Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is the perfect solution when you are short on time but craving the classic flavors of this breakfast comfort food. Your Instant Pot does all the work, simmering old-fashioned oats and chopped apples in a sweet cinnamon blend. Then, all you need to do is stir and enjoy!

a white bowl full of apple cinnamon oatmeal made in the instant pot

What is Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal?

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal uses basic old-fashioned oats flavored with apples and cinnamon. The ingredients used are simple and familiar, with easy steps from preparation to completion. Adding brown sugar and butter creates the ultimate breakfast for the oat lovers in your family.

How Do I Store Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal?

In the fridge, you can store this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal in an airtight container for up to 4-6 days. Store within 2 hours of cooking. To reheat, warm in the microwave on high heat. You can add a splash of milk to keep it moist as it reheats.

side view of easy to make Instant Pot apple cinnamon oatmeal with fresh diced apples

Can I Freeze Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal?

Yes, you can freeze fully-baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. To freeze, spoon individual portions into jumbo muffin tins. Top with desired toppings before transferring the muffin tin to the freezer. Freeze until firm. Remove the oatmeal from the muffin tins and transfer it to individual Ziploc bags—store oatmeal in the freezer for up to 2 months. Reheat on high power in the microwave for 2 minutes. Stir in milk or cream and heat for an additional 20 seconds. Serve immediately.

What is the difference between old-fashioned oats and quick-cooking oats? 

The difference between old-fashioned oats and quick-cooking oats is in their cut. Old-fashioned oats are flat-rolled to help oats cook evenly. Quick oats are cut into small pieces to help them cook more quickly.

overhead shot of apple cinnamon oatmeal with diced apples with cinnamon sprinkled on top in a white bowl

Tips for Making Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

  • For added flavor, you can add maple syrup on top of Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal before serving.
  • Layer the salt and cinnamon in this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe. Begin by sprinkling ¼ tsp on the apples while they are sautéeing. Then, mix the remaining cinnamon and salt in the dry oats before adding them to the Instant Pot. 
  • Serve Apple Cinnamon alongside Greek yogurt to add some protein to your breakfast meal. 


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I know your family will love Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal as much as mine. But before you dive into this recipe, here’s what you want to know about Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal.

  • You can use any apple variety in Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, but I recommend using Jonagold, Honeycrisp, or Pink Lady apples for a more “apple pie” taste.
  • Consider topping Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with raisins, fresh berries, coconut, chocolate chips, or brown sugar.
ingredients to make instant pot apple cinnamon oatmeal for breakfast recipe


  • Water– For a more thick and creamy consistency, use milk instead of water to make Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal.
  • Brown Sugar– If you don’t have brown sugar on hand, mix a tsp of molasses into granulated sugar and add to this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe.
  • Oats– Substitute oats with quinoa flakes for a gluten-free hot cereal option.

More Yummy Breakfast Recipes You’ll Enjoy

If you like this Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe, you’ll want to try some of our other easy breakfast recipes! Try any from the list below.

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Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

This Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is the perfect solution when you are short on time but craving the classic flavors of this breakfast comfort food.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 apples (any type), peeled and chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups oats, old-fashioned
  • 3 1/2 cups water


  1. Turn your Instant Pot to Sauté mode. Once it's hot, add in your butter and apples.
  2. Sauté for about 3 minutes, or until the apples are softened.
  3. Press cancel.
  4. Add in your remaining ingredients.
  5. Close the lid on your IP. Close the sealing valve.
  6. Set your IP to High Pressure (or Porridge) for 1 minute.
  7. Once the time is done, do a quick release.
  8. Stir and enjoy! Garnish with a tad more cinnamon if desired

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