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Instant Pot Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats in white bowls topped with walnuts and butter.
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5 from 6 votes

Instant Pot Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats

This delicious fall-inspired version of steel cut oats is perfect for those busy mornings when you need a no-hassle breakfast. This also makes delicious meal prep as it reheats so well!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon, maple syrup, pumpkin, steel cut oats, walnuts
Servings: 4
Author: Amy- A Red Spatula


  • pressure cooker


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 cup+1 tablespoon steel-cut oats
  • cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon In place of the cinnamon and next 3 spices, you can also use 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice if you prefer.
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • maple syrup for topping
  • butter optional, but I really like it on mine.
  • half and half again, optional, but also really good.
  • walnuts optional for topping. You can also use any other nut or seed you like here!
  • currants or raisins my hubby loves these for topping, but this optional.


  • Spray your pan with spray release or rub it lightly with oil. This will keep the oatmeal from burning on the pan. Add all ingredients for the steel-cut oats to your pressure cooker. Secure the lid and set it for seal.
  • Set for pressure cooking high for 4 minutes. It will take time for it to come up to temperature and pressure.
  • Once the time is done, allow it to natural release for 15-18 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and stir. If you need to cook it a little more, set the temperature to saute or low. Cook, stirring consistently until it is thick enough. I personally like this recipe a little thinner than usual, but cook how you like it!
  • Top as you like and enjoy.
  • Whatever you don't finish, you can store it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 7 days. When you are ready, reheat in the microwave.
  • That is it. You are done and this could not be more simple!


  • Make sure your ingredients are mixed in before cooking. This recipe has enough water to prevent your pressure cooker from showing the "burn" error but mix to make sure.
  • The natural release is really important. Do not release the pressure right away, let it continue to cook with the natural release.
  • I don't add my sweeteners until the end, after cooking. This allows everyone to adjust sweetness as they like it.
  • Topping ideas are endless here. I gave a few of my suggestions, but just know, there are plenty of others.
  • You can use any seed or nut you like. Dried fruits are really good as toppings as well. Half and half or even heavy cream are also really yummy!