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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal [Rolled or Steel Cut Oats]

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I love Oatmeal.

It’s so comforting to me. Not only oatmeal… I love all hot cereals.

I like oatmeal plain with just a little honey… with fresh fruit and nuts… with warm spices, vanilla and brown sugar… with dried fruit and sliced banana…

Confession though… until this Instant Pot Pressure Cooker experiment, I had yet to try them with pumpkin and it's infamous Fall spice.

I always cook my oatmeal in the microwave. I stir ever 30 seconds. I stare into the ‘wave to make sure they don’t boil over - sometimes I look away and they do. Sometimes I get em right, sometimes I have to add more liquid. They never seem to be consistent. I still have always loved my oatmeal, but they are a full blown 3 minute labor (3 minutes, wah-wah… I know - my husband is rolling his eyes right now).

But, seriously… anyone else feel like cooking oatmeal is quite a task, mostly because you have to pay attention to it at one of the most inconvenient times - first thing in the morning, maybe before you’ve had anymore than 2 sips of coffee, and probably when you are multi-tasking in order to get yourself and your loved ones out the door in time, looking halfway decent? Thinking about it makes me want to go grab Starbucks or a pop tart, too. I feel you…

Well, good news is, as per the usual, my Pressure Cooker really pulled through

This oatmeal is so good. And, SO EASY!

Directions included for Steel Cut or Rolled Oats.

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal


For Rolled Oats:
1 cup rolled oats (NOT quick cooking)
2 1/4 cups water (can sub milk)

For Steel Cut Oats:
1 cup Steel Cut Oats
3 cups water (can sub milk)

1 cup pumpkin
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t ginger
1/8 t nutmeg
pinch all-spice
1/8 t salt
1-3 t coconut oil or butter, optional

Optional Garnish:
Maple syrup or honey, drizzle after cooked when serving (1-2 t per serving)
4 T chopped walnuts, optional (1 T per serving)


Put all ingredients in Pressure Cooker pot and stir.

Note: I used a bowl to initially combine ingredients, but thats so not necessary! Add directly to your pressure cooker pot insert.

Stir all ingredients well.

Close lid, and close vent knob.

For Instant Pot, turn vent knob to “Sealing”. 

Choose High Pressure cooking option, then adjust cook time.
For Instant Pot, choose Manual, then use +/- buttons to adjust cook time.

For Rolled Oats: Adjust cook time to 3-5* minutes

For Steel Cut Oats: Adjust cook time to 12-15* minutes

*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 4 minutes and my Steel Cut 12 minutes.

Pressure Cooker will take 5-10 minutes to pressurize, then cook time countdown will begin. 

When cook time has completed, quickly release pressure manually (QPR).
I always place a towel over vent knob before QPR.

Remove lid & stir.

Serve & Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

Drizzle honey or maple syrup and top with 1 T walnuts, if desired. Enjoy your homemade, easy, healthy, satisfying, comforting GOODNESS!

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  1. Thanks for the recipe! I'm trying this tomorrow morning! Yvette ☮️

    1. Awesome! I have also subbed mashed butternut squash and its amazing :) Let me know how you like it!

  2. Thank you for sharing this. I may just try it with steel cut oats.

    1. You’re welcome! I am sure it would be great! I’m going to to buy some myself this weekend!

  3. Is the 1 1/2 cups water listed to put in the bottom of the pot, or is that to go with the oatmeal? (In other words, if I make this directly in the pot, do I eliminate the water?) This looks delicious, and I'd like to make it this weekend

    1. Good question - I can see how that can be confusing in how the recipe is written. I will make an update soon.
      The ratio for rolled oats I have found is best is 1 rolled oats : 2 1/4 liquid. That being said, this recipe calls for 1 cup rolled oats and 2 1/4 cup liquid - you can do all water, or a combo of milk - I specify 1 1/2 cups water and 3/4 cups milk however I make it with all water sometimes too (2 1/4 cups), and just as good!
      Thanks for the question, and I hope you enjoy the oatmeal! Let me know :)

  4. If I would use pumpkin pie spice instead of each individual spice how would measure that instead?

    1. You absolutely can do that! I'd go with a solid teaspoon :) if you add up my spices, they equal about a teaspoon and include what you find in pumpkin pie spice (minus cloves just because I don't like clove and don't stock it). Enjoy! -Jessica

    2. I like to sprinkle a pinch of extra cinnamon or spice when I serve, too

  5. Ohh Wow!! This looks Delicious.I really want to try this Steel cut recipe.Thanks

    1. It's my fave oatmeal recipe! Enjoy!! -Jessica

  6. My oatmeal burnt to the bottom of my pot! What did I do wrong??

    1. I'm not sure - did you stir everything before cooking? Did you use the right cooking time according to the type of oats you used? I've made this recipe at least a dozen times and that's never happened to me... what kind of pressure cooker do you have? My experience is based on using the Instant Pot. -Jessica

    2. It's the smart pot instant pot. I stirred everything and did manual 4 mins for rolled oats :(

    3. I'm sorry you had that experience. I've never had that happen with any oatmeal recipe I've made. I've done both rollled oats and steel cut. Hope you get a better result next time! -Jessica

  7. This recipe was amazing and a total hit with everyone in the house! I did have the same experience as Amanda where it caked on to the bottom of the pot a bit, but it wasn't a big deal. This is definitely now a household staple. Love that we're eating nutrient dense pumpkin in the morning. Thank you :)

  8. I used the steel cut oats and used half water and half milk. It burned.

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