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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Pressure Cooker Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal (Rolled or Steel Cut)

Pressure Cooker Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal
(Rolled or Steel Cut Oats)

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I have ALWAYS loved Oatmeal.

As a kid, I used to eat maple brown sugar oatmeal every single morning - but I ate it from the just-add-water microwavable packet. It was quick and easy and I could do it myself. So it was a staple. The flavor is still one of my favorites.

As an adult, I moved away from the who-knows-whats-really-in-there packets to old fashioned oats. For a long time now, I have made oatmeal on my stovetop and/or the microwave. As I mentioned in my recipe blog for Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal, it really is kind of a pain, and it definitely requires attention. It requires attention at a time when too many other things are going on - anyone else’s mornings get a little hectic?

It’s never consistent either - one morning it will be too watery, the next to dry, the next clumpy, the next just ok. I still eat it, because I love it, but dealing with making stovetop or microwavable oats definitely makes a Starbucks run that much more tempting.

Since getting my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker, I have been converted and it feels so good! 😄

Just like the Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal, this Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal is so. freaking. easy! And, its SO. Freaking. GOOD! I also have recipes for Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal and Date Raisin Walnut Oatmeal.

The Instant Pot did it again!

Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal


If using Rolled Oats:
1 cup rolled oats
2 1/4 cups water
If using Steel Cut Oats:
1 cup steel cut oats, rinsed well but not soaked
3 cups water
1/2 t vanilla
1/4 t cinnamon
1/8 t salt
1-3 T brown sugar (depends on sweetness preference - I used 2 T)
1-3 T maple syrup (depends on sweetness preference - I used 2 T)

Walnuts, pecans or almonds, chopped, if desired
Additional Maple Syrup, if desired


Add all ingredients (except garnishes) directly to Instant Pot and stir.

Close lid and turn vent knob to “Sealing”.

Choose High Pressure cooking option and adjust cook time to the following:

Rolled Oats: 3-5 minutes High Pressure*
Steel Cut Oats: 10-15 minutes High Pressure**
Why the cook time range? It depends how you like your oats - less cook time means more “bite”, more means a creamier finish.
*I cook my Rolled Oats 3 minutes
**I cook my Steel Cut Oats 12 minutes

For Instant Pot (IP), press Manual, then use +/- buttons to adjust cook time. Display will show as “On” until IP comes to pressure. When fully pressurized, IP display will show cook time and begin cook time countdown.

When cook time is complete, IP will beep and automatically change to “Keep Warm”.

Manually release any pressure (QPR) by opening vent knob. For Instant Pot, QPR by turning vent knob to “Venting”.
I ALWAYS place a hand towel over vent knob BEFORE turning to “Venting”

Open lid, stir and serve!
If you find you have some liquid remaining, allow oatmeal to sit for 3-5 minutes. It will soak it all up!

I get 3 servings when using rolled oats and 4 servings when using steel cut oats from this recipe - you can absolutely double or even triple/quadruple this recipe!

The easiest, hands off, morning friendly, sweet, comforting, HEALTHY breakfast goodness!

Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal [Instant Pot]

I prefer topping with some walnuts (or nut of your preference) - this gives it some crunchy texture which I just love. I also add a dash of cinnamon on top — both are totally optional (but delish)!

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  1. Hi! I'm using your blog and recipes as I just got my Instant Pot as an early Christmas gift and I couldn't wait to try it. I've made a few of your recipes now and they're great! I'm making this oatmeal now and although I've already forged ahead, I wondered if it was right that I just doubled everything to make more, and how many servings this original recipe was supposed to make. Thank you! I'll connect with you on fb too.

    1. Hi there! Sorry for the delay in responding - holidays have been a little busy :)
      Doubling the recipe is totally fine! The recipe as is provides me with 3 good servings, so doubling should be 6. Did you find you got 6 servings?

      Thanks for visiting and thanks for the comment! -Jessica

    2. Yes, it made more than enough and it was delicious!

    3. Awesome! Glad to hear it! -Jessica

  2. Perfect! Thank you, exactly what I was hoping to find. Delish!

    1. Oh, good! I made this yesterday and had leftovers for breakfast this morning! Heats up well with a tablespoon or 2 of milk or water :) -Jessica

  3. How long can you keep this in the fridge for? I need to make a double batch and don't want to waste any.

    1. I’d say 3 days. I typically make it and eat it, save the rest and eat it over the next 2 mornings. When I warm it back up, I add a tablespoon or 2 of milk or water. Enjoy! -Jessica

  4. Can this be made with the liquid portion half cow's milk? I prefer my oatmeal made with milk, but I've never made it in an instapot before so I am just wondering if it is possible to use milk with this recipe. Thanks~Nicole

    1. That should work just fine - I always use water, so you'll have to come back and tell me how it turned out! :) -Jessica

  5. Mine came out like oatmeal soup. I used 1 cup steel cut and 3 cups water...high heat for 12 minutes. Please help

    1. I am not sure... I've made this so many times just this way and it works perfectly. I will say when I first open my pressure cooker (Instant Pot) it does look SLIGHTLY watery. But, after stirring and letting it sit for a minute, it's perfect. What type of oats are you using?

  6. Anonymous on 5/21...any chance you forgot to switch the valve to "sealing?"
    Jessica Russo: can we set it the night before on timer mode? (For this recipe without milk?)

    1. I haven’t tried setting it the night before. I don’t see why not except I might assume the cooking time might be less if the oats soak overnight. What you could do is add your dry ingredients to the pot and measure out your wet ingredients in advance. Store the wet and add in the morning before you start your cooking time. If you try prepping all the night before and set the timer, perhaps cut cooking time in half - will take some experimenting :)

  7. Thanks so much!

  8. This was delicious. I used unsweetened almond milk instead of water, no salt, and Xylitol instead of sugar. I topped with toasted sliced almonds and sugar free maple syrup. Perfect consistency and like Jessica said, if you stir and let sit for a few minutes it's fantastic.

    1. Awesome MAL! So glad you could make it your own and enjoy it so much! I had this for breakfast myself this morning - and I have leftovers for the next 2 mornings, too! Wahoo :)

  9. I followed the recipe pretty closely (didn't measure the vanilla, but that was all) and right after it got up to pressure and started showing the time, it switched to burn... Any idea why that happened??

  10. If I did 4x the recipe would you recommend cooking for longer?