A great hands-off way to make breakfast for the family, Instant Pot Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats! The pressure cooker makes cooking steel cut oats a breeze. The warm fall flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice are a fantastic flavor the whole family is sure to love!
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Instant Pot Pumpkin Oatmeal
I often get in a breakfast rut, and so when I discovered how easy it was to make a large batch of steel cut oats in the Instant Pot I got very excited. I have tried a few different flavors now but today I am sharing my favorite Pumpkin Spice. Call me basic but it is delicious.
Using the pressure cooker is great because it makes the meal very hands off. I like that I just throw it together and then have time to make coffee or tea and wipe down the kitchen or catch up on emails while it cooks!
Yes you will need an electric pressure cooker for this recipe. I have an Instant Pot 6 quart which works perfect for this recipe.
- Pumpkin Purée – You will want o make sure that this is 100% pumpkin puree and not a can of pumpkin pie filling, there is a difference! Pumpkin being high in vitamin A & K is not only helping with the flavor but giving you some nutrients as well!
- Water – I opted to go with water in this version to avoid the instant pot giving off the dreaded burn signal. If you like a little milk in your oatmeal I recommend just adding a little drizzle to the top once you are ready to serve.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice – Pumpkin Pie Spice can be found at all types of stores these days but you can also make your own! You can grab my recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice HERE.
- Kosher Salt – I prefer cooking with kosher salt it sticks to food better than table salt. If you don’t have table salt you can substitute sea salt for this recipe. If you only have table salt available I recommend only using a little pinch as a substitute or leaving it our all together.
- Brown Sugar – If you are looking to sub out the refined sugar you can easily sub out for Maple Syrup in this recipe, I found they were pretty interchangeable.
- Vanilla Extract – Vanilla added for flavor.
- Steel Cut Oats – Last but not least Steel Cut Oats, not old fashioned oats or quick oats, these are all different and you will get different results! Steel cut oats which might also be labeled as pinhead oats are named for how they are processed (with steel cut blades) are more dense than rolled or old fashioned oats and tends to have a chewer and coarser texture than other processed oats. I most often find them at the store from the Bob’s Red Mill brand.
For a complete detailed list of the ingredients continue towards the bottom of the page.
I love this simplicity of this one…
Add all of the ingredients to the pot of the pressure cooker and stir to combine.
Cover and seal lid, turn steam vent to sealing, and select manual/pressure cook. Set to high pressure for 4 minutes.
Natural release 10 minutes. After 10 minutes if the float hasn’t dropped release the rest of the steam by moving the switch. Once the float has dropped carefully open the lid.
Stir the oats, they will start to thicken as they are stirred and as they cool down. I recommened letting rest about 5 minutes to cool before serving.
Once ready to serve I love adding a topping. Some of my favorite toppings for this oatmeal is pumpkin seeds, cream, walnuts, or mini chocolate chips!
tips, tricks and questions
What is the ratio of water to steel cut oats?
For this recipe in the pressure cooker it is 3 cups water to 1 cup steel cut oats.
Can this pumpkin oatmeal be refrigerated and reheated?
Yes! Use this to meal prep, the oatmeal will last several days in the fridge and can be reheated or served cold.
- 1/3 cup pumpkin purée
- 3 cups water
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- Add all of the ingredients to the pot of the pressure cooker and stir to combine.
- Cover and seal lid, turn steam vent to sealing, and select manual/pressure cook. Set to high pressure for 4 minutes.
- Natural release 10 minutes. After 10 minutes if the float hasn't dropped release the rest of the steam by moving the switch. Once the float has dropped carefully open the lid.
- Stir the oats, they will start to thicken as they are stirred and as they cool down. I recommened letting rest about 5 minutes to cool before serving.
Make these steel cut oats your own by adding your favorite toppings! Try pumpkin seeds, milk/cream, walnuts, or chocolate chips!
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Serving Size:1/4 the dish
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 92mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 6g
Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.