Instant Pot oatmeal is easy enough to make on a weekday, and it’s a delicious and comforting way to start your day.
I’ve made my cinnamon maple oatmeal on the stovetop and in the microwave for years. But making it in the Instant Pot is now my go-to method.
Why? It certainly isn’t any quicker. The benefit to me though? It is 100% hands off, and it stays warm and ready-to-eat right until I am ready to eat it.
Typically, I will make this right when I wake up, and then I go shower and get dressed while it is cooking. Hooray for being a 100% hands off recipe!🎉🤸🏼♂️
That is the main benefit to me with this method. I cannot tell you how many times I have boiled over oatmeal on the stovetop or in the microwave. It makes such a mess!😫 That is never a problem cooking it this way. 🙌🏻
Also, I love topping mine with some fresh fruit, like strawberries, bananas and blueberries.
Other toppings we use, depending on our mood: a dollop of nut butter (peanut butter or almond butter are our favorites), chopped nuts, chia seeds, apples, pear slices. The possibilities are endless!
I make mine using the pot in pot method, often called PIP for short. I like this because I don’t have to worry about scorching or sticking to the pot. We like to make our oatmeal with milk, and sometimes that tends to scorch.
You want a 2:1 ratio of your liquids to oats. Your liquids include water, milk, vanilla and any liquid sweeteners. I use 100% pure maple syrup in this recipe because it is our go-to. I make that part of the liquids.
Also, this method suits small batches best since you are somewhat limited with the pot in pot capacity. We have made anywhere from one to three servings using this method. (This will vary depending on the size of your inner pot.)
Tools Used to Make Instant Pot Oatmeal
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- Measuring spoons
- Dry ingredient measuring cups
- Measuring cup
- Glass bowl to use as your bowl-in-pot. The above pyrex glass measuring cup fits in our pot, FYI.
Instant Pot Oatmeal Recipe (Pot in Pot Method)
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Instant Pot Oatmeal
Instant Pot oatmeal is easy enough to make on a weekday, and it's a delicious and comforting way to start your day.
- 1/2 cup dry old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (any milk will work)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons 100% maple syrup (more or less to taste)
- water - enough to fill up 1/2 cup including the vanilla and maple syrup
- small pinch salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup water in the inner stainless pot for steaming
Pour 1 cup water into the inner stainless steel pot, and add a trivet; place the glass bowl on top.
Add dry oats and almond milk to glass bowl.
Add vanilla and maple syrup to 1/2 measuring cup, plus enough water to fill to capacity, and add to glass bowl. (Vanilla + maple syrup + enough water = 1/2 cup)
Add salt and cinnamon to glass bowl, stirring to combine.
Place the lid on, lock and seal it, and cook at manual high pressure for 10 minutes.
Allow the pot to do a full natural pressure release (NPR).
We have made up to 3 servings using these instructions. It depends on the capacity of your glass bowl.
I like to prepare this right when I wake up. I then shower and get dressed while it is cooking. It stays warm and ready to eat for up to an hour after cooking.