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Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal (Gluten Free)

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Whip up a hot breakfast in your pressure cooker with this delicious Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal! This is made with hearty steel cut oats, and is gluten free, dairy free, and peanut free.

photo collage of instant pot apple cinnamon oatmeal in a black bowl

We can’t get enough of hot and creamy Instant Pot oatmeal!

After we shared a recipe for our pressure cooker Pumpkin Spice oatmeal a few weeks ago, my family has loved having steel cut oats for breakfast in the morning.

instant pot oatmeal in a black bowl with apples

Even if your family is not a fan of oatmeal made with rolled oats, they might fall in love with steel cut oatmeal. It has a better texture and is super easy to make in the Instant Pot.

And you can add your favorite ingredients to it, like pumpkin, apples, dried fruit, chopped nuts (if you can have them), seeds like chia, pumpkin, and sunflower, and seed or nut butters.

gluten free steel cut oats in a bowl and on a spoon

There are a ton of possibilities to make pressure cooker oats! And if you love to meal prep, you can make a big batch on the weekend to divide for breakfasts each day. It’s simple, versatile, and delicious!

How to make Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Our recipe for pressure cooker apple oatmeal is based off of our Instant Pot Pumpkin Oatmeal. Since not everyone is a pumpkin spice fan, I decided to make an apple version. It’s delicious and perfect for fall!

I love cooking steel cut oats in the pressure cooker: it’s easy to make without worrying about babysitting a pot on the stove, or having the oatmeal boil over (which happened regularly when I cooked steel cut oats on the stove).

black bowl filled with pressure cooker oatmeal with a spoon

We use a CrockPot Express pressure cooker, but no matter your pressure cooker, it cooks up the same whether you use a CrockPot or an Instant Pot.

As soon as you open your pressure cooker, stir the oats well, then add your apple butter, cinnamon, Stevia drops, and chopped apples while it’s still hot, then allow it to cool a bit and thicken for a few minutes before serving.

instant pot apple cinnamon oatmeal in a bowl with apples

I loved having the crunch of the apples in my oatmeal, but if you want less crunch from the apples, you can grate the apple into your oatmeal instead of dicing or chopping it.

This will also release more liquid from the apples, so it might be a bit less thick, so adjust your liquid slightly if you plan on grating the apples instead of chopping them.

If you’d like to meal prep or you have a big family, you can double this recipe, but check the size of your pot before you try to triple this recipe since pressure cookers come in different sizes and smaller ones might not hold a triple batch of oatmeal.

instant pot apple cinnamon steel cut oats in a bowl with apples

Check out our other great apple recipes!

Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal (Gluten Free)

Whip up a hot breakfast in your pressure cooker with this delicious Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal! This is made with hearty steel cut oats, and is gluten free, dairy free, and peanut free.
Gluten free, vegan, peanut free; Free of: dairy, eggs, soy, tree nuts (except coconut)
4.50 from 2 votes
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Course: Breakfast & Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot oats, steel cut oatmeal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Pressure release: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 181kcal



  • Add the oats, water, apple juice, coconut milk, and salt to the pressure cooker pot and stir.
  • Close the pressure valve on the pressure cooker and set to "Multigrain" on CrockPot Express or "Porridge" on Instant Pot for 10 minutes.
  • Once the cooking time has completed, turn off the warming feature (if it automatically starts) and let the pressure cooker naturally release pressure for 10 minutes, then do a quick release of pressure by opening the valve and releasing the rest of the steam.
  • Once the steam has fully released, open the pressure cooker and stir the oatmeal.
  • Stir in the apple butter, cinnamon, Stevia drops (if using), and diced apples.
  • Remove the pressure cooker insert (with the oatmeal still inside) and set it on a cooling rack and allow the oatmeal to cool for about 10 minutes before serving. Stir again and serve topped with a bit of coconut milk and apple butter.


*Not quick cooking steel cut oats, we haven’t tested this recipe with quick cooking steel cut oats yet


Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3177IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg
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4 thoughts on “Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal (Gluten Free)”

  1. 4 stars
    Mine came out cooked but very watery. Did I do something wrong? Once I added the apples and remaining ingredients it was less water, but still fairly liquidy.

    • Hi Shelby! It might seem watery at first, but it usually thickens up as it cools and once you’ve stirred it up. If it’s still not thick enough for your liking, I’d reduce the water a bit next time you cook it. It does thicken up as it sits though so you might let it sit for 10-15 minutes after cooking it to let it cool a bit and allow it to thicken more.


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