Instant Pot Oatmeal is the perfect breakfast for an easy morning routine. It’s a simple and fool-proof way of making a healthy breakfast for the family in just a few short minutes. The best part? It’s totally hands-free!
Mornings are a busy time for many of us. Ushering kids off to school finding missing shoes, running through a checklist of things to make sure time isn’t wasted and things aren’t forgotten.
Preparing a filling and nutritious breakfast is usually on the back burner of our minds as we focus on making sure the kids are wearing pants.
With this Instant Pot oatmeal recipe you can simply toss all of the ingredients into the pot, push a few buttons, and then walk away.
When you come back roughly 10-15 minutes later, it’s perfectly done and ready to serve. (Note that the actual cook time is 3 minutes, but we have to include the pressure/release pressure time).
This Instant Pot Oatmeal recipe is the perfect base for your favorite oatmeal toppings. The oats come out creamy, flavorful and delicious.
Making a batch of plain oatmeal for the family is such a great idea so that everyone can customize their own bowl based on what they want to eat! This might actually make the picky eaters more likely to finish their custom oatmeals too. Win-win!
How to Make Instant Pot Oatmeal
- Combine all of your ingredients inside of the bowl of your Instant Pot and close the lid.
- Press the porridge mode and then set it for 3 minutes. Double check that the vent is in the “sealing” position.
- When the Instant Pot beeps at the end, carefully more the vent to the venting position. (I use the handle of a wooden spoon to avoid burns).
Can I Use Steel Cut Oats In This Recipe?
YES! You can make this a steel-cut oatmeal Instant Pot recipe if you wish. Steel cut oats do great in this recipe because when they’re done cooking they aren’t too mushy and still have a little bit of a nice chewiness like you’d expect from a good oatmeal.
Are Steel Cut Oats Better For You Than Rolled Oats?
Steel cut oats are minimally processed making them contain more of the natural health benefits because they weren’t processed out like in other oats. Steel cut contains more fiber, protein, and minerals, making them very good for you.
What If This Recipe Makes My Instant Pot Give a Burn Notice?
This actually can happen if you have a larger sized Instant Pot, and I’m not sure why. But fears aside, even if you get the notice that the oatmeal has been burnt, if you followed the recipe exactly you’ll be fine. The bottom of the oatmeal will be a nice golden color, not burnt.
To completely avoid getting a burn notice, use the pot in pot method. Mix all of the instant pot oatmeal ingredients in a smaller, ovenproof dish that fits inside of your instant pot.
Pour 1 cup of water in the bottom of the instant pot around the dish. Follow the pressure cooking recipe as directed.
What Can I Put In My Oatmeal That’s Healthy?
Oatmeal on its own is already pretty healthy, but unfortunately, it can be pretty bland. A lot of people enjoy adding sugar, butter, milk or syrup to their bowls of tasty homecooked oatmeal to give it a sweeter or savory flavor making it easier to enjoy.
But eating healthy means choosing healthy options to make the dish taste great without so many unnecessary sugars.
Choosing to use fresh fruits like berries or chopped (cooked) apples, is a great way to add natural sweetness, flavor, and texture.
Opting for nuts, seeds, grains, and spices can help to give a difference in texture and give a much earthier balance of flavors as well. Whatever you choose, choose things you already like so that you’re more likely to enjoy your oatmeal.
Basic Instant Pot Oatmeal
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 2 cups oats old-fashioned, NOT quick
- 1 pinch salt
- Combine ingredients in the Instant Pot.
- Press porridge mode and set for 3 minutes. Make sure vent is in “sealing” position (see note).
- When the Instant Pot beeps, carefully move the vent to the “venting” position. I use the handle of a wooden spoon to avoid burns.
Looking for more Instant Pot Oatmeal Recipes?
- Peaches and Cream Oatmeal
- Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal
- Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal
- Pecan and Rasin Oatmeal