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Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Rolled Oats

Creamy Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with rolled oats is a perfect fall breakfast. It is loaded with apples, walnuts, cinnamon and brown sugar for sweetness, this instant pot oatmeal with apples is almost hands-off cooking and most importantly without the dreaded BURN signal.

bowls of hot apple cinnamon oatmeal with black spoons, topped with sliced fresh apples and chopped walnuts

The beginning of a new school year means grab and go breakfasts rule! But in these trying times when schooling goes virtual, kids have the luxury of enjoying relaxed breakfasts.

Oatmeals are always a family favorite. It is comforting, filling and a great fuel for several hours. Though I love a bowl of creamy stove top oatmeal, tend to gravitate towards easier oatmeal recipes.

Adding to the list is cooking oatmeal in an Instant Pot! Though it is not new idea, making instant pot oatmeal with rolled oats that doesn’t burn at the bottom was tricky.

Many instant pot oatmeal recipes call for steel cut oats. Though my husband and I enjoy the chewy, nutty taste of steel cut oats, my children don’t seem to love it. So, I created a recipe for rolled oats instant pot oatmeal that does not require any complicated methods of cooking.

It took several attempts to making instant pot oatmeal without the dreaded BURN signal. After several fails, here is a tried and tested recipe that you can make with confidence. (I recommend this informative article on Instant Pot burn)

Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon oatmeal with Rolled Oats-

  • Almost Hands off cooking
  • Perfect Fall flavors
  • Creamy
  • Great for meal prep
  • Healthy
  • Kid friendly
  • Cozy and comforting

Main ingredients:

Oats – This recipe is created for old fashioned or rolled oats and not steel cut / quick cooking.

Apple – Use you favorite apple like Fuji, Honey crisp, Jonagold, Braeburn or Granny smith.

Dairy – Milk (whole or reduced fat)

Butter – Salted / unsalted / cold / room temperature

Sweetener – Golden or light brown sugar

Walnuts – Raw chopped walnuts

Flavorings – Cinnamon and salt

How do you make apple cinnamon oatmeal from scratch?

Heat instant pot to saute and when hot, saute chopped apple in a dab of butter. Add old fashioned oats and continue sautéing to toast the oats. Press cancel, stir in water, salt and ground cinnamon.

Pour milk on top and DO NOT STIR, cover and cook. Finish off with additional milk, brown sugar and chopped walnuts

an instant pot with rolled oats oatmeal made with apples and cinnamon, topped with chopped walnuts

Expert tips in making an Instant Pot oatmeal that does not burn-

Apples – The high moisture content in apples is one of the major factors in not making this recipe. It not only adds flavor, but also helps not to stick to the bottom

Layering liquids – If you read the recipe instructions, you will notice a DO NOT STIR in bold letters. That is because, we are adapting a layering technique, where the dairy ( which has a tendency to burn in an instant pot base) is poured on top and not stirring it. GAME CHANGER!

Fat – Butter makes everything better and the additional fat also helps in not sticking.

Instant Pot Size – This recipe has been tested in both 3-quart and 8-quart instant pots.

Want to make a healthier instant pot oatmeal with apple? Use maple syrup instead of brown sugar.

Frequently asked questions:

Are old fashioned oats same as rolled oats?

If you are using Quaker oats, old fashioned oats is same as rolled oats.

You can read more about it here.

What kind of apples to use?

We recommend using apples that hold its shape after the intense pressure cooking like Fuji, Honey crisp, Jonagold, Braeburn or Granny smith and does not break down like red delicious.

Is toasting oats required?

This is an optional step, but we love the additional layer of toasted flavor that toasted oats adds.

Storage instructions:

Leftover instant pot apple oatmeal can be refrigerated in a covered container for up to 4 days.

To reheat instant pot rolled oats with apples:

The oatmeal would have thickened upon refrigeration. Heat oatmeal in the microwave with a splash of milk to loosen it up. Top with chopped walnuts and more brown sugar or maple syrup, if needed.

a hand wearing a black sweater, taking a spoonful of oatmeal from a bowl of creamy oatmeal made with rolled oats

More delicious oatmeal recipes:

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Instant Pot Oatmeal 

Baked Banana Oatmeal Cups

Breakfast oatmeal cookies

Healthy Baked Oatmeal – Just combine all ingredients and oven bake

Oatmeal waffles made in a blender – Gluten free as well

Or more breakfast recipes and a huge collection of instant pot recipes

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Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Rolled Oats

Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Rolled Oats

Creamy Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with rolled oats is a perfect fall breakfast. It is loaded with apples, walnuts, cinnamon and brown sugar for sweetness, this rolled oatmeal is made in the instant pot for almost hands-off cooking.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 apples, core removed and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats or rolled oats
  • 2 cups water 
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk (or more), divided
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar or to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or as needed

Instructions

  1. Heat instant pot to saute. When hot, add butter and let melt.
  2. Add chopped apples and saute for 1 to 2 minutes. Add oats and continue sautéing for another minute.
  3. Press cancel, add water, ground cinnamon and salt. Stir well.
  4. Pour 1 cup milk on top, but DO NOT STIR.
  5. Close and lock lid (making sure that valve is set to seal), cook on manual for 7 minutes. When cooking time is done, let instant pot be in warm mode for 10 minutes.
  6. Release pressure (but turning valve to vent), open, add remaining milk (add more for thinner consistency), brown sugar and chopped walnuts. Stir and serve.

Notes

Instant Pot Size – This recipe has been tested in both 3-quart and 8-quart instant pots.

Want to make it healthier ? Use maple syrup instead on brown sugar and coconut oil instead of butter.

Add more milk (in the final addition) to make a thinner consistency.

To meal prep - Cook and cool oatmeal. Divide them into individual serving glass jars (or any microwavable container), cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

To re heat - Add a touch of milk or water to the cold oatmeal and microwave (remove lid) for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir well before eating.

Gluten-Free - To make gluten free oatmeal use gluten free oats

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 116mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 6gSugar: 21gProtein: 7g

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Theresa

Wednesday 5th of May 2021

Have you tried a non-dairy milk with this recipe? Sounds yummy!!!

Maria Doss

Friday 7th of May 2021

Hi Teresa, I don't have any readers trying with a non-dairy milk, but I don't see any issues with using it. However, if you are using a milk with higher fat content (like coconut milk), then I would suggest replacing half the milk with water. hope it helps, Maria

Charissa

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

This looks so good! I am really getting into Instant pot oatmeal! My question is, can I make this with 2 cups of rolled oats but use the same amount of water/milk? I had great success with 2 cups of rolled oats and 1 can of coconut milk and about 3 and a half cups of water in a other recipe. Also, if I do double the oatmeal, can I keep the same amount of apples? We don't like our oatmeal too appley. Lol TIA!

Maria Doss

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Hi Charissa, You can totally double the recipe without doubling the apples. The cooked apples tend to add release moisture, so I would recommend adding an additional 1/4 cup or so liquid to compensate for that. And, the cooking time need not altered, since the instant pot will automatically take longer to come to pressure. Hope it helps, Maria

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