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Bobs Red Mill Steel Cut Oatmeal

“Overnight” Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats using the Delay Timer

  • Author: Nancylynn
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes (plus time to come to pressure)
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American


These “Overnight” Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats using the Delay Timer are a weekday morning game changer!



cooking oil spray (I use coconut or avocado, but it doesn’t matter)

1 cup Bob’s Red Mills Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats

2 ½ cups of water

optional – sprinkle of salt

maple syrup/honey


fruit and nut toppers (or even some nut butter!)

optional – splash of almond milk (my kids like it with some milk)


  1. (Optional) Spray inner pot with cooking oil spray, then add in oats and water and salt, if using.
  2. Lock Instant Pot and set to ten minutes on manual.  Then press your delay start or timer button and set the timer for the amount of time you want to delay the cooktime for (be sure you figure about 30 minutes of cooktime after the delay time).  I set it for 7-8 hours at night before I go to bed (wishful thinking that I actually get to sleep 7-8 hours). 
  3. After cooktime, do a full natural release.  When it’s safe, remove lid and enjoy your hot breakfast!  I personally love topping mine with fruit, cinnamon, and a tsp of maple syrup. My kids like to add some milk to theirs. 

This also freezes great!  I use my silicone egg molds or muffin tins to portion out my oats and freeze.  You can even freeze with your favorite toppings!

Want to double the batch?  Go ahead! Just double the oats and the water!

No Instant Pot?  You can make this recipe using your slow cooker!  Just cook the Oats covered on low for 7-8 hours while you sleep!


21 Day Fix: 1 YELLOW plus toppings (per 1/2 cup serving)

WW link for personal points: Steel Cut Oats plus toppings


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Keywords: healthy instant pot, instant pot breakfast, instant pot oats, instant pot meal prep