Instant Pot Oatmeal

Instant pot oatmeal is quick, easy and delicious! It is a completely customizable and perfectly hearty breakfast ready in under 15 minutes!!

This tasty instant pot oatmeal is perfect for quick mornings. It is very filling and a great way to start the day! For more great day starters try Protein Balls, Overnight Oats, and Mixed Berry Smoothie.

Instant Pot Oatmeal in a bowl topped with blueberries and walnuts

Oatmeal in an instant pot

I’m sure you are nothing like me, and never have crazy mornings where you are running late, right? Well on the off chance you are a little like me, at least sometimes, this easy breakfast will save your mornings!

I like to sometimes prep overnight oats at the beginning of the week, but if I forget or don’t have the time, these instant pot oats are another great time saver! Plus, it’s completely customizable! You can whip up a large batch of instant pot oatmeal, and let each person create their own individual version. 

I love to include fresh fruit, nuts, and a bit of cinnamon on mine. My kids love just a bit of maple syrup and maybe a few raisins. Oatmeal is a family favorite breakfast that I feel good about serving!

Making oatmeal in an instant pot

Big Batch Oatmeal in under 10 minutes

The instant pot is a great option because you can make a large batch at the beginning of the week and have everyone customize it in their own way whenever they want.

PREP. Spray the Instant Pot insert with cooking spray or grease with butter. Pour the water into the pot and add the oats and salt, stirring gently.

COOK. Place the lid on the pot, turn the knob to seal, and cook on manual on high pressure for 4 minutes. Let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.

TOPPINGS. Stir in the butter and brown sugar, then add desired toppings. More ideas include:

  • Fresh Fruit: blackberries, raspberries, peaches, apples
  • Sweetener: honey or agave
  • Texture: granola, walnuts, almonds
  • Seeds: flaxseed, hemp seed, chia 
  • Spices: cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, nutmeg
  • Butters: peanut butter, almond butter, grass fed butter, cookie butter
Cooked oatmeal in the instant pot

Variations

To use steel cut oats, use a 3:1 ratio for liquid to oats and cook for an additional minute to get the right texture.

Healthy mix-ins: 

  • Add flaxseeds for extra omega fatty acids and fiber
  • Use agave syrup rather than maple syrup because it is a healthier alternative. 
  • Add dried/fresh fruit for vitamins and minerals
Stirring brown sugar into instant pot oatmeal

SToring Info

STORE the oats in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave with an extra splash of milk.

To FREEZE, keep the oatmeal in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months. Let it thaw in the fridge overnight and then reheat in the microwave for individual servings.

Instant pot oatmeal topped with blueberries and walnuts

Other easy/make ahead breakfast options:

Instant Pot Oatmeal Recipe

Instant pot oatmeal is quick, easy and delicious! It is a completely customizable and perfectly hearty breakfast ready in under 15 minutes!!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 4 mins
Total Time: 9 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 205kcal
Author: Kristyn Merkley
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Ingredients

for the oats:
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar or maple syrup
additional toppings (optional):
  • 1 cup fresh fruit - chopped
  • ½ cup nuts - chopped
  • ½ cup dried fruit
  • ground cinnamon
  • milk

Instructions

  • Spray the Instant Pot insert with cooking spray or grease with butter. Pour the water into the pot and add the oats and salt, stirring gently.
  • Place the lid on the pot, turn the knob to seal, and cook on manual on high pressure for 4 minutes. Let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.
  • Stir in the butter and brown sugar, then add desired toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 179IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This was so good and truly only takes 15 minutes. Great for when I am in a rush and need something to eat.