Instant Pot Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

gluten free & dairy free

Instant pot pumpkin steel cut oats are the perfect healthy fall breakfast! They're easy to make using the pressure cooker and full of pumpkin

September 15, 2023
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Instant Pot Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats are the perfect healthy fall breakfast. They come together quick with the help of the electric pressure cooker and are full of pumpkin spice flavor.

It’s pretty much pumpkin pie in breakfast form. Who says you can’t have pie for breakfast?

Love pumpkin recipes? Try my Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting!

instant pot pumpkin steel cut oats

These pumpkin spice steel cut oats are:

  • dairy free
  • gluten free
  • naturally sweetened 
  • hearty
  • easy to make

Instant pot steel cut oats are a great healthy carbohydrate that are super filling and has some protein and fiber to boot. 

instant pot pumpkin steel cut oats

Instant Pot Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats – Ingredients

Steel cut oats – (not rolled oats) Steel cut oats take longer to cook because they haven’t been through the refining process and are still whole husked oats.

Pure pumpkin puree – make sure it’s not pumpkin pie filling. We want the real deal pure pumpkin here. This recipe calls for much more than 1/2 cup pumpkin puree – we’re using the whole can!

Maple syrup – I love using maple syrup because it’s unrefined and pairs beautifully with pumpkin. But feel free to use your sugar of choice when making this steel cut oats instant pot recipe. Brown sugar, white sugar, or coconut sugar will all work well.

Molasses (optional) – I like to add a touch of molasses into my pumpkin oats. It brings a depth of flavor like nothing else can.

Pumpkin pie spice – The star of the show. The combination of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and allspice bring out the flavor of the pumpkin and give it that fall flavor we all know and love. 

Ground Cinnamon – I always like to add a little bit of extra cinnamon whenever I’m using pumpkin pie spice. It takes it up a notch.

Filtered water – It’s just better for our bodies. Don’t be tempted to use that tap water!

Vanilla extract – While this is an optional ingredient, I feel like it makes this recipe taste extra special. Almost like you’re having a treat for breakfast. 

Sea salt – Oh how I love salt. It brings out the flavor of each ingredient, balances out the sweetness, and rounds out the recipe as a whole. 

instant pot pumpkin steel cut oats

Instant Pot Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats – How to Make

First add the oats, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, salt, molasses, vanilla, and water into the instant pot and stir till combined.

Next, lock the lid into place and move the valve to the “sealing” position. Set the pot to cook on high pressure, and use the “+” button to set the time to a 10 minute cook time. 

Once the 10 minutes is up, allow the steam to naturally release on its own for another 10 minutes. In other words, don’t move the valve to release the pressure until the pot reads “LO10”.

Then, after the 10 minute natural pressure release is complete, carefully move the valve to the “venting” position to release any remaining steam. 

Stir the cooked oats until the liquid on the top is well encorporated. 

Finally, serve hot or cold and add on any toppings you’d like!

instant pot pumpkin steel cut oats

Instant Pot Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats – Add-ins and toppings

This steel cut oats recipe is delicious on it’s own, but some yummy toppings would take it over the top! Here’s some ideas:


Nut butter

Shredded coconut

Mini chocolate chips



Chopped nuts



Egg whites

Collagen or protein powder

Chia seeds

Hemp Seeds


instant pot pumpkin steel cut oats

Instant Pot Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats – Notes

These pressure cooker pumpkin oats will be a hit with the whole family!

Make this instant pot pumpkin spice oatmeal ahead of time for the perfect breakfast meal prep. 

This pumpkin oatmeal will last in the fridge for up to 5 days

You may need to add a bit of liquid when reheating the next day. Like some water or unsweetened almond milk. 

The Instant Pot pressure cooker can be finicky at times. If you get a burn notice when trying to cook your oatmeal, add a bit more liquid and give everything a good stir, and that should take care of the problem. 

I hope you enjoy cooking and eating this pumpkin oatmeal recipe!

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More instant pot recipes:
Pot Roast
Instant Pot Boiled Eggs
Baby Potatoes

instant pot pumpkin steel cut oats

Instant Pot Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats Recipe

These pumpkin steel cut oats are the perfect fall breakfast. This recipe is made with maple and pumpkin pie spice right in the instant pot. It's so delicious!
Servings 8 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup can sub brown sugar, or white sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon molasses optional
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 cups filtered water


  • Add all the ingredients into the instant pot and stir to combine.
  • Secure the lid and turn to valve to the "sealing" position.
  • Set the timer to 10 minutes on high pressure. Once the time is up, let the pot naturally release for 10 minutes.
  • When the instant pot reads "L010", it is done cooking. Carefully release any remaining steam but moving the valve to the "venting" position. When the red pin has dropped, it is safe to open the lid.
  • Reincorporate the water on the top of the mixture by mixing with a spoon.
  • Serve hot or cold with more maple syrup, brown sugar, nuts, fruit, or any other toppings you'd like.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 198kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 3gFat: 1.6gSodium: 124mgFiber: 3.3gSugar: 25g
Author: Jill from Simply Jillicious
Calories: 198kcal
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot, instant pot pumpkin oats, pumpkin pie oatmeal, pumpkin steel cut oats
Diet: dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan

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