Instant Pot® Spiced Pear Steel Cut Oatmeal – – Instantly Delicious

Happy November! I love November.  It is one of my favorite months.  I love how quiet nature becomes in preparation for winter. I love brisk walks cuddled under sweaters, hats, and mittens.  More than anything, I love the food. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I roast root vegetables to go along side our hearty dinners. I make pies and crisps with apples.  But pears? I tend to forget about them.  Sure, I buy them and slice them up for snacks, but  aside from that, not much more happens. They are under-appreciated in my house and more deserving of center stage. Today, my boys are off from school, so instead of a quick bowl of cereal, I decided to make something a bit more satisfying. I had several perfectly ripe pears and I knew combined with fall spices, maple syrup, and steel-cut oatmeal in theInstant Pot®, they would be delicious.  Pears were certainly the star of this show.
If you have never had steel-cut oatmeal, I highly recommend it.  It is chewy, and slightly nutty.  It requires much more attention and time than rolled oats on the stove, but if you are using your Instant Pot® it is easy to prepare and worth the extra wait. This recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of maple syrup.  Between this and the natural sweetness of the pears, I thought these oats were perfect.  Feel free to adjust the sweetness to your taste.  When finished, I topped the oatmeal with some diced pears, just to lend some additional texture.  A sprinkling of walnuts or almonds would also be delicious.
Instant Pot® Spiced Pear Steel Cut Oatmeal
Serves 2-4


1 tablespoon butter or coconut oil
2 pears, peeled and diced (I used bartlett)
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup steel-cut oatmeal
1 3/4 cups water


1. Set Instant Pot® to saute.  Melt the butter or coconut oil.  Saute pears, spices, and maple syrup together for 3 minutes.  Add in salt, vanilla, oatmeal, and water.  Stir to combine.

2. Set the Instant Pot® to porridge.  Adjust the time to 10 minutes.  Lock the lid making sure the valve is in the sealing position.  When finished, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 additional minutes before switching the valve to venting to release remaining pressure.  Serve immediately with your favorite oatmeal toppings.



2/20/2018 04:00:54 am

This recipe was perfect for a cold day. Delicious!


2/20/2018 07:26:37 pm

So glad you liked it, Ana!


1/21/2019 02:06:21 pm

This is now my go-to recipe for overnight oats. I saute the pears at night and add the liquid (sometimes water, sometimes almond milk, sometimes a combination of both) then set the timer on the instant pot so the oats are hot and ready in the morning. I don’t have pumpkin pie spice so use cinnamon and/or nutmeg instead. I’ve tried it with apples but we all have found bosc pairs to be the favourite. Thank you for the delicious recipe!


1/24/2019 02:05:30 pm

What a nice comment! Thank you.


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