Instant Pot Baked Oatmeal Bars

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Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal in the Instant Pot? Yes! It’s a delicious breakfast/brunch or dessert, and perfect for meal prep!

Instant Pot Baked Oatmeal
Instant Pot Baked Oatmeal Bars

If you love baked oatmeal as much as I do, you’ll love this Instant Pot version made with bananas, cinnamon, dates, coconut, maple and chia seeds. It’s delicious and loaded with fiber and is vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free. For more pressure cooker ideas, you can see all my Instant Pot recipes here.

Instant Pot Baked Oatmeal

This Instant Pot Oatmeal Banana Bar recipe is from Vegan Richa’s Instant Pot Cookbook; 150 Plant-based Recipes from Indian Cuisine and Beyond by Richa Hingle. Her book has so many wonderful vegan recipes for the Instant Pot, but I was really curious about this recipe which is actually in her dessert chapter. It was so easy to make and was so delicious, I had it for breakfast all week! I loved the addition of chia seeds and dates.

Richa says “I am not a big fan of gooey oatmeal, so I try to use it in recipes like this bar. This is a banana bread oatmeal bar. It has nuts and dates and makes for a great breakfast. The chopped pecan and cinnamon give it nice crumb-like topping.”

Tools Needed

This recipe using the pot-in pot method. You will need an Instant Pot, the wire metal steamer rack that comes with your instant pot, and a 6 1/2 to 7 inch round glass, ceramic, metal or stoneware baking dish. I used the one that came as a set with my air fryer accessories.

Variations:

• You can make this nut-free: Simply omit the pecans.
• To make this Oat-free: she suggests using rice flakes or quinoa flakes instead of oats.

Meal Prep

Refrigerate up to 4 days.

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Instant Pot Oatmeal Banana Bars

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266 Cals 9 Protein 45 Carbs 6.5 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
CUISINE: American
Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal in the Instant Pot? Yes! It's a delicious breakfast, and perfect for meal prep!

Ingredients

  • coconut or olive oil spray
  • 1 large ripe banana, about 1 cup mashed
  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened nondairy milk, such as almond or oat
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats, (80 g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoons chopped pecans, divided
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dates or raisins, optional
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds

FOR TOPPING

  • Chopped pecans
  • Ground cinnamon

Equipment

Instructions

  • Pour 1 1/2 cups water into the Instant Pot.
  • Oil a 6 1/2- to 7-inch round metal, glass, ceramic, or stoneware baking pan. (I used the one I bought for my air fryer)
  • In a large bowl, mash the banana very well until there are no lumps. Add the milk and maple syrup and mix until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons of the pecans, the coconut, dates or raisins, if using, and chia seeds.
  • Add to the mashed banana and mix to combine.
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  • Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and even it out with a spatula. Sprinkle with cinnamon and place the pan on a trivet or rack.
  • Cover with foil and then lower the trivet into the Instant Pot.
  • Lock the lid into place, set the Pressure Release Knob to Sealing, cook at high pressure 35 minutes.
  • Once the cooking cycle is done, let the pressure release naturally. Using silicone mini mitts, carefully remove the trivet with the pan and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  • Use a knife to loosen the sides and slice into 4 pieces.
  • Top with the remaining chopped pecans and cinnamon, and serve. The bars can be stored, refrigerated in a closed container, for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1wedge, Calories: 266kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 6.5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 61mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 11g
Keywords: instant pot baked oatmeal, Instant pot oatmeal bars

 

 

 

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  1. This was good. I would reduce the maple syrup next time and also not use dried cranberries as it was sweeter than necessary and added more calories to this. 1/4 is small serving. I used two teaspoons of chia seeds and dried cranberries as my dried fruit. No nuts. Added a little Greek yogurt at the end 

  2. This recipe is fantastic! I’ve made it twice and flavor and texture was consistent. We’ve had it as an evening snack with berries and coconut whipped cream as well as for breakfast. Perfect anytime!

  3. “Skinnytaste” was the title that caught my attention. I enjoy eating, but we must also balance our diet. At the same time, we must consume nutritious foods.

  4. After mixing everything together, I was puzzling over the cook time when I realized I was using *instant oats* and that’s why 35 min seemed way too long! Whoops. I pressure cooked for 7 minutes with the quick oats and it came out great. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Made this as written with dates. So nice! I love the chew you get with baked oatmeal. Definitely a first time making baked oatmeal in the InstantPot!

  6. Made this over the weekend for meal prep. Baked it in the oven since I don’t have an insta Pot. Added craisens. Warmed it up this morning in the microwave and put a dab of vanilla yogurt on top. It was delicious. Will definitely make again.

  7. I made this recipe exactly as written in my Instant Pot. It was delicious. Tasted like a moist oatmeal spice muffin – without needing flour.  I used raisins, next time will try dates or dried blueberries.

  8. I’ve made them as directed in IP (great!), in the oven (wow!), over night oats (increased the liquid & turned out perfect) and this morning I air fried (BEST!).  I  intended on eating the overnight oats this morning but I felt like something warm so I took the mixture from the overnight oats and placed it in my IP with the air fryer attachment. 

    I don’t have a lot of space when using the attachment so I used foil paper to line 6” round cake pan, sprayed, filled with mixture, removed foil with mixture and placed in my air fryer basket. 
    Placed in preheated IP with air fryer attachment at 400° for 15 minutes. Perfection! 

    My method for making the recipe is I add everything except oats and chia (I omit the coconut & nuts to save cals but if I were to use them I’d add with the oats, not in blender) in my high power blender then I mix with the oats and Chia seeds, the bake in any of the methods mentioned above. I bet this would be fabulous cooked on the stove, too, just add a little more liquid 😋

    • Thanks for this info. Can you clarify…Are you saying you made a mold out of foil and put the batter in air fryer and then cooked???

  9. I lost faith in my instant pot and donated it! Has anybody tried this in the oven and can share temp and cook time? Thanks!!

    • Since I didn’t have the insert for the InstaPot I made this in the oven. I quadrupled the recipe and put it in a 9 x 13 baking dish and cooked 40 mins @ 400 degrees. Turned out yummy and moist. I would suggest heating up in the air fryer.

  10. Really liked it. I did use the banana and nuts and dates, and swerve brown sugar two tabs for the maple syrup. and almond milk. I left out coconut and chia seeds and maple syurp. Since less liquid from syrup I added a couple more tabs almond milk . It was very sweet with the banana and dates. I think I could leave extra sugar next time. I do think pumpkin or applesauce would work. The consistency just might be a bit different, and the sweetness would be different. This makes a “baked” oatmeal but it isn’t dry. It came out of the pan in a cute disc. I think if eating for breakfast 1/2 would go pretty fast! If think of it like a snack 1/4 was fine. I liked cooking it in the pressure cooker and the consistency of the oatmeal it gave.

  11. Great recipe.
    I placed half batter, layered grape jelly dollops , then cover with other half of batter. Turned out well.

  12. Can you bake this in an oven?

  13. Could you share a banana substitute?

    • I made this yesterday and used the strawberries I had purchased; smashed them to the consistency of mashed bananas. Don’t process to the point of being too watery. Tastes great!

  14. Do you have to use non dairy milk, or is regular milk ok?

  15. I really hate bananas.  Could you recommend a substitute ?

  16. Is there a substitute for banaana?

  17. Could these be cut and frozen after cooking? 

  18. I am super allergic to banana – would this work as well with pumpkin or applesauce?

  19. Is there a way to make this if you don’t have an instapot?

    Thanks

    • You can bake it, look at the directions my https://www.skinnytaste.com/baked-oatmeal-with-blueberries-and/#recipe or https://www.skinnytaste.com/baked-oatmeal-recipe-with-pears-bananas-walnuts/ for directions. I haven’t tried baking this so times may need to be adjusted.

  20. Hi there, I wonder how this is different from baking in an oven? Is the texture different?

    • I baked in Instant pot yesterday. Flavor was fantastic.  Texture was good. 

      Today I baked at 375 degrees for 20 min then I broiled for 3 min and flavor AND texture were fantastic!

      I love this recipe so much that I even doubled the liquid and made overnight oats for tomorrow! 

  21. Can this be baked in an air fryer?

    • Me again 👋🏽 Ok, so now I made it in the air fryer this morning! I think this will be my go-to way of cooking it. 

      I’ve made them as directed in IP (great!), in the oven (wow!), over night oats (increased the liquid & turned out perfect) and this morning I air fried (BEST!).  I  intended on eating the overnight oats this morning but I felt like something warm so I took the mixture from the overnight oats and placed it in my IP with the air fryer attachment. 

      I don’t have a lot of space when using the attachment so I used foil paper to line 6” round cake pan, sprayed, filled with mixture, removed foil with mixture and placed in my air fryer basket. 
      Placed in preheated IP with air fryer attachment at 400° for 15 minutes. Perfection! 

      I know Gina I’m probably thinks I’m some crazy lady for the amount of times I have made this and commented and said she posted but I just love this recipe!

      • Farrah, would you please clarify. Did you make over night oats and then using foil instead of a bowl you poured the oats that were already finished ready to eat into the foil sand then put in the airfryer or did you take gina’s recipe above and put in air fryer to cook?

  22. Not a fan of banana, would swapping with mashed sweet potato work for this? 

  23. I assume that this could be baked in the oven instead. What temp and for how long?

    • You can bake it, look at the directions my https://www.skinnytaste.com/baked-oatmeal-with-blueberries-and/#recipe or https://www.skinnytaste.com/baked-oatmeal-recipe-with-pears-bananas-walnuts/ for directions. I haven’t tried baking this so times may need to be adjusted.

  24. What size InstaPot? Will the 3 quart work? We’re a two person household. Thanks!

  25. Can I make this by baking in the oven?