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"no wheaties" Instant Pot peaches and cream oatmeal

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What can be better than this peaches and cream oatmeal - it’s got oodles and oodles of flavor and is conveniently cooked in the instant pot for hands-free cooking.

Oatmeal topped with peaches in a white bowl

This recipe is very basic but highly flavorful due to a few ingredient combinations as wells as simple flavor enhancing techniques. 

Fresh peaches are caramelized in butter first and then cooked with toasted steel cut oats in almond milk for a creamy bowl of cinnamon and nutmeg spiked peaches and cream oatmeal

Time to get rid of Wheaties for oatmeal!

Oatmeal Ingredients

  • Steel Cut Oats
  • Ghee or butter
  • Almond milk
  • Water
  • Peaches
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Honey

How to cook steel cut oats in an instant pot (step by step)

Step 1: Saute the peaches and oats

Using saute (high setting) function and add ghee/butter once display reads “hot.” Cook the peaches 2-3 minutes then add oats for one minute stirring as needed.

Step 2: Add seasonings

Mix in cinnamon and nutmeg with the oats and peaches and let heat for 30 seconds then cancel saute. 

Step 3: Cook the oats

Add the water and almond milk. Close lid and pressure cook for 4 minutes. Then use natural release for 5 minutes then release pressure manually. Add the honey and additional seasoning.

Serving Suggestions

I generally stop after finishing the cooked oatmeal with honey and a sprinkle of the cinnamon and nutmeg. However, time permitting I will go next level and top with caramelized sliced peaches to get that double dose of peaches.

Simply toss raw peach slices in oil, honey, and cinnamon, then broil on parchment paper-lined baking sheet for 3-4 minutes. I do this while the oatmeal is cooking for efficiency. For other ideas check out my guide for making oatmeal.

Oatmeal topped with peaches in a white bowl

What Does This Oatmeal Taste Like

The cinnamon and nutmeg will sing beautifully when it’s heated releasing all kinds of flavor into the oats. Toasting the oats and peaches in butter adds a certain level of taste experience. The savory notes are brought out more, but balanced with the intensity of both the tartness and sweetness from the cooked peaches.

Cooking Tips

  • Toasting the oats is an underrated flavor enhancing technique. The nutty oat flavor is intensified by toasting in the ghee.
  • If you skip the toasting step you can alternatively add a ¼ teaspoon salt with the water and milk.
  • Toasting overall is a great way to release flavor from your ingredients. I like to use the heat to release flavor of the cinnamon and nutmeg before adding the liquids.
  • For next level flavor grate fresh nutmeg 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I Use Heavy Cream?

I generally prefer to stick to almond milk as my source for “cream.” I just change the ratio towards more almond milk vs. water. Heavy cream or ½ and ½ are definitely solid alternatives and will make this recipe even more indulgent! I personally reserve it for more dessert oatmeal recipes.

What other toppings work well?

Nuts, fruit (dried or fresh), yogurt, coconut flakes, etc. 

Can I Use Old Fashioned Oats?

Yes old-fashioned oats can work. Just note you will get a different texture and the flavor won’t be as nutty. Old-fashioned oats require less water also. Oats to liquid ratio will be 2:3 vs. 2:4 for steel cut.

For other great oat based breakfast ideas try any of these:

Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie

Instant Pot Oatmeal

Savory Oatmeal

Curry Oatmeal

Strawberry Oatmeal

Coconut Cherry Overnight Oats

Mango Pineapple Smoothie

Overnight Blueberry Oatmeal

Raspberry Oatmeal Smoothie

Mango Turmeric Smoothie

Overnight Oats w/ Fonio

Creamy Oatmeal w/ Berry Compote

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Oatmeal topped with peaches in a white bowl

Instant Pot Peaches and Cream Oatmeal

Hands-free oatmeal in a cinch.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 416kcal
Author: Marwin Brown


  • instant pot


  • ½ tbsps ghee or butter
  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 3 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cups water
  • 2 peaches sliced
  • 2 tbsps honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg


  • Turn on Sauté button on your Instant Pot and set to High. Once display reads “Hot” add the ghee. Once ghee is melted add the peaches for 2-3 minutes and then the oats for 1 minute stirring as needed to heat all the oats.
  • Add cinnamon and nutmeg and mix in well.
  • Hit the Cancel button on the IP to turn off the heat. Add the almond milk and water to the IP.
  • Place the IP lid on, and make sure the steam release valve is sealed. Pressure cook for 4 minutes. When it’s done pressure cooking, let the steam naturally release for 5 minutes.
  • Hit the quick release. After the float valve has gone down, remove the lid and very carefully stir to fully combine liquid and oatmeal. It will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • Mix in the honey and add more cinnamon and nutmeg to tastes.


  • Toasting the oats is an underrated flavor-enhancing technique. The nutty oat flavor is intensified by toasting in the ghee.
  • If you skip the toasting step you can alternatively add a ¼ teaspoon salt with the water and milk.
  • Toasting overall is a great way to release flavor from your ingredients. I like to quickly heat the cinnamon and nutmeg before adding the liquids.
  • For next-level flavor grate fresh nutmeg


Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 247mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 276mg | Iron: 4mg
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