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Banana steel cut oats in a bowl with sliced bananas and walnuts on top.

Banana Steel Cut Oats (Instant Pot)

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  • Author: Allie
  • Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This banana steel cut oats recipe uses over-ripe bananas for a naturally sweet breakfast.  We add ground cinnamon and vanilla for flavor, then milk to make it creamy.


  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
  • 1  1/2 cups unsweetened dairy-free milk
  • 1  1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional if you need it sweeter)
  • 1  1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Mash the bananas really well in a bowl.
  2. Then transfer to the instant pot along with all of the other ingredients (except toppings) and stir really well.
  3. Move the valve to seal.
  4. Set the instant pot to pressure cook on high for 8 minutes, turn off the keep warm function, (it will take around 10 minutes to come to pressure).
  5. Once the timer goes off and the oats are done, let the instant pot naturally release for 15-20 minutes before manually releasing any remaining pressure.
  6. When the oats are done, they will probably have some liquid separation, just stir the liquid back into the oats.  As the oats cool they will thicken up.
  7. Serve with your favorite toppings.
  8. Let the leftovers cool before refrigerating, then store them in an airtight container for about 4-5 days.


Use steel-cut oats, not quick-cooking or rolled oats.

Cinnamon likes to stick to the walls of the instant pot, stir well.  When done stir back in any cinnamon clumps.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • time to come to pressure/depressurize: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: instant pot
  • Cuisine: American