Instant Pot Porridge is an easy overnight apple cinnamon oatmeal prepared at night and warm, creamy, and ready for you first thing in the morning.
It's the modern recipe for good old fashioned rolled oats using the Delay Start button on your Instant Pot.
To be honest with you, I haven't always been a fan of oatmeal porridge. I probably wouldn't even have created this recipe if it weren't for my husband looking for something different for his breakfast. He likes his porridge jazzed up with apples, raisins, and cinnamon. However, there isn't any time for making much in the morning as he's up and out the door in half an hour. This make-ahead Instant Pot Porridge has been the perfect solution! As it turns out, I've been enjoying this one, too!
The weather has been very cold here this winter, and we crave warm comfort food such as this oatmeal porridge. It's great with homemade Oat Milk.
Instant Pot Porridge Settings
You'll use two settings on your Instant Pot to make your oatmeal porridge overnight, Pressure Cook and Delay Start. Set Pressure Cook for 5 minutes with the valve closed.
If you want to make your porridge in the morning to eat right away, simply skip the Delay Start step.
Instant Pot Delay Start
I had not yet used the Delay Start button on my Instant Pot, but it worked wonderfully for this recipe! Set it for one hour less than when you want to eat your porridge. This allows one hour for your pot to come up to pressure, cook, naturally release the pressure, and be warm and ready for you to open to eat in the morning.
Because your ingredients sit for several hours, I don't recommend using dairy milk in this recipe. It works best with nondairy milk such as almond, cashew, or coconut. The kind in the carton is fine.
Instant Pot Burn Message
To avoid getting a Burn message on your Instant Pot, don't stir the ingredients the night before cooking. Simply add them in the order given in the recipe, put on the lid, and set the buttons. It's that simple!
Your oatmeal porridge will be ready to stir up in the morning. Blend the creamy goodness together and enjoy! I like mine warm without adding any milk or further sweetener to it.
Instant Pot Rolled Oats
Use coarse rolled oats, also known as old fashioned oats, for this recipe. Don't use quick oats or instant oats. Steel cut oats would probably work, but I haven't tested that. As always, if you need to avoid gluten, you must use certified gluten free oats. Otherwise, you can count on the oats containing gluten. Read more about that in Start Here.
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Instant Pot Porridge Variations
Maybe you're not fond of raisins, cinnamon, and/or apples in your oatmeal. Feel free to experiment by replacing them with other fruits, nuts, or spices. As long as you keep the overall quantities the same, it should work out fine. Don't alter the proportions of liquids to oatmeal. They have been worked out to cook optimally in your Instant Pot.
If you'd like to try this with quinoa, you might like this one...
I'd love to hear how this turns out for you. If you made a variation, how did you like it? Please let me know in the comments below. 🙂
Instant Pot Oatmeal Porridge
- 2 cups gluten free coarse oatmeal not quick
- 2 ½ cup water
- 2 cups nondairy milk of choice from carton
- ½ cup raisins
- 1 apple peeled, cored, and chopped
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- Add ingredients to Instant Pot. Fasten on the lid.
- With Vent closed, set to Pressure Cook for 5 minutes. Immediately, set Delay Start for 7 hours (for oatmeal to be done in 8), or for one hour less than whatever time you want your porridge to be finished.