Maple and brown sugar oatmeal is a perfect breakfast cereal for when you want something warm, sweet, and fast!
While making a bowl of oatmeal on the stove can take anywhere between 5 to 10 minutes and instant oatmeal is loaded with unnecessary salts and added ingredients, this Instant Pot oatmeal recipe is quick and simple.
With just a minute on the clock (plus a little time for a natural release) you have yourself a few bowls of delicious oatmeal make with 6 ingredients (you already know 4!)
Hint: It’s oats, water, maple syrup, and brown sugar! The other two things needed are a little salt and butter, so as you can see everything is pronounceable, simple, and probably already in your house somewhere.
It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, there is always a place at the table for a bowl of maple and brown sugar oatmeal. It’s such a filling and fibrous meal that it’s perfect for helping to start your day off on the right track.
What makes it even better is that it’s incredibly affordable. Oatmeal is such a frugal dish that you can afford to eat it as often as you’d like!
This maple and brown sugar oatmeal might just be the best oatmeal recipe out there, but don’t take my word for it, go ahead and try it for yourself!
How to Make Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal
- Combine all of the ingredients inside of your Instant Pot or your pressure Cooker.
- Set the vent to the sealing position and then set the timer for 1 minute on porridge mode (see note below).
- The porridge mode will naturally release the pressure on its own, making your job even easier!
- Adjust the consistency of your oatmeal with milk after it’s finished cooking. Slowly add in your milk as you’re stirring until your oatmeal is the thickness or as thin as you would like it.
NOTE: Your pressure cooker might give you a warning stating that your oatmeal is burning. The burn notice happens sometimes in the 8 quart sized pots but I have not noticed it happening in my 6 quart.
I can assure you that your oatmeal isn’t burnt and that the bottom may just be a little golden brown on the bottom (which is normal and fine).
What Can I Add to Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal?
When your oatmeal is finished cooking, you can top off your bowl with chopped pecans, chocolate chips, a sprinkling of cinnamon or nutmeg, or even more syrup.
A lot of people enjoy their oatmeal with fresh fruits like chopped peaches, blueberries, strawberries, or banana slices. You can also eat it as-is because it’s simply delicious.
What is the Difference Between Quick Oats and Old Fashioned?
Old fashioned oats are rolled whole grain oat kernels which take longer to cook and give a chewier finish when done whereas quick oats are cut so that they can absorb the water faster and finish cooking sooner.
Can I use Instant or Quick Oats?
I do not recommend trying with either of those. While the quick oats may be fine when finished, they will be pretty soft. Instant oats are precooked and will turn to absolute mush if tried in this recipe. Let’s avoid a mess and save those both for other oatmeal recipes.
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.
Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal
- 2 cups oatmeal old fashioned
- 6 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 pinch salt
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 1/2 cups water
- Combine all ingredients in an Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.
- Set vent to sealing position and set time for 1 minute on porridge mode (see note).
- Porridge mode will naturally release the pressure on it's own.
- Adjust consistency with milk once the oatmeal is done.