Banana Steel Cut Oats in a bowl on a white table with a spoon to the left of the bowl.
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Banana Steel Cut Oats

Easy, delicious, and warm banana steel cut oats that taste like banana bread! This Instant Pot steel cut oats recipe can be made in your Instant Pot pressure cooker or on the stove top.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Keyword: bananas, instant pot, oatmeal, oats, pressure cooker
Servings: 4
Calories: 297kcal
Author: Gwen Leron


  • 1 cup steel cut oats (gluten free, if needed, NOT quick steel cut oats, rolled oats, or quick oats)
  • 3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 small bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • milk (enough to reach desired consistency, I use unsweetened almond milk)
  • sweetener, to taste (optional, I like to use maple syrup)


Instant Pot Method:

  • Add steel cut oats, mashed bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and water to your Instant Pot. Stir to combine all the ingredients.
  • Lock the lid in place and make sure the steam release handle is closed. Set to manual high pressure for 10 minutes. Instant Pot will take roughly 10 minutes to build pressure, timer will start counting down after it has reached pressure.
  • After the time has ended, let the Instant Pot naturally release the pressure. This will take roughly 20 minutes.
  • Once the pressure has been released naturally (you will know pressure has been released when the float valve has dropped back down), slowly unlock and remove the lid. Stir the mixture so everything recombines.
  • Add the raisins and nuts, stir.
  • Add desired amount of milk and stir. (see note about milk below).
  • Add sweetener, to taste. Sprinkle chopped nuts on top for garnish, if using.

Stove Top Method:

  • Bring the 3 cups water to a boil.
  • Once boiling, add salt and the steel cut oats.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook 15 - 25 minutes. Timing will depend on how soft you like your oats. Begin testing after 15 minutes. Stir often so oats do not stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • In the last few minutes of cooking, add mashed bananas, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir well to combine.
  • Once oats have reached the desired texture, remove from heat and let stand covered for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the raisins and nuts, stir.
  • Add desired amount of milk and stir. (see note about milk below).
  • Add sweetener, to taste. Sprinkle chopped nuts on top for garnish, if using.


  • Oats will thicken as they cool off, add milk for a looser and creamier texture. I add 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk, but feel free to leave it out, or add more or less.
  • I find that the bananas and the raisins add enough sweetness to the recipe, and I don't add sweetener, but if you prefer it sweeter, taste the oats after everything has been stirred in and add as much or as little sweetener as you like.
  • This recipe makes 4.5 cups of banana steel cut oats, and can be split into two large servings, 3 medium servings, or 4 small servings. I making in the Instant Pot, for safety reasons, I do not recommend doubling this recipe. Make separate batches, if needed.
  • This recipe can be pre-made, cooled off and then refrigerated. When ready to serve, warm up and add a splash of milk or water to loosen it up.
  • Nutrition info is for 1 serving (of 4) prepared as the recipe is written and with no garnishes or added milk. Data below is only to be used as a rough guide. Click to learn how nutrition info is determined on this website.


Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2.3mg