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The BEST Instant Pot Oatmeal

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Instant Pot Oatmeal is an easy and delicious breakfast made in under 30 minutes. With tons of variations you’ll want to make a big batch so you can have breakfast ready all week!

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But how many times do you skip out because you are rushed? Or maybe you’re trying to get the kids off to school and quickly throw them a pop tart while praying they will be on time?

Close up of white bowl filled with Instant Pot Oatmeal with syrup and sliced peaches.

I remember those days! While breakfast is the most important meal we don’t always have time to make an hearty meal in the morning. Here’s where Instant Pot Oatmeal saves the day.

This easy recipe can be made ahead of time and there are unlimited flavor combinations to switch things up. And that means you and your kids won’t get bored eating the same thing every day.

To make oatmeal an even more nutritious option, add in some protein powder or ground flaxseed. I know you are thinking, “eww” but you can’t even taste it and the protein will keep you fuller for longer. The secret is a good protein powder – I recommend the Orgain brand (it tastes and smells like dessert!).

Plus you don’t even have to tell your kids it’s in there. Trust me, they’ll never notice, especially after you add in different toppings.

ingredients for pressure cooker oatmeal

Ingredients for Instant Pot Oatmeal

Oats – We’ve included instructions for quick-cooking and steel-cut oats in the recipe card. If you need a gluten-free option, go with Bob’s Red Mill, it’s the best.

Milk – I use almond milk. You can use sweetened or unsweetened.

Water

Salt and Cinnamon – These ingredients are optional but add a little more flavor.

Instant Pot Oatmeal Toppings

This is my favorite part! Adding different toppings can bring a new perspective to oatmeal and it sure beats prepackaged oatmeal to the curb.

  • Fresh fruit – blueberries, strawberries, bananas, kiwi, pomegranate seeds, blackberries, red raspberries, apples, peaches
  • Chocolate chips
  • Nuts – Walnuts, pecans, almonds
  • Dried fruit – cranberries, raisins
  • Seeds – Chia, ground flax, pomegranate
  • Sliced coconut
  • Maple Syrup
  • Brown Sugar
  • Nut Butter – peanut, almond or sun butter
adding ingredients for oatmeal into the instant pot

How To Reheat Oatmeal After Cooking in the Instant Pot

The oatmeal will thicken up when refrigerated. To thin it out, add a little milk before warming it on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Tips for Making

  1. The recipe can be doubled depending on the size of your Instant Pot. The cooking time remains the same.
  2. If you prefer to use regular milk, I recommend cooking using the “pot-in-pot” method to keep the milk from curdling or scorching. Keep reading for info on this method.
  3. This recipe is great for meal prep – make a batch on the weekend & you’ll have breakfast all week.
top view of cooked oatmeal with a spoon

What is the Pot in Pot Method?

It’s literally cooking in a pot inside a larger pot. Add ingredients to the smaller pot then place inside the Instant Pot liner. This method is often used to keep food from burning and overcooking or if you need to prepare two different dishes at the same time.

The best option is to use an Instant Pot pan that fits your pressure cooker. It’s a handy accessory and you’ll find yourself using it regularly. The pan can also be used to make cheesecakes in the Instant Pot, so it’s worth the investment.

More Instant Pot Recipes You’ll Enjoy:

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The BEST Instant Pot Oatmeal

Easy pressure cooker oatmeal is a healthy, hearty breakfast that takes just minutes to prepare. Meal prep a batch for easy weekday breakfasts.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Natural Pressure Release: 15 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 86kcal
Author: Lori @ A Reinvented Mom

Equipment

Ingredients

Using Rolled Oats

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon cinnamon, optional

Using Steel Cut Oats

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon cinnamon, optional

Optional Toppings

  • Fresh fruit – blueberries, strawberries, bananas, kiwi, pomegranate seeds, blackberries, red raspberries, apples, peaches
  • Chocolate chips
  • Nuts – walnuts, pecans, almonds
  • Dried fruit – cranberries, raisins
  • Seeds – Chia or flax
  • Sliced coconut
  • Maple Syrup
  • Brown Sugar

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to Instant Pot. Seal the lid & turn the valve to the “sealing” position.
  • Set the Manual setting to high & cook 3 minutes for rolled oats or 6 minutes for steel cut oats. Note: it will take 5-10 minutes for the pot to come to pressure.
  • When cooking time ends, naturally release the pressure for 15 minutes. Carefully release remaining steam manually.
  • Serve oatmeal with your favorite toppings.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator 3-5 days.

Notes

  1. Prep time includes 5 minutes for the pot to come to pressure.
  2. Recipe can be doubled depending on the size of your Instant Pot. Cooking time remains the same.
  3. If you prefer to use regular milk, I recommend cooking using the “pot-in-pot” method to keep the milk from curdling or scorching.
  4. This recipe is great for meal prep – make a batch on the weekend & you’ll have breakfast all week.
  5. Reheat leftovers in the microwave or on the stovetop. Add additional milk to loosen up & thin out the oatmeal.
  6. Optional toppings are not included in the Nutritional Information.
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Nutrition

Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 231mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently for accuracy.

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