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carrot cake oatmeal in pink mug, topped with coconut milk, coconut flakes and pecans.

[Instant Pot] Carrot Cake Steel Cut Oats

Nutrition Information (average values, products can vary) for 1 serving (1/6 batch) (made with almond milk, toppings not included): 210 calories, 5 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 160 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrates, 6 g fiber, 12 g sugars (0g added sugars), 5 g protein.
Note: If you're not feeling up to grating the carrots and ginger by hand, a mini food processor does the job nearly as well. Mine has a 3-cup capacity - if you use that amount, the recipe still works well with no other changes.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Pressure Release 10 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 6 Servings


For the Oatmeal:

  • 1/2 cup (28 grams) unsweetened dried coconut flakes
  • 1 cup (170 grams) steel cut oats
  • 4 cups (400 grams) grated carrots (from about 4 large carrots)
  • 2 tablespoons (28 grams) grated fresh ginger root
  • 1/4 cup (28 grams) raisins
  • 8 oz canned pineapple tidbits in pineapple juice undrained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 2 cups water

Toppings, To Taste:

  • almond milk, coconut milk, or other milk of your choice
  • unsweetened dried coconut flakes
  • pecans
  • raisins


  • Add the coconut flakes and oats to the pressure cooker to cook over medium heat (with Instant Pot, press the ‘Saute’ button to begin cooking at medium saute heat). Stir frequently, and watch closely to avoid burning. When the coconut begins to lightly brown and become fragrant, stir in the rest of the ingredients. Cover the pressure cooker with its lid (ensuring the valve is in sealing position) and cook under high pressure for 3 minutes (with Instant Pot, press ‘Cancel’ to stop saute mode, then press ‘Manual’ to select 3 minutes).
  • When the cooking time is complete, allow 10 minutes for a natural pressure release before opening the valve and lid. Serve warm, topped with your choice of milk, coconut flakes, pecans, raisins and any other desired toppings.