This vegan Instant Pot steel cut oatmeal recipe can be made with either almond milk or water and is ready in no time. You’re going to love this breakfast recipe that is gluten free and full of optional ingredients like maple syrup, fresh fruit, or almond butter.
Updated July 2020
Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal
Whether we are cooking steel cut oats in the pressure cooker or rolled oats on the stovetop, we love to have oatmeal for breakfast. We make sure to keep our pantries stocked with oats at all times so we can make this recipe.
Vegan and smooth, oats are incredibly versatile and can be made in lots of variations. Although this recipe is one of our favorite ways to make them, we also love our other oat recipes like Blueberry Steel Cut Oatmeal, Overnight Oats, and Keto Overnight Oats.
Why You Should Make This Recipe
This pressure cooker oatmeal recipe is versatile and the right consistency. We love that these steel cut oats can be topped with almost any type of fruit and toppings. The flavors are delicious especially with an added sweetener.
Made with just simple pantry ingredients, these gluten free oats are great for meal prep and store very well in the refrigerator.
Ingredients For Instant Pot Oatmeal
- Steel cut oats- use your favorite gluten free oats
- Almond milk– can substitute with any plant based milk or water
- Ground cinnamon- for a delicious flavor
- Chia or hemp seeds- for additional benefits and nutrients
- Almond butter- for additional protein
- Sweetener- such as maple syrup, coconut sugar, or Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener for keto diets
- Butter- can be regular or vegan
- Fresh berries- such as strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries
- Apples– sliced and chopped
- Bananas- sliced
And I’ve already made a TON of Instant Pot recipes HERE.
If you’ve got kiddos and they are early risers that wake up hangry like mine, making steel cut oatmeal (and rice) in the Instant Pot is a total. GAME. changer! SO easy, no more stirring and totally foolproof and the perfect bowl with a creamy consistency every. SINGLE time.
- To make steel cut oatmeal in an Instant Pot, you literally just toss in the ingredients and it takes ONLY 4 minutes of cooking time.
- The best part of all is that you don’t need to stir your oatmeal at 6 in the morning. It’s totally hands off! To avoid sticking, I usually lightly coat the inner pot with coconut oil (or you can use any other oil or butter if you prefer).
- Now if you are familiar with an Instant Pot, you do have to keep in mind that it takes the cooker some time to come up to pressure.
- This can take about 5 minutes. Plus you need to factor in the additional time it takes for the pressure to release naturally – about 12 minutes. So I would plan for 30 minutes start to finish for this oatmeal to be on your table.
How To Make Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal
WHY USE AN INSTANT POT TO COOK STEEL CUT OATS?
- completely hands-off & not having to stand at the stove to monitor the pot – just set and forget it
- no spilling over or waiting for water to boil
- keeps the oats warm after they are cooked
- the end results are totally worth it and completely foolproof! You’ll get oatmeal that cooks up perfectly light and fluffy.
WHAT OTHER TOPPINGS CAN I ADD TO STEEL CUT OATS?
This simple recipe contains just two main ingredients – almond milk and steel cut oats.
But you can certainly jazz up your oatmeal with sweeteners or any spices you like. Maple syrup, honey, coconut nectar or any other low carb sweetener like liquid monk fruit or stevia would work as well.
Finally, add your favorite toppings and you’re good to go!
HOW TO DOUBLE OR TRIPLE THE RECIPE FOR INSTANT POT STEEL CUT OATS:
**As per many readers’ request – I have also included instructions for doubling and tripling the recipe.
Please note that when you triple the batch, there is a tiny bit of crust that forms at the sides of the pot. I recommend making smaller batches if you want to avoid any crusting at all.
HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT ROLLED OATS:
I’ve also included instructions for making Rolled Oats in the Instant Pot.
- Grease the inner pot as usual, add 3 cups of rolled oats, 5 1/2 cups of water and set for 4 minutes on HIGH Pressure and release naturally for 15 minutes after it’s done.
ARE STEEL CUT OATS HEALTHIER THAN ROLLED OATS?
So you’re probably wondering, what’s the difference between steel cut oats vs. rolled oats. Are steel cut oats healthier than rolled oats?
All oats start off as oat groats — the whole, unbroken grains so steel-cut and rolled oats actually have the same nutritional profile since they’re all made from whole oat groats.
The differences between the two oats is:
- Cooking times – steel cut takes longer to cook than rolled oats
- Texture – steel cut oats are heartier and chewier while rolled oats are softer since they absorb more liquid
- How much the oat groat has been processed – steel cut oats are chopped into pieces while rolled oats are steamed, pressed and then rolled flat
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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal – light and fluffy steel cut oats cooked in an electric pressure cooker. Totally hands off cooking process and from start to finish takes about 30 minutes - see note below + ROLLED OATS.
- chia seeds
- nut butter
- splash of milk
- Instant Pot (I use a 6 Quart DUO)
- To avoid sticking, lightly coat the inner pot of your Instant Pot with coconut oil or cooking spray.
- Add oats into the Instant Pot followed by milk.
- Secure the lid and close the vent.
- Press the MANUAL (or PRESSURE COOKER for newer Instant Pot models) button and set to 4 minutes.
- After the oats finish cooking, allow the pressure to release naturally (about 10-15 minutes).
- After the pressure releases, open the lid and give the oatmeal a good stir. Any extra liquid will absorb as it cools.
- Add cinnamon, sweetener or other additions you like.
- Top oatmeal with fresh fruit, nut butter, a splash of milk, or any other toppings you like.
I use 2 cups of Steel Cut Oats + 5 cups of milk or water and set to 5 minutes. I do NOT recommend making a larger batch at once as it causes the outer parts to burn when I tried.
3 cups of rolled oats + 5 1/2 cups of water - set for 4 minutes and allow to naturally release for 15-20 minutes. Stir.
***COOK TIME: Totally hands off 4 minutes of cooking process but it takes time for the pressure cooker to come up to pressure and to let the instant pot release naturally for at least 12 minutes. I would plan for 30 minutes start to finish for this oatmeal to be on your table.