Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal in the Instant Pot {Vegan}

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Lauren Zembron
Lauren Zembron
I am a 34 year old living outside of Boston with my wonderful husband, energetic daughter, sweet son, and playful dog. I have degrees in both psychology and guidance counseling, and have worked in a variety of school settings. I strive to find a balance between the two basic food philosophies of “eat to live” and “live to eat“. I believe that food should be (and is!) one of the great pleasures of leading a healthy lifestyle.

Let’s start off by discussing the Instant Pot in case you’re not familiar with it… it’s a programmable pressure cooker, slow cooker, saute pan, rice cooker, yogurt maker, (and even more!) all in one. Using the Instant Pot can be a bit daunting at first, what with all of the buttons and options, but once you familiarize yourself with the settings, it will become your new favorite kitchen item. My in-laws bought me one for my birthday last year, and it has come in handy more times than I can count!

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal in the Instant Pot {Vegan}
Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal in the Instant Pot {Vegan}

Ok, now on to these Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats!

Creamy, chewy, slightly sweet, laced with cinnamon, and dotted with soft apple pieces, this vegan oatmeal is the perfect antidote to any dark & cold morning. Steel cut oatmeal takes about 30 minutes to cook on the stovetop, but using the pressure cooker slashes that time in half. The oatmeal reheats well, so you can have a few breakfasts on hand for busy mornings.

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal in the Instant Pot {Vegan}

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal in the Instant Pot {Vegan}

Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal in the Instant Pot {Vegan}

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 (14 oz) can coconut milk, well shaken
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of Kosher salt


Combine all ingredients in Instant Pot. Whisk to combine.

Lock the lid in place, and make sure the steam release handle is pointed toward “Sealing.”

Press the “Manual” button and toggle the “-” button down until you reach 3 minutes. Keep pressure option on “High Pressure.”

When the Instant Pot beeps, signaling the end of cooking, press the “Keep Warm/Cancel” button and switch the steam release handle toward “Venting”.

Allow Instant Pot to naturally release pressure until the valve has fallen completely down, then carefully remove the lid. Stir oats and serve.

* You can also make this recipe on the stovetop. Simply combine all ingredients in a dutch oven (or large saucepan) and cook according to the directions on the steel cut oatmeal packaging.

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