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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal (Rolled or Steel Cut Oats)

I love Oatmeal. I love pumpkin spice (whose with me?). Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal made with real pumpkin is a winner in my book! So is my Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, Date, Raisin and Walnut Oatmeal and Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal – all made in the Instant Pot with either Rolled Oats or Steel Cut Oats!

Oatmeal… or any hot cereal, is so comforting to me. The fact that its healthy, filling and EASY to make in my Instant Pot pressure cooker is a BONUS.

I like oatmeal plain with just a little honey… with fresh fruit and nuts… with warm spices, vanilla and brown sugar… with dried fruit and sliced banana…

Confession though… until this Instant Pot Pressure Cooker experiment, I had yet to try them with pumpkin and it’s infamous Fall spice.

Before now, I always cooked my oatmeal in the microwave. I stir ever 30 seconds. I stare into the ‘wave to make sure they don’t boil over – sometimes I look away and they do. Sometimes I get em right, sometimes I have to add more liquid. They never seem to be consistent. I still have always loved my oatmeal, but they are a full blown 3 minute labor (3 minutes, wah-wah… I know – my husband is rolling his eyes right now).

But, seriously… anyone else feel like cooking oatmeal is quite a task, mostly because you have to pay attention to it at one of the most inconvenient times – first thing in the morning, maybe before you’ve had anymore than 2 sips of coffee, and probably when you are multi-tasking in order to get yourself and your loved ones out the door in time, looking halfway decent? Thinking about it makes me want to go grab Starbucks or a pop tart, too. I feel you…

Well, good news is, as per the usual, my Pressure Cooker really pulled through

This Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal is so good. And, SO EASY!

Directions included for Steel Cut or Rolled Oats.

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal



For rolled oats: 
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)
2 1/2 cups water
My favorite brand is Bob’s Red Mill, Old Fashioned Rolled Oats

For steel cut oats:
3 cups water
My favorite brand is Bob’s Red Mill, Organic Steel Cut Oats!
instant pot oatmeal




1 cup pumpkin
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 t cinnamon*
1/4 t ginger*
1/8 t nutmeg*
pinch all-spice or clove*
1/8 t salt
1-3 t coconut oil or butter, optional
*can sub 1 t pumpkin pie spice

Optional Garnish:

Maple syrup or honey, drizzle after cooked when serving (1-2 t per serving)
Toasted Pumpkin seeds, coconut, walnuts, pecans or almonds

Fresh berries or bananas
Whatever your heart desires!


Put all ingredients in Pressure Cooker pot and stir.

Note: I used a bowl to initially combine ingredients, but thats so not necessary! Add directly to your pressure cooker pot insert.

Stir all ingredients well.

Add to Instant Pot. Close lid, and close vent knob.

For Instant Pot, turn vent knob to “Sealing”. 

Choose High Pressure cooking option, then adjust cook time.

For Instant Pot, choose Manual, then use +/- buttons to adjust cook time.

For Rolled Oats: Adjust cook time to 4 minutes

For Steel Cut Oats: Adjust cook time to 12 minutes

Pressure Cooker will take 5-10 minutes to pressurize, then cook time countdown will begin. 

When cook time has completed, quickly release pressure manually (QPR). Remove lid & stir.

Serve & Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

pumpkin spice oatmeal

Drizzle honey or maple syrup and top with 1 T walnuts, if desired. Enjoy your homemade, easy, healthy, satisfying, comforting GOODNESS!

pumpkin spice oatmeal

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