves. It’s make-ahead friendly and freezes well, plus you can use any of your favorite mix-ins and sweeteners.

Farro is a healthy ancient grain that’s full of fiber and has a delicious nutty flavor. If you haven’t tried it for breakfast, you’re going to love this creamy porridge made in an Instant Pot with a touch of sweetness. 

We love making farro in the Instant Pot, so be sure to read our how-to post for the best pointers and tips for making perfectly cooked grains every time.

Update: We make this delicious farro for breakfast all fall and winter, so we’ve updated the post with new photos and tips to help you make it at home!

Ingredients for Instant Pot breakfast farro, including farrow, butter, salt, brown sugar, craisins, cinnamon, and vanilla.

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED

Here’s what you need for creamy and delicious brown sugar and raisin farro in the Instant Pot:

  • Butter. Use unsalted to better control the seasoning of your porridge. 
  • Farro. We usually try to use par- or pre-cooked farro from Trader Joe’s, but see below for instructions if you can only find whole farro. 
  • Raisins. You can certainly use any dried fruit you like. 
  • Brown sugar. Light or brown both work well. 
  • Vanilla. Use the pure stuff for the best flavor. 
  • Cinnamon. This adds a touch of warming spice. 
Close up picture of Instant Pot breakfast farro with crasins and a splash of milk, with sliced strawberries in the background.

What are some other good toppings for breakfast farro?

I know not everyone is a fan of raisins. We love raisins, but try any dried fruit, such as chopped dehydrated apples (the soft ones), dates, apricots, golden raisins, cherries, or cranberries. Sliced fresh fruit also works really well.

For crunch, add chopped almonds, walnuts, pistachios, or hazelnuts. Or add a swirl of your favorite nut butter.

Instead of brown sugar, you can sweeten your breakfast farro with maple syrup, honey, or regular granulated sugar. 

Overhead picture of farrow added to the Instant Pot and ready to cook.

How to Make Breakfast Farro in an Instant Pot

This easy recipe will work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, or Power Pressure Cooker XL.

Start by toasting the farro grains. Melt the butter using the Sauté feature in the pressure cooking pot. Add the farro and cook, stirring the grains, until they’re toasty-smelling, about three minutes. 

Overhead picture of breakfast farro cooked in an Instant Pot.

Next, pour in the water, along with the raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Lock the lid on the pot and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Release the pressure naturally for 5 minutes, then finish with a quick pressure release. 

Remove the lid and stir the porridge to combine everything well. Serve your farro with extra brown sugar and a splash of milk or cream!

Overhead picture of Instant Pot breakfast farro with craisins, with sliced strawberries and brown sugar in the background.

Important Tips for Making Brown Sugar Farro 

  • We used to use Trader Joe’s farro here because it is parboiled, which means it’s partially cooked. However, it’s been much harder to find lately. If you can’t find pre-cooked farro, you can follow the recipe as written and simply use a 10-minute cook time with 3 cups of water.
  • One of our readers, Shirley, sent us a helpful comment about freezing leftover farro: “When I make something like Farro or steel-cut oats the recipes usually make 4 to 6 servings. I live alone and that amount usually makes 6 or more servings for me. I freeze it in reusable muffin liners in a cupcake pan, usually overnight. When it’s frozen solid I dump them in a zip bag and can then take out one at a time.”
  • Raisin haters can use any other dried fruit or omit them altogether. I especially love using chopped dried apple rings.
  • Note that dried fruit absorbs liquids as it cools, so you may need to add extra milk if you’re reheating farro later. 
Instant Pot breakfast farro with crasins in a white bowl with sliced strawberries in the background.

Frequently Asked Questions about Instant Pot Breakfast Farro

Can I store leftover cooked farro?

Yes, you can cool and store the farro in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days. To serve, you may need to add a splash of milk and reheat it on the stove. 

Can you freeze cooked farro?

The grain will also freeze well. Freeze cooled farro for up to 6 months, then defrost overnight in the fridge and reheat in the morning. This is a great make-ahead breakfast recipe!

What’s the best kind of farro to cook in the Instant Pot?

You can use pearled, par-cooked (sometimes labeled pre-cooked), or whole raw farro in your Instant Pot. Raw, whole farro will have a slightly longer cooking time, though. Pearled farro simply means that the grains have been processed slightly more so they’re smaller and cook faster. 

Brown sugar breakfast farro in a white bowl and placed in front of an Instant Pot, with sliced strawberries in the background.

MORE Instant Pot Breakfast Recipes

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Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Brown Sugar Raisin Breakfast Farro served in a white bowl

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Close up picture of Instant Pot breakfast farro with crasins and a splash of milk, with sliced strawberries in the background.

Breakfast Farro | Instant Pot recipe

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Instant Pot Breakfast Farro is a tasty breakfast made in a pressure cooker that’s just sweet enough, delightfully creamy, and studded with dried fruit. 

Ingredients

Regular pearled farro

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup pearled farro, rinsed well and drained
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Splash of milk, optional, for serving

Parcooked Farro

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (8.8 oz.) pre-cooked Farro (we use Trader Joe's)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Splash of milk, optional, for serving

Instructions

  1. Select Sauté and melt the butter in the pressure cooking pot. When melted, stir in the farro and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add water, raisins (if using), brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Select High Pressure and 10 minutes cook time (5 minutes if using parcooked farro). When the cook time ends, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes (5 minutes if using parcooked), then finish with a quick pressure release. When the valve drops, carefully remove lid. Stir until smooth.
  3. Serve topped with additional brown sugar and a splash of milk.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 261mgCarbohydrates: 71gFiber: 4gSugar: 47gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.

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