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When chilly fall mornings come roaring in, you want a warm breakfast. But when you have lots of people in your house, you need something easy, tasty, and filling. Instant Pot pumpkin spice oatmeal fits the bill. It cooks in the Instant Pot which means you can walk away and get out of your pajamas before noon.

Steel cut oats are the best to use for this recipe because they are hardier. You are less likely to get mushy oatmeal when you use steel cut. If all you have is old fashioned oats, then use them instead. Just remember that your oatmeal will be not as hearty. Some people are ok with mushy oatmeal and some people think it’s from the devil. You choose which one works for your family.

Before you start, decide which method you are using to prepare your oatmeal. Direct in the Instant Pot or the pot in pot method? This is important from the beginning because with the former, you will only mix a few ingredients and with the latter, you mix all the ingredients together. I like the pot in pot method for simplicity’s sake but both are ok to use.

Regardless of what method you use, you get to walk away and do other stuff while it cooks. I like to get dressed for the day, maybe set the table with the maple syrup and other additions. Bible or praise time is good too. Sitting on the porch with a hot cup of coffee sounds amazing too. A mama can dream, right?



  • Author: Jamerrill Stewart
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 mins
  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Instant Pot


This warm oatmeal is fast and easy to make with the bonus of being full of fall flavors.


  • 1 ¼ cup steel cut oats
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree



  1. Pour water into liner of electric pressure cooker. Whisk in brown sugar, pumpkin spice blend, cinnamon, and salt. Sprinkle oats over the top. Do not stir.

  2. Cover and turn the valve to sealing. Set pressure cooker to manual for 6 minutes. 

  3. After cooking cycle is complete, release the pressure completely and remove the lid.Stir in remaining ingredients. Replace lid and allow to “keep warm” until the milk is absorbed.

  4. Serve topped with pecans, walnuts, maple syrup, or cream.


Pot in pot cooking method:

Because oatmeal tends to create a “burn” message, cooking as “pot in pot” is a no fail method.

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl or pot that will fit inside the electric pressure cooker liner. Stir well.

  2. Place trivet in the liner and pour the minimum required amount of water (as noted by the manufacturer) into the bottom of the pressure cooker liner.

  3. Put the bowl or pot containing to oatmeal mixture on the trivet.

  4. Cover and turn the valve to sealing. Set pressure cooker to manual for 6 minutes. 

  5. After cooking cycle is complete, allow to naturally release for 10 minutes before releasing the remaining pressure.

  6. Carefully remove the bowl or pot from the pressure cooker liner. Stir oatmeal well.

  7. Serve topped with pecans, walnuts, maple syrup, or cream.

Keywords: oatmeal, pumpkin, breakfast

When the Instant Pot beeps, your Instant Pot pumpkin spice oatmeal may need attention or be ready to serve. Depending on which method you chose, either mix your pumpkin puree (homemade or canned) and other items or place on table to serve. A hearty yet delicious breakfast is at your fingertips with minimal prep from you. There will be full bellies all around which always makes this mama smile.

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