Instant Pot Oatmeal

Rolled oats with cinnamon and red apples slices on top in brown bowl with apple slices on side

This Instant Pot Oatmeal is a simple, healthy, and easy-to-make breakfast recipe that can be cooked in your Instant Pot in less than 10 minutes!

Rolled oats with cinnamon and red apples slices on top in brown bowl with apple slices on side

It’s a great way to start your day, and it only requires 3 ingredients 🙂

Why This Recipe Works

One could argue that stovetop oatmeal tastes the same and is just as quick as the Instant Pot. And they’re not wrong... stovetop oatmeal is still fine and great. But this Instant Pot Oatmeal recipe is foolproof!

With the stovetop method, sometimes the water will evaporate more quickly and you risk burning the oatmeal and having a mess to clean up. Plus, you have to stand over the stove and stir every so often to prevent sticking.

I don’t know about you, but in the mornings, I like to keep things as simple and easy as possible. With a million other things that could go wrong, don’t let your breakfast be one of them! This Instant Pot Oatmeal recipe works perfectly every time. Just toss the ingredients into the pot, sit back and enjoy your coffee while it cooks.


Instant Pot Oatmeal Recipe Video

Recipe Ingredients

Rolled oats – a.k.a. old-fashioned oats. It’s important to use rolled oats rather than instant or steel-cut oats, since they’re all processed differently and have varying cook times. If you have steel-cut oats, try out this Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats recipe!

Apple – any variety of apple works! Personally, I like to use apples on the sweeter side, like MacIntosh or honeycrisp. Honeycrisp tend to hold their shape well even after baking or cooking, while MacIntosh apples get a little soft and mushy so you can stir them right into your oatmeal. Both are great options, depending on what you like.

Cinnamon – the recipe says cinnamon to taste. I usually use about 1 teaspoon for 2 cups of oats because I love cinnamon flavor! You can also add a pinch of nutmeg or use an apple pie spice blend that goes wonderfully with the apple flavor.

How to Make Instant Pot Oatmeal

It is easy as pie! Well... it's much easier than making pie actually 😉

First of all, gather all the ingredients.

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Take the apple and cut it into slices about ¼ inch thick.

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Add the oats to the pot.

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Add cinnamon to taste.

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Add the water and stir to combine.

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Now, cook it in High Pressure mode for 8 minutes. After it's cooked, release the pressure by the quick-release method. The oatmeal will look something like this:

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Healthy, toothsome, and appetizing Oatmeal is ready to serve!

Instant Pot Oatmeal

Recipe Notes

  • This recipe is 100% vegan and gluten free! So it accommodates a wide range of dietary restrictions. If you’re not concerned with keeping it vegan, try using milk in place of half of the water for an extra creamy result. You could also use almond milk or coconut milk while still keeping the recipe vegan.
  • This oatmeal recipe is flexible. If you’re not a huge fan of apple cinnamon flavor, you can still make oatmeal in the Instant Pot the same way. Then top with fresh fruit, or eat it plain!

How to Serve Instant Pot Oatmeal

I love to serve this oatmeal with coconut milk or homemade almond milk on the side so you can add a splash if you want. It cools down the oatmeal a bit so you can eat it quicker and gives it a silky-smooth texture.

Also, if you like your breakfast on the sweeter side, try finishing your oatmeal with a splash of honey or pure maple syrup!

More Breakfast Recipes

If you’re searching for more breakfast inspiration, look no further. We have tons of quick and foolproof breakfast recipes on Corrie Cooks.

Try these next:

Instant Pot Rice Pudding

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Cornmeal Porridge

Instant Pot Greek Yogurt

Instant Pot Cinnamon Rolls

Instant Pot Granola


What’s the difference between steel cut oats and rolled oats?

Both of these products come from the same oat grain. Steel cut oats are the full oats that have been roughly chopped. Rolled oats have been steamed and then flattened into tiny oval shapes, so they cook much faster than steel-cut oats.

Rolled oats with cinnamon and red apples slices on top in brown bowl with apple slices on side

Instant Pot Oatmeal

Simple ingredients and proper instructions make this bowl of healthy oatmeal.
4.67 from 6 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: international
Keyword: apple, Oatmeal, rolled oats
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie


  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 apple cored and sliced
  • 4 cups water
  • cinnamon to taste


  • Put all the contents in the Instant Pot and stir well.
  • Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.
  • When cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release.
  • Open the lid, serve and enjoy 🙂


Calories: 177kcal Carbohydrates: 34g Protein: 5g Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 15mg Potassium: 195mg Fiber: 5g Sugar: 5g Vitamin A: 25IU Vitamin C: 2mg Calcium: 31mg Iron: 2mg


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2 thoughts on “Instant Pot Oatmeal

  1. If I wanted to use peaches instead what would you recommend to do as peaches are so soft. Add them after the oats are cooked or add them while the oats are cooking?

    1. It depends on your personal preference. If you add them while cooking, they will become VERY soft, but they will also impart sweetness and flavor to the oats. You could also add them after cooking and then put the lid back on to let them basically steam and warm through for a few minutes. They will retain their shape that way.

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