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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.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot, oatmeal, pot in pot
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 286 kcal
Author Marjorie @APinchOfHealthy


Pot-in-pot method (amounts for 1 serving, but you can do up to 3)

  • 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 (do not use for regular method)

Regular method (4 servings)

  • 2 cups oats dry
  • 2 cups almond milk plain, unsweetened
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon ground (more or less: you can adjust this for your own tastes)
  • pinch salt


Pot-in-pot method

  1. Pour 1 cup water into the inner stainless steel pot, and add a trivet; place the glass bowl on top.

  2. Add dry oats and almond milk to glass bowl.

  3. 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)

  4. Add salt and cinnamon to glass bowl, stirring to combine.

  5. Place the lid on, lock and seal it, and cook at manual high pressure for 10 minutes.

  6. Allow the pot to do a full natural pressure release (NPR). 

Regular method

  1. Add all ingredients to the inner cooking pot.

  2. Put the lid on, lock it, set to sealing and cook on manual low pressure for 2 minutes.

  3. Allow the pressure to release naturally (NPR) for at least 10 minutes, and quick release any remaining pressure. (Note: it will not hurt to let it sit longer than this, if you need to)

  4. After making sure all pressure is released, carefully remove the lid, and stir the oatmeal.

  5. Serve and enjoy! We love ours with a spoon of peanut butter, berries, sliced bananas, etc.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.

We have made up to 3 servings using the pot-in-pot instructions, and 8 servings using the regular method. 

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. 

If it is too thick for your liking, add a splash of almond milk or water, and stir to combine.

If it is too thin, let it sit with the lid off for a couple minutes, stirring once or twice, and it will thicken up on its own.👌🏻

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Oatmeal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 286 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 168mg7%
Potassium 236mg7%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 5g10%
Calcium 215mg22%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.