Make these easy vegan apple cinnamon steel cut oats in the Instant Pot in just 30 minutes! With this oatmeal recipe you’ll have a healthy and filling breakfast in no time.
And just like that it’s September! Pardon me while I dive head first into seasonal meals. Apples, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, oh my! Okay, this recipe just includes apples and cinnamon, but it’ll still make you say “Oh my!” with how quick and easy it is to make. I’ve become fast friends with my Instant Pot (AKA electric pressure cooker), and even faster friends with steel cut oats.
Making steel cut oats in the Instant Pot is so easy, and so much faster than on the stove. I’m usually a rolled oats kind of gal, but this apple cinnamon steel cut oatmeal recipe is changing my tune.
You can make steel cut oats in the Instant Pot in just 30 minutes. Better yet, you can have breakfast prepped and ready for the whole week in just 30 minutes.
My favorite part about is that the apples break down in the short cooking time, making the oatmeal sweet and full of natural apple flavor. Cinnamon sticks and ground cinnamon add a great fall flavor!
Are steel cut oats healthier than regular oats?
The main difference between oat types is how they are processed, with steel cut oats being the least processed. Steel cut oats are whole oat groats that have been cut into 2-3 pieces, whereas rolled oats are rolled and steamed to shorten their cooking time. Instant oats are the most processed and have the shortest cooking time.
Instant oats, rolled oats (also known as old fashioned oats) and steel cut oats are all similar in nutritional value, with fiber content being the main difference between the three. Steel cut oats are slightly higher in fiber due to their density and minimal processing, though both rolled and steel cut oats are a good source of soluble fiber.
The consumption of whole oats has been found to decrease LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) and total cholesterol, making them a great heart healthy breakfast option.
How to make steel cut oats in the Instant Pot
- Combine all of your ingredients (apples, cinnamon, steel cut oats, liquid) in the Instant Pot. You can use water or non-dairy milk, such as soy or almond milk. Careful, dairy milk will burn in the Instant Pot!
- Press the “manual” button and set to high pressure for 4 minutes.
- Allow the pressure to release naturally, which takes about 10-12 minutes. Give your apple cinnamon steel cut oats a stir and splash with a bit of milk. Top with additional apple, cinnamon, and pecans or walnuts. Add a pinch of salt or extra dash of brown sugar for added sweetness.
Apple cinnamon steel cut oats are a healthy way to start the day
Because steel cut oats are high in soluble fiber, they’ll help keep you full until lunch time. Add a few nuts, like walnuts or pecans, for additional protein and healthy fats. You can add more apple to the top for texture and additional fall flavors!
This recipe makes four servings of oatmeal. I like to store the apple cinnamon oats in separate containers for an easy grab-and-go breakfast.
These warming apple cinnamon oats are a healthy and filling breakfast option and they're made in the Instant Pot in just 30 minutes.
- 2 cups steel cut oats
- 4 and 1/2 cups water or non-dairy milk*
- 2 medium apples, medium diced
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar (optional)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Place all ingredients in the Instant Pot. Stir to combine. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock into place. Set the steam release valve to "sealing".
Press the manual button and set to high pressure for 4 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes for the Instant Pot to reach pressure.
Once the 4 minutes are up, allow the Instant Pot to release pressure naturally. This will take another 10-12 minutes. The oats are ready when the float valve drops down. Carefully remove the lid and stir the oatmeal.
Top with additional cinnamon and diced apple. Add a splash of milk if you like a looser oatmeal.
Do not use dairy milk in this recipe, as it will burn in the Instant Pot.
Store in individual containers in the fridge for an easy grab and go breakfast. You may need to add an extra splash of milk to loosen the oats up prior to reheating.
Nutrition facts calculated using 4.5 cups of unsweetened soy milk. Does not include additional toppings. Nutrition facts may vary based on ingredients used and methods of preparation.