Instant Pot Oatmeal

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Instant Pot Oatmeal makes it easy to feed the whole family a nutritious breakfast. It is made with old fashioned oats, milk, and water, and only cooks for 3 minutes! 

Two bowls of oatmeal on a striped tea towel.
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  1. Ingredients in Instant Pot Oatmeal
  2. Health Benefits of Oats
  3. Oatmeal Topping Ideas
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
  5. Other Breakfast Ideas the Whole Family Will Love
  6. How to Make Instant Pot Oatmeal – Two Ways!
  7. Instant Pot Oatmeal – Two Ways! Recipe

To be honest, I’m not a huge oatmeal fan. Well, I wasn’t a huge fan UNTIL I tried this oatmeal in the Instant Pot! It has the perfect, creamy texture and I can make it any flavor I want. I could not believe how easy it was to put together. I threw all the ingredients in the pot and it cooked while I did my makeup. There’s nothing better than a quick, easy, and delicious breakfast.

Ingredients in Instant Pot Oatmeal

  • Old Fashioned Oats or Rolled Oats
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Toppings – see below for our list of topping ideas!

Health Benefits of Oats

I know that every fad diet says to stay away from carbs, but oatmeal can actually provide a lot of health benefits! This Instant Pot Oatmeal recipe can be a great addition to a balanced diet. It is a great source of whole grains and it is gluten free!

Health benefits include:

  • lowering cholesterol
  • reducing insulin sensitivity
  • promoting healthy digestion
  • supplying antioxidants
  • managing weight
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Oatmeal Topping Ideas

This Instant Pot Oatmeal can be customized to tons of different tastes! You can add I’ve included two different variations in the recipe below – apple cinnamon and cherry vanilla. However, here are a few more topping ideas:

  • Fresh Fruit – strawberries, bananas, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, apples
  • Dried Fruit – raisins, craisins, apricots, cherries
  • Nut Butters – peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter
  • Nuts and Seeds – almonds, walnuts, cashews, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds
  • Spices and Flavors – cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, almond extract, a pinch of salt
  • Sweets – chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, brown sugar, shredded coconut, honey, maple syrup

You can add the toppings to the Instant Pot before you cook the oatmeal, or stir them in after. Let us know your favorite topping combinations in the comments below!

Two bowls of oatmeal on a striped tea towel

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you cook oatmeal in an Instant Pot without burning it?

We haven’t had issues with burning while making this recipe. However, if you are having issues with burning, try using a dairy-free milk like almond milk or soy milk. You can also try spraying the bottom of the pot with cooking spray.

What is the ratio of water to oatmeal?

For this instant pot recipe, it is 2 cups of oatmeal, 2 cups of skim milk, and 3 cups of water. The instant pot needs a lot more liquid then a regular recipe.

Can I store leftovers?

You can keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge, but when you heat them up, you may have to add a splash of milk to make them the right consistency.

What are some more recipes that can be made with oats?

Here are some more oat recipes to try: Baked Oats, Overnight Oats, Homemade Oat Milk, Oatmeal Cookies.

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Other Breakfast Ideas the Whole Family Will Love

If you need more ideas than just this Instant Pot Oatmeal for the most important meal of the day, try some of our favorites!

How to Make Instant Pot Oatmeal – Two Ways!

Two bowls of oatmeal on a striped tea towel.

Instant Pot Oatmeal – Two Ways!

4.50 from 6 votes
Instant Pot Oatmeal makes it easy to feed the whole family a nutritious breakfast. It is made with old fashioned oats, milk, and water, and only cooks for 3 minutes! 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Natural Release Time 10 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old fashioned or rolled oats
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 3 cups water

For Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

  • 2 apples cored and diced
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon or to taste

For Cherry Vanilla Oatmeal

  • 5 ounces dried cherries
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract or almond extract
  • brown sugar to taste I used about ½ cup

Instructions

  • Add oats, milk, water, and optional ingredients to the instant pot. Cover with lid and set valve to Sealing.
  • Cook using the manual setting on high pressure for 3 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes and then quick release.
  • Stir the contents of the pot and serve immediately. Top with additional toppings if desired.

Notes

This Instant Pot Oatmeal can be customized to tons of different tastes! You can add I’ve included two different variations in the recipe. However, here are a few more topping ideas:
  • Fresh Fruit – strawberries, bananas, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, apples
  • Dried Fruit – raisins, craisins, apricots, cherries
  • Nut Butters – peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter
  • Nuts and Seeds – almonds, walnuts, cashews, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds
  • Spices and Flavors – cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, almond extract
  • Sweets – chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, brown sugar, shredded coconut, honey, maple syrup
You can add the toppings to the Instant Pot before you cook the oatmeal, or stir them in after. Let us know your favorite topping combinations in the comments below!
Instant Pot Note: We use a 6-quart Instant Pot brand pressure cooker that we bought in 2016. Different or newer versions may be more sensitive to the “BURN” notice. If you are concerned about the burn notice, please refer to the Instant Pot webpage about Overheat Protection, found HERE.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1gCalories: 195kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 9gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 63mgPotassium: 338mgFiber: 4gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 250IUCalcium: 176mgIron: 2mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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  1. 2 stars
    Tasted delicious but guisered a huge mess gooey mess out of the pressure release. Not sure how to keep this from happening? Maybe there’s have a tip I missed.

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious will be making this recipe again and again used no sugar or sweetener sweetness from apples was perfect!

  3. 5 stars
    Turned out perfect, but I would adjust the total time listed to include time for the instant pot to come to the right pressure after you set it. It took an extra 10-20 minutes for me.

  4. 5 stars
    I Made this for a gathering and it was a hit, everyone loved it! Will definitely make it again!