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A warm and heart healthy breakfast, making Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot is so much faster than making them on the stove!

A warm and heart healthy breakfast, making Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot is so much faster than making them on the stove! Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Breakfast is an important part of the day. This healthy cereal is made with blueberries, bananas and cinnamon and lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup or honey. The question I get asked most often when I share my overnight oats recipe, is can you use steel cut oats? The answer is no, as they need to be cooked, as seen in below in this steel cut oats recipe.

A warm and heart healthy breakfast, making Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot is so much faster than making them on the stove! A warm and heart healthy breakfast, making Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot is so much faster than making them on the stove!

How To Make Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Steel-cut oats are chewier and coarser in texture than rolled oats, because they are less processed. The oats are cut with steel blades, hence the name “steel-cut” and take longer to cook than instant, ground, or rolled oats. Using the Instant Pot reduces the cook time, for a breakfast porridge that is nuttier in flavor and chewier in texture than quicker rolled oats.

To Make Ahead:

Steel cut oats are still great for meal prep, you can make it ahead and refrigerate for the week. To do so, leave the fruit and milk out and refrigerate in small containers. To heat up, you can microwave about a minute or heat up on the stove with a little liquid, to loosen. Then stir in milk and your favorite toppings.

A warm and heart healthy breakfast, making Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot is so much faster than making them on the stove! A warm and heart healthy breakfast, making Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot is so much faster than making them on the stove!

A warm and heart healthy breakfast, making Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot is so much faster than making them on the stove!
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Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

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235 Cals 7 Protein 50.5 Carbs 3 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Yield: 8 servings
COURSE: Breakfast, Brunch
CUISINE: American
A warm and heart healthy breakfast, making Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot is so much faster than making them on the stove!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups steel cut oats, gluten-free, if necessary
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 medium ripe bananas
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup milk of your choice, nut, soy or skim
  • 8 teaspoons pure maple syrup or honey
  • ground cinnamon, for topping

Instructions

  • Combine the steel cut oats and water in the bowl of your pressure cooker and stir.
  • Add the cinnamon sticks, cover and cook 6 minutes on high pressure.
  • Allow the pressure to naturally release.
  • Remove the cinnamon sticks and discard and stir in blueberries.
  • To serve, pour 1 cup of oats in each bowl, and top each with 2 tablespoons milk, 1/2 sliced banana, drizzle with 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup and finish with a pinch of cinnamon.
  • Leftovers can be refrigerated in glass or plastic containers. To reheat, microwave for 2 to 3 minutes, until warm then add toppings.

Nutrition

Serving: 1scant cup plus toppings, Calories: 235kcal, Carbohydrates: 50.5g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Sodium: 26mg, Fiber: 6.5g, Sugar: 15g
Blue Smart Points: 5
Green Smart Points: 5
Purple Smart Points: 1
Points +: 7
Keywords: how to cook steel cut oats, Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats, Steel Cut Oats, steel cut oats recipe

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133 comments

  1. Trying to make this recipe but keep getting the burn alert on my IP — anyone else have this issue? 

  2. When I saw this recipe this morning, I got excited!!! I have it all, except bananas. I recently had hand surgery, so my cooking abilities are nonexistent. Cooking it now!!! Thank you, Gina!!! Because of you, I don’t have to eat junk this morning!!! 🙂

  3. I loved how this turned out. But don’t mess up and add the blueberries into the hot pot like I did-they will get leathery. Just add them to the top of your oatmeal at the table. I didn’t have cinnamon sticks so I added ground cinnamon to taste and it was great.

  4. It seems like a lot of your recipes lately don’t have the total servings listed. Like this one , it doesn’t say how many servings it makes 

    • 8 servings. It is listed above the actual recipe. 🙂

      • The total time to make this seems well over 25 minutes, between coming to pressure and natural release. That being said I added vanilla and a little brown sugar, maybe a tablespoon and it’s so good.

  5. Just wondering how long the natural release took for everyone. I have this recipe in now, and am currently at 30 minutes and it doesn’t even look like the button is starting to pop up.  I usually do quick release so not sure if it supposed to take this long or if something isn’t right? Thanks!

  6. I don’t have a pressure cooker
    can it make this in a slow cooker?

  7. Made 1/2 the recipe (1 cup oats, 3 cups water) and it came out perfect! Creamier than when I make oats on stovetop. The banana and blueberries make for a perfect sweetness level.

  8. Just made and measured this out for the week! I’ve made this recipe several times, and it’s so delicious! I follow the recipe exactly and it’s perfect every time. This is my start to eating healthy again after a very indulgent holiday season! Thank you for breaking down the points for us xo

  9. We love steel cut oats, and the IP makes it fool proof and SO easy. I make a pot of this every week.
    I add 3Tbl of ground flaxseed to the pot. Hubs recently brought home the quick cooking steel cut (Bob’s) from Costco – now we have a lot! I did reduce the water by 1/2 C which seems to have worked well. Once the pressure is released, i stir and let it rest.

  10. How can i make this without an instant pot?

  11. I use this recipe about once a month.   It’s great.   I add flax seed and chia seed as well.  

  12. This is a great way to make steel-cut oats, which have a nice texture and nuttiness in contrast to rolled oats. Cooking with cinnamon sticks and adding the touch of honey made it just sweet enough to feel like a treat while still having plenty of health benefits from the oats, blueberries, and bananas.

  13. This was delicious! I initially thought 6 cups of water would still have the oats swimming, but all that liquid was quickly absorbed as it cooled. I didn’t have cinnamon sticks but found that the easy swap is 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon. I measured out a cup cooked and added a scoop of protein powder, 1 ripe banana and a tbsp of peanut butter (I’m 7 months pregnant so I do what I want lol, no judging!) This made plenty for reheating throughout the week! Great for quarantine 🙂

  14. Hi! I was just wondering if you can use quick cooking steel cut oats in this recipe! Thanks!

  15. Delicious! And reheats very well. Nice to make ahead for the week. Thanks for another great recipe!! 🙂

  16. Made this today in the instant pot and it was a success! Even with the cinnamon sticks it was a bit bland just on its own, but with the help of some honey, it was just fine. I will definitely make this again!

  17. Using the nutritional information to create the food On the WW app, this adds un tp 8 puts on Blue plan. Aside from that, this was easy to make and so delicious! Thank you!

    • Using the nutritional information to calculate points is an inaccurate way to do it, as it doesn’t take into account zero point foods. It needs to be entered into the recipe builder for accurate points

  18. How many points are these under the green weight watchers plan?

  19. I don’t think this is 5 points on purple. 2 T of almond milk or skim milk is 0,.  1 tsp. Honey or maple syrup is 1. Everything else is 0.
    Am definitely going to try this!

  20. First time attempting this…. 3rd time using instant pot. Not sure what I did wrong, but it had no taste and I kept getting burn messages. Suggestions please

    • It won’t have much taste until you add your toppings. I followed the recipe to a ‘T.’ Add 2 cups of steel cut oats to Instant Pot, then add 6 cups of water. Add cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamon and stir everything up well (that might be why you are getting burn messages, just dumping it in may cause some clumping on the bottom and an uneven distribution of water). Press the button for Manual pressure and time for 6 minutes; when it beeps that it’s done, let the pressure release naturally instead of doing a quick release. When the valve drops on its own, you’re ready to open the lid.

  21. Yeah – this didn’t work for me. First time, everything started bubbling out of the sealing/venting knob. Second time I got a burn notice and the oats were caked to the bottom of the pot.

  22. Can I use ground cinnamon instead of cinnamon sticks?

  23. OMG this was so delicious!!! I have lost 40 pounds and my husband has lost 35 over the last year eating your recipes several times a week- thank you for making the process enjoyable!!

    I absolutely hate regular oatmeal, but something about this recipe tempted me to try it (plus I’ve never been steered wrong with a Skinnytaste recipe yet), I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed it- the texture and taste were great.

    I let the pressure release naturally as it called for, it looked a bit runny so I stirred it, but it thickened up as it sat there. I could eat it straight out of the pot without adding anything, but the milk and sprinkled cinnamon definitely give it a boost. Thank you for another hit!

  24. All this recipe did was cause the InstantPot to hit the “burn” warning, 3 different times! I added some water, I put it on low pressure, changed the cook time.. nothing worked! Please share any ideas to help me get this right!

  25. Tasted ok but the Freestyle Points listed on this recipe are incorrect. If I use the WW recipe function and add your ingredients it comes out to 6 points, not 5. And if I use the nutrition information you provide at the end of the recipe it comes out to 8.

    • Double checked, its def correct. 5 points. oats uncooked 34, almond milk, 1, maple 8, divided by 8 servings.

      And correct, you cannot use the WW calculator, it will add points for the fruit, which are 0 but not if you plug in the numbers.

  26. I love this recipe! It is so simple.
    I am new to Instant Pot and I eat oatmeal every day. With the size of the batch for this recipe, I only make oatmeal once a week. I heat it up in the microwave with fresh blueberries and add a little almond milk for my breakfast.
    Thank you for making this recipe so easy!

  27. Should I use the manual or porridge setting on high? My Instant Pot doesn’t have a high setting on manual. 

  28. I had to add a pinch of salt after and my oats were still a bit crunchy (are they supposed to be?). I also tried to halve the recipe and it came out a bit watery. I’ll have to try again next time with less water. Very yummy though!

  29. Can you use a slower cooker? If so how long?

  30. Has anyone had success reheating this recipe?

  31. I’ve made this recipe twice with success. Now trying to make a third time and I’m getting a burn notice soon after it comes to pressure. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  32. Cooked on high pressure for 6 minutes with the release handle set to sealing and water, milk and cinnamon we’re spraying all over the place. What did I do wrong?!

  33. I love steel cut oats and this was the best and easiest I’ve ever made them! But do you think you could give us a savory oatmeal recipe? I just can’t eat sweet stuff in the mornings.

  34. You totally can use steel cut oats with overnight oats. I use small glass Mason jars, fill each with 1/2 cup oat or almond milk, 1/4 cup steel cut oats (not instant), then add in a little Maple syrup, some chia seeds, vanilla. After they’ve sat overnight I add in berries or almonds or whatever I want

  35. I do not like fresh raw blueberries, could I cook my blueberries in this? I’m worried that my blueberries will become mush.

  36. I love doing steel cut oats in my Instapot. It may not be any quicker than stove top but it’s hands off. So I can start them and go off to shower, etc without having to worry about watching and stirring them while cooking on the stove. And if I take a little too long in getting back to them they don’t burn.

  37. We do not have GF steel cut oats anywhere to be found. Can GF rolled oats be used instead?

    • I have made this recipe with rolled oats and it’s very good, too.  But the water to oats proportions would be different 1 cup steel cut to 3 cups water vs 1 cup rolled oats to 2 cups of water.  I also reduced the cook time on the rolled oats to 4 minutes with natural release.

  38. Can I make this with GF oats vs. steel cut oats? My daughter has Celiacs and is not a fan of the steel cut. Would the cooking be the same? 

    • I have made this recipe with rolled oats and it’s very good, too.  But the water to oats proportions would be different: 1 cup steel cut to 3 cups water vs 1 cup rolled oats to 2 cups of water.  I also reduced the cook time on the rolled oats to 4 minutes with natural release.

    • Heather – when I made my steel cut oats in my rice cooker, they came out chewy. When I used this recipe to make the same oats in my Instant Pot, they came out very creamy. All I put in the pot were the oats and the water. Don’t know if this will change your daughter’s mind about steel cut oats, but I definitely like them better.

  39. I halved the recipe, used quick steel cut oats, and cooked high pressure on the IP for 3 minutes. Turned out perfect. Thank you, Gina! 

  40. Great oatmeal recipe, I have done it now with different fruits too, 1/2 cup applesauce instead of banana and a few dried apples cut up, worked too. So many times I had done steel cut in the pressure cooker with more liquid then this called for and it turned out I had to cook it over again to get it “done”. This worked out perfectly with 6 cups water even for that much steel cut oats. Perfectly cooked and timing just right.

  41. I have an 8qt ….Do I need to increase the ingredients amount or change the cooking directions if I use an 8 qt ?
    Thank You

  42. This is part of my kitchen prep.  Granted it takes less time on the stove top but my stove top is already covered with pots filled with meals for the week.  🙂 

    I don’t add sweetener, leaving it plain because sometimes you want it sometimes you don’t.  

    I’m a new instant pot cook and decided to try this in my Ultra 60.  

    Thanks Gina for everything.  I just spotted your new air fryer cookbook and noticed that I can use this in my stove top oven ‘air fryer’.  🙂  

  43. I love this, I made it yesterday and it’s enough for breakfast for the week. I love the consistency of the steel cut oats in the instant pot. Thanks for sharing this recipe, healthy instant pot recipes are hard to find

  44. I’ve just made these for the third time! I really felt it was missing some flavor the first time, so added a bit of salt (just a pinch per serving)…so much better! I stirred in the honey before cooking to make for easier portioning to take to work for breakfast. I’ve also tried adding some other grains like chia, buckwheat, flax, etc. Then, instead of measuring out all those ingredients separately, I added in some Nature’s Path Qi’a Superfood topper. Delish! Thanks for the inspiration!

  45. Any recommendations for an instant pot?

  46. This is going to be my go to breakfast for the next few weeks! One thing I learned about cooking with steel cut oats in the instant pot, before adding the water I put the pot on saute with about 1/2 tablespoon of butter, Add the oats and stir for a few minutes until they smell nutty, then add the water! It gives another depth of nuttiness to the oats that I absolutely love!

  47. I made this in the IP this week and it was phenomenal! The only thing I plan to change next time is to half the recipe because I didn’t look at the servings before making it and since I’m the only one in the house that eats oatmeal, it’s all I’ve been eating this week haha!

  48. This was so easy and practically foolproof.  I’m a new Instant Pot user and very intimidated by it.  
    Portioned half in my recently purchased Souper Cube container for the freezer. 
    75% of what’s in my freezer is made from skinny taste website and cookbooks!  
    Thanks again Gina !  
    Kim

  49. OK, this was a fail for me. I’m sure it is my fault. It took forever to cook in the instant pot; after 23 minutes on natural release, I released it to find soupy oatmeal? Should I have waited? Doe the Instant pot tell you when it is all done? I have it on the stove now and I started at 8:45!!!

    • Mine is soupy too when I open it up. You need to stir it and it will come together. It thickens even more after it’s refrigerated.

      • Omg!!! This was EXCELLENT!!!! I can’t stop eating it!  Recipe was spot on.  It thickened as it sat.  Thank you!

  50. Hi Gina!
    I unfortunately do not have an Instant Pot, but do have a slow cooker! Any ideas on how to convert to that? Thank you!

    • Gina, I’ve been cooking steel-cut oats in my slow cooker because I didn’t realize I could use my Instant Pot. I combine 1 cup oats, 4 cups water, and some salt in my slow cooker and cook on LOW for 3.5 hours. Stir once an hour until hour 3, when you’ll need to check on it and stir it more frequently.

      Note, I use BRM GF Steel-Cut Oats and they say you can cook it overnight, but when I did that the oats were very overdone and about half of it was wasted. I found by trial-and-error that 3.5 hours worked just right with my slow cooker – they really vary in how hot the LOW setting gets.

      I refrigerate it and portion some out and reheat in the microwave, then add milk, flaxseed meal, almonds, whatever. It’s really good!

  51. I made this today with 2c 2% milk and 4 c water,  Did not add any cinnamon while cooking.  It was so easy and perfectly cooked.  I look forward to having steel cut oats durning the week now:)  Thank you!

  52. Thanks for the great recipe! Just made this for breakfast. Super easy. To anyone making this make sure u read the part where it says to use a natural release. I did quick release and it made a nasty mess. 

  53. Hi gina!! Do u think I could add chia seeds or should I stir them in after they’re cooked?

  54. I made a batch and it produced enough for 8 take-to-work breakfasts for my husband and I. I portioned out some frozen berries to add aling with the half banana at breakfast time. Was a delicious and filling meal that we both enjoyed. Will definitely make this one again! So simple, inexpensive, healthy and delicious.

  55. Have you tried with instant steel cut oats? Either slow cooking or instant pot.  I have a jar that I need to get rid of, want to eat but the morning rush is too…rushed to enjoy

  56. So, what happens if you do a quick release on the pressure? I’m so impatient 🙂

  57. Can you make this in a slow cooker

  58. Well I just tried making this in my 8 qt and it said burn. Ugh. So frustrating. Is there something I need to know about adjusting recipes for an 8 qt Instant Pot?

  59. This recipe actually takes closer to 45 minutes. By the time the instant pot builds enough pressure that’s 10 minutes. 25 minutes to cook and another 5-10 minutes for the pressure to naturally release. So factor all that into your prep/cook.

    • Only 6 minutes to cook in IP? It only takes a couple minutes to prep and I’m pleased with how quickly my IP naturally releases pressure. By the time I got a load if laundry in and emptied the dishwasher it was ready!

  60. My husband is a huge fan of oatmeal and he raves about this!  Definitely a keeper and so much easier in the instant pot than on the stove!  Thanks for another great recipe!

  61. Hi There! If I set it up the night before with the timer will they be too mushy?

    • I have not tested it?

    • I always prepare my single serving of steel cut oats the night before. They always turn out great. I use a corning ware soup mug placed on a trivet. I use 1/4 c oats with 3/4 c water and dried fruit.  I set the timer, then go to bed. The instant pot begins cooking while I get ready for work. It releases naturally. Then I remove it from the pot, place the mug lid on it and put it in my car. By the time I get to work it is the perfect temp to eat. I can sit at my desk & read my emails while I enjoy breakfast

  62. I have an 8 qt.  will this recipe work?

  63. Oh Gina, this is a TOTAL game changer for me!!!

    My 97 year old Grandfather swore life was good because he took the time to have breakfast each day. Not just any breakfast either. He was a creature of habit and EVERY morning he made a pot of oatmeal in this old aluminum double boiler LOL. He was so ahead of the game and was adding wheat germ and flax seed when I was a girl to his “concoction”! I hated oatmeal as it reminded me of paste and with the flax in it well, I was a farm girl, it reminded me of mouse droppings LOL

    A few years ago I was introduced to steel cut oats and I fell in love with them. I crave this morning goodness like no other breakfast, but I hate the time it takes to make them and since I am the only one in the home who truly recognizes the yumminess of these I make them for myself rarely.

    I am running off to make a batch right now and could almost cry that I will get to have this every morning if I choose and secretly maybe to share breakfast with my Grandpa like I did as a girl.

    Thank you so much for this one and for all that you share! YOU truly are changing lives for the better!!!! <3

  64. Forget all of that!

    Place all of the following in a wide mouth stainless steel jar. -3/4 cup of steel cut oats and whatever you want to it. Boil enough water to cover over the oats in the jar. Screw on the lid and let it sit for about 30 minutes or so.

    • The 17 points is for one cup of steel oats dry – you are in reality only using 1/4 cup of dry steel oats per serving. The recipe calls for 2 cups of steel oats (dry) to make 8 servings

  65. I’m a WW. I used mccanns and I pointed it out for 1 cup came out to 17 pts. How did you get 5 pts?

    • It looks like you are looking up the points for 1 cup of UNCOOKED steel cut oats, a 1/4 cup of uncooked oats yields 1cup cooked oats. this recipe calls for 2 cups total of uncooked oats but makes 8 servings. Hope this helps!! 🙂

    • I noticed that it depended on the kind of milk used. If I used skim it would be 6 points but if I used almond it came out to 5.

    • Can I double the recipe? If so, what would the cook time be? I have a 6quart pot.

      • Try using the same cook time, it will probably just take a little longer to reach pressure with more food in the pot. Report back if you try it!

  66. Slow cooker or stove top version please

  67. I make overnight crockpot oats and my family loves them. 
    Very close to this recipe 

  68. I had a can of  pricey McCann’s steel cut Irish oatmeal tucked in the pantry,  waiting for a morning that I had time to prepare it. Well today was that day thanks to this recipe.  I did cut it in half (and it still made a huge portion),  I chose to add the frozen blueberries at the start of the cook time (as opposed to adding them at the end) which of course made the oatmeal a pretty color with permeated flavor. I always add a pinch of salt to oatmeal, I think it’s essential, didn’t have cinnamon sticks so just gave a few shakes of ground Saigon cinnamon and it’s really delicious!  Creamy and hearty! 

  69. I freeze the cooked outs in a muffin pan (nonstick or silicone) and  once frozen, pop out and place in a freezer bag.  Then everyone can pull out how much they want and reheat.

  70. Any ideas about Bob’s quick cooking steel cut oats? Those only take 7 minutes on the stove so I wonder how long they would take in the IP?

  71. Since oatmeal seems to ‘froth and bubble’ when cooked, does this cause a problem doing it in the pressure cooker? My manual said to stay away from oatmeal due to the vents clogging – am I just being too cautious?

  72. Is this for a 6 or 8 qt instant pot

  73. Love my instant pot steel cut oats! I’ll have to try the cinnamon stick trick. I like to top mine with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, a tablespoon of fig preserves, and some orange zest.

  74. Can I use regular oats?  Is the cooking time the same?

  75. Can I use ground cinnamon instead of cinnamon sticks? if so, how much? thanks!

  76. I also always use steel cut oats for my overnight oats. They are delicious!

  77. can i cook on the stove and then reheat?? 

  78. Sometimes when I make steel-cut oats on the stove it produces a gross slime, does this happen in the Instant Pot? Should I be rinsing it first? 

  79. Can I substitute ground cinnamon if I don’t have cinnamon sticks? Thanks!

  80. would this still work out well if I cut the recipe in half to make a smaller batch?

  81. I too use steel cut oats for my overnight oats.

  82. I always use steel cut oats for overnight oatmeal.  Just add milk to the oats, refrigerate overnight and they’re ready to go the next morning.  I prefer the texture of this method over soft and gooey.

  83. How can this be made in a crock pot?

  84. My daughter LOVES oatmeal for breakfast, but I rarely have time to make it on a school day. I’m going to give this a shot tomorrow!

  85. Just what I was looking for!

  86. Can these be made in a crockpot?

    • Yes, we cook for about 2.5 hours on low.  We used skim milk to cook instead of water and like our oatmeal creamy so we cooked less time than other folks.  On our crockpot, we would get dried oatmeal if we cooked much longer.  Before I retired, I would make them either on the weekend or throw them in the crockpot when I got home from work so they were done in plenty of time to cool before getting ready for bed.  While I was working, I would pour the cooked oatmeal in muffins tins and freeze.  Pop them out when frozen, throw them in baggies so anybody could grab one on their way out the door for microwaving at work.  

    • I do. 3 or 4 hours on high until they are too the chewiness you like.

    • Can a pressure cooker be used?