You can make these easy vegan Instant Pot apple cinnamon steel cut oats 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-top. You'll love making Instant Pot steel cut oats for breakfast, meal prep or even as a snack!
You can have this healthy breakfast prepped and ready in just 30 minutes. This recipe makes 4 medium servings, or 5 small servings, that are perfect for family breakfast or meal prep.
In the quick 30 minutes cook time the apples break down, making the oatmeal sweet and full of natural apple flavor. Cinnamon sticks and ground cinnamon add a great fall flavor.
Pro tip: This apple slicer makes preparing diced apples so much easier and can cut down on prep time.
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.
Step by step instructions
- Combine all ingredients (diced 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.
Because steel-cut oats are high in soluble fiber, they'll help keep you full until lunchtime. Add a few nuts, like walnuts or pecans, for additional protein and healthy fats.
Top with additional diced apple for texture and extra fall flavor.
I like to store the apple cinnamon oats in these glass meal-prep containers for an easy grab-and-go breakfast.
If you like this recipe you'll want to try apple cinnamon overnight oats.
Looking for more breakfast recipes?
- Apple Cinnamon Smoothie
- Vegan Sweet Potato Pancakes
- Easy Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole
- Mocha Overnight Oats
- Pecan Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal
Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats
- 2 cups steel cut oats
- 4 and ½ cups water or non-dairy milk see note
- 2 medium apples, medium diced
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar (optional)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- Add the water or non-dairy milk to your Instant Pot. Next sprinkle in the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, cinnamon sticks and steel cut oats. Don't stir together. 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.
- Remove the cinnamon sticks before serving. Top with additional cinnamon and diced apple. Add a splash of milk if you like a looser oatmeal.
- This apple slicer makes preparing diced apples so much easier.
- I do not recommend using dairy milk in this recipe, as it may scald in the Instant Pot. If you don't have non-dairy milk (soy milk, almond, oat) you can use water.
- Store in individual meal prep containers (these are the kind that I use) 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.