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Instant Pot Oatmeal Recipe

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  • Author: Maxine Dubois
  • Total Time: 25 minutos
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x


This Instant Pot Oatmeal with Apple is made with granny smith apples, maple syrup, cinnamon, oats, and melted butter.


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup Old Fashioned oats or steel-cut oats
  • 2 granny smith apples, cored, peeled, and cut into 1-inch cubes, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Optional: 1/2 stick melted butter
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Add water and oats: Pour 2 cups of water into the Instant Pot, then add 1 cup of Old Fashioned oats or steel-cut oats. Stir well to combine.
  2. Add apples, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt: Add the diced granny smith apples to the Instant Pot. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of maple syrup over the apples and oats. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and a pinch of salt over the mixture.
  3. Mix well: Stir all the ingredients in the Instant Pot until well combined.
  4. Pressure cook: Close the Instant Pot lid and make sure the valve is set to the sealing position. Select the "Manual" or "Pressure Cook" function and set the cooking time to 4 minutes for Old Fashioned oats or 10 minutes for steel-cut oats.
  5. Natural pressure release: Once the cooking time is complete, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes. Then, carefully turn the pressure release valve to the venting position to release any remaining pressure.
  6. Optional: Add melted butter: If desired, stir in half a stick of melted butter into the cooked oatmeal for added richness.
  7. Serve and enjoy: Open the Instant Pot lid and give the oatmeal a final stir. Serve the apple oatmeal warm in bowls, and you can top it with additional cinnamon, maple syrup, or sliced apples if desired.


  • Use the correct ratio of oats to liquid: For a standard oatmeal consistency, use a ratio of 1 cup of oats to 2 cups of liquid. Adjust the ratio based on your desired thickness and creaminess.
  • Add flavorful liquids: Instead of plain water, consider using milk or a combination of milk and water for a creamier and richer oatmeal.
  • Incorporate flavorings: Enhance the taste of your oatmeal by adding flavorings such as vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, or a pinch of salt. These ingredients can elevate the overall flavor profile.
  • Sweeten to taste: Adjust the sweetness of the oatmeal by adding sweeteners like maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, or your preferred sweetener. Start with a smaller amount and add more as needed.
  • Customize with mix-ins: Get creative and personalize your oatmeal by adding mix-ins such as fresh or dried fruits, nuts, seeds, or chocolate chips. These additions can add texture and additional flavors.
  • Pre-soak steel-cut oats: If using steel-cut oats, consider pre-soaking them in water for 15-30 minutes before cooking. This helps reduce the cooking time and results in a creamier texture.
  • Be mindful of the natural pressure release: After the cooking time is complete, you can choose to either perform a natural pressure release (letting the pressure release on its own) or a quick pressure release (manually releasing the pressure). For oatmeal, a natural pressure release can help prevent any spillovers.
  • Stir well before serving: Once the oatmeal is cooked, give it a good stir to evenly distribute any mix-ins and to ensure a consistent texture throughout.
  • Adjust cooking time for desired consistency: If you prefer a firmer texture, decrease the cooking time slightly. If you like a softer and creamier texture, increase the cooking time.
  • Take note of specific oatmeal types: Different types of oats (such as steel-cut oats, rolled oats, or quick oats) may require different cooking times and liquid ratios. Refer to the cooking instructions specific to the type of oats you are using.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American