This apple-cinnamon instant pot oatmeal is an easy way to elevate your weekday breakfasts to one of the most delicious meals of your day!
Remember when we were kids and our moms made us eat plain oatmeal almost every day?
I don’t know how your mom cooked oatmeal, but mine steamed it into a semi-solid, gooey mass that, I kid you not, engaged my gag reflex every morning.
I was an adult before I experienced oatmeal any other way. I can’t make this stuff up.
Until then, I didn’t understand why every store sold the stuff, and had no clue that oatmeal could actually taste good.
I’m glad I had that, dare I say, life-changing experience at a dreaded community oatmeal brunch event that turned into “oh my gosh, this oatmeal is actually good, I’m so glad I came.”
Y’all, I’m laughing at myself, but it’s all true.
As a runner, I really would have missed out on a great pre-run breakfast fuel if I’d kept avoiding oatmeal.
These days, we (as a family) consume it in many different, delicious ways.
- For a special treat, I like to make pecan pie baked oatmeal – but only for a treat, because it really is a lot like the dessert it’s named after.
- Strawberry baked oatmeal is one of my kids’ favorites, and I love to make it in the springtime when we have fresh, home grown strawberries and some greek yogurt to top it with.
- On busy days, simple instant pot steel cut oatmeal is a quick way for me to have breakfast taken care of in seconds, so I can move on to the next thing on my list, and everybody can top it to their liking.
- And for a special treat, we might make oatmeal breakfast cookies, or in the afternoon, coconut flour oatmeal cookies.
- And we can’t forget my own favorite fall treat, Instant Pot Pumpkin steel cut oats. It’s so creamy and deliciously pumpkin-spicy.
My point is, there are a lot of options with oatmeal!
But in the winter, hands-down my favorite is Apple-Cinnamon Instant Pot Oatmeal. Much like the apple-cinnamon baked oatmeal cups, but faster, easier, and somehow more warming.
The spice of the cinnamon, and sweet-tartness of the apples just go with winter.
All you need are two apples (I like gala, or cameo, but use your favorite), butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, oatmeal, water, and an instant pot.
Sautéing your apples in butter will make your mouth water.
And after that, you simply add your remaining ingredients, close your instant pot’s lid, and set the cooking time to one minute.
A lot of people have asked if other pressure cooker brands are the same as the Instant Pot, and truthfully, I haven’t used any of them, but I assume they all have a manual setting that will let you set your own cook time, so you should be good to go no matter what brand you have!
Apple-Cinnamon Instant Pot Oatmeal
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes (including pressure time)
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Category: breakfast
- Turn your Instant Pot to Sauté mode. Once it’s hot, add in your butter and apples.
- Sauté for about 3 minutes, or until the apples are softened.
- Press cancel.
- Add in your remaining ingredients.
- Close the lid on your IP. Close the sealing valve.
- Set your IP to High Pressure (or Porridge) for 1 minute.
- Once the time is done, do a quick release.
- Stir and enjoy! Garnish with a tad more cinnamon if desired!