Using an instant pot to cook oatmeal gives you the creamiest and most delicious oatmeal in a flash! The best way to cook old fashioned or rolled oats, you’ll never go back to a regular saucepan again.
Why cook oatmeal in an instant pot anyway?
The intense pressure cooking of the instant pot really seals in the milk and water to the oats and fluffs the oats up so beautifully. It really does make a difference. You won’t have any chewy bits, and the oatmeal thickens to perfection.
This is the perfect way to cook oats that usually take longer to cook like rolled or old fashioned oats.
Health benefits of oatmeal:
Oatmeal is a great source of good carbs and fiber. The type of carbs that slowly release into your blood instead of giving you a quick spike.
The fiber in oats can help reduce blood sugar and total cholesterol levels.
Whole oats are rich in antioxidants.
Also, oats are so filling! They keep you satiated and provide you with plenty of energy to go through your day.
How do I make oatmeal in an instant pot?
It’s the easiest thing ever! You just need to combine the oatmeal with milk, water, and a pinch of salt in the body of the instant pot.
Using the manual settings, place the Instant pot on high pressure for 3 minutes. Make sure that the valve is set to seal. It’ll take 5-10 minutes to come to pressure, then start to cook and countdown from 3 minutes. Once the countdown is complete, the Instant pot will beep.
After this, let the pressure release naturally for 15-20 minutes, then push the valve to vent to release any remaining steam, and open the Instant pot.
Enjoy the oatmeal immediately!
What’s the difference between rolled and old fashioned oats?
There is no difference. They are the same thing, just different names.
Steel cut oats are different though, as well as quick cooking oats. You can use steel cut oats in this recipe, see the substitution section below but I wouldn’t recommend quick cooking oats which cook too fast and won’t withstand well to the high pressure.
What to top oatmeal with?
The possibilities are endless.
I like some sweetness with my oatmeal, so I often add honey or maple syrup. I also like adding a little sprinkle of brown sugar. It’ll melt on top and give little puddles of indulgent sweetness.
I sometimes add a splash of milk to make the oatmeal a little looser.
I added a dollop of cream to the bowl pictured above and it was next level. It made the oatmeal so creamy and so rich! I loved the combination. I also added fresh blueberries and blackberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon and it was the perfect bowl.
Berry Oatmeal: Top oatmeal with fresh or frozen berries, and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
Peanut butter and Banana Oatmeal: Top oatmeal with sliced bananas, a big spoon of peanut (or almond) butter, and some granola for good measure.
Date and nut oatmeal: Top oatmeal with chopped dates or mix in some date paste, add a sprinkle of cinnamon, and some chopped pecans or walnuts.
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal: I firmly believe a square of dark chocolate or handful of chocolate chips is delightful on oatmeal, especially when they become a little melty and warm. Add some along with some nuts and honey or maple syrup if you like.
Savory oatmeal: you can even make savory oatmeal by adding sauteed mushrooms, spinach or kale, and a fried egg on top. It’ll be really good!
Can you double the recipe?
Yes, just double all the ingredients. Cooking time will remain the same!
How to reheat leftover oatmeal:
When reheating, you’ll probably need to add a splash of milk sine it’ll thicken up when stored in the fridge. You can reheat over low heat on the stove top or in the microwave until warmed through.
You can sub the regular milk with plant milk like almond milk, soy milk, or even oat milk for double the oatiness.
You can substitute rolled oats for steel cut oats. The only thing you’ll need to do is add an extra cup of water! Cooking time and everything else will remain the same.
Instant Pot Oatmeal
- Instant Pot
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup water
- pinch of salt
- Add the oats, milk, water and salt to the instant pot. Place the lid on the instant pot and seal.
- Press manual and set the cooking time for 3 minutes on high. Make sure the pressure valve is sealed. Once the instant pot beeps that the cooking time is up, let the oatmeal sit in the pot for 15-20 minutes for the pressure to naturally release, then flip the pressure valve to vent to release any remaining pressure.
- Enjoy immediately with toppings of your choice. If you like it creamier you can add an extra splash of milk. Leftover oatmeal can be refrigerated in a tight compartment for 3-5 days.
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