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Easy Instant Pot Oatmeal Recipe

Ninja Foodi or Instant Pot oatmeal with apples and Old Fashioned oats only take 5 minutes to cook and taste amazing! An easy pressure cooker breakfast that the whole family will enjoy and is a healthy meal too. Try apple cinnamon oatmeal or pumpkin oatmeal this morning and let us know what you think!


Ok, so I’m obsessed with my Instant Pot…do you have one yet??! Now in just 5 minutes you can make Instant Pot oatmeal packed with diced apples and cinnamon. I made a pumpkin oatmeal version too! It’s one of our favorite breakfast Instant Pot recipes! (affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Oatmeal

This pressure cooker oatmeal turned out perfectly this morning. Yes my kids even give an “MMmmmmmm” when they see that’s what we are having! You can use whatever brand of pot you have at home. Crockpot Express or made as an easy Ninja Foodi recipe work just the same way.

We always add diced apples into the mix but you could choose to make plain and slice bananas on top when done if you preferred, that is great too.

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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How to Make Pressure Cooker Oatmeal

With all the goodies you can add in to Old fashioned rolled oats, they can be quite flavorful as well as a healthy breakfast option. We love adding some extras to make apple oatmeal but you could leave that out. Love fruits though, I’d recommend skinned and diced Fuji and even add dried cranberries if I have some.

I tell you it is all about the goodies when it comes to this favorite “old fashioned” breakfast dish. Brown sugar, yes, and cinnamon is a for sure. After you melt your butter you just throw everything in and cook for 5 minutes! I know, seriously so easy.

It just takes 15 minutes total (with time to come to pressure) in your Instant Pot. This is the pressure cooker I have.

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How to Make Instant Pot Oatmeal with Apples

Yes you can cook oatmeal on the stove top, but I’m telling you this is a game changer because you can just walk away!

There’s a video showing you how to make Instant Pot oatmeal right in the pot in this post so you can see how simple it is for me to throw this together in the morning. It is a great way to lower your cholesterol (which I need) and eat healthy in the morning.

I recommend using Old Fashioned oats, not instant or steel cut as those would change the timing quite a bit. We added diced Fuji apples and cinnamon into the mix to give it flavor and texture, highly recommended.

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How to Make Oatmeal in Ninja Foodi

Here is a peek of what it typically looks like when it is done. Top with additional goodies if you like, for sure with the kiddos they want all the things right? Remember that as it sits it will continue to thicken. When you first open the pot it will be quite loose.

Some like a thinner version so eating right away will be perfect. Every 5 minutes or so it will get thicker and thicker until it completely cools. If you make a large pot you can really eat it more than once that day. Just use a bit of milk after it is totally cold until it is the consistency you want. Then microwave for 30 sec. to 1 minute, stir and test.

You’ll feel it is as good as fresh this way. I hate wasting food so I am always talking about how to reheat and eat another serving later. 😉

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ninja foodi oatmeal

Instant Pot Pumpkin Oatmeal

Now if you’re looking to make pumpkin oatmeal we have that too. There are slightly different ingredients and you will use an oven safe dish lowered into the pot. You will need the following ingredients

  • 2 c. Quick oats
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree – out of the can or here is how to make Instant Pot pumpkin puree
  • 4 c. almond milk – or regular milk but almond milk is best for flavor
  • Toppings
    • Brown sugar
    • Honey roasted pecans

The directions for this one are below, they are different than the steps in the printable recipe card below. This is how you make that variety. If it is Fall you’re in for a real treat with these classic flavors. For classic cinnamon oatmeal follow the instructions below in the printable recipe card.

  • Combine all ingredients except add ins to an oven safe bowl that fits inside your IP like this dish
  • Pour 1 c. water into your Instant Pot
  • Place dish on top of a trivet
  • Close your lid and steam valve
  • Set to high pressure for 5 minutes
  • Do a quick release

Transfer to a cool bowl (so you don’t burn yourself eating out of the dish inside your pressure cooker).

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Apple Instant Pot Oatmeal Ingredients

The best way to do this is to core the middles and remove most of the skin. I normally wouldn’t say to remove those because that is where all the fiber and some nutrition is but the texture gets weird cooked this way.

  1. Old fashioned type of oats is best for pressure cooking- not instant, can be found in gluten free
  2. Butter to make perfectly creamy
  3. Water
  4. Brown sugar
  5. Cinnamon
  6. Toppings like diced fruit
What is the water-to-oats ratio for cooking oatmeal in an Instant Pot?

Typically it is 1 cup of oats to 2 cups of water give or take a bit. You can adjust the ratio based on your desired oatmeal consistency. If you prefer thick oatmeal, reduce the water slightly, and if you like it more liquidy, you can add a bit more.

Can I add flavors and toppings to the oatmeal before cooking it in the Instant Pot?

You can add ingredients like cinnamon, diced apples, raisins and/or vanilla extract before cooking if desired. Milk or other dairy products should be added at the end.

Should I use the Manual or Porridge setting on the Instant Pot?

You can use either one but I do like to manually put in my own timing to get the texture just right for me. If you are new you can use the porridge button and decide from there if you’d prefer more or less time the next time.

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Instant Pot Oatmeal Pot in Pot

Sometimes you won’t add the food into the actual pot. Like our Instant Pot hard boiled eggs we use an accessory. If you’d like to use the pot in pot method you’ll;

  1. Use an inner pot that will fit inside your pressure cooker like this 7″ one
  2. Mix in 1 cups of oats & 2 cups of almond milk or water (almond milk makes it creamier) together
  3. Put a trivet at the bottom
  4. Pour 1.5 cups of water inside
  5. Lower your bowl with oatmeal inside on top
  6. Close lid and steam valve and set on high for 5 minutes cooking time
  7. Release the pressure quickly when done, a natural release will make it mushy

If you have a Crock Pot Express or other brand of pressure cooker the directions should work the same, just needs high pressure for 5 minutes.

What Toppings are Good for Oatmeal?

You might want to try a savory breakfast recipe option with a fried egg on top sometime. If you need dairy free options vanilla almond milk will bring a bit more sweetness. Many we use on our pressure cooker breakfast quinoa too like;

  1. Raisins
  2. Peanut butter or nut free butters
  3. Chocolate chips for pressure cooker chocolate oatmeal
  4. Sprinkles
  5. Whipped cream or Cool Whip is great

You can use your Ninja Foodi or any other brand you have at home to make this. Looking for other pressure cooker breakfast ideas? Pressure cooker donuts are another favorite.

Ninja Foodi Oatmeal with Apples

If you want to make a batch of slow cooker steel cut oats we have directions for that too.

crockpot steel cut oats

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Instant Pot Oatmeal

Instant Pot oatmeal with apples only take 5 minutes to cook and taste amazing! An easy pressure cooker breakfast that the whole family will enjoy and is a healthy meal too. Try apple cinnamon oatmeal or pumpkin oatmeal.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, cinnamon, easy, instant pot, oatmeal, pineapple, pressure cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 192kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Spray inside of pot with non stick spray. Push saute button on your Instant Pot or pressure cooker
  • Add butter and allow to melt. Turn Instant Pot off…important step to avoid “burn” message from showing up.
  • Add water, oats, brown sugar, apples, cinnamon and raisins if desired. Stir
  •  Put lid on and close steam valve, set to manual high pressure for 5 minutes, do a quick release, open and serve.                


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Oatmeal
Amount Per Serving (6 oz)
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 87mg4%
Potassium 106mg3%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 285IU6%
Vitamin C 1.4mg2%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Friday 7th of October 2022

This is a great recipe--I don't use quite as much brown sugar, and I don't peel the apples. I used dried cherries instead of raisins and milk instead of water. I probably could have cut the brown sugar down even more. I know that's quite a few changes, but that's what you do with a basic recipe, right??

The Typical Mom

Saturday 8th of October 2022

Dried cherries would be great


Saturday 11th of December 2021

This apple raisin oatmeal was seriously the best oatmeal recipe I have ever made. It was so creamy and just the right amount of sweetness. It will definitely be my new go to.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 12th of December 2021

Oh yeay!! It's a great way to do it quick for sure


Wednesday 11th of March 2020

I made this using the pot in pot method and doubled the entire recipe and my oatmeal came out super liquidy. I had to strain off the water. Next time I won’t quite double the water and see if that works...


Saturday 28th of March 2020

Mine came out watery as well, however, I just put it in for a few more minutes and it was really good! I think Pot in Pot method takes a bit longer so maybe add 3 min or let NPR for 3-5 min?

Elissa Ilario

Monday 24th of February 2020

I used the steel cut recipe without any additional ingredients. I did pot in pot for 5 minutes but they weren’t quite done so I put it back for an additional 3 mins and they came out great! Thanks!


Monday 14th of October 2019

We usually make the apple one but I thought I’d try the pumpkin. Wondering why the methods for cooking it is different? (One can be mixed right in the IP and the other goes in a bowl first?) thanks!

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