These pumpkin steel cut oats are made in the Instant Pot for a quick and easy breakfast! These oats taste like pumpkin pie but they’re a healthy way to start the day!

instant pot pumpkin steel cut oats
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I’ve been loving steel cut oatmeal and making them in the Instant Pot is a quick and easy way to prepare them. While I normally bake my steel cut oats, making them in the Instant Pot is a nice way to speed up the cooking if I’m short on time. Simply add all the ingredients to the Instant Pot and press start! It’s a healthy breakfast that really keeps me full. Plus, it’s easy to customize it based on your tastes and preferences.

instant pot pumpkin steel cut oats

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Oats — Be sure to use steel cut oats. Regular oats can’t be substituted in this recipe. But if you’re looking for a tasty way to use rolled oats, try my vegan baked oatmeal!
  • Sweetener — Feel free to swap honey, agave, brown rice syrup, or another sticky sweetener for the maple syrup. Keep in mind that honey is not considered vegan. Another option is to cook the oatmeal without any sweetener and then add sweetener to each portion.
  • Pumpkin — Make sure to use pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling. The only ingredient in the can should be pumpkin.
  • Pumpkin pie spice — If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice, I have a simple recipe for making your own.
  • Milk — I typically make this recipe with almond milk but you can use any type of milk you prefer.

What are steel cut oats?

Steel cut oats are the least-processed version of oats. They have a little more texture and flavor than rolled or quick oats, but they also take the longest to cook. I don’t typically use these oats for a quick bowl of oatmeal in the morning because of their longer cook time, but thanks to the Instant Pot, these oats can be ready in about 20 minutes from start to finish.

Benefits of Oats

Oats are a fantastic choice if you need a healthy breakfast that will give you energy and keep you full until lunchtime! They’re a whole grain, meaning they’re a good source of protein and fiber. This combination of nutrients is what makes a bowl of oatmeal so satisfying.

Oats are also a great budget-friendly breakfast. A container of steel cut oats only costs a couple of dollars and will last a long time! You can find steel cut oats at most major grocery stores and I’ve even found them at Aldi, Target, and Trader Joe’s

How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice

I typically buy pre-made pumpkin pie spice, but you can make your own if you have a full spice rack in your kitchen! To make your own, combine:

  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

Mix together all spices and keep in a sealed container. You’ll need one teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice mix for this recipe.

How to Make Pumpkin Oatmeal in an Instant Pot