Instant Pot Oatmeal

By Alexandra Caspero on December 2, 2019

 This instant pot oatmeal recipe is the BEST; super creamy and delicious! If you like oatmeal, you’ve gotta try this steel cut oatmeal recipe. 

I finally found a way to love oatmeal. Long-time readers will know that while I adore my baked oatmeal and overnight oats, I’m usually not that into a bowl of regular oatmeal. That’s likely due to the fact that I ate at least a packed of instant oatmeal in high school, which feels like enough for a lifetime.

For years now, if I’m eating oats they are usually baked or cold as overnight oats. But THEN, our kitchen remodel happened. Three months of only having access to a microwave, a toaster and my Instant Pot. One can only eat so many frozen waffles or bowls of cereal for breakfast before a change was needed. 

I threw a few things into the Instant Pot and WOW. Mind completely blown. If I had known that regular oatmeal could taste this amazing, I wouldn’t have wasted so many years not eating them.

Instant Pot Oatmeal  Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipe

Making Oatmeal in the Instant Pot

The secret is that the Instant Pot cooks the oats without stirring them, letting them soak up all the yummy spiced milk and then getting stirred together at the very end. I used coconut milk for extra richness, but any milk option would work here. We’ve been playing with lots of different variations and they are all great- almond with a little pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice, soy with peanut butter powder. Everything seems to have been a hit so far!

I used to also believe that oats needed a lot of sweetener to be palatable. Perhaps that’s from my instant oat days where my flavor options would rotate between Peaches and Cream, Strawberries and Cream, or Brown Sugar. Guess what! When you make them this way, you don’t need much sweetener at all!

A little maple syrup goes a long way, especially when paired with fresh, sweet berries. Some mornings I skip the syrup all together and mash 1/2 of a ripe banana into the oats for extra fiber and flavor and it’s delicious. A drizzle of nut butter, some seeds… oh my… it’s just so, so good.

Healthy Instant Pot Oatmeal

Do you have to use Steel Cut Oats?

Yes, you do. I haven’t tried this with regular oats, but once you see how much more flavorful steel cut oats are you won’t want to go back. Denser than regular oats, they create the creamiest bowl of oatmeal when cooked this way. Using the Instant Pot also cuts down a lot on stove-top cooking time!

What are the health benefits of Steel Cut Oats?

Oats are a whole grain and therefore full of vitamins, minerals and soluble fiber. Just like a wheat kernel, an oat kernel contains all parts of a whole grain: the fiber-rich bran, the nutrient-rich germ and the endosperm. 

Steel cut oats are roughly chopped whole oat kernels that have a chewier, heartier texture than rolled oats. If you don’t love regular oatmeal (like me!), then you’ll definitely want to try steel cut oats instead. 

The image below is a bag of steel cut oats– check out all that yummy texture! 

Steel Cut Oats

While there are several brands of steel-cut oats in the store, I’m partial to the Bob’s Red Mill brand. They are one of the only brands that still uses stone to grind the grains, a technique that has largely been abandoned by other grain producers. While I’ve been using their products for years, I only recently went to Portland with the team to learn more about their production facilities and the brand itself. Let me just say, if I wasn’t a fan already, I’m now a full-fledged groupie.

For one, Bob’s is an employee-owned company, which means that everyone who works there is not only an employee but also an owner. The pride that everyone has for the company is palpable and one of the many reasons that I love supporting Bob’s. Secondly, Bob is an icon. I was fortunate to get to meet with him last month in Portland and was blown away by his humility, his graciousness and his passion for health, his family and the company that he and his wife started together. At 91 years old, this man was still working 6 days of week! A testament to his work ethic, perseverance and of course, a diet rich in whole grains.

This post isn’t sponsored by Bob’s, but wanted to share a little more background into the company and why I choose them over other grain products. I know you are going to love these oats at much as my family does! They are even more delicious with sliced berries and a sprinkle of hemp seeds or chopped nuts on top.

Instant Pot Oatmeal Recipe

If you love this steel cut oatmeal recipe, then you’ll love these other healthy breakfast recipes: overnight muesli, vegan egg Benedict, fluffy vegan pancakes, vegan baked oatmeal with fresh berries

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Instant Pot Oatmeal

Instant Pot Oatmeal

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1/2 cup servings 1x
  • Category: breakfast


Instant Pot Oatmeal! This instant pot oatmeal recipe is the BEST; super creamy and delicious! If you like oatmeal, you’ve gotta try this instant pot steel cut oatmeal recipe. 

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1/2 cup servings 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1/2 cup servings 1x
  • Category: breakfast


  • 1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon 100% maple syrup
  • Fruit and chopped nuts, for serving


  1. Add all of the ingredients except for the fresh fruit and chopped nuts to the base of an Instant Pot. Stir to combine.
  2. Add the lid and secure, checking that the steam release handle is pointed to the “sealing” position.
  3. Press the “manual” button and set the cook time to 7 minutes on high pressure. Let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release to remove any other pressure.
  4. Open the lid and stir the oatmeal, adding in more water if needed to achieve desired texture. Divide into bowls and serve with fresh fruit and chopped nuts. Makes 4 normal-ish bowls and 2 large ones.

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    1. CD
      February 15, 2023 AT 10:58 pm

      I really enjoyed the flavors of this recipe! Haven’t found one like it. And love that it cooks steel cut oats quickly. My only question, and this may be a user error, but why do I always get the burn signal from my instant pot midway through? I’ve tried pouring the liquids first before the oats and stirring really well to prevent settling at the bottom, but I still seem to get the burn signal. Could this mean that I need a new pot for my instant pot?

      1. Alex
        February 17, 2023 AT 8:27 pm

        Hi Charlene– this is a good troubleshooting checklist for why it happens– but there should be enough liquid in this recipe to avoid the burn error. I have an older model instant pot that doesn’t have this burn error message– but I know it’s more common with newer models.

    2. Julia Levison
      February 23, 2021 AT 8:56 am

      In Covid recovery. Was plant based but lost appetite. Now slowly coming back. Any light soup/broth you can recommend. Need nutrition but not much else during reentry

    3. Denise
      December 2, 2020 AT 7:35 pm

      Can you reheat leftovers or does the texture get to thick and chewy. I’m looking for steel cut oats that can be .are the night before.

      1. Alex
        December 3, 2020 AT 1:38 pm

        You can reheat them (I do often) but they will get a little chewier– to prevent this, make sure to add in additional liquid as you reheat.

    4. Ferrice
      December 17, 2019 AT 4:32 pm

      So delicious! Woke up to a dreary, rainy day and made this for breakfast with almond milk. Great recipe – thank you.

      1. Alex
        December 17, 2019 AT 4:34 pm

        So glad you liked it!