Instant Pot Cinnamon Oatmeal

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Hearty oats, cinnamon, and brown sugar come together for a nourishing and satisfying breakfast in this Instant Pot Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe. Using your instant pot makes this delicious recipe a super quick way to start your day!

Just because mornings are crazy busy doesn’t mean you can’t have a nutritious breakfast! This pressure cooker recipe is quick and easily customizable too!

Instant Pot Cinnamon Oatmeal

Nothing says breakfast more than oatmeal and with the instant pot you can be breaking your fast in no time at all. Perfect for those busy mornings when you just need to get out the door. 

This hands-off, easy breakfast recipe makes up a batch of creamy oatmeal just waiting for you to customize with your favorite toppings. Way easier than making oatmeal on the stove top, the instant pot lets you tend to other things while it works its magic.

Instant Pot Oatmeal Recipe

You can easily prep all the dry ingredients the night before, add the liquid, and set the electric pressure cooker when you wake up in the morning. It really couldn’t be simpler. Or, if you like to meal prep, get this delicious recipe going while you tend to your other tasks during your weekly meal prep session.

If you love this easy instant pot oatmeal you are sure to love these breakfast recipes too: Purple Cow Smoothie, Applesauce Bread With Chocolate Chips, or these Strawbery Pancakes. If you’re a fan of cinnamon these recipes are great too; Crockpot Cinnamon ApplesauceIce Cream Cinnamon Sticky Rolls, or these Cinnamon Toffee Monkey Muffins. 

Quick Oatmeal Recipe

Oatmeal is one breakfast that never disappoints. Easily adapted to everyone’s favorite toppings, you can lay out a bunch of fresh or frozen fruit, some nuts, seeds, and maple syrup and let everyone build their own bowl. 

Ingredients for instant pot oatmeal for two

For complete ingredients and instructions scroll to the bottom of this post for the full printable recipe. 

  • Rolled oats – Old-fashioned oats work best in this oatmeal, don’t use instant, quick oats, or steel-cut oats as they cook up differently. 
  • Water – Simple tap water is fine to make these oats.
  • Milk – Any kind of milk will work in this oatmeal; dairy milk or plant-based like almond milk are all good options.
  • Vanilla Extract – pure is best!
  • Cinnamon – Cinnamon adds sweetness and a slight spice
  • Salt – A pinch of salt to enhance the flavor.
  • Brown sugar – A touch of brown sugar sweetens up the oatmeal.
  • Optional Toppings: Extra milk, berries, banana slices, nut butter, maple syrup.

How to make healthy oatmeal with cinnamon

In just a few steps you’ll have a hearty oatmeal breakfast. 

Add all the ingredients to the instant pot and whisk to combine.

Close the lid, set the valve to seal, and set the Instant Pot to pressure cook on high for 2 minutes.

*Note Keep in mind you’ll need to add a few minutes to the total time for the instant pot to heat up. 

Allow for a natural pressure release and then carefully remove the lid. 

Stir the oatmeal.

Serve with extra milk and your favorite fixings.

This oatmeal recipe makes two servings, but you can easily adjust the quantities to make more or less oatmeal. I like to make a big batch and store it in the fridge to eat the next day. Leftover oatmeal can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave. If you find the oatmeal is too thick you can add a touch of water or milk to thin it out.  

Leftovers can also be frozen though the texture may be slightly different when thawed and reheated. 

Cooking times may vary depending on your instant pot so take note and make any required adjustments.

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Substitutions

Remember that when it comes to making substitutions in recipes, you don’t need to be afraid to get creative and use ingredients that suit your personal taste and dietary preferences. Make it your own!

  •  Instead of cinnamon add other spices like nutmeg, and cardamom, or add a splash of almond extract to these instant pot rolled oats.

  • In place of brown sugar mix in honey, agave, or a drizzle of maple syrup.

Tips & Tricks

  • I used a 1:1:1 ratio of oats to liquid in this recipe (rolled oats/water/milk). Feel free to modify it to your preferred consistency. All milk will result in a creamier texture, while all water might yield a less rich and creamy texture. 

  • Rolled oats work best with these ratios and cook times. Steel-cut oats would most likely need more liquid and a longer cooking time. Instant oats will not work with these ratios and may become mushy.

  • Whisking all the ingredients in the instant pot itself ensures all the ingredients are well combined. 

  • Make sure the instant pot’s valve is set to sealed before initiating the cooking process. 

  • Note it can take up to 10-15 minutes for the instant pot to naturally release the pressure once it’s done cooking. I don’t suggest using the quick-release method, as you may get hot liquid spewing out which will result in unevenly cooked oats.

  • Play around with the amount of cinnamon, salt, and brown sugar based on your taste preference. 

  • Go crazy with your toppings! Anything goes really; chopped nuts, seeds, fruit, honey, nut butter.

  • Stir in apple chunks, peeled, to make instant pot apple cinnamon oatmeal which tastes just like apple pie oatmeal. Applesauce also works or use apple pie spice

  • Top with plain or vanilla yogurt for the ultimate combination of flavor and texture.

  • Mix in some chocolate chips for a more decadent bowl of oatmeal.

  • Use heavy cream or coconut milk for an even creamier texture. 

  • Sprinkle with chia seeds for more protein and some crunch. 

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Yield: 2

Instant Pot Cinnamon Oatmeal

Two bowls of Instant Pot Cinnamon Oatmeal.

Hearty oats, cinnamon, and brown sugar come together for a nourishing and satisfying breakfast in this Instant Pot Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe. Using your instant pot makes this delicious recipe a super quick way to start your day!

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 2 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • Toppings of choice

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to the instant pot and whisk to combine. 

  2. Close the lid, set the valve to seal, and set the Instant Pot to pressure cook on 
high for 2 minutes.
  3. Allow the Instant Pot to naturally release then carefully remove the lid. 

  4. Stir the oatmeal and serve with extra milk and your favorite toppings.


Notes

This oatmeal recipe makes two servings, but you can easily adjust the quantities to make more or less oatmeal. I like to make a big batch and store it in the fridge to eat the next day. Leftover oatmeal can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave. If you find the oatmeal is too thick you can add a touch of water or milk to thin it out.  

Leftovers can also be frozen though the texture may be slightly different when thawed and reheated. 

Cooking times may vary depending on your instant pot so take note and make any required adjustments.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 595mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 5gSugar: 13gProtein: 9g

Please note that nutrition is not guaranteed accurate.

 

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11 Comments

  1. Ooo I’ve never tried making oatmeal in the instant pot but this is a great idea! Going to try this recipe for breakfast tomorrow.

  2. Using the Instant Pot to make oatmeal was a total game changer for my morning routine! Loved this recipe – satisfying and delicious!

  3. Great for quick mornings and we loved the flavor and texture, it’s perfect! Will be making more often now, delicious and so easy!

  4. Love this INSTANT POT CINNAMON OATMEAL recipe!!! is super easy and looks delicious, saves time and will feed the whole family, easy for school days. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. I recently tried this recipe, and it completely changed my mornings! The cinnamon taste was just right, and the oats turned out perfectly cooked and creamy. Plus, it was quick and easy to make. Highly recommended!

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