This Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is kissed with cinnamon apples and ready to rock your busy weekday breakfast routine.
Where are all my steel cut oats lovers at?!
We’ve been making this apple pie inspired oatmeal for a few years now, and I finally adapted it for the Instant Pot! Whoo! This thing has freed up so much time in the kitchen by giving me the option of setting, forgetting, and going about my life while it makes my food. It’s basically a speedy slow cooker.
With this handy dandy pressure cooker oatmeal recipe, you won’t need to worry about baby-sitting oats on the stove.
After a speedy sauté of the apples you’ll simply toss in a few ingredients and walk away!
Use the time to take a nice hot shower, get ready for work/school, or curl back into bed with a steamy cup of coffee and let your breakfast cook itself.
The IP even has a handy dandy warming feature so you can add all your mix-ins and toppings and leave your oats in the pot while you finish getting ready. This comes in hand y for me since my mornings consist of getting both myself and my preschooler ready in the mornings. Much like her momma, girlfriend is NOT a morning person and oh-so-suseptible to outbursts of hangry proportions. Instant pot oatmeal to the rescue!
Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Naturally sweet and totally tasty, this instant pot apple cinnamon oatmeal is crazy comforting and great for all your breakfast, brunch, and brinner needs!
The sweetness comes from the apples, juice, and kiss of maple syrup but feel free to adjust the sweetness to taste. Tart Granny Smith apples may be used in place of the Honey Crisp and you can replace the juice with water or almond milk if preferred. For the recipe to work great, skip using any dairy milk in the IP itself but if you’re a fan of drizzling milk over your oatmeal, you can totally pour a little over your bowl after cooking.
Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- 1-2 TBSP unsalted butter
- 2 cups peeled + diced Honey Crisp apple
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1.5 cups water or almond milk (no dairy in the IP as it burns easy)
- 1 cup 100% apple juice
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- extra 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon to taste
- ⅛ tsp pumpkin pie spice blend (optional but DELICIOUS!)
- Set your Instant Pot to SAUTE function and add your butter.
- Once butter has melted add your apples. Top with 1/4 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of salt and sauté until tender, approx. 4-5 minutes. Remove apples and set aside.
- To help prevent sticking spritz the IP’s stainless steel liner with spray oil (we love coconut or avocado oil) or rub with butter if preferred.
- Add steel cut oats, water, apple juice, and most of your cinnamon apples. Save about 1/2 cup or so of apples for topping your oats – YUM
- Lock lid and cook on manual high heat for 10 minutes. When the timer beeps, quick-release the pressure (using the release valve) until float valve drops.
- Unlock lid and stir oatmeal, which will appear super watery at first but thickens as it cools. Stir in pecans, an additional 1/4 tsp, and maple syrup. Spoon the cooked oats into two bowls and top with cinnamon apples. You can drizzle a little milk over the oats if you’d like or top with extra crushed pecans and cinnamon. I’ve recently been topping my oatmeal with homemade granola too and adore the oat-on-oat combo.
No Instant Pot? No problem! You can easily adapt this tasty recipe to make it the old fashioned way on the stove. Adjust the liquid amount per package instructions and get your simmer on!
special diets and swaps
- Steel cut oats work best in the IP but if you’d like to use rolled oats, try it stove-top!
- Make it vegan by swapping out the butter for Earth Balance or coconut oil.
- Prefer pears? You could totally try them in place of the apples!
- I’m NUTS for pecans in this recipe (har har) but you could use walnuts too.
- Gluten-Free? Grab GF certified oats and you’re good to go!
behind the scenes
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