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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-

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.

More Apple Recipes: Air Fryer Apple and Cinnamon Fritters, Instant Pot Apple Oatmeal, Brown Sugar Cinnamon Waffles, Air Fryer Apple Crisp .

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.

More fruit recipes: Pina Colada Smoothie, Lemon Blueberry Muffins, Air Fryer Baked Apples, Breakfast Cookies, Chocolate Smoothie, Banana Sheet Cake, Banana Mug Cake, Mango Kulfi, Orange Walnut Cake, Baked Mangoes or Persimmon Bread.

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:

Air Fryer Oatmeal Recipe

Oatmeal Pancakes without Flour

Oatmeal Muffin in a Mug

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Instant Pot Oatmeal 

Baked 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

Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Rolled Oats

Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Rolled Oats

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

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.


  • 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


  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.


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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Saturday 5th of February 2022

This had way to much liquid. Did not add the last 1/2 cup of milk. Think could have reduced amount of water

Maria Doss

Saturday 5th of February 2022

Hi Kim, Thank you for the feedback, Maria


Sunday 16th of January 2022

I made this recipe and from start to finish with waiting for warming times and preheating it took 37 minutes. Turned out very well. Definitely making again. We did swap out brown sugar for maple syrup. Next time we will try a natural release since that's what the instructions on the instant pot recommend for oats.

Maria Doss

Tuesday 18th of January 2022

Hi Ashley, I like the idea of using maple syrup instead. Hope the natural release method works quicker, Maria


Monday 8th of November 2021

Has anyone tried the porridge button to cook this? Maria what do you think?

Maria Doss

Monday 8th of November 2021

Hi, Porridge button is sometimes used when working with steel cut oats. I do not have any readers try when using rolled or old fashion oats. I'm sorry that I'm not able to offer much help, Maria


Sunday 7th of November 2021

Lovely morning breakfast recipe. Thank you. I just cooked with water and while serving added oat milk.

Maria Doss

Monday 8th of November 2021

That sounds wonderful, Maria


Thursday 4th of November 2021

Delicious! I subbed maple syrup for the brown sugar and used almond milk for the milk. I accidentally cooked for 10 minutes (this is what happens when you are talking on the phone while meal prepping), but it was delicious regardless.

Maria Doss

Friday 5th of November 2021

Hi Kate, Glad you liked the oatmeal, Maria

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