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    Enjoy a hot breakfast in minutes with your electric pressure cooker. This Instant Pot oatmeal is ready to enjoy in just 5 minutes and is full of protein and fiber to give you the energy to face the day.

    oatmeal with berries in a bowl

    If you are anything like me, breakfast is always a rushed affair. This healthy Instant Pot oatmeal recipe has been a game-changer! Even on the busiest of days, I know that I can enjoy a hot and nutritious breakfast that will keep me full till lunch.

    Enjoy it as it is, or add in your favorite sweetener and toppings to make it just to your tastes.

    This is a great healthy breakfast for the whole family and it’s so simple! Be sure to try my Breakfast Egg Muffins and Sweet Potato Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole too!

    Why you will love this recipe!

    • Quick and easy: This Instant pot old fashioned oats will take you no more than 5 minutes to make, just dump the ingredients in the pot, cook and enjoy!
    • Simple ingredients: Made with every day staples, this is a super cost effective breakfast and you’ll probably have everything on hand already.
    • Easy to adapt: It’s easy to make this oatmeal vegan and dairy-free, and you can add whatever toppings you and your family like. It’s a great option for picky eaters!
    • Naturally gluten-free and vegan: this breakfast is gluten-free friendly (make sure you use certified gluten-free oats) and vegan-friendly if you use almond milk and maple syrup.
    oatmeal with apples and berries in bowls

    Tools you need

    Ingredients for Instant Pot Oatmeal

    You will need the following ingredients to make Instant Pot porridge:

    • Oatmeal: Oats are a gluten-free whole grain and are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. They will keep you feeling full and satisfied.
    • Milk: You can use any milk you like for this Instant Pot oatmeal recipe. I like to use 2% dairy, but any plant based milk like oat, almond or coconut will work just as well.
    • Water: Nothing fancy here, plain tap water is just fine.
    • Toppings and sweetener: Stir in a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup, and top with fresh or dried fruits, nuts, seeds, or even chocolate chips or peanut butter.
    ingredients for pressure cooker oatmeal

    How to make oatmeal in Instant Pot

    • Put 2 cups rolled oats in the Instant Pot. Add 2 cups milk (dairy or plant based) and 2 cups water.
    • Close the lid and make sure that the venting knob is turned to “SEAL”. Cook on Manual High Pressure for 4 minutes, then do a quick pressure release.
    • Open the lid carefully and stir the oatmeal. I like to stir in 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup. 
    • Serve in a bowl with your favorite toppings.
    process images of making oatmeal in instant pot
    oatmeal with different toppings in a bowl

    Oatmeal to water ratio

    To make the best Instant pot oats, use 1 cup oatmeal and 2 cups liquid (ratio of 1:2). I prefer to use half water and half milk for the liquid. So my oatmeal to water to milk ratio is 1:1:1, or 1 cup of everything. It’s very simple and easy to remember and yields perfect results every time.

    Can you make Instant Pot rolled oats ahead of time?

    Yes! This Instant Pot oatmeal is perfect for weekly meal prep. Make up a few batches on a Sunday, store them in airtight containers and it will keep well for 5 days. You can then reheat the portions in the microwave for 2 minutes, or warm through on the stovetop. It’s best not to add toppings until you are ready to eat them.

    What are the best oats to use?

    Rolled or old-fashioned oats are the best to use for oatmeal in an Instant Pot. They keep their shape after cooking and have a slightly chewy texture to them. If you use quick oats, they will come out pretty soft and mushy, and steel-cut oats will require a longer cooking time as they will still be very tough to eat.

    Do you have to use milk?

    I like to use milk (plant-based and dairy) in my pressure cooker oatmeal to create a really creamy texture. If you like, you can replace some or all of the milk with water. It won’t be as creamy, but it will still be delicious!

    instant pot rolled oats with berries in a bowl

    TIPS FROM NELI’S KITCHEN

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • Try stirring in a pinch of salt into the cooked oatmeal, it will really bring out the natural nutty flavors.
    • Be sure to quick release your Instant Pot when your oatmeal is cooked. If you natural release it, your oatmeal will over cook and become very soggy and will stick to the bottom of the pot.
    • If you don’t add enough liquid, your oatmeal will burn in the instant pot.
    • After you open the lid, give the oatmeal a good stir and you will get the most creamy pressure cooker oatmeal.

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    Instant Pot Oatmeal

    Enjoy a hot breakfast in minutes with your electric pressure cooker. This Instant Pot oatmeal is ready to enjoy in just 5 minutes, and is full of protein and fiber to give you energy to face the day.
    Prep Time 1 minute
    Cook Time 4 minutes
    Total Time 5 minutes
    Servings 2 servings
    Calories 315kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    • 2 cups oatmeal
    • 2 cups milk
    • 2 cups water
    • Sweetener, honey, maple syrup
    • Toppings, berries, banana slices, nuts

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Put 2 cups rolled oats in the Instant Pot. Add 2 cups milk (dairy or plant based) and 2 cups water.
      2 cups oatmeal, 2 cups milk, 2 cups water
    • Close the lid and make sure that the venting knob is turned to “SEAL”. Cook on Manual High Pressure for 4 minutes, then do a quick pressure release.
    • Open the lid carefully and stir the oatmeal. I like to stir in 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup.
      Sweetener
    • Serve in a bowl with your favorite toppings.
      Toppings

    TIPS & NOTES

    • Nutritional values are without toppings or sweeteners.
    • Try stirring in a pinch of salt into the cooked oatmeal, it will really bring out the natural nutty flavors.
    • Be sure to quick release your Instant Pot when your oatmeal is cooked. If you natural release it, your oatmeal will over cook and become very soggy.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 486mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Calcium: 304mg | Iron: 2mg
    Course Breakfast
    Cuisine American
    Keyword how to cook oatmeal in the Instant Pot, pressure cooker oatmeal, quick oatmeal recipe
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