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Pressure-Cooker Carrot Cake Oatmeal

This warm breakfast cereal made in the pressure cooker is a great way to add some veggies in the morning and keep a healthy diet! For extra crunch, I garnish individual servings with ground walnuts or pecans.—Debbie Kain, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min. + releasing
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 4-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Brown sugar, optional


  • In a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker coated with cooking spray, combine the first 7 ingredients. Lock lid; make sure vent is closed. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 10 minutes. When finished cooking, allow pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick-release any remaining pressure. If desired, sprinkle with brown sugar.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Steel-cut oats are also known as Scotch oats or Irish oatmeal.
  • Sprinkle with toasted nuts and a dollop of whipped cream. Try topping with candied ginger pieces and fresh pineapple.

  • Editor's Note
    Steel-cut oats are also known as Scotch oats or Irish oatmeal.
    Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 197 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 4g fiber), 4g protein.

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    • Bret
      May 30, 2020

      Followed the recipe as is. I’ll read the reviews first next time. If I were to make it again I would use less water and put in the raisins afterward. I probably won’t make it as the kids wouldn’t eat it.

    • Holly
      May 9, 2020

      I just submitted a review and wanted to note that I used quick oats and not steel-cut oats. Everything else was used as directed.

    • Stephanie
      Mar 1, 2020

      So easy and delicious! I grated my own carrots in my food processor, used an 8 quart Instant Pot, cut back the water by a cup and it's perfect. I agree about the raisins. I only had golden raisins, added 1/2 in the IP and then sprinkled a few over the it afterwards. I will make this often, and it's really good with a dollop of IP homemade Greek yogurt.

    • debrajf
      Jan 20, 2020

      Not sure why my previous review didn't come out as written. I have been making this oatmeal for many months now...almost weekly. I have also shared the recipe with anyone who shows an interest. My husband

    • bethyork
      Nov 7, 2019

      After reading other reviews and online research, I added only 3 cups of water. I followed the recipe other than that. I thought the consistency was just right. I served it with toasted walnuts and brown sugar. Pretty good. I don't think I would cook the raisins in the pot next time, I prefer them sprinkled on top.

    • Alecia
      Feb 12, 2019

      Really good! Great with brown sugar

    • Donna
      Jan 15, 2019

      I just loved this recipe the moment I read it. After making it I loved it more, very healthy way to start the morning. I used the 6 qt instant pot as it said to and it came out great. It is a little thin just after taking the lid off but after stirring it and letting it cool down it does thicken up. I made it the night before and took some to work with me this morning. It was delicious and naturally sweet didn't even add the brown sugar. Five Stars for sure!!!

    • Melolabel
      Jan 12, 2019

      Let me start by saying I really wanted to like this recipe. Just the sound of it made my mouth water. The end results, not so much. I followed the recipe to the letter. Actual closed pot time was closer to 35 minutes (time to come up to pressure cook time 10 minute natural release and then quick release) I did use an 8qt pot, but I'm not sure how much that affected things. The oatmeal came out soupier than I like. I prefer a thicker consistency, so I would probably cut the water back to 3 3/4 cups. The over all taste was a little too carroty (I used store bought pre-shredded carrots), so if I were to do this again, I'd use a very fine grater to shred only 1 cup worth of carrots, not 2. It was also kind of bland, especially without the brown sugar since the only sweetness is derived from the pineapple juice. Though a tablespoon of brown sugar helped, only 3 out of the 4 children (ages 9-17) finished their bowl. My hubs and I both finished ours, but it wasn't with the oohs and ahhs that I'd hoped for. 2 stars because it was edible, but not delicious.