Easy Mess-Free Instant Pot Oatmeal (with rolled oats)

I don’t know about you, but oatmeal is one of those weird breakfast foods. It’s yummy, filling, and easy to customize — but if you’re not careful to clean the pot right away, you’re left with some very very sticky glue/cement to scrape off.

My family recently discovered our love of oats, particularly after we found a brand of celiac-safe certified gluten free oats we could eat — and afford! I can’t recommend the gluten free rolled oats from Trader Joe’s enough!

Finding Safe Gluten Free Oats For Celiac Disease

NOTE: Oats don’t naturally have gluten (which causes a BIG problem for those with Celiac disease), but they are a wretched source of cross contamination with wheat thanks to growing, harvesting, and processing methods.

There are two methods to make oats ‘gluten free.’

The first involves mechanically sorting and washing regular oats that have grown in cross-contaminated fields. Supposedly this process sorts out any stray wheat grains/gluten and washes it all away. Well, not completely away — but enough to supposedly have less than 20ppm of gluten. My family and I cannot tolerate mechanically sorted oats — they cause Celiac reactions in all three of us. 

The second process is to grow oats in a dedicated field free of wheat, barley, rye, and other glutinous grains. Additionally, they are harvested, processed, and packaged in dedicated gluten free facilities. This method is called the Purity Protocol.

The rolled oats from Trader Joes and Gluten Freeda (on Amazon) are two recognizable vendors who participate in the Purity Protocol.

We love Gluten Freeda’s Instant Oatmeal Cups and Packets for when we travel/fly.

Making Mess-Free Instant Pot Oatmeal

With my upcoming surgery, I needed an easy way to reach for oatmeal for breakfast that didn’t involve standing by the stove OR cleaning up. Enter the Instant Pot!

There are TWO ways to make oatmeal in the Instant Pot. 

The first involves putting the oats DIRECTLY into the stainless steel bowl and adding your water. There will be some splattering on the lid when you are done — so you need to clean your lid thoroughly AND clean the bowl so you avoid Oatmeal CementBut if you remember, this fails my second criteria: easy clean up.

The second method involves using a POT IN POT method. Essentially, the Instant Pot steams your oatmeal, creating a beautiful creamy texture.

Before getting started, add 1 cup of water to the bowl of your Instant Pot. Then add your trivet.

Dump your rolled oats, water, and salt into an oven safe bowl. I personally use the 7 cup size.

Easy Mess-Free Instant Pot Oatmeal

Cover your bowl with either foil or silicone lid covers. (I highly recommend these. They are fantastic and come in a variety of sizes.) COVERING IS ESSENTIAL. If you don’t cover, your oatmeal will splatter badly… ask me how I know…

Close the lid and run the program per instructions of the recipe below. And you’ll be on your way to fantastic oatmeal!

The best part to this method? Your Instant Pot stays COMPLETELY CLEAN!

By the way, I highly recommend these pair of plate tongs to help you remove your warm bowl of oatmeal.

Overwhelmed by people talking about Instant Pot accessories? Our comprehensive list tells you what you really need AND how to use them.

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Secret Tip

In order to make breakfast go even FASTER, I store oatmeal + salt pre-measured in ziplock bags. This really helps make it instant oatmeal because I don’t have to fuss with dirtying measuring utensils.

Easy Mess-Free Instant Pot OatmealIf you’re really in a hurry in the morning, you can set up your oatmeal the night before (also known as soaking) and run it when you wake up.

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RECIPE: Easy Mess-Free Instant Pot Oatmeal (with Rolled Oats)
If you love oatmeal but don't have time to stir at the stove, this Instant Pot recipe is for you! Make oatmeal in a flash with NO MESS and NO STICKY POTS.
Cook Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
  1. Place 1 cup of water in the Instant Pot liner. Add your trivet.
  2. Combine oats, water, and salt into an oven-safe container (see notes).
  3. Cover with foil or a silicone lid (see notes for recommendations). Place bowl into Instant Pot.
  4. Check the sealing ring, attach the lid, and close the sealing valve. Select MANUAL for 4 minutes.
  5. Once program has completed, you may release pressure naturally or do a quick release. Remove hot bowl using tongs.
  6. Serve with your favorite toppings, including maple syrup, cinnamon, nuts, etc. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

This recipe can scale down easily. To make a single serving, use 1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 cup water, and a pinch of salt. Your recipe will still turn out creamy and delicious!

Use an oven safe bowl (for four servings I use a  7 cup size) and place on a  trivet.

I recommend covering your oven-safe bowl with a silicone lid cover. COVERING IS ESSENTIAL. 

Use plate tongs to help you remove your warm bowl of oatmeal.

Low FODMAP Diet Note: Make sure that whatever sauces you use are low FODMAP friendly. As always, check the Monash FODMAP app for recommended serving/portion size.

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