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Instant Pot Chocolate Oatmeal

Dessert for breakfast, anyone? This Instant Pot Chocolate Oatmeal is so decadent and delicious, it tastes like you’re eating dessert!

My husband, God love him, knows how to make one thing in the Instant Pot. That one thing is oatmeal. This Instant Pot Chocolate Oatmeal is his creation and it’s so good it tastes like you must be doing something bad!

I like to compare it to one of those delicious chocolaty cereals after it gets a little soft from sitting inside milk (I know you know exactly what I’m talking about). Basically this breakfast tastes just like dessert but even better. You definitely won’t be feeling deprived anytime soon with this scrumptious breakfast.

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What I love about this, other than my husband loving it, is that its very easy to make with limited ingredients. After you have gathered up all the stuff you’ll need, you just toss them in your Instant Pot and wait for it to beep at you. once it beeps, it’s finished and you’ll need to switch the pressure knob from the SEALING to the VENTING position, causing a quick pressure release. Use caution while the steam escapes, it’s hot. Stir in the maple syrup and serve warm.

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5 from 9 votes

Instant Pot Chocolate Oatmeal

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  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or salted butter
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine ground sea salt
  • 1/4 cup +1 tablespoon 100% pure maple syrup


  •  Add all of the ingredients except the maple syrup to your pressure cooker.
  • Place the lid on your pot. Make sure the pressure knob is in the SEALING position.
  • Using the display panel, select the MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK function, high pressure, and use the +/- buttons until the display reads 8.
  • When the pot beeps to let you know it’s finished, switch the pressure knob from the SEALING to the VENTING position, causing a quick pressure release. Use caution while the steam escapes, it’s hot.
  • Stir in the maple syrup. Serve warm.
Servings: 4
Author: Brady Williams


  1. Yummy!

    His recipe is very similar to mine, except I use the PIP method and use almond milk instead. It’s a toss up if I like this hot version or if I prefer a very similar overnight oats recipe (but I put PB2 in the overnight oats).

  2. I try not to use much oil, if any at all. Is the oil necessary for this recipe? Any substitution?
    Thank you!

  3. I am not usually an oatmeal fan, but was excited to try this, because well, chocolate! Then I wasn’t sure how I wanted it, so I topped it 3 different ways on my bowl. The left side was some previously frozen cherries, the right side I put a little chopped walnuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon, and right down the center, about a half teaspoon of nut butter that got all melty and gooey. A little drizzle of organic maple syrup on the 2 sides, and a squeeze of honey over the nut butter. I think I just had dessert for breakfast! Thanks Brady!!!

  4. Just made this for my boys this morning wit some sliced banana on top, and a few choc chips 😉 They LOVE it! When I make it again I’m going g to try adding some pb fit to up the protein and maybe just a little manage to capture the chocolate, peanut butter banana pie flavor from from fave restaurant 😃

  5. I just love you even MORE now. HAH! I used Ghee and local honey in mine and I am in heaven!!!! Its too hard to have just ONE serving!! LOL.

  6. Can I keep the left over oatmeal in the refrigerator to portion out for breakfast during the week or does it have to be eaten in one sitting?

  7. Wow, I was a little skeptical of how this would taste because I usually really hate oatmeal made with water as opposed to milk, but this is DELICIOUS and so creamy!!! I had never thought about putting coconut oil in oatmeal but man, what a great addition! This came out so perfectly. I served mine with cut strawberries and a tiny splash of half and half. This will definitely be a repeat!

  8. Such a fantastic recipe! I have seen that cocoa pebbles now has PB cocoa pebbles- so in an effort to avoid temptation I added a scoop of pb fit to these and I’m glad I did! Temptation is gone, this is a perfect substitution! I like to add little splashes of almond milk in while I eat so it helps cool things down, but also adds a bit of creaminess to the texture.

  9. I’d love to make this tomorrow for breakfast! I’ve noticed a few comments about steel cut oats…that’s all I have on hand right now. Are there any changes to time limit with steel cut oats?


  10. Anyone have an issue with it turning out quite slimy? I used the Trader Joe’s gluten free oatmeal and baking cocoa as that is what I had. Did that maybe make a difference? I also have a Cosori pressure cooker (cooks hotter/quicker) so I only cooked it for 7 mins and then did the quick release. I was so sad that the kids didn’t love it and I think it was because it was more slimy than the regular oatmeal. Any ideas so I can get them to love this would be very helpful! TIA!!!!

    1. I haven’t tried this in the instant pot, but I use these same ingredients in refrigerator oats.

      Solution for slimy oatmeal: I occasionally get slimy oatmeal because I am too lazy to measure the liquid and sometimes get it wrong. Just add a tablespoon or so of something to absorb the moisture. Chia seeds and let them sit for 5 minutes to absorb the moisture; or more oatmeal (quick oats will blend in and not need to be cooked, but maybe taste too grainy for kids); or use the blender to turn oatmeal into a flour.

      I tend to error with too little liquid. As long as it’s enough to cook (or soften) the oatmeal, it easier to fix too dry than too moist. Add almond milk, or syrup until it’s the texture you like.

  11. Definitely want to make these but plan to eat them over the course of a week. Do they store/reheat well or should I eat them cold as leftovers?

  12. Does anyone have any suggestions, I made it and followed the recipe to a T but it burned to the bottom. I used my instant pot mini instead of my big one but I would not think that would make a difference?

  13. Can you please tell me what size instant pot you use for all the recipes?? I have a 3 quart but I’m thinking I need a bigger one. Thank you

  14. I was very skeptical about this, so it took me awhile before I made it. I mean….chocolate oatmeal….really? How could that be so yummy? Well, I made it! Oh, my word! It really does smell like the no cookies! And it tastes divine! I did add the 2 tablespoons almond butter as stated in the cookbook. I even saved the leftovers and reheated them the next day. I’ve never saved oatmeal! Great job, Brady!

  15. I made this tonight – honestly can’t believe how creamy it turned out considering there is no milk. Delicious!

  16. 5 stars
    Made this for the first time after finding the recipe in the IL cookbook. Love it! Made a batch for my husband and I (my kids don’t like oatmeal) Tuesday and we’ve been having it for breakfast in the mornings. I add a splash of almond milk to it in the morning to help thin it out some from sitting in the fridge overnight. Will def. be making a double batch next time!☺

  17. Hi Brittany!
    If I’m making this for a crowd of people, how many batches do you think I could fit into a 6 or 8 quart IP? Thanks!

  18. Could I make this up at night, put on delay start and have them ready for in the morning? My son and I have a early wake up time for track meet days and this sounds like a perfect pre meet breakfast. Thanks

  19. I bought an InstantPot recently and this was the first recipe I tried in it! It’s SO GOOD! I have made it at least 5 times since. A few of times I did have issues with a burn message or had it cook onto the bottom of the pot. I have found that cooking it for 7 minutes helped a lot. The most recent time I made it I used a different type of cocoa powder. I was previously using Hershey’s cocoa powder, but ran out. This time I used Ghiradelli cocoa powder and the oatmeal cake out perfect and wasn’t cooked to the bottom of the pot. This may be something to consider for those that get burn messages.

  20. Hi! I’ve noticed a few people mention coconut oil, but I don’t see that in the ingredients. Am I missing something?

    1. Hi Sarah,
      Coconut oil used to be the fat that was used in this recipe, but I found that the flavor is better with the ghee or butter as the fat source. You can of course still use coconut oil if you’d like.

  21. So I am wondering if you could add cranberries– dried or fresh– to this recipe? And if so, when would you add them? Sounds so yummy.

  22. 5 stars
    Absolutely loved be this oatmeal! I use Steele cut oats and cook for the recommended 12 minutes and they turn out perfectly every time…3 weeks in a row of having this for breakfast at work and not even close to being tired of it! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    1. Double the recipe, it’ll need more liquid so you don’t get the burn notice.

  23. 5 stars
    Delicious!!! I have made this so many times and it is spot on. My husband even likes it and he doesn’t care for anything out of the ordinary.

  24. This was awesome for breakfast this morning. Since I’m the only one that eats it though I didn’t wanna waste the pot of it so my mom had the idea to let it cool then scoop it out onto parchment paper bam no bake cookies and no oatmeal waste

  25. 5 stars
    Love this!!! I have added walnuts and collagen powder along with chia seeds. Sometimes I add coconut flakes and vanilla! Keeps me full all morning!
    Thank you for this easy recipe!

  26. 5 stars
    My 7yo and I love this oatmeal as well as the pumpkin. We will make strawberry soon. Question….Is there something I can do to prevent so much sticking on the bottom of the pot? I used coconut oil this morning. It helped a little, but not much. Also, should I stir the oatmeal before cooking or let it be. I used a new recipe from another source last week for “banana bread oatmeal”. It did not stick. Directions stated not to stir it. Thank you, Brittany!

    1. Hi Julie,
      Thanks so much for reaching out! I am so happy to hear that you and your 7 year old are loving this recipe! Because oats are so starchy they just like to grab the bottom of the pot since it’s stainless steel and you are not cooking on a non-stick surface. Although there is not much to do in preventing the oatmeal from sticking to the pot, I always just make sure to wash my pot right after we use it to make oatmeal. By washing the pot right away before the oats have a chance to dry on the pot prevents it from sticking too much and makes it super easy to clean off. Hope that helps!

  27. One of my quick go-to breakfasts. I throw everything into the IP, set it, and go get dressed for work. In an effort to increase the protein, I am going to try adding PB Fit and some protein powder.

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