August 25, 2020

instant pot steel cut oatmeal: Chocolate & Cherry

instant pot steel cut oatmeal

Steel cut oats are my preferred type of oat to eat, but the cook time sometimes gets in the way of me enjoying them. Enter this easy instant pot steel cut oatmeal! With a cook time of only four minutes, these are great for busy mornings. You can easily prep these while you're getting ready in the morning (no stirring required!). The toppings are all completely optional, but cherries and chocolate just work so well together.

instant pot steel cut oatmeal

Instant Pot Goodness

I LOVE my Instant Pot! It's definitely an appliance that I use more in the winter and fall, so stay tuned for lots more recipes coming soon. The Instant Pot that I bought and use is this one, I have the 6 quart size.

And be sure to also check out my other Instant Pot recipes too, like these creamy pumpkin Instant Pot steel cut oats, Instant Pot carnitas and this Instant Pot lentil soup with kale and sausage.

instant pot steel cut oatmeal

What is The difference between steel cut and regular oats

Steel Cut Oatmeal:

  • Less processed than regular rolled oats and other oat grains.
  • Produced when the groats are chopped into pieces with large steel blades (hence the name steel cut).
  • Have a coarser chewier and nuttier texture than rolled or quick oats.
  • Take longer to prepare due to less processing (which is why this Instant Pot steel cut oatmeal works SO well).
  • Reheats very well, making it a great meal prep breakfast option.

Rolled Oats

  • Also called Old Fashioned oats.
  • These groats have gone through more processing as they need to be steamed and flattened.
  • Milder in flavour and softer in texture.
  • Because they have been partially cooked, they take less time to prepare.

Overall steel cut oats have a much firmer texture. If you don't like regular oatmeal because you find the texture too soft, you may like steel cut oatmeal better. Both steel cut and regular oats offer a lot in terms of nutrition as they are high in fibre and nutrients. And both are great for a budget friendly breakfast too!

steel cut oats in a cup

Ingredients for This Instant Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal

Steel Cut Oatmeal

Obviously in order to make these Instant Pot steel cut oats, you'll need steel cut oats. The brand I use for all of my oats (and flours) is Bob's Red Mill.

Click here to see the steel cut oats I use.

Water + Milk

I like to cook the oats with water first. Then after they're cooked, I like adding some milk to make them really creamy and extra delicious. Usually, I use a plant-based milk, such as a vanilla almond milk. Feel free to use whatever milk you prefer.

Cocoa Powder

To make this Instant Pot steel cut oatmeal taste chocolatey, you'll need some cocoa powder.

This is the type of cocoa powder I use.


I love adding a pinch of cinnamon to these chocolate steel cut oats because it warms it up a bit in terms of flavor. Plus cinnamon is just such a delicious spice.

This is the brand of cinnamon I use.

Coconut Whipped Cream

This is an optional add in, but it adds a lot more creaminess and decadence. I'd suggest making it ahead of time. You can see this post to check out how I make coconut whipped cream.

This is the brand I love and use all the time for making coconut whipped cream. It’s the best! If you are in the U.S. try this one.


The combination of chocolate with cherries is definitely a favourite so that's what I use for this recipe. If you can't get fresh cherries, you can use frozen, or substitute for another berry or stone fruit.

instant pot steel cut oatmeal

How to make Instant pot Steel Cut oatmeal

One of the reasons I love making IP steel cut oats is because the pressure cooker does all the work! Plus, because you're cooking them in the Instant Pot, you don't need to watch over them or stir them as you would with a stove top version. The timing of making steel cut oats in the Instant Pot and on the stovetop are about the same. This is because you need to account for the time it takes for the pressure to build and to release the pressure. But the main selling point is how hands off it is. And for that reason, I pretty much always make steel cut oats in the instant pot.

Add the steel cut oats, water, cocoa powder and cinnamon to your Instant Pot and give it a quick stir. Place the lid on and lock it and ensure it is set to "sealing" and then press manual pressure. Set the timer for four minutes.

Once the timer is done, turn off the Instant Pot and let the pressure release naturally. Carefully, open the lid and stir in some of your milk and give that a stir.

chocolate steel cut oats with milk

Divide the steel cut oats into your bowl, top with chopped cherries, a scoop of coconut whipped cream if you're using it and extra chocolate and chopped hazelnuts if you want.

coconut whipped cream in a bowl

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Store leftovers in the fridge in a sealed container. To reheat, add the oats to a small saucepan and heat over low for about 5 minutes. Add additional liquid as needed.

instant pot steel cut oatmeal

Toppings For Steel Cut Oatmeal

The toppings are the best part, right?! So choose ones that you like the most.

Here are some topping ideas for you:

If you make this Instant Pot steel cut oatmeal please let me know by tagging me on Instagram. Or share a review/rating below! I love hearing from you!

instant pot steel cut oatmeal

Other breakfast recipes to check out:

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instant pot steel cut oatmeal: Chocolate & Cherry

Easy and delicious instant pot steel cut oatmeal with chocolate, cherries and a coconut whipped cream. Whip this up in under 25 minutes!





  1. Add the oats, water, cocoa powder and cinnamon to your Instant Pot. Give it a quick stir, attach the lid, ensure that the device is set to "sealing" and press manual/pressure cooker and set the timer for 4 minutes on high pressure.
  2. Once the oats are finished cooking, turn it off (do not let it go to keep warm) and allow the steam to release naturally.
  3. Once the steam has released, open the lid carefully. Add the dairy free milk and stir to combine.
  4. Portion into bowls and add toppings like coconut whipped cream, cherries, hazelnuts and chocolate.


To make the coconut whipped cream, check out this post.

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