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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Pressure Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal [Rolled or Steel Cut Oats]

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

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I love Oatmeal.

I have shared my love for oatmeal before, along with my Instant Pot Pressure Cooker recipes for Pumpkin Spice OatmealMaple Brown Sugar Oatmeal and Date Raisin Walnut Oatmeal.

I could eat oatmeal every morning and be the happiest morning person in the world… as long as there’s coffee - don’t forget the coffee.

There are so many benefits of oatmeal. "This whole-grain powerhouse has been packing serious nutrition and hearty flavor into breakfast for generations. It’s one of the few comfort foods that are as good for you as they are just plain good… [with a] proven ability to curb bad LDL Cholesterol” — I couldn’t agree more WebMD!

A healthy breakfast can help you eat better thought the day. "Oatmeal contains fiber which stays in the stomach longer and helps you feel fuller, longer” [].

However, “some packets of instant oatmeal are…loaded with sugar… and high in sodium” [WebMD].

I have eaten plenty of packets of instant oatmeal in my younger days - but in these, well, older days I prefer to make it myself.

Oatmeal in the pressure cooker is not only delicious, but it is SO EASY! Anything that can make a sometimes hectic week day morning EASIER, I am all about. Thanks, Instant Pot!

This recipe can be adapted for any pressure cooker, although I use an Instant Pot (which I am OBSESSED with - LOVE it).

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal


If using Rolled Oats: 1 cup rolled oats
2 1/4 cups water

If using Steel Cut Oats:
1 cup steel cut oats
3 cups water

1 apple, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes (any apple is fine, I used Fuji)
1 1/4 t. cinnamon
1 t. vanilla
1/4 t. salt
0-3 T. brown sugar (depends on your sweetness preference. I actually skip the sugar altogether and garnish with a swirl of pure maple syrup or honey when served)
1-3 T butter or coconut oil, optional

Optional toppings: Walnuts, pecans, almonds, maple syrup, honey, butter, coconut oil, fresh fruit, etc!

[Super Simple] Directions

Add all ingredients to pressure cooker and stir.

Close lid, turn vent knob to “Sealing”. Press “Manual” (high pressure) button and adjust cook time.

For Rolled Oats: Cook time 3-5* minutes

For Steel Cut Oats: Cook time 12-15* minutes

*Why the cook time range? It depends how you like your oats - less cook time means more “bite”, more means a creamier finish. I cook my rolled oats 4 minutes and my steel cut oats 12 minutes (I would not do less than 12 minutes for steel cut oats)

Your pressure cooker will take 5-10 minutes to pressurize.
For Instant Pot, display will show as “On” until it pressurizes, then cook time will display and countdown will begin. 

When cook time is complete, quickly release pressure (QPR) by opening vent knob.
For Instant Pot, QPR by turning vent knob to “Venting”

I always cover vent knob with a towel before QPR.

Open lid, and enjoy the smell!

Stir and Serve!

I get 3 servings when using rolled oats and 4 servings when using steel cut oats from this recipe - you can absolutely double or even triple/quadruple this recipe!

I prefer topping my Oatmeal with walnuts and a swirl of pure maple syrup - YUM!

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal - thanks, Instant Pot!

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  1. Great recipe - thanks :) I tried to double it this morning and it didn't quite come to pressure, I think because I didn't have enough water. for 2 cups of old fashioned oats, how much water do you recommend?

    1. Thanks! For 2 cups oats, 4 1/2 cups water. I prefer to use a 1 part rolled oats : 2 1/4 parts liquid

  2. Tried it this morning.....very yummy

  3. I want to do pot in pot oatmeal, do you know how long I would need to cook it? Thanks, Sue

  4. Is both the butter and the cocconut oil optional? And is this a topping?

    1. I would recommend adding butter or coconut oil while cooking your oatmeal.

  5. Merry Christmas! Would I add any time if doubling the recipe? Making for Christmas celebration tomorrow morning! ��

    1. Sorry I am just responding - did you double and enjoy the recipe? I hope so! Happy Belated Holidays!