Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats


Steel Cut Oats.  Another item I would have normally passed in the supermarket en route to the Pop Tarts.

But No!  Not anymore!

SO healthy, SO hearty, and SO satisfying – this is almost like a dessert for breakfast! What’s even better?  Making it SUPER QUICK in the Instant Pot! I was inspired with this recipe from and made a variation of my own!

A HUGE home run!!!!

Here’s How I Made It!:

Since we’re making steel cut oats, we’ll start off with (you guessed it) steel cut oats.

Add ’em to the Instant Pot…

…along with some water…

…and some cashew milk.

Then, let’s peel and dice up some apples…

…and add it in with the rest.  Secure the lid and cook on high pressure.

When the cooking is done, give it a good stir.

Next we’ll add in some vanilla extract…


…a little honey…

…some dried cranberries…

…stir it up…

…and add in some maple syrup.

Give it all a final stir…

…and TA-DA!  Some of the most delicious, healthy and QUICK steel cut oats of all time!

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats with Apples & Cranberries
Yield: 6

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Steel-cut oats are a wonderfully light and nutritious way to start your day. Here, I use a nondairy milk to make it that much lighter but jsut as tasty. You won't even miss the regular stuff.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes


  • 1 cup of steel cut oats (Don’t use the Instant kind!)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of unsweetened cashew milk
  • 1 pinch of sea salt
  • 1 Macintosh apple peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 to 2 tbsp of honey (or agave nectar)
  • A splash of maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (optional)


  1. Add the water, milk, salt, apple and oats to to the Instant Pot
  2. Put on the lid and lock into place. Select the Manual button to High Pressure and set the time to cook for 3 minutes
  3. When the Instant Pot beeps, allow it to do a Natural Release (no Quick Release this time!) until the pressure pin drops. This usually takes 15-16 minutes
  4. Stir in the vanilla, cinnamon, agave nectar or honey, maple syrup, walnuts, and cranberries. Adjust the sweetness as needed
  5. Serve with additional cranberries and walnuts if desired
  6. Enjoy! You can store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave

Jeffrey's Tips

Feel free to use any kind of nuts or granola as other stir-ins to your hearts’ desires ?

Reader Interactions


  1. Mickey Cashen

    Great recipe, but I found the apple bites to be too soft. So I put the apple slices (I had Honeycrisp on hand) in a plastic bowl along with 1/4 cup of the water that otherwise went in the Instant Pot, and nuked them for 2 minutes on high under a loose plastic cover.
    Then I added the apple bites and water into the Instant Pot after pressure release and the apples had just the right mild crunch to them.
    Also, I didn’t have any milk except 2% on hand and used it for both times I made the recipe. I had no problem with anything sticking to the side of my 6 qt. inner pot.

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