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Instant Pot Chocolate Steel Cut Oats

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The easiest way to have chocolate for breakfast! Instant Pot Chocolate Steel Cut Oats are creamy, rich, full of chocolate flavor with the perfect texture. A scoop of peanut butter on top is the recommended way to enjoy!

spoon resting in a bowl of chocolate steel cut oats

Calling all chocolate lovers. Today is the best day because we are waking up to chocolate. Chocolate and peanut butter if you’re doing it right. And you’re going to do it so right because we’re breaking out the Instant Pot. Prepare yourself for….

  • no stirring
  • no checking the heat
  • no baby sitting the oats
  • no under cooking and eating it anyways because now you’re in a rush.

three bowls of chocolate oatmeal with different toppings

Ahhhh, that feels nice right? Sitting down to an actually hot breakfast. Maybe if we’re lucky, we can even enjoy our coffee or tea with it too. 

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Why you should use your pressure cooker for making oats

So the other week my mom got a 3 quart instant pot to do small batch things like rice and sauces. I walk into the house and there it is sitting on the stove and I’m gushing to my mom like, “awww it’s so cute.” Like it was a little mechanical pressure cooking puppy.

Whatever, I can’t help it, it’s just who I am.

instant pot

These chocolate steel cut oats are great for that size or the heavy duty 8-quart monster, like the one that calls my kitchen home. The result is going to be the same no matter. But here’s the reason why you should be using an Instant Pot. Well a few of them.

Who here has 5,327 things going on in the morning? Making these instant pot steel cut oats doesn’t require stirring, simmering or checking. Just toss the ingredients in, set it, go about yo business.

You get a nice hot breakfast that’s not overcooked or undercooked.

Leftovers can be reheated real quick with a splash of milk/milk substitute with the same great texture and taste.

Have you ever had to scrub burnt oats off the bottom of a pan? THE WORST. Here comes jolly old Instant Pot to save our dishpan hands.

bowls of different sizes with chocolate steel cut oats

Are you convinced? If you still need a little more, come with me on a quick journey while we catch about how freaking delicious healthy breakfast can be.

Instant Pot Chocolate Steel Cut Oats

Do you live in a world where chocolate and peanut butter are besties? Like the time that peanut butter and chocolate happened with banana bread, and tropical island drinks, and healthy energy bites.

If not peanut butter, maybe it’s almond butter. Whatever nutty butter that makes your taste buds sing when it’s paired up with chocolate is what I’m talking preaching about.

scooping some chocolate oats with peanut butter

Cocoa powder is bringing all the chocolate flavor without running us all the unnecessary calories. The steel cut oats themselves are going to be creamy with the perfect ‘bite’ to them. I like to think of them as the risotto of breakfast.

For the liquid, pick your poison. Almond milk, whole milk, skim milk, hell…maybe even some Baileys if it’s a particularly challenging morning. You do you.

But once the chocolate steel cut oats cook up luscious and dreamy, then the real fun begins because we get to fuss it up with toppings. Or don’t, they will still be amazing.

If you’re ready to accessorize your oats, might I recommend:

  • peanut butter/nut butter
  • vanilla yogurt
  • chia seeds/hemp seeds/flax seeds
  • fresh fruit like bananas, blackberries or strawberries

Add some protein, probiotics, whatever makes your morning even greater. Then bask in the glory of a hot, filling, awesomesauce breakfast and go kick butt at the rest of your day!

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spoon resting in a bowl of chocolate steel cut oats

Instant Pot Chocolate Steel Cut Oats

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


An easy, healthy breakfast for chocolate lovers! Instant Pot Chocolate Steel Cut Oats are rich, creamy, and full of chocolate flavor with the perfect texture.  You’ll never make stove top steel cut oats again after trying them in the Instant Pot!


  • 1 cup (170g) steel cut oats
  • 1 1/2 cups (306g) almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1 1/2 cups water (360g)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • optional: 1 tablespoon peanut butter to top finished oats


  1. Combine the oats, almond milk, water, cocoa powder, maple syrup and salt in the pan of the Instant Pot.
  2. Seal and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.
  3. Vent to release pressure.  Once the red button has gone down, remove the lid and serve as is or with toppings.


  • To serve leftovers, add 1 to 2 tablespoons milk and reheat in the microwave.
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: instant pot
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: instant pot breakfast recipes, instant pot steel cut oats, chocolate and peanut butter recipes, chocolate oatmeal

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Sunday 12th of January 2020

Don't recommend the quick release. I just cleaned chocolate oats off a large portion of my kitchen.


Tuesday 28th of January 2020

Hi Cheryl -

I'm not sure why that happened with a quick release, but sorry you had a mess to clean up! Was the floating pressure valve all the way down before you unlocked the top?

Leslie Kiszka

Thursday 7th of March 2019

Girl, you and I are SO on the same page. Chocolate, peanut butter, breakfast. NAILED IT.