Instant pot apple cinnamon steel cut oats are much easier to make than on the stovetop and done in no time. These oats are just as nutritious as they are delicious and will keep you full and satisfied for hours!
Oatmeal is the ultimate comfort food in the winter. It’s like soup, but for breakfast! There’s nothing better than a steaming bowl of oats with a cup of coffee to wake up to in the morning.
I’ll admit, I haven’t used the instant pot as much as I would like to, but every time I do, I love it! The best thing about the instant pot is the convenience of it. I don’t know how much it actually saves cooking time, but I’ll trade time for convenience any day!
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The instant pot reminds me of my love for the rice cooker. You push a button, walk away, and minutes later, it’s done! No worrying about anything boiling over or burning. This is especially convenient when cooking grains or oatmeal!
What’s the difference between steel cut oats and old fashioned oats?
Steel cut oats are minimally processed and digested at a much slower rate than rolled oats, keeping you full and satisfied for hours. They are smaller and crunchier than rolled oats and take longer to cook, but the result is a creamy bowl of steaming oatmeal. Using the instant pot takes the hassle out of cooking steel cut oats, making them an easier for a lazy weekend morning or a quick breakfast on-the-go if you have leftovers!
If you’re looking to make homemade granola or overnight oats, rolled oats are going to be your best bet. But if it’s a hearty bowl of oatmeal during the winter, steel cut oats may be the better option!
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This instant pot steel cut oatmeal recipe features the classic flavors of fall and winter: apple, walnuts and cinnamon. However, you can switch up the flavors with whatever you like – shredded carrots, dried fruit or spices.
In this recipe, I like to take the extra step to saute the apples a bit in the beginning to begin the caramelization process. You don’t have to do this if you would prefer to add everything to the pot at once and get cooking!Print
- 1 ½ cup steel cut oats
- 2 Tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 apples, cored and diced
- 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- 4 cups filtered water
- Set the instant pot to saute mode. Add the coconut oil and apples and saute for a few minutes.
- Add the maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg and saute for another few minutes or until fragrant and sticky.
- Add the walnuts, oats and water and set the instant pot to high pressure for 4 minutes. Once the 4 minutes are up, allow the Instant Pot to release the pressure naturally. This will take about 10 minutes. Release any remaining steam and transfer to 4 bowls.
- Top with extra walnuts or apple slices.
Leftover oatmeal can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or in the freezer for a few months.