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Start the morning right with this delicious and healthy Crockpot Express Apple Oatmeal! Use steel-cut or rolled oats in the pressure cooker (Crockpot Express/Instant Pot) for a quick breakfast.
I’ve never used steel cut oats for my oatmeal, but I wanted to try making oatmeal in my Crockpot Express, so I took the plunge! I figured that steel cut oats would hold up well in a pressure cooker, and they are the healthier option anyway. I took my popular recipe for Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal in the slow cooker and tweaked it to make it Crockpot Express Apple Oatmeal. (works in the Instant Pot, too!) I also wrote the recipe for only two servings, so it’s perfect for a quick and healthy breakfast. It’s a great recipe to try when you’re first learning to use a pressure cooker.
This oatmeal recipe is all the things: clean eating approved, paleo, vegan, whole food, etc. Several members of my family are doing a weight loss challenge, so I’m trying to be more thoughtful about what we eat, especially for breakfast. This filled me up and kept me full for hours! I used Granny Smith apples because they hold up well to cooking, but that does give it a very tart flavor. You’re going to want to add some kind of sweetener afterwards. I stirred in a little honey, which also gives it a pretty color. The second batch I made was with rolled oats (old-fashioned) and I tried that one with real maple syrup. That was delicious and very “breakfasty.”
Steel cut oats are the least processed version of oats. They will keep you fuller for longer, and your energy levels will stay up. I found a very informative short article comparing steel cut, rolled and quick oats here. For this recipe, I am giving you instructions for both steel cut and rolled oats. Do NOT use quick oats in the pressure cooker. You’ll end up with a terrible pile of mush. 🙂
Crockpot Express Apple Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup steel cut oats
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 apple, chopped Granny Smith apples hold up well to cooking
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp all spice
- sweetener of your choice (I used honey)
Option for rolled oats (old fashioned)
- 1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned)
- 2 cups water
- Place all ingredients in the cooking pot, close the lid and steam release valve, and press Beans/Chili (manual.) Adjust time to 6 minutes. After cooking, do a natural pressure release for 10-15 minutes. Stir in sweetener of choice and serve warm!
Cooking time for rolled oats (old fashioned)
- Press Steam (manual) and cook for 3 minutes. NPR for 5 minutes.
Overall, this takes about 20 minutes to go from preheat to pressure release. So toss the ingredients for your Crockpot Express Apple Oatmeal in the cooker, go take a shower and then come back to eat a yummy and satisfying breakfast!
Still learning about your Crockpot Express? Download a printable Crockpot Express Cooking Guide here (and get answers to frequently asked questions, or test your new CPE with an easy recipe like Crockpot Express Hard Boiled Eggs!