Bowl of apple cinnamon steel cut oats with spoon and apples
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4 from 2 votes

Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

These warming apple cinnamon oats are a healthy and filling breakfast option and they're made in the Instant Pot in just 30 minutes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: vegan
Servings: 4 servings (about 1.5 cups each)
Calories: 371kcal
Author: Cassidy Reeser, RDN, LDN


  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 4 and 1/2 cups water or non-dairy milk see note
  • 2 medium apples, medium diced
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/4 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.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 4.2mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3.7mg