Apple Cider Steel Cut Oats for Instant Pot Recipe

Serves 4 | Finish in 18 minutes

Nourish your body and soul with a warm, welcoming bowl of apple cider “seasoned” steel cut outs made quickly in an electric, multi-function pressure cooker. Sautéed apples, pecans and chia seeds boost the nutrition of this easy morning meal.


  • 2 tablespoons salted butter (divided)
  • 2 cups chopped fresh apple (approx. 1 jumbo or 2 medium)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon (divided)
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cups water
  • 1 2/3 cups Gala Apple Cider Blend from Litehouse® 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Set Instant Pot to Sauté function and add 1 tablespoon of the butter, allowing it to melt.

Add diced apples and stir, constantly, sautéing for approximately 3 to 4 minutes until softened. Sprinkle in ½ teaspoon of the cinnamon, stir and cook for 30 additional seconds. Scoop out cooked apples to a bowl and set aside.

Quickly add remaining 1 tablespoon of butter to Instant Pot, remaining in the Sauté function. Allow butter to melt and then add the steel cut oats, stirring continuously for 2 minutes or until starting to toast. Turn off Sauté function.

Pour in the water, apple cider, chia seeds, remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon, vanilla, and half of the cooked chopped apples (reserving the remaining half for a topping). Stir ingredients in Instant Pot to combine.

Add lid to Instant Pot and set to Pressure Cook (High) function for 8 minutes, ensuring steam valve set to seal.

When timer goes off, let sit closed for 5 minutes, naturally releasing some of the steam. Then press the release and allow the remaining steam to leave the pot.

Carefully remove lid and stir cooked oats in Instant Pot before serving.

Top with reserved sautéed chopped apples and pecans. May also add additional toppings such as milk, cream, maple syrup, etc., as desired.

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