Oatmeal, a Healthy Breakfast
By :Christy Emanuel
One of our family's favorite breakfasts is this very simple Apple Cinnamon Rolled Oats. My kids love it, its super healthy, and it is unbelievably simple to make. I simply throw all of the ingredients into our Instant Pot, push a button, and walk away! I have even set the timer the night before, so it's ready when we get up.
Votes: 56
Rating: 3.93
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Course Breakfast
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Oats
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
4 servings
  • 2 cups rolled oats use gluten free if needed
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 apple cored and diced
  • cinnamon to taste
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Duration 15-30 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Oats
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
4 servings
  • 2 cups rolled oats use gluten free if needed
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 apple cored and diced
  • cinnamon to taste
Votes: 56
Rating: 3.93
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  1. Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot and stir to combine.
  2. Close and lock the lid. Use the "Rice" function to cook the oatmeal. When time is up, quick release the pressure.
  3. Serve and Enjoy!
Recipe Notes
Note: If you use Steel Cut Oats increase the water to 5 cups and push the multigrain button for 20 minutes.
52 replies
  1. Bev.mitchell@shaw.ca
    Bev.mitchell@shaw.ca says:

    I added ½ tsp. Salt and used ¼ tsp. Cinnamon. Perfect.
    The rice setting on my IP set automatically to 10 Minutes which seems very long to me so i just used Manual for 3 minutes.

  2. jimkatg
    jimkatg says:

    I followed this recipe exactly using rice setting 10 minutes. It never came up to pressure or started countdown. Ended up cancelling & opening pot Oatmeal was stuck horribly on bottom but apples were still crunchy.

  3. Scanner
    Scanner says:

    Never reached pressure, never started countdown, and ended up with a bunch on burnt oats stuck to the bottom of the pot. This one gets 1 star.

  4. MLCarter928
    MLCarter928 says:

    Since the comments varied, I looked up a few recipes on Pinterest to derive the best approach. I ended up putting my oatmeal mix into a 7 cup Pyrex bowl and using the trivet underneath, rather than cooking in the insert. Used 2 cup water beneath the trivet, and in my bowl, I had 2c old fashioned rolled oats, 3c water, 1c half & half, 2 peeled/diced apples, 1/2c chopped walnuts, 1tsp cinnamon, 1tbsp butter cut into small pieces. Stir to mix. Manual 4 minutes with NPR. Perfect.

  5. Kayladwaters
    Kayladwaters says:

    I used the recipe per the directions and it turned out perfect! I added a dash of salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg before cooking. And added honey and a little brown sugar when it was finished cooking to sweeten it up a little. Turned out fantastic and ended up being a weeks worth of breakfasts for me!

  6. GailG
    GailG says:

    It came out mushy, overdone, and stuck to the pan. I wonder if which size Instant Pot you use, makes a difference. Mine is an 8 quart.

  7. Darciea
    Darciea says:

    Used large flake oats (NOT instant or quick) and can also add in Red River cereal.
    Single serving:
    1/3 cup oats
    1 1/4 cup water
    1/2 tsp butter
    Manual 10 minutes
    NPR 10 minutes
    Then QR

  8. Ckuhn003
    Ckuhn003 says:

    I used the tip which was to use 5 cups of water and the multigrain button. Consistency was good with some minor burning on the bottom. But 40 minutes to cook oatmeal is anything but instant. Sorry beginner here and just trying to learn the ropes.

  9. carrb
    carrb says:

    My 8 quart pot burned this recipe. I saw that another user reduced cooking time to four minutes on the manual setting. I tried that, and the oatmeal is mushy and burned to the bottom. Next time I will try three minutes on manual setting. I wish that the recipes had an adjustment instruction for 8 quart pot. I apologize for any typos, the app covers the screen with the keyboard, so I cannot see what I am typing. I

  10. CuppaJoe
    CuppaJoe says:

    Instant Pot Mini (3-quart). Changed recipe: 1 cup old-fashioned oats and 2-1/2 cups water, extra water was for dried fruit (cranberries and raisins), 1 apple and lots of cinnamon. To avoid sticking, I sprayed the bottom of the Instant Pot container with olive oil and added about a tablespoon of butter to ingredients. Used rice setting, when done it beeped once and timer read 14, was careful not to wait to do a quick release. Perfect, minimal sticking and plently of leftovers for one person.

  11. HPleen
    HPleen says:

    Comes out perfectly as written (default rice setting – 12 minutes, low pressure) in my 6-quart pot

  12. Momship
    Momship says:

    Followed the instructions exactly (I have a 6qt and used the normal rice center), then let the oatmeal sit with lid off for about five minutes to thicken. It was perfect and will be making this again, for sure!! Thank you!!

  13. mhip
    mhip says:

    Ip never came to pressure, however the steel cut oats eventually cooked because i left for a lengthy time waiting for its attempt to come to pressure. Was left with a burned bottom of oats which i had to scrub hard to remove. Luckily the cooked oats did not pick up the burn taste and were delicious

  14. grrrachel
    grrrachel says:

    Made it according to the instructions except I put it on the Porridge setting and manually set it for just 5 minutes (after seeing all the reviews mentioning burnt oats). I also sprayed the pot with Pam before putting in the ingredients. I had no burning, just some minor sticking at the bottom. Wish the recipe would specify cinnamon quantities. I added a lot of that + sugar and it tasted much better.

  15. mpellet
    mpellet says:

    I also had an issue with it starting to burn. Oats were stuck to the bottom. However, it tasted good. (I didn’t scrape the bottom until cleaning)
    Next time I added another 1/2 cup of water and no issue.

  16. Dstapleton
    Dstapleton says:

    Used this as a first test recipe with large flaked oats – can’t say that I’m overly impressed. After waiting for the unit to come up to pressure for 35 minutes (it never did), I cancelled the program and had a look. Oatmeal was cooked and stuck to the bottom of the pot. It tastes ok, but definitley not a time saver. Will experiment with some manual settings and see if there’s a better way. I can do steel cut oats on the stove with a 20 minute cook time and 15 minute rest.

  17. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Dstapleton,

    The unit was taking so long due to not being able to pressurize. If the unit senses uneven heat distribution/ potential burning, it will stop heat and will not pressurize. Older models it will start counting down without it being pressurized. New models will display “Burn”.

    Next time spray the inner pot with nonstick cooking spray.

  18. Benkat2019
    Benkat2019 says:

    Horrible. I followed the instructions – it got burned to the bottom of the pan and its not even tasty.

  19. Khunter2
    Khunter2 says:

    After a few trials, I think I have this recipe dialed in. I used the 6qt pot and large flake oats. I followed the recipe except I used 2 apples and the rice setting on low which was 8 minutes. My oats did not burn and they are not mushy 🙂 Nailed it!

  20. Karen
    Karen says:

    After reading these comments, it is clear that using the rice setting results in different times depending on the Instant Pot model. My rice setting was 12 minutes, low pressure. It took a VERY long time to come to pressure and at the end, there was NO pressure to QR. Also, the oats were stuck to the bottom of the pot. The oats are creamy and the apple is cooked but the bottom of my pot is a mess! I have been experimenting with different cooking methods for steel cut and old fashioned oats. This is the worst cooking outcome yet.

  21. Rmuscolo
    Rmuscolo says:

    Rice function took for ever! I finaly opened to peek. Starting to stick to bottom of pot. Add another cop of water, set on Porridge for 3 minutes. The oarmeal and apples were cooked, a bit thick but we added milk to each seeving. Needed more cinnamon and something sweet – was a bit bland- next time maple syrup or sugar.

  22. ctogno
    ctogno says:

    Just made it. Used “khunter2” suggestions. It came out perfect. No burn notice and didn’t stick to the bottom. New favorite!!

  23. J Lowe
    J Lowe says:

    Used 1 cup steel cut, 1 cup rolled, 5 cups water, some dried banana chips (my own drier, just bananas), multigrain for 20 minutes, QR. Took awhile to come up to pressure. Results were very good.

  24. cd274662
    cd274662 says:

    I gave this recipe a 3 star because I followed the recipe to a T and I had an issue with burning. The pot never pressurized and it took forever. When it smelled done, I turned the pot off. The oatmeal was lacking taste and mushy and a layer burned to the bottom. I will make this again but will add brown sugar to it and fiddle around with the settings until I get it right.

  25. Imhelping
    Imhelping says:

    Wow, this is really good! I added a teaspoon of agave nectar to my bowl of oatmeal and it was perfect! Thanks for sharing.

  26. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:


    Adding non stick oil to the bottom of the insert helps with cooking oatmeal to prevent the starch from sticking.

  27. Mswain28
    Mswain28 says:

    I followed the instructions and it never pressurized. I have a bland glop of oatmeal which burned at the bottom of the pot. I should have checked the comments first to see what others did

  28. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Mswain28,

    It’s possible that the unit never pressurized if it sensed uneven heat distribution or potential burning, stopping the unit from heating. Older models will start conting down without it being pressurized. New models will display”Burn”.
    Next time, spray the inner pot with nonstick cooking spray.

  29. CGOMEZ1
    CGOMEZ1 says:

    This was my first instant pot attempt. I read your comments first. I spread a tsp of melted butter in bottom of pot. I then added dry and wet ingredients, using 1 large apple. I allowed the oatmeal to cook and naturally release. The result, thick, delicious oatmeal. I topped with a splash of almond milk and raw honey. I added pecans to the other 3 servings that I packaged for my breakfasts.

  30. JenniferBlake
    JenniferBlake says:

    Super easy and healthy breakfast. Top with fresh blueberries for an extra punch of flavour.

  31. Deeber
    Deeber says:

    First time cooking steel cut oats in my 3 Qt Duo mini. To avoid any burning I added cinnamon & fruit after cooking. I coated the pot with butter, I didnt have Pam. I added my 2 cups of oats, 5 cups of water and mixed well. I used the Rice setting and when it hit 9 min, I quick released and lets just say I got more than steam out of the vent. Maybe release earlier to avoid the mess. NOTHING stuck to my pot & oats were yummy.

  32. Jk
    Jk says:

    If you are used to cooking with salt, this recipe will be disgusting. Just add a tsp of salt and it will be good. If you’re not on a diet add some brown sugar and it will be great!

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