Instant Pot Pear and Date Spiced Oatmeal

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This Instant Pot Oatmeal is healthy, vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened with dates and pears. But you would never know it's healthy because it's so comforting! Easy to make and perfect for meal prep! 
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 32 mins
Total Time: 42 mins

If you’re like me, you likely don’t have time to cook breakfast most mornings, so this delicious Pear and Date Spiced Oatmeal will be a lifesaver. The steel-cut oats give this oatmeal a nice bite and help keep the leftovers tasting chewy instead of soggy (which is usually the case with leftover oatmeal made from rolled oats or quick oats). This recipe makes a huge batch of oatmeal so you can enjoy it throughout the week (mine still tasted great after six days!). Instant Pot to the rescue, yet again!

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To see exactly how I make this Pear and Date Spiced Oatmeal, check out the video below (it’s the final recipe and starts at 08:53).

Instant Pot Pear and Date Spiced Oatmeal

5 from 2 votes
This Instant Pot Oatmeal is healthy, vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened with dates and pears. But you would never know it's healthy because it's so comforting! Easy to make and perfect for meal prep! 
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 32 mins
Total Time: 42 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet Vegan
Keyword: gluten-free, instant pot, nut-free, oatmeal, refined sugar free, soy-free
Serving size: 6

Ingredients

  • Coconut oil or cooking spray
  • 1 ½ cups steel-cut oats
  • 4 cups oat milk or other nondairy milk
  • 6 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 large pears, peeled and diced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

Instructions

  • Lightly coat the inner pot of the Instant Pot with coconut oil or cooking spray to avoid sticking.
  • Add all of the ingredients to the inner pot of the Instant Pot.
  • Secure the lid and set the valve to Sealing (not Venting). Select the Pressure Cook setting (or Manual setting on older models) at high pressure and set the cook time to 12 minutes.
  • Once the 12-minute timer has completed and beeps, allow a natural pressure release for 20 minutes; then switch the Pressure Release knob from Sealing to Venting to release any remaining steam.
  • Open the pot and stir the oatmeal thoroughly. There may be some liquid and foam on top, but once you stir it, the liquid will incorporate into the oatmeal and thicken up.

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20 comments on Instant Pot Pear and Date Spiced Oatmeal

  1. K

    This recipe is perfect! The texture and thickness of the oatmeal is perfect for adding some plant milk on top of my bowl of oats. This is the first time I haven’t wanted to add extra sugar to my oats too!! The way the dates mix in once they’re cooked is so good. The only thing I did different was use an apple for a pear and I halved the recipe. I will forever make oats this way and just mix up the spices and fruits. Thank you!!

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hey K! Thank you so much for letting me know and so great to hear that you’ll be making oats this way from now on! So happy you enjoyed this recipe. It’s a staple in my household (even my partner who allegedly hates oatmeal loves it haha). I love how the dates melt into the oats too!

  2. Liliana

    Nina, this recipe is gorgeous! I make this every week and eat it for lunch at work. Thank you for sharing 💕

    1. Liliana

      Nisha, so sorry. My phone autocorrected! Apologies

    2. Nisha Vora

      Hi Liliana! So so happy to hear that! That is so cool you make it every week :) I love making this recipe too – so easy and the leftovers are great!

  3. Laurie

    Hi Nisha,
    So glad I found your recipes and you! I made the baked tempeh last night and I marinated it in the almond butter-soy sauce and I have to say it was so good! I steamed some brown rice and some broccoli with sautéed onions and garlic. It was so healthy, filling and delish! As for this oatmeal, I haven’t tried with a pear but I make something similar with baked Red Kuri pumpkin or is it a squash? Anyway, it’s in season now and it taste like pumpkin but it’s more dense and it’s smaller. I also like to add dried mission figs from Trader Joe too. I love you recipes and your outlook on life! Keep up the great work! I’m going to order your cookbook.

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Laurie, Thank you for your sweet and thoughtful comment! I love that marinade for tempeh – it’s sooo good! Sounds like a delicious way to serve it too. I love red kuri squash – it’s such a beautiful vegetable too, and combined with dried figs sounds so intriguing and delicious! I am so happy you are loving my recipes and I hope you will enjoy my cookbook as well!

  4. Luke

    Just found out about your blog and channel, and decided to make this. It was so delicious I had to order your cookbook! However I was a little confused about how much a serving is? Or what you would recommend as a serving size?
    Thanks!

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Luke! Thank you so much for stopping by and I’m so happy to hear that you are loving my Youtube channel and blog, and now my cookbook! That means so much to me. In this recipe, I indicate it makes six servings. But for anyone with a big appetite, probably closer to 4 :) If you store leftovers, the oatmeal tends to thicken up in the fridge, so I recommend thinning it out a bit with some plant-based milk when you reheat it.

  5. Kim S

    I made this oatmeal this morning as part of your 7 day vegan challenge. It was fantastic! I may never make oatmeal with rolled oats again.

    1. Nisha Vora

      Yay! I am so happy you are doing the 7 day vegan challenge, Kim! I agree – making oats this way (steel cut, in the IP) is so much better tasting and better for you!

  6. Bhawna

    Hi Nisha,
    I made this recipe using rolled oats in a pan. I added the pears in the end, once everything was cooked. It was delicious!

    1. Nisha Vora

      Hi Bhawna, so nice to hear you were able to adapt this to the stovetop. Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  7. I have lost count how many times I have made this recipe, especially in the winter months! I make a batch on Sundays and then warm up individual portions in the morning for breakfast. Perfect!

  8. sarmishta

    This is such a delicious and healthy way to have oats. Especially love that it makes cooking steel cut oats so quick and easy! I had a huge bag of steel cut oats that i didn’t use as much but now already made this recipe so many times! :D

  9. Sarah Lingley

    5 stars
    Made this today – LOVED IT! I just got an instant pot so I have having so much fun trying out your instant pot recipes! I like the subtle spice and sweetness. It allows the nutty flavor of the steel cut oats to shine.

    It made ALOT so I froze half of it in muffin tins. Excited to see how those turn out!

  10. Mrie

    Hi Nisha,

    Can this be adjusted to make a half batch?

  11. Haley

    Hi! I just downloaded the 7-day meal plan but couldn’t wait to try this recipe! I kept getting a burn message on my IP even before it fully sealed. Any advice on this? I added the full amount of liquid and sprayed down the inside of my pot, so I can’t figure out where I went wrong. Please help!

    1. Hi Haley, I’m sorry to hear that. The burn error is certainly annoying. What I’m coming to learn is that there are subtle yet significant differences in Instant Pot models (the newer ones seem to be more sensitive) and the thickness of certain ingredients, dependent on brand, such as plant-based milk. Also, oats have a tendency to stick so something that can help is using a thinner plant-based milk and/or adding a bit of extra water to thin out the milk. I hope those suggestions help!

  12. Iralyn

    I was so excited to make this recipe, but unfortunately I kept getting a burn notice on the IP. I opened it after the first time and added water, but the same thing happened again. I then had to move to the stovetop and keep stirring and adding water/milk to get the oats to cook and keep it from drying up. Ended up taking much longer than anticipated. Overall, the flavors were really good and we will probably try making it again sometime by adapting another stovetop steel cut oats recipe to use these flavors. Appreciate the healthy recipe and inspiration!

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