top down view of 2 healthy bowls of Instant Pot steel cut oats in a bowl with flavor topping.

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  • 1 cups steel cut oats
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • pinch of salt

Optional add-ins:

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom

To Serve

  • 2 tablespoon pure maple syrup, per serving
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or oat, cashew, soy, or your favorite plant milk)
  • handful of berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries)
  • 12 tablespoons nuts or seeds (almonds, walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts, etc.)


Add the steel cut oats, optional spices & vanilla, pinch of salt, and water to the Instant Pot insert. Attach lid and twist to lock. Turn the valve to SEALING position. Manually set to HIGH pressure and cook for 4 minutes. Let natural release for 15 minutes.

Serve in individual serving bowls or glass containers, and top with your choice of toppings, pure maple syrup and non-dairy milk.

Makes about 2 cups (2/3 – 1 cup per serving)

Serves 2 – 3

Store: Leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 – 5 days. Warm on the stovetop over low, adding a splash of water or milk, until warmed through.


Need a few ideas, try any of these serving suggestions:

  • Blueberry, Almonds + Cinnamon: Top the oatmeal with fresh blueberries, chopped or slivered almonds, a dash of cinnamon, drizzle of pure maple syrup and almond milk.
  • Apple Walnut Steel Cut Oats: Top with diced apple, chopped walnuts, a drizzle of pure maple syrup and almond milk.
  • Peanut Butter, Banana + Chocolate Chips: For a healthy steel cut oats rich in protein, serve with 2 tablespoons of Almond Butter over top with sliced banana, sprinkle of chocolate chips (or cacao nibs), dash of cinnamon, drizzle of maple syrup and almond milk.
  • Strawberries and Cream: Top oats with fresh sliced strawberries, coconut cream or Vegan Cream, pure maple syrup, and sprinkle of cardamom. It’s super simple and utterly delicious!
  • Berries and Cream: Top with fresh berries (raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and/or blueberries) and a sprinkle of cardamom or cinnamon, and drizzle with coconut cream (or almond milk) and maple syrup.
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly: Another protein rich oatmeal with 2 tablespoons of your favorite Almond Butter and Berry Chia Jam or Blueberry Compote with a drizzle of pure maple syrup and coconut cream or plant milk.

Recommended Equipment: This is the Instant Pot (affiliate link) I use and love. Keep in mind if using another model, cooking times may differ.

Nutrition is calculated with 1 tablespoon maple syrup and 1/4 cup almond milk.

Nutritional values are estimates only. See our full nutrition disclosure here.