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bowl of oatmeal with bananas

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats with Bananas

  • Author: Pattymac
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


Steel cut oats made easy with an instant pot! Top with caramelized bananas for a delicious and healthy breakfast!



The Oatmeal:

  • 1 Cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Almond Milk. Any nut milk is fine. Avoid dairy milk as it has a tendency to scorch.
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Water
  • 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla (optional) I used Vanilla Bean Paste

The Bananas:

  • 3 Bananas
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbs Butter
  • 1 tbs Brown Sugar


For the Oatmeal:

Put all the ingredients in the Instant Pot. Set the cook time for 4 -7 minutes. You will need to experiment with this cook time as I find it varies with different brands and personal taste. Use 4 minutes as a starting point, and find your perfect cook time from there! Allow cooker to come down in pressure after cooking using the slow release method.

To Caramelize the bananas:

Preheat a saute pan on medium high heat and melt coconut oil in the pan. Cut the bananas into even pieces and and place in the hot pan, cut side down. Brown for 2-3 minutes and turn over. If bananas stick a little add a little butter….or add more coconut oil to keep the recipe vegan. Brown another 2-3 minutes. For extra caramelization, sprinkle about a tablespoon of brown sugar over the bananas. Remove from heat and allow banana and sugar mixture to combine.

Assemble the dish by putting oatmeal in your favorite bowl and top with bananas. Sprinkle on nuts or sliced dates for next level breakfast!


Steel cut oats are different between brands and manufacturers. They all cook a little bit differently. You will need to experiment a little to fit the texture you like best for your oatmeal. Start with the instructions here, and if you think they are a little under done, add another minute or two to the cook time and allow the pot to sit for up to 30 minutes before opening the lid.

Once you figure out the best combination for your oats and your taste, this will be a go to meal option for you!

This reheats really well. Be sure to add some non dairy milk when you reheat on low heat to be sure it doesn’t stick. Or microwave it. I don’t have a microwave, so I reheat on the stove top.