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.
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
- Great for meal prep
- Kid friendly
- Cozy and comforting
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
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:
If you are using Quaker oats, old fashioned oats is same as rolled oats.
You can read more about it here.
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.
This is an optional step, but we love the additional layer of toasted flavor that toasted oats adds.
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.
More delicious oatmeal recipes:
Healthy Baked Oatmeal - Just combine all ingredients and oven bake
Oatmeal waffles made in a blender - Gluten free as well
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 apples, core removed and cut into chunks
- 1 cup old fashioned oats or rolled oats
- 2 cups water
- ½ to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 pinches salt
- 1 and ½ cups milk (or more), divided
- ¼ cup brown sugar or to taste
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts or as needed
- Heat instant pot to saute. When hot, add butter and let melt.
- Add chopped apples and saute for 1 to 2 minutes. Add oats and continue sautéing for another minute.
- Press cancel, add water, ground cinnamon and salt. Stir well.
- Pour 1 cup milk on top, but DO NOT STIR.
- 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.
- 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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