Pumpkin oatmeal is a great breakfast for fall season. Make this healthy, pumpkin-aromatic oatmeal in your slow cooker or pressure cooker.
Updated 2019 with Instant Pot instructions
Steel Cut or Rolled Oats?
This recipe is written for steel-cut oats. Steel cut oats are one of the healthiest grains; they’re minimally processed, and contain more fiber than rolled oats. Personally I always use steel-cut oats for my oatmeal and rolled oats for baking or making oat flour. If you’re using the slow cooker and intend for this to be an overnight oatmeal recipe, you cannot use rolled oats, they will turn to mush during the long cook time. Having said that, yes you can use rolled oat if you must but you will need to make adjustments. For the slow cooker, the cook time will be 1-2 hours on high or 2-4 hours on low. For the electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot), the cook time remains the same but you have to change the oat/liquid ratio.
Liquid/Oatmeal ratio for slow cooker or pressure cooker:
Steel cut – 3 cups liquid to 1 cup oats
Rolled – 2 cups liquid to 1 cup oats
This recipe does not work with instant oatmeal.
How Much Pumpkin To Use
First off, I should clarify that this recipe uses pure pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie filling. You can make your own or buy it from a can. I use 1 full cup of canned pumpkin. Personally I don’t find the pumpkin to be overpowering at all. But if you think that you might, for your first time making this oatmeal, start with 1/2 or 3/4 cup.
Water or Milk?
For the liquid in this oatmeal, you can use either water or your preferred milk. Milk will make the oatmeal creamier than if you used water. For this recipe to be vegan, you have to use either water or a nut milk or coconut milk. For the sweetener, in order for this to be a vegan oatmeal recipe, you will need to use maple syrup. If you’re not worried about that, you can use honey. The measurements and cook time will remain the same regardless of which sweetener you decide to use.
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Doubling The Recipe
Need to cook oatmeal for a larger crowd? You can double or triple the recipe without having to make adjustments to the cook time. The oatmeal will still cook for 8 hours or 4 minutes (slow cooker vs pressure cooker), you will just need a larger appliance.
Notes About This Recipe….
- It’s important to spray the slow cooker with cooking spray to help keep the oatmeal from sticking. The oatmeal will still probably stick to the sides a bit but it won’t be nearly as bad as it would if you didn’t spray.
- Top your oatmeal with your preferred toppings. Suggestions include additional sweetener, chopped nuts, fruit, granola, etc.
- Refrigerate your cooked oatmeal for 5-7 days. To reheat the oatmeal, add some milk or water, before heating in the microwave or on the stove top.
Instant Pot Pumpkin Oatmeal VIDEO:
Oatmeal is one of those recipes that can be tailored to your taste buds. If you like your oatmeal sweet, use more sweetener. Do you like your oatmeal thick or thin? If thin, add more liquid. If thick, use less. Please note that the oatmeal will thicken as it cools.Print
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp Primal Palate pumpkin pie spice
- 3 cups almond milk or water
- 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Spray slow cooker generously with cooking spray.
- Add all ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir to mix well.
- Cook HIGH 3-4 or LOW 6-8 hours.
- Stir well before serving.
Spray the Instant Pot generously with cooking spray.
- Add all the ingredients. Stir gently to mix well. Select manual setting. Adjust pressure to high, and set time for 4 minutes.
- Allow for pressure to natural release.
- Stir well before serving.
Your oatmeal will thicken slightly as it cools.
Cook time calculated using slow cooker.
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