Apple-Cinnamon Instant Pot Oatmeal


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!

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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.

Image shows a bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal from above, with cinnamon sticks and slices of apples garnishing it

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 would have missed out on a great pre-run breakfast fuel if I’d avoided oatmeal.

Photo shows a grey bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal next to a yellow and white checked napkin

These days, we (as a family) consume it in many different, delicious ways.

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.

Image shows the ingredients you'll need for the instant pot oatmeal

Sautéing your apples in butter will make your mouth water.

Photo shows apple pieces being sauteed in the Instant Pot

And after that, you simply add your remaining ingredients, close your instant pot’s lid, and set the cooking time to one minute.

Photo shows the Instant Pot from above with apples, oatmeal and cinnamon

So simple!

Photo shows the cooked apple cinnamon oatmeal in the Instant Pot

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! 

Give the recipe a try today!


Apple-Cinnamon Instant Pot Oatmeal

If you love oatmeal, this Instant Pot apple cinnamon oatmeal is quick and delicious! So easy!

  • Author: Elise
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes (including pressure time)
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: breakfast


  • 2 apples (any type), peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups oats, old-fashioned
  • 3 1/2 cups water


  1. Turn your Instant Pot to Sauté mode. Once it’s hot, add in your butter and apples. 
  2. Sauté for about 3 minutes, or until the apples are softened. 
  3. Press cancel.
  4. Add in your remaining ingredients.
  5. Close the lid on your IP. Close the sealing valve.
  6. Set your IP to High Pressure (or Porridge) for 1 minute.
  7. Once the time is done, do a quick release.
  8. Stir and enjoy! Garnish with a tad more cinnamon if desired!

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