Banana Walnut Oats Instant Pot. Vegan. GF.

Banana walnut steel cut oats for the Instant Pot. Oh how I love my Instant Pot & steel cut oats.  Seriously, they are the easiest breakfast going and oh so healthy.  I love making a big batch earlier in the week and have them for quick snacks or breakfasts on the go.  My daughter warms a bowl up before heading out to school and eats hers on the bus.

Steel cuts oats are nutritional powerhouses.  Per 1/4 cup of steel cut oats – they are packed with 7g of protein, 4g of fiber and 10% of your daily allowance for iron.  They take forever to digest in the stomach -helping keep you fuller longer without snacking all morning long.  These oats prep so easily and make for super simple mornings all week long.  I spoon 1/2 cup into reusable containers and warm in the morning.  Top with your favorite berries, nut butter or seeds and you’re good to go!

Let’s get this started & oh Happy VaLEnTiNE’s Day!!

2 cup steel cut oats
4 ripe bananas peeled and sliced
4 cups water
1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

Sweetener to taste post cooking:
Maple syrup
Coconut manna or sugar
Black strap molasses

Topping:  chopped walnuts, berries, nut butter, seeds or jam.

*I’m adding an additional cup of water to this recipe as some have had issues with the oats burning in their IP.


Add your oats, banana, water, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg to your Instant Pot insert.  Give that a good stir.  Place in your Instant Pot and seal.  Turn the vent/release button to the close position.  Hit the manual button and set the time to cook for 5 minutes.  The unit will turn on and create pressure. Once done cooking, let the machine naturally release. Once it does, post 10 minutes or so, open the lid and stir.  Taste and add sweetener as needed.

Post cooking.  Give the oats a good stir to blend.

Serve immediately or let cool completely.  I store in one large container or individual containers with a lid in the fridge.  We will consume within 5 days.  You may also freeze up to 3 months.

Sunday:  7.65 miles
Monday: 1h weightlifting/30m kettle bell workout at home
Tuesday: 7.28 miles at 8:47.

Bill surprised me with a new Vitamix for Valentine’s Day. I’ll be sharing & reviewing all the fun things in coming recipes.  Food is love.


— Knead to Cook

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  1. Really bummed. So looked forward to these oats this morning, but it seems the proportions may be off? Most recipes I found was 3:1 water to oats? Immediately the IP said ‘burn’ when I tried this. I added 3 more cups of water, crossing my fingers.

  2. I know another poster made a similar comment, the water to oats ratio was defiantly off. I used steel cut oats. The other recipes I have used all call for 1 cup oats to 3 cups water.