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Easy Instant Pot Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats Oatmeal

Instant Pot Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats Oatmeal is a 10 minute vegan, dairy-free, refined-sugar free pressure cooker recipe that is perfect for overnight, make-ahead breakfast, and meal prep. These are quick cooking oats the whole family will love.

Instant Pot Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats in red bowls with a fresh apple and red napkin
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This post was originally published in September 2018. It has since been updated.

I pretty much gave up oatmeal years ago. I was eating that pre-packaged stuff that is loaded with tons of sugar. I refer to it as “stuff” because it provides very little nutritional value.

I sought out other alternatives for oatmeal, but now I am back. This is my first time trying steel cut oats in my Instant Pot. What better way to eat steel cut oats than to make them taste like apple pie?

I love to make my own oatmeal because I can control the amount of sugar that is used. Using fresh fruit and raw honey helps create a recipe that is naturally sweetened.

You can totally still accomplish the same homemade baked apple pie taste in this recipe without going overboard with refined sugar.

raw steel cut oats in a glass bowl

How to Cook Steel Cut Oats in an Instant Pot

I used Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats. Here is a link to the exact oats used in this recipe. It is important that you use regular steel cut oats, and not instant or quick steel cut oats.

Add your steel cut oats to the pressure cooker or Instant Pot with milk and water. Cook for 10 minutes. Allow steam to release naturally.

You can learn more about how to make the perfect Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats every time here.

Are Steel Cut Oats Better than Rolled Oats?

Now, why steel cut oats and not regular oats. Most of us are used to rolled oats. I am sure you have fond and/or vivid memories of Quaker oatmeal. If you compare the macro/nutritional value of rolled oats vs steel cut oats, you will find they are very comparable. Calories, fat, etc. are pretty much the same.

Instant Pot Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats in red bowls with a fresh apple and red napkin

The biggest difference in steel cut vs rolled is the amount of processing and how the oats are processed. Rolled oats are rolled out and flattened. Steel cut oats are cut into thin slices by steel blades. This process retains fiber and protein. Steel cut oats help your feel fuller after eating them.

Steel cut oats take up to 20 minutes to cook on the stove. With the Instant Pot, you cut that time in half. You also have the freedom to walk away and do whatever you need around the house. No need to babysit a pot on the stove!

Instant Pot Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats in a red bowl with a fresh apple and red napkin
Instant Pot Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats in a red bowl with a fresh apple and red napkin

This recipe is perfect for make-ahead breakfast or meal prep. You can throw all of your items in the Instant Pot overnight and let it sit in the fridge and then turn on the pressure cooker in the morning.

How to Reheat Steel Cut Oats

Do steel cut oats reheat well? Yes. I like to meal prep the oats and store them in Tupperware. I use the microwave to reheat.

Instant Pot Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats in a red bowl with a fresh apple and red napkin

You may also enjoy these Healthy Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats recipes from Shape Magazine.

Pair this oatmeal with Air Fryer Sausage, Air Fryer Bacon, or Keto Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Muffins.

Instant Pot Recipes Perfect for Fall

Instant Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte
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Instant Pot Homemade Applesauce
Instant Pot Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Instant Pot White Chicken Chili
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Instant Pot Collard Greens

I prefer to pack up my prepped meals in glass food storage containers. I use this food storage set from Amazon.

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Instant Pot Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats in two red bowls
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Instant Pot Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats

Instant Pot Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats is a vegan, dairy-free, refined-sugar free pressure cooker recipe that is perfect for overnight, make-ahead breakfast, and meal prep. This healthy dish is quick and easy to make.
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Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot oatmeal, instant pot steel cut oats, pressure cooker oatmeal
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 210kcal


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 apples peeled and diced, I used Honey Crisp
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger I used ginger sold in a jar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsbp chopped pecans for topping
  • cooking spray or oil to grease the Instant Pot I used avocado oil, you can also use coconut oil


  • Grease the sides and bottom of the Instant Pot with oil. You can also use cooking spray. This step is important because you don’t want the oats to stick to the pot.
  • Add all of the ingredients to the pot (with the exception of the pecans) and stir.
  • Close the pot and seal. Place the Instant Pot on Manual High-Pressure Cooking for 10 minutes.
  • When the timer beeps DO NOT perform a quick release. Press cancel, to turn the pot off. You do not want the Instant Pot on “Keep Warm.” The oats may burn. 
  • Allow the steam release naturally for 10 minutes before opening the pot.
  • Serve the oatmeal in bowls topped with chopped pecans or desired toppings.



Cooking time noted above includes the time for the Instant Pot to come to pressure and naturally release steam and pressure. Overall timing may vary depending on how long it takes your pot to come to pressure.
If you prefer oats that are chewy and less creamy, decrease the cooking time. You can use 3-5 minutes.
If you like sweet oatmeal try adding a little stevia organic sweetener.
Additional topping ideas: Greek yogurt, chia seeds, granola, and almonds.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g
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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 24th of August 2021

Great recipe Brandi! This is so much better than instant oatmeal packets.


Tuesday 24th of August 2021

Yes! So much better.


Sunday 28th of February 2021

These are perfect and so easy! I used brown sugar instead of honey (what I had) and it worked well. Reheats well too!


Monday 1st of March 2021

Yay! I love that sub.

Anne D

Monday 9th of November 2020

Love, love, LOVE this recipe. I am a big fan of steel cut oats, and this recipe was so quick and easy. I made a pot on Monday morning and ate it all week. It reheats extremely well, but I even ate it cold one morning when I was on the run. I did not have almond milk on hand, so used coconut milk and it didn't seem to effect the taste. I topped with berries some days and nuts the others. So very versatile. This will be a staple all fall and winter. Thanks, Brandi!


Tuesday 10th of November 2020

You're welcome! I love the berries idea.


Monday 19th of October 2020

So delicious and my entire kitchen smells wonderful now! I love all the facts and information about the food you give with your recipes. Thanks!


Tuesday 20th of October 2020

Thank you! I hope you enjoyed it.

Cheryl McDonald

Monday 1st of June 2020

Hi Your receipes look wonderful can't wait to try them. I just wanted to comment that I don't understand why you feel the need to grease the pot so the oats don't stick. I have been cooking these same oats (kids love them). almost daily for going on 4 years... never once have they stuck to the pot. I just use 1 cup oats, 3.5 cup water and turn it to manual 3 minutes and let it sit for 10. Stir and serve with brown sugar and golden raisens. Never had them stick... unless maybe yours are sticking due to milk or other stuff in this receipe? Afraid to try this without the grease though...


Monday 1st of June 2020

Don't do it if you feel you don't need to. When I cook grits and oats they stick. I speak from my experience. Do what you wish.