Instant Pot Brown Sugar Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe {Gluten Free, Vegan}

Are you looking for a quick and easy breakfast for the whole family?  This brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal simply can’t be beat, and it is a versatile enough recipe to make everyone happy.  Best of all?  It is gluten free and vegan.

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Brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal recipe

Oatmeal is one of those things that people either love or hate.  I actually used to be more on the hate side of things until I figured out how to make brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal in my Instant Pot.

For me, my dislike of oatmeal was all about texture.  I was also used to those little packets of instant oatmeal that are just plain blah.

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This easy brown sugar oatmeal recipe is nothing like the stuff out of a packet, or even making oatmeal on the stove.

I think the secret is simply the magic of the Instant Pot.  The steam really plumps up those oats, and gives them a wonderful texture.

How to make homemade maple brown sugar oatmeal 

When we think of classic oatmeal, we often think of things like maple, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

This recipe makes it easy to incorporate all of those items, but can be tweaked to your tastes very easily.

First, add your gluten free rolled oats to your Instant Pot.  Then add your brown sugar, and maple syrup, and cinnamon if you plan on using all three of these items.

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Then, add water and stir well.  Stirring is essential here!

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Finally, just set your Instant Pot to a mere 6 minutes and walk away.  After it has finished, let the pressure naturally release so those oats can really plump up.  This can take anywhere from 20-30 minutes.

Brown sugar oatmeal recipe 

If you think the maple syrup adds just a bit too much sweetness, you can simply leave it out.  This brown sugar oatmeal recipe is still fantastic.

You can also add a bit of maple syrup to your oatmeal after you have cooked it if you are looking for a little added sweetness.

What should I put in my oatmeal?

Everyone loves something different in their oatmeal, which is one of the reasons its such a great breakfast.

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You can make this brown sugar oatmeal recipe, and create a toppings bar so everyone can personalize their oatmeal.

Here are some of my favorite suggestions:

  • Blueberries, strawberries, or any fresh fruit
  • Chocolate chips
  • Coconut flakes
  • Dried fruit like raisins or crasins
  • Protein powder for after your morning workout

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Instant Pot Brown Sugar Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe {Gluten Free, Vegan}

what should I put in my oatmeal

This Instant Pot oatmeal recipe couldn't be simpler, and will change the way you see oatmeal forever!

This recipe is gluten free and vegan, and can be customized to your tastes.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes


  • 3 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 3/4 cups water


  1. Add your gluten free rolled oats to the Instnat Pot
  2. Add brown sugar, maple syurp, and salt to the Instant Pot. If you think both brown sugar and maple syrup are too sweet, feel free to add one over the other! If you are only using maple syrup you may want to increase to 1/2 cup to make it a little sweeter.
  3. Add cinnamon to the Instant Pot.
  4. Add water to the Instnat Pot, and stir well.
  5. Set your Instnat Pot to high pressure and cook for 6 minutes.
  6. Allow to natural release after cooking has finished. This can take 20-30 minutes.
  7. Remove top, stir oatmeal, and serve.


This is a great base Instant Pot Brown Sugar Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe that is so simple to customize.

Brown sugar is key with oatmeal, they just go together so well. Maple syrup is a nice addition, but not strictly necessary. Feel free to experiment with how much you add, if you add any.

Cinnamon of course is just perfect with oatmeal, and don't forget that bit of salt to really bring the flavors together.

Finally, be sure you are choosing gluten free rolled oats if you are following a gluten free diet.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 248Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 104mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 4gSugar: 23gProtein: 5g

Nutrition data is estimated.

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