Instant Pot Apple Cider Steel Cut Oats Recipe

Typically, I’ve got enough problems in the morning, but having a hearty yet healthy breakfast on hand is usually not one! Warm, filling Apple Cider Steel Cut Oats for the Instant Pot has been my comfort food of choice these cooler autumn days, powering me through even the most robust to-do lists. I love the welcoming “fall feeling” that the taste and smell of apple cider evokes, plus it’s a natural, fruit-sourced way to sweeten recipes. Jump down to the bottom of the post to discover additional breakfast ideas incorporating apple cider.

Ingredients for Instant Pot Apple Cider Steel Cut Oats

Steel cut oats are my preference over old-fashioned oats or instant-oats, I just love the chewy, creamy, almost nutty texture. However, they are time consuming to cook up traditionally, and make them in the microwave is just asking for a sticky, messy disaster. But, in a multi-function pressure cooker, cooking time is reduced by more than half, and better yet, the oats don’t demand the constant stirring or monitoring for the dreaded boil over. I also appreciate how the sauté function on the Instant Pot allows me to pre-toast my oats for maximum flavor and also sauté up diced apples to use as a combo recipe ingredient and oatmeal topping. That’s one less dish to wash! 

Instead of adding table sugar to my oatmeal, I rely on the natural sweetness of Gala Apple Cider Blend from Litehouse Foods which I use as my cooking liquid. It’s a 100% cold-pressed juice, not made from concentrate – just the sweet and mellow flavor from the Gala apples shines through. The apple cider oats have a light sweetness, but those who like their oatmeal even sweeter have the option of stirring in honey, maple syrup or other sweeteners before serving.

Seasoned apples for Instant Pot Apple Cider Steel Cut Oats

That’s the beauty of having oatmeal for breakfast, a bowlful makes a nutritious foundation that can be dressed up with the fruit, nuts, seeds and toppings of your choice. I’ve added a couple tablespoons of chia seeds into the instant pot oatmeal recipe, but you could easily swap for flax seed, hemp seed, or omit all together. The cinnamon-spiced sautéed apples made for a delightful topping that pairs so well with nuts – I’ve used pecans but walnuts or slivered almonds are a smart choice too!

I like to meal prep a batch and package up as individual portions to keep in the fridge or freezer for grab-and-reheat breakfasts. 

Breakfast Ideas with Apple Cider

If you’re a fan of uniquely fall flavors, you’ll also want to try out this bushel of breakfast ideas incorporating apple cider:

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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