Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal
By :Laurel Randolph
Heart-healthy steel-cut oatmeal cooks up perfectly in no time in the pressure cooker, and cinnamon and apple make this an autumn morning must. If you’ve never tried steel-cut oats, they’re instant oats’ chewier, healthier cousin. If you’re gluten-intolerant, be sure to buy oats that are labeled as gluten-free. Top with chopped walnuts for a bit of protein.
Votes: 106
Rating: 4.61
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Course Breakfast
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Breakfast, Kid-Friendly
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Apples, Oats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
4 servings
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 1/2 cups Water
  • 1 large apple cored, peeled, and chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar plus extra for serving
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Breakfast, Kid-Friendly
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Apples, Oats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
4 servings
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 1/2 cups Water
  • 1 large apple cored, peeled, and chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar plus extra for serving
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Votes: 106
Rating: 4.61
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  1. To preheat the Instant Pot, select the Sauté function. When display reads "hot", add the butter and melt.
  2. Add the oats and stir, cooking for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the water, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt and stir.
  4. Secure the lid. Select the Manual function and cook at high pressure for 7 minutes.
  5. Once cooking is complete, use a natural release for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure quickly. The oatmeal will continue to thicken as it cools.
  6. Serve the oatmeal topped with chopped fresh apple and more brown sugar. Enjoy!
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79 replies
  1. Karen Sanderson
    Karen Sanderson says:

    So simple, i didnt use as much butter and used plain old cheap quick oats. It was just as delicious!

  2. Chris210
    Chris210 says:

    Its alright. But making it on the hob is still faster.

    Bake regular oats for 8-12 minutes in the oven to bring out their flavour, cook on the stove using enough milk to make creamy, and serve with apple matches.

  3. Bluebird04
    Bluebird04 says:

    This is my first Instan Pot recipe and it was so easy! Everyone loved it. So much nicer than standing over a stove. We added a little agave nectar at the end for some added sweetness.

  4. Hruggs94
    Hruggs94 says:

    I love steel cut oats and usually make this in a crockpot overnight. I have also never browned the oats in melted butter, but the flavor was amazing! The whole batch was consumed for dinner!

  5. Ginacapcod
    Ginacapcod says:

    Easy peasy! A little soupy but it is delish. Wait a few minutes before calling everyone to eat 🙂

  6. ACanadianGal
    ACanadianGal says:

    This is delicious. I now have tried 2 different Steel Cut oat recipes, this one (with the “Manual” setting) and another with the “Porridge” setting. Both turned out well – creamy. When first lifting the lid off it does look watery, but after stirring it becomes creamy.

  7. Feb5th
    Feb5th says:

    Ok this recipe is so great I made it first time today.

  8. BAEprod
    BAEprod says:

    If use a high grade butter, you’ll probably want less butter. I’ve made this recipe twice now and 3 tbsp of butter is a bit too rich.

    Time from start to table us actually 30 minutes; you have to factor in the natural pressure release as well as the initial heat-up time for the saute.

  9. bayareajewel
    bayareajewel says:

    This is an incredible recipe. Im wondering if anyone has doubled or tripled the recipe for larger crowds? Did you increase the cooking time?

  10. Debjacobs8
    Debjacobs8 says:

    This is not dairy free nor vegan as it has butter. I will substitute with coconut oil.
    You may want to alter the discription since it does include dairy.
    I will try it!

  11. Shyne
    Shyne says:

    These time are totally off it takes 10 mins to build pressure then it take 10 mins to release the pressure after cooking. Correct me if im wrong but thats 34 mins! For oatmeal i can make on the stove in 5 to 8… who has that kind of time????

  12. olsaaronc
    olsaaronc says:

    More of a question than a review… How to make in an 8 quart pot? Every recipe seems tailored for the smaller 6 quart unit.

  13. mzoboroski
    mzoboroski says:

    Super easy. I never had steel cut oats before so it was a different texture for me to experience. Lol It came out good. We liked and i will be adding to my IP recipes.

  14. letsgomets
    letsgomets says:

    Recipe says 4 servings but its soo good that’s really only 2 servings. Only suugestions would be to add more apples in IP, add chopped walnuts as a garnish, and a liitle almond milk for consistency.

  15. MorrieP
    MorrieP says:

    Yes easy to make. I did a half recipe for 1 (a big bowl) but it came out a bit to loose. I prefer my oatmel on the thicker side. The taste is great but like a previous person mentione dthe “Real” time is quite long. Maybe I just have to get use to using my Instant Pot as this was my second time using it. Regardless I marked this as a favourite and make it again,

  16. Flaguy
    Flaguy says:

    Great breakfast. I get it in the pot, turn it on and by the time I shower get dressed it is ready. So simple and so good.

  17. Yogibear
    Yogibear says:

    SO good. Easy to make. Makes the house smell delicious. I am not a fan of oats but this recipe makes me love oats. My family loves this so its going on the rotation. Its apprx 350 calories / serving and it’s savory and sweet, will keep you full.

  18. Jeff_b
    Jeff_b says:

    Very easy to make and very good. I would agree to add anlittle more cinnamon, you can add more brown sugar to taste.

  19. mkorsak
    mkorsak says:

    Overall recipe, conceptually – good. Some Instant Pots do not have a “Manual” button, instead they have a “Pressure Cook” button. Directions do not state that, and this was my first time using it, frustrating. Also, directions say select the “Saute” button at one point, at some point it needs to be canceled, assumption, as I received a “BURN” message on the front display panel at one point and had to spend 20 minutes scraping out the bottom of the inside of the pot that came with it, SMH.

  20. J_Cooking
    J_Cooking says:

    Made it with coconut oil instead of butter. Turned out great. Going to try and double the recipe so i can have instant breakfasts ready for this week.

  21. Kay Carswell
    Kay Carswell says:

    Made just as instructions, turned out perfect. I sauted the extra apple bits for topping with butter, pecans, cinnamon and brown sugar for a toasted, candied nut topping.

  22. KerryKorda
    KerryKorda says:

    Easy and very good. I agree, too much butter. Will make again. Next time will reduce butter, add more cinnamon, apple & more water.

  23. Amandrew
    Amandrew says:

    This recipe has become a morning staple. I LOVE it. Sauteing the oats in butter really helps the flavor and texture. I top mine with pure maple syrup when i eat it. Its delicious.

  24. tawnia4
    tawnia4 says:

    Great recipe, easy to make. However, I did not like it with salt. Gross! I also tried it with mixed frozen berries and it was delicious

  25. User113754
    User113754 says:

    Used the instant pot max. Follow the instructions as written. Kept stirring the oats and butter while using saute part. Came out perfect. No burning

  26. Karen8906
    Karen8906 says:

    I started this exactly as the recipe called for, but tasted it after the NR. It was a bit bland, so I added more brown sugar and cinnamon at that point. Much better. In future, I will double the brown sugar, use 50% more cinnamon (that can always be added to taste at the end), and will use a heaping cup of oats, rather than a level cup. It was a bit thin. (FYI – I used regular oats as that’s what I had.)

  27. We_Sk8
    We_Sk8 says:

    Overall pretty good! Oats were not as creamy as I wanted. Will try again with an extra 1/2 cup of water. Served with sliced banana.

  28. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Thank you for the correction.

    If you would like to make this recipe dairy-free substitute butter with margarine

  29. Intr0vertedC00k
    Intr0vertedC00k says:

    I love this recipe. It is a go to for sure.
    My only challenge is I receive a burn notification every time I make it. I wish I knew what I was doing wrong.

  30. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    If there are any brown bits from sauteing then you will need to deglaze the inner pot as that may trip the burn warning. Additionally you can either use nonstick spray or the pot-in-pot method.

  31. Unsterblichesoul
    Unsterblichesoul says:

    Made with rolled oats, it was Delicious! The apple flavor permeated the dish. I did saute the apples with the butter before hand.
    Side note, don’t pressure cook rolled “instant” oats. You’ll burn the oats to the bottom of the pot.
    Other side note. Still super easy to clean the pot.

  32. Shortnsweet1970
    Shortnsweet1970 says:

    Love this recipe! One question – fat time I made it, I added chia seeds to it plus a bit more water (not much) and got the dreaded “burn” message. Anyone know how much extra water to add if I add chia seeds? Other times I didn’t get the burn message, only this one when I added the seeds.

  33. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Chia seeds absorb water and add thickness to a dish. I would soak the Chia seeds first then add them to the recipe.

  34. Mgoyzman
    Mgoyzman says:

    Good and tasty!!!
    But it burnt before it even built up the pressure. So just finished cooking by constantly steering.without touching the bottom of the pan.

  35. jenw11
    jenw11 says:

    Without a doubt our family’s favorite Instant Pot meal! Absolutely love this oatmeal to start our day!

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