This page contains affiliate links. Click to learn more.I bought myself an Instant Pot in November (this is the one I bought!) and I am in love with it. I’ve made quite a few things with it already (and I have more recipes coming that I think you will like!), but one recipe that was made over and over again during my recent holiday time off, is Apple Spice Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats.
If you’ve ever made steel cut oats on the stove, you know that there is constant stirring involved to avoid having it stick to the bottom of the pot and then most of the time, you need to add more liquids as it cooks because it can sometimes get too thick. Making steel cut oats on the stove top isn’t fun…it’s fine and doable if it’s your only option, but it’s not one of my favourite things to make on the stove. I love steel cut oats, but I rarely made it because of those things. But now, there’s no more of that. No more constant stirring and no more sticky pot bottoms to soak and then scrub later.
I’ve made this recipe (and a few other Instant Pot steel cut oats recipes that I’ll share with you soon!) and they cook perfectly every time. AND, they never stick to the bottom of the Instant Pot cooking pot like they usually do when cooked on the stove.
So is the Instant Pot really “instant”
Yes and no. You aren’t going to get these steel cut oats in just 10 minutes. 10 minutes is the cooking time, BUT, the pot takes about 10 minutes to reach pressure, 10 minutes of cooking time, and then another 20 minutes to naturally come down from full pressure. And it’s the same for all recipes you will make in your Instant Pot. There is always time at the beginning to build pressure (this time varies based on how much is in the pot) and then time for it to de-pressurize (you can use the quick release method with other recipes, but I don’t recommend using it for this one). There are recipes that cook quicker than they would in the oven or on the stove top, even when the pressure build and release times are included, but I have not made any recipes like that yet. Soon!
So in total, this recipe for apple spice Instant Pot steel cut oats will take you about 40 minutes from start to finish in the pot, which may seems long, but here is the beauty of cooking in the Instant Pot:
You set it and can forget it until it’s done.
Once that lid is closed and you set the timer, you can leave and take care of other things that need to be taken care of.
As mentioned above, I’ve made pressure cooker steel cut oats several times over the past while and what I love about them (other than how easy they are to cook in the Instant Pot) is the taste. We are experiencing a really long stretch of very cold weather right now, and starting the day with hearty apple spice Instant Pot steel cut oats is very welcome and nice.
One thing you’ll notice about my recipe is that I don’t cook the apples with the oats. I like to leave a little bite to the apples and I found that they got a little too mushy for my liking when cooked together. I also like to add raisins, but they are optional because I know many of you don’t like them! Nuts or fresh apple slices are also a nice addition for garnish.
When it comes to sweeteners, I don’t add any to this recipe, but that is my preference since I don’t like overly sweet breakfasts. I find that the apples and raisins sweeten it up enough, but if you like things sweeter, feel free to sweeten to a level that you like. Full details are in the recipe below.
If you just got your Instant Pot and you have questions, I recommend joining a few Instant Pot groups on Facebook. I have joined a few and I’ve been finding them helpful for tips and tricks as I get to know my new pressure cooker. It’s amazing what you can do with it! This is the official Instant Pot Facebook community, run by the Instant Pot company, and this is a vegan group where you’ll be able to find some recipe ideas.
And speaking of vegan Instant Pot recipes, be sure to check out my list of Easy Instant Pot Vegan Recipes, you’ll definitely find some ideas you’ll want to try!
If you like this recipe for Apple Spice Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats, you may also like these:
- How to Make Slow Cooker Applesauce
- Vegan Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Waffles
- Banana Berry Granola Yogurt Parfait
- Southwest Tofu Scramble Breakfast Tacos
- Vegan Gluten Free Morning Glory Muffins
How to Make Apple Spice Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats
Hearty Apple Spice Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats make the perfect easy, warm, and delicious breakfast for cold days. Just throw the ingredients in, set it and your tasty oats will be ready in no time!
- 1 cup steel cut oats (gluten free, if needed, NOT quick steel cut oats, rolled oats, or quick oats)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened plain applesauce
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups water
- 1 small apple, chopped
- 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
- chopped nuts, or fresh diced or sliced apples for garnish (optional, walnuts or pecans work well)
- milk (enough to reach desired consistency, I use unsweetened almond milk)
- sweetener, to taste (optional, I like to use maple syrup)
Add steel cut oats, applesauce, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, salt, and water to your Instant Pot. Stir to combine all the ingredients.
Lock the lid in place and make sure the steam release handle is closed. Set to manual high pressure for 10 minutes. Instant Pot will take roughly 10 minutes to build pressure, timer will start counting down after it has reached pressure.
After the time has ended, let the Instant Pot naturally release the pressure. This will take roughly 20 minutes.
Once the pressure has been released naturally (you will know pressure has been released when the float valve has dropped back down), slowly unlock and remove the lid. Stir the oats so everything recombines.
Add the apples and, if using, raisins, and stir. Let sit for a minute or two so apples (and raisins) can warm up.
Add desired amount of milk and stir. (see note about milk below).
Add sweetener, to taste. Sprinkle nuts and/or fresh fruit on top for garnish, if using.
- Oats will thicken as they cool off, add milk for a looser and creamier texture. I add 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk, but feel free to leave it out, or add more or less.
- If you add raisins, you may find that it is sweet enough as-is. Taste the oats after everything has been stirred in and add as much or as little sweetener as you like. When I do add sweetener, I like to use maple syrup.
- This recipes makes 4.5 cups of apple spice Instant Pot oats, and can be split into two large servings, 3 medium servings, or 4 small servings. For safety reasons, I do not recommend doubling this recipe. Make separate batches, if needed.
- Oats can be pre-made, cooled off and then refrigerated. When ready to serve, warm up and add a splash of milk or water to loosen it up.
- Calorie count is for 1 serving (of 4) and for oats prepared without raisins or garnishes and with no added milk.