Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal (+ Flavor Ideas!)

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This Creamy Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal is easy to make, heart-healthy, and cooks for only 4 minutes! A perfect breakfast for busy mornings or meal prep.

I love to use my Instant Pot for bulk cooking and Meal Prep, but typically stick to savory things like Rice & Beans or Soups.

Then I found out that you can make Oatmeal in your Instant Pot — and it only takes 4 minutes and 3 simple ingredients!

ingredients for instant pot oatmeal on round wood cutting board

I love the texture and slight bite of Steel Cut Oats, but don’t make them often because they take forever to cook on the stovetop.

That’s what’s so great about this recipe! You *literally* mix Steel Cut Oats, Non-Dairy Milk and/or Water, and a pinch of Salt together, mix it up, and let the Instant Pot do its thing in a fraction of the time.

cooked steel cut oatmeal in instant pot with wooden spoonBefore you know it, you have a big batch of hearty, creamy, and yummy Oatmeal ready for you! This recipe is perfect for Meal Prep, but you can also use it for a large family breakfast or gathering with friends — Oatmeal Breakfast Bar, anyone?

three white bowls of steel cut oatmeal topped with various toppings

 Let’s be real though – eating the same thing for several days in a row can get, well, boring. That’s why I like to make one big batch of plain Oatmeal, and mix in different flavor add-ins every day to switch things up!

The possibilities are pretty much endless, but here are three easy (3 ingredient!) flavor combinations to get you inspired:

  1. Chunky Monkey: top your Steel Cut Oats with Banana, Walnuts, and Chocolate Chips or Cacao Nibs
  2. Chocolate Raspberry: mix some Cacao Powder and Maple Syrup into your Oats, then top with Raspberries (or another fruit of your choice!)
  3. Strawberry Banana: this one is a classic and pretty self-explanatory, but I also like to sprinkle in a little Cinnamon to give an extra flavor boost


However you choose to serve your Instant Pot Oatmeal, it’s sure to (1) be delicious, and (2) keep you full and satisfied until your next meal, thanks to the complex carbs and fiber in the Oats.

And if you’ve made it this far into the blog post without skipping to the recipe, you should tell me YOUR favorite Oatmeal topping combination in the comments below! As an Oatmeal fanatic I’d *actually* really like to know and hey, maybe I’ll try some of them out for myself πŸ™‚

chunky monkey oatmeal on round wood cutting board

A Few Final Thoughts:

  • This Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal cooks for only 4 minutes, but you do need to allow the Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for 20 minutes afterwards. I like to use this time to work in other Meal Prep, or just sit back and relax! Either way, it’s way better than sitting over the stove and stirring a pot of Oats.
  • If you like a little sweetener with your Oats, feel free to stir it in at the end of the cooking process. Some Vanilla Extract would also be great here!
  • Keep in mind that this Oatmeal will be the most “runny” immediately after cooking, and will thicken with time / in the fridge. If you plan on using this recipe for Meal Prep or reheating the Oatmeal later, I would suggest cooking it with a little extra liquid to accommodate for this.

close up shot of strawberry banana, chunky monkey, and chocolate raspberry oatmeal

If you’re looking for more hearty Breakfast recipes, you’ll also love this Fluffy Vegan Banana Bread, Apple Cinnamon Muffins, and this recipe for Easy Vegan Granola!

Finally, if you make this recipe and decide to share it on Facebook or Instagram, don’t forget to tag me @FromMyBowl + #FromMyBowl! I love seeing your delicious recreations πŸ™‚


Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal

This Creamy Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal is easy to make, heart-healthy, and cooks for only 4 minutes! A perfect breakfast for busy mornings or meal prep.

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 Minutes
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 cups Steel-Cut Oats (NOT Rolled or Quick Oats)
  • 56 cups Non-Dairy Milk or Water*
  • Β½ tsp Salt


  1. Add the Oats, liquid, and Salt to the Instant Pot and stir well. Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on Manual High pressure 4 minutes.
  2. Once 4 minutes have passed, immediately press β€œStop/Cancel” turn off the Instant Pot (do not let it go to Keep Warm), and let the pressure naturally release for 20 minutes.
  3. Turn the pressure valve to Venting, release the lid, and stir the Oats well to evenly distribute the liquid; there may be a little more resting on top of the Oats. Serve as desired; leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to one week, and can be reheated!


  • I like to do a 50-50 mix of Non-Dairy Milk to Water, but you can either increase or decrease the ratio to make your Oatmeal more or less creamy. If you like thicker Oats, use 5 cups of liquid; if you want them to be thinner, use 6!
  • For Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal: stir in 1 tbsp Cacao Powder and 1 tbsp Maple Syrup into your bowl of Oatmeal, then top with fresh or frozen Raspberries
  • For Strawberry Banana Oatmeal: stir in ΒΌ – Β½ tsp of Ground Cinnamon into your Oatmeal, then top with Banana slices and fresh Strawberries
  • For Chunky Monkey Oatmeal: top your Oatmeal with 1 sliced banana, 2 tbsp of chopped Walnuts, and 1 tbsp of Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips

Keywords: Instant Pot Oatmeal, Steel Cut Oatmeal, easy breakfast, meal prep, oatmeal, vegan oatmeal, creamy oatmeal

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  1. Hi, I am home during the quarantine and I tried your recipe. I haven’t gotten much use out of my instant pot but I get it now. I used steel cut oats and 5.5 cups of water because I will def need to store it in the fridge and did not have non dairy milk. It came out delicious. The texture was spot on. I added bananas, chocolate chips, and a splash of milk with some brown sugar and cinnamon. It was beyond expectations. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hope you’re doing well! Happy to hear this recipe could help fill up some time and that it came out great!

  2. I’m really confused. So I understood that Steel oats still contain gluten. I love oats, and miss them !. I also note in one of your bliss type ball recipes you have included rolled oats and referred to the recipe as Gluten free???

    1. Oats are gluten-free in the US, though some are processed in the same facility as wheat. If you are GF, you can buy certified GF Oats!

  3. I made this last night! I had half a can left of steel cut oats and was avoiding making them because I didn’t feel like “babysitting” them on the stove. I made them with 6 cups of water and they turned out perfectly! They are super creamy and now I have a batch that will probably take me through the week! These were so easy I’m going back to my steel cut oats all the time! Thanks!

  4. This looks so great for meal prep. I love eating oatmeal during the week and I always make a big batch of overnight oats, but I might try this one week instead! My favorite oatmeal combination is bananas, frozen blueberries, and pumpkin seeds. It tastes like spring in a bowl to me.

  5. Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚ I don’t have an instant pot, but I can never resist a recipe for oatmeal :3 I love just “plain” fruit and berries as topping – one favourite is banana coins, boiled frozen raspberries, and some kind of citrus fruit, like orange och clementine πŸ™‚ and when persimmon is in season, that’s almost a given! Frozen bilberries (small, wild blueberries; just straight out of the freezer!) are so delicious too πŸ˜€

  6. I’d recommend you try to add fresh orange juice, pistachios, maple syrup and a little bit of sea salt to your overnight oats… I swear, it is life changing!
    By the way, this recipe looks incredible, I can’t wait to try it πŸ™‚

  7. This look delicious!! I also like my oatmeal with apple ???? I cook the apple sliced in cubes with cinnamon and after it, I mix then in the hot oatmeal with some almonds or hazelnuts pieces. Then on top, sprinkle a bit of cinnamon and a little spoon of nut butter of choice ????
    It tastes amazing with carrot or pumpkin or pear! You need to try it ????

  8. My favourite toppings are definitely homemade nut butter with any kind of fruit! Warm raspberries or blueberries with half a mashed banana into the oats for natural sweeteness!????I also love bananas with chopped dates, cinnamon and nut butter!????

  9. I actually enjoy it with a lot of butter and salt and pepper. It reminds me of a really nice textured bowl of rice. I started doing this when I had throat cancer to get away from the sugar options and started liking oatmeal for the first time sense I could remember.

  10. This is awesome! My favorite additions to the oatmeal are craisins, walnuts, fresh orange zest, vanilla powder, cinnamon and brown sugar.

  11. just made this,,,amazingly creamy and so delicious. Keep the instant pot recipes coming please!!! The rice and beans and pasta puttanesca are new go to recipes for me!!

  12. I use different fruit combinations to change up my daily bowl of oatmeal. Sometimes I add a dollop of peanut butter. I usually cook a large batch in the insta pot with just water and then heat up a daily bowl in the microwave with a couple of tablespoons of milk added and whatever fruit and nuts I want that day. Great quick and healthy start to the day. Thanks for your ideas! I will have to try chocolate as an add one of these mornings.

  13. Can’t wait to try making this! My favorite flavor atm is date molasses, tahini, and orange blossom water topped with pomegranate seeds! It is so good, you should def give it a try πŸ™‚