Instant Pot Cherry and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

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recipe by Laurel Randolph

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One dish I make over and over in the pressure cooker is steel-cut oatmeal. It’s hands-off and there’s no scorching on the bottom of the pot when I get distracted and walk away for five minutes. For a flavorful rendition, combine dark chocolate with plump, fresh cherries. Serve with a dollop of plain or vanilla yogurt for a real breakfast treat.

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recipe updated Mar 19, 2020


  • Steel cut oats icon
    Steel cut oats
    1 cup (240g)
  • Water icon
    3 cups (720ml)
  • Salt icon
    about ¼ tsp (1g)
  • Nutmeg icon
    1 pinch
  • Vanilla extract icon
    Vanilla extract
    ½ tsp (2ml)
  • Maple syrup icon
    Maple syrup
    2 tbsp (30ml)
  • Brown sugar icon
    Brown sugar
    1 tbsp (12g)
  • Cherries icon
    1.5 cups (234g)
  • Semisweet chocolate chips icon
    Semisweet chocolate chips
    about ½ cup (120g)


  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Instant Pot
  • kCook icon Inner pot

Step preview

  1. Grease the inner pot
  2. Add steel cut oats, water, salt and nutmeg to the inner pot and mix
  3. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  4. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 15 min
  5. Natural release
  6. Add vanilla extract and maple syrup to the inner pot
  7. Stir until creamy
  8. Add brown sugar to the inner pot and mix
  9. Serve
  10. Top with cherries and semisweet chocolate chips
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