Superfood Instant Pot Oatmeal is made with fresh fruit, veggies, whole grain rolled oats, and more for a nutrient-rich, gluten free breakfast. Quick to make, it can be served warm, or stored in the fridge for meal prep overnight oats! Stovetop and Slow Cooker Options, too.
What Is Superfood Oatmeal?
As the name suggests, superfood oatmeal is basic oatmeal loaded with nutrient-dense superfoods! Unlike many (most) store-bought oatmeal packets and snacks that are full of refined sugars and additives, this instant pot oatmeal is made with nothing but the good stuff. As a result, it’s packed full of budget-friendly fruits and vegetables and is loaded with healthy fats, complex carbs, fiber, and nutrients to keep you fueled. Even better, the flavor resembles that of Hummingbird cake for a breakfast you’ll look forward to digging into!
Why Make Instant Pot Oatmeal
When it comes to the Instant Pot, you probably think about recipes like chicken chili and steamed artichokes. However, it’s a great tool for oatmeal, too! Unlike stovetop oatmeal recipes that take quite a long time to boil and simmer or microwave options that tend to explode, this Instant Pot oatmeal recipe cooks quickly, cleans easily, and tastes incredible. Plus, it’s great to make in bulk to feed a crowd or enjoy throughout the week! To summarize, this superfood Instant Pot oatmeal is:
- Gluten free, dairy free, and customizable to fit your needs
- Great for feeding a big family or hungry crew
- Perfect for meal prep
- Budget-friendly, filling, and full of nutrients
Instant Pot Oatmeal Recipe Superfood Ingredients
Say goodbye to bland, boring oats! This recipe is packed full of all the good stuff. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Non-Dairy Milk – Almond, coconut, or oat milk is used to help cook the oats.
- Water – Combined with the water, this helps prevent the oats from burning in the bottom of the pot.
- Gluten Free Rolled Oats – We highly recommend rolled oats for this Instant Pot oatmeal recipe as quick oats will become too mushy and steel-cut oats won’t fluff and thicken up as we want.
- Apple – Chop up your favorite apple for added sweetness and texture.
- Carrot or Zucchini – Veggies in oatmeal?! Yep! We won’t tell if you don’t. Use either carrots or zucchini, and shred them up small to add extra nutrients and bulk. We promise you can’t taste it!
- Walnuts – Chop them into pieces for a little extra crunch and heart-healthy omega fats. Any other type of nut you have on hand can be used, too!
- Flaxseed or Chia Seed – Nutrient powerhouses, these seeds are tiny but mighty, helping to thicken the oatmeal, add fiber, and pack in even more healthy fats.
- Cinnamon – Just a dash helps add a little extra sweetness.
- Sea Salt – Used to enhance the rest of the ingredients.
- Dried Fruit – Technically optional, we love to include raisins or goji berries for natural sweetness and texture.
- Optional Toppings and Mix-Ins – Add all your favorite toppings like fresh blueberries, cream, and coconut milk!
More Toppings and Add-Ins
Feel free to mix and match all your favorite ingredients to make this Instant Pot oatmeal your own! For example, some of our favorite options include:
What Is the Ratio of Water to Oats?
To cook your oatmeal and prevent it from burning, you’ll need a ratio of 1:2. Simply put, you’ll need twice as much liquid as oats. For example, for this Instant Pot oatmeal recipe, we use 3 cups of liquid for every 1 ½ cups of gluten free oats.
How to Make Instant Pot Oatmeal
- Combine. Grease the pot of a 6-quart Instant Pot. Then, add the milk and water followed by the remaining ingredients except for the dried fruit and any toppings
Note: Naturally refined coconut oil works well to prevent burning, but any cooking oil or butter you have on hand can be used.
- Cook. Lock the Instant Pot, and set the vent to closed. Then, select the MANUAL mode, and cook on high pressure before allowing the pot to natural release.
If using the quick-release method, let the oatmeal sit for 2-3 minutes on warm before stirring.
- Serve. Stir in any mix-ins, divide the oatmeal, and enjoy! Or, store it for later.
Pro-Tip to Prevent Burning
To ensure your oatmeal doesn’t burn, try using the pot-in-pot cooking method! To do so, pour 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot, and insert a trivet. Add the oats and milk to the bowl followed by the rest of the ingredients (except for the dried fruit and mix-ins). Lock and seal the lid on top, and cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes. Then, allow the pot to do a full natural pressure release. Add your remaining ingredients, and enjoy!
Important Note: Depending on the size of your Instant Pot, you will likely need to cut the recipe in ½ to use the pot-in-pot method.
Watch How to Prep Oatmeal in the Instant Pot
Alternative Cooking Methods
Don’t have an Instant Pot? No worries! We’ve got you covered with easy alternative cooking methods instead.
Stovetop Option: Bring the milk to a soft boil in a large saucepan. Stir in all the ingredients except for the mix-ins and toppings. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the liquid is absorbed and the oats are thoroughly cooked. Add any remaining ingredients before serving.
Slow Cooker Option: Add all of the ingredients except for the mix-ins and toppings to your slow cooker, mixing to combine. Set the slow cooker on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 5 hours. Stir halfway (or every hour) through cooking, and add more liquid as needed in the last hour of cooking. Once cooked and your desired consistency is reached, add the rest of your ingredients, and serve.
Note: Every slow cooker will require slightly different cooking times. So, keep an eye on your oats as they cook!
Instant Pot Oatmeal Recipe: Common Questions
If your oatmeal is burning it could be due to several different reasons. First, be sure to add enough liquid. You want the oats fully submerged. Remember you can always let it warm to thicken later! Second, add any higher sugar ingredients, like fruit pieces, last. Finally, if you want to be extra careful to prevent any burning, swap the milk out for water instead.
When stored in airtight containers, leftovers will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
Just pot them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, and they’re good to go! You can also enjoy them cold.
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