Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats with Apples and Cinnamon make the perfect healthy and warming breakfast thanks to fiber-rich oats, brown sugar, and butter for creaminess.
❤️ Why you’ll love it: You’ll stay full until lunch after just one bowl of these hearty oats.
I first made this recipe when I decided to swap out sugary breakfast cereals with healthier steel-cut oats for breakfast. I even wrote a post all about how to make the creamiest Instant Pot steel cut oats every time.
Since that first time trying steel cut oats, my boys and I have loved starting our day with a cinnamon-spiced version of this healthy breakfast porridge. It’s quick and easy to make, and the fiber keeps you full all morning.
Update: I’ve updated this post with my best tips and tricks for perfect Instant Pot oats with delicious apple-cinnamon flavor. Enjoy!
How to Make Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats in the Instant Pot
This is a simple dump-and-go breakfast recipe. The first step calls for toasting the oats a bit. This enriches their naturally nutty flavor and only takes three minutes. Of course, if you’re very tight on time, you can skip this step and simply stir everything together and start cooking.
We love to serve our bowls of apple-cinnamon steel cut oats with a drizzle of milk or cream, a sprinkle of brown sugar, and chopped nuts for some crunch and healthy fats.
Are Steel Cut Oats Gluten-Free?
Yes, as long as you buy certified gluten-free oats, this recipe is 100% gluten-free and celiac-friendly. We love Bob’s Red Mill, but we’ve had good luck with generic brands at our grocery store as well.
Steel Cut vs. Rolled Oats
What’s the difference between steel cut oats and rolled or old-fashioned oats? It’s all about how the grains are processed.
Rolled oats are…well…rolled flat.
Steel cut oats, on the other hand, are cut with a blade. As a result, steel cut oats are thicker, with more texture and a rounder shape.
Many people prefer steel cut oats to rolled or old-fashioned oats because they have a bolder, nuttier flavor. They also contain slightly more fiber and protein because more of the whole grain stays intact during processing.
Steel cut oats take longer to cook than other varieties of oats. (Which is why they’re the perfect grain for pressure cooking.) While stove-top methods suggest soaking the oats before simmering, with an Instant Pot you can skip the soak and get straight to cooking.
What Is the Best Apple for Instant Pot Oatmeal?
You can use any baking apple for this recipe. You want one that has good flavor and also holds its shape well when cooked. Some great options are Cameo apples or Galas. I would avoid Red Delicious or Fuji apples because they won’t hold their shape.
When I make this for my kids, they’re always asking for extra apples. You can add another apple (or two) with no change to the recipe timing.
More Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats Recipes
If you love these Apple Cinnamon Instant Pot Oats as much as my family does, be sure to check out my post about how to make steel cut oats in the pressure cooker. Then you can add your favorite flavorings and mix-ins to create your ideal breakfast.
Here are some more favorite recipes to get you started:
- Pumpkin spice Steel Cut Oats are my go-to breakfast when pumpkin puree is readily available in the fall.
- Cinnamon Roll Steel Cut Oats make the perfect holiday breakfast treat with a swirl of cream cheese icing on top.
- Vanilla Latte Steel Cut Oats let you enjoy the flavors of your favorite sweet coffee drink in a healthy and filling bowl of oats.
- Almond Joy Steel Cut Oats transform the nutty, coconut-rich candy into a warm and comforting breakfast topped with crunchy almonds.
- Lemon-Blueberry Steel Cut Oats are fruity, bright, and fresh-tasting, perfect for warm weather!
- Strawberries and Cream Steel Cut Oats have just the right amount of sweet fruity flavor and decadent creamy texture.
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- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 1 large apple, peeled, cored and diced
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Add butter to the pressure cooking pot, select Sauté. When butter is melted add the oats and toast, stirring constantly, until they start to darken and smell nutty, about 3 minutes.
- Add water, apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Select High Pressure and set 10 minutes cook time.
- When the cook time ends, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then finish with a quick pressure release.
- When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid. Stir oats. Cover and let sit 5 or 10 minutes until oats are desired thickness.
- Top with milk, nuts, and additional brown sugar, if desired
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 168mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 6gSugar: 12gProtein: 5g
Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.
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