Instant Pot Creamy Pumpkin Maple Oatmeal! No-stir, perfectly soft oats cooked for 10 minutes in the pressure cooker. Lightly sweet with all the flavors of fall! {Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free}

white bowl with oatmeal topped with milk and pecans

I LOVE steel cut oats – but don’t love the long cook time on busy mornings.

For mornings like these instant pot oats have come to the rescue!

close up shot of oatmeal topped with pecans in white bowl

I love making steel cut oats in the instant pot because they turn out perfectly creamy and soft, but the whole cooking process is totally hands off. No stirring or worrying about pots over-boiling with starchy water.

My 6-year-old declared this Creamy Pumpkin Maple Oatmeal the best oatmeal ever. I agree! It almost tastes like rich and creamy rich pudding. It has the perfect hint of sweetness and all the flavors of fall.

For another fall favorite try these recipes for gluten-free pumpkin pie, gluten-free pumpkin donuts and gluten-free pumpkin muffins! You also might like this full collection of gluten-free pumpkin recipes or gluten-free thanksgiving recipes.

I like to serve it topped with toasted pecans and a drizzle of homemade cashew cream (or a splash of almond milk).

I use canned coconut milk for this recipe because it makes the oats extra creamy, but still totally dairy-free. Lately I’ve been buying coconut milk at Trader Joe’s. Either regular or light coconut milk will work great.

These are my favorite gluten-free steel cut oats. My family of 4 can eat this whole batch with no leftovers – so double the recipe as needed!

For another gluten-free pumpkin recipe – try this cozy, pumpkin rice pudding. You also might like this recipe for the best gluten-free granola.

You also might like these creamy coconut gluten-free steel cut oats. Check out these articles on is oatmeal gluten-free and are oats gluten-free.

4.85 from 13 votes

Instant Pot Creamy Pumpkin Maple Oats

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
You will love this easy hot breakfast!


  • 2 cups gluten-free steel cut oats
  • 13.5 oz can coconut milk regular or light
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2-3 tablespoon brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • toasted chopped pecans for serving (optional)


  • Spray the pot of a 6-quart instant pot with cooking spray. Add the oats, coconut milk, water, and salt. Close the instant pot lid. Press MANUAL and set timer for 4 minutes.
  • When the 4 minutes of cooking are up, let the oatmeal natural release for 20 minutes before releasing the rest of the pressure.
  • Stir in the vanilla, pumpkin, maple syrup, brown sugar (or coconut sugar) and cinnamon. Serve topped with almond milk and chopped pecans. Enjoy!


The cooking process for this oatmeal is totally hands off - but it takes time for the instant pot to come up to pressure. The oats also turn out best if you let the instant pot natural release for at least 12 minutes. I would plan for 30 minutes start to finish for this oatmeal to be on your table.


Calories: 417kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Sodium: 310mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 615IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 3.3mg
Instant Pot Creamy Pumpkin Maple Oatmeal! No-stir, perfectly soft oats cooked for 10 minutes in the pressure cooker. Lightly sweet with all the flavors of fall! {Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free}

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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  1. 5 stars
    Made as suggested with Organic Rolled Oats with 5 min pressure and 10 min natural release. Added chopped apples, raisins, and walnuts at the end. This was amazing. If Fall had a taste this would be it!

  2. 5 stars
    DELICIOUS!! I made it as noted* (including 1/2 teaspoon salt), and the flavors were perfect. *I’m not dairy free, so used 2% milk in place of the coconut milk.* Drizzled with unsweetened almond milk and topped with pecans. Very satisfying breakfast! I’ll try with applesause (in place of pumpkin) sometime, too. Thank you for the great recipe!

  3. I made this for my 9 month old son and stored it in the freezer. He loved it. I now want to double the recipe so i can have some for the rest of the family but also store his. If I double it do i need to adjust the time or does it stay the same?

  4. Wow! This is really good! I didn’t have coconut milk, so I used half coconut cream and half water instead. It was easy since I doubled the recipe and could use 1 can of each. Then, I proceeded to follow the recipe as is. Delicious!

  5. 4 stars
    I don’t need vegan so I used 2% milk instead of coconut milk, and it was perfectly creamy. 🙂

    I would’ve given this 5 stars, but here’s the thing…the salt. Oh my goodness! 1/2t salt was waaaay too much! Is it possible that the measurement listed was a typo? I make oatmeal and always add salt because I think it does make a difference, but this was over the top for me. I would cut the salt easily by half. As yummy as the other flavors were, and they were, the only aftertaste in my mouth right now is salt.

    Still and all, I gave the recipe 4 stars because I have no doubt when I make this again sans a ton of salt, it will be perfect…because everything else really was! The oatmeal was hot and creamy with just the right amount of sweetness and spice. I’m actually going to make another batch of this without any salt and combine the two so I don’t waste this pot.

  6. Can you use gluten free oatmeal instead of steel cut oats? Are the ratios of other ingredients still the same?

    1. I haven’t tried this myself but a friend did! She said to decrease the cook time to 5 minutes then 10 minutes natural release. I hope that works!

  7. It would be nice to include other cooking methods , stove top , slow cooker . Instant pot maybe all the rage but a lot of people don’t have one.

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