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Creamy Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

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This Creamy Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal is a delicious spin on traditional oatmeal. Make this quick and easy pressure cooker oatmeal in your Electric Pressure Cooker any day of the week.

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I’ll be the first to admit that Breakfast in the morning is not always easy. But using the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker for oatmeal saves the day most mornings. I can make all kinds of breakfast without standing in front of a stove stirring, tossing, and flipping anything. 

Keep reading for a super top secret way to get the pot to come to pressure quickly in this recipe.

I’ve shared a few Instant Pot breakfast recipes on the blog…such as the Copycat Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites in the Instant Pot and this Instant Pot Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge.

So now is the perfect time to share this Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal recipe with you all.


Making oatmeal in the Pressure Cooker is pretty much hands off. Traditionally, oats on the stove requires stirring and careful watching. In all honesty, the majority of the time I made oats on the stove, they burned 🙁 I get distracted easily.

With the pressure cooker method, I just put everything in my handy dandy steamer insert, stir once, set the timer, walk away and put on my make-up, come back and breakfast is ready.

oatmeal in bowl with walnuts on top


I use Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats to make my oats in the Pressure Cooker. I believe a lot of people like steel cut oats. I’ve had them once and I wasn’t the biggest fan. Old Fashioned is what I use to get that creamy oatmeal…plus, it’s cheaper. Win win!


I purchased this steamer insert with the intention of making baby food. I quickly realized it was the perfect vessel to make this pumpkin pressure cooker oatmeal.

It works by creating a vessel around your oatmeal and liquids so it cooks but keeps the steam inside, resulting in perfectly cooked oatmeal.

Check out my handy video for this Pumpkin Pie Pressure Cooker Oatmeal to see how I use it.

You could use a large pyrex glass dish (7cup) if you don’t have the steamer basket (I’ve used both) but I find the steamer basket an additional accessory that’s totally worth the investment. It’s much easier to place in the pressure cooker and get out of the pressure cooker.


So here it is…I add a cup of water (as the recipe indicates) in the Instant Pot and press the sauté button. While the water is heating up, I prepare my oatmeal in the steamer basket as indicated. By the time I’m done with that, my water in the IP is already boiling. I cancel the the sauté mode and continue along with the recipe.

Generally it takes my Instant Pot about 10 minutes to come to pressure. With this top secret tip (it’s really not that top secret, I’m sure a ton of people do this) it takes about 5 minutes because the water has gotten a head start on getting warm.

If you’re going to do this method, just make sure your water doesn’t boil for a long. You don’t want that 1 cup of water to evaporate. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. If you’ve made it, liked it or loved, please consider leaving a comment below and sharing 🙂




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Creamy Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

This Creamy Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal is a delicious spin on traditional oatmeal. Make this easy delicious breakfast in your Electric Pressure Cooker any day of the week. 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword pressure cooker oatmeal
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
come to pressure 5 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 326kcal
Author Tanya


  • 2 cups water divided
  • 2 cups rolled old fashioned oats
  • 1 ¾ cup milk 2%
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • Chopped pecans for topping


To make the Pressure Cooker come to pressure quickly

  • Pour one cup of water in the Pressure Cooker. Press sauté button to boil the water.

To make the Oatmeal

  • Meanwhile, add oats, other one cup of water, milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and maple syrup to steamer insert or pyrex dish, whichever you are using. Stir and cover.
  • Press Cancel on the Instant Pot and place covered steamer insert directly in Pressure Cooker. If using Pyrex dish, place on trivet.
  • Cover Pressure Cooekr and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.
  • Once timer goes off, allow Pressure Cooker to naturally release for 5 minutes, then release remaining pressure.
  • Remove oatmeal from Pressure Cooker and stir. Top with chopped pecans.


  • If making this directly in pot without no steamer basket, omit 1 cup water and reduce pressure cook time to 4-5 minutes for rolled oats. 
  • If you hate all things pumpkin, this recipe can be modified and made into plain oatmeal. Just omit the pumpkin puree and increase the milk by ¼ cup.
  • You can also sub on the sweetner if maple syrup isn’t your thing. This recipe works best with Libby’s brand pumpkin puree. It’s thicker than other generic brands and has a strong delicious pumpkin flavor. I highly recommend it in this recipe.
  • This recipe was made in a 6qt Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker. Please adjust accordingly for bigger or smaller models. 

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Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 444mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 4870IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 203mg | Iron: 2.2mg
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liquid ingredients in stainless steel bowl
Combine ingredients in your steamer insert. Cover.
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Place steamer insert in Instant Pot that already has 1 cup of water in it. Cover and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. Let natural release for 5 minutes after timer goes off, then quick release.

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Remove steamer insert and open. Stir oatmeal and enjoy. 

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Sunday 1st of December 2019

Just put a little more water into the liner so it doesn't evaporate beyond the one cup. Works very well; I do it all the time.


Wednesday 10th of October 2018

Would this work with steel cut oats?


Friday 28th of September 2018

What a great day starter! My family will love this dish!


Friday 28th of September 2018

OMG! This is suche a great idea for my busy breakfasts! Looks fabulous!


Friday 28th of September 2018

Thank you ?

Toni | Boulder Locavore

Thursday 27th of September 2018

This will be a huge hit this fall! Can't wait to try it!


Friday 28th of September 2018

Perfect for Fall ? thank you