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Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

A warming bowl of oatmeal that is subtly sweet, tangy and a little bit nutty. 


  • water
  • 1 cup steel cut oatmeal
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil (or favourite vegetable oil)
  • 1 large or 2 small apples, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2-3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp plain kefir, or milk of preference
  • 1 tbsp walnuts or pecans, chopped


For Stove Top Oatmeal

  1. Bring 4 1/2 cups water to a boil on stove top.  Once boiling, add oatmeal and salt.  Stir and let simmer, uncovered for 20-25 minutes, stirring more frequently near the end.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. 

For Instant Pot Oatmeal

  1. Add Oatmeal, 3 cups water and salt to the pot, stir, cover and lock the top in place.  Make sure venting is pointing to sealing.  Press the manual button and time for 10 minutes.  Once finished, do a quick pressure release, as per instruction manual.  Stir in the vanilla extract. 

For Apples/Assembly

  1. Heat the butter and oil in a pan over medium heat.  Add the apples and cinnamon and fry for 5-10 minutes until soft.  Add the brown sugar to the pan near the end and stir until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat.

  2. Top your bowl of oatmeal with the apples, kefir and walnuts. Keep apples separate from oatmeal when storing in the fridge for best results.  Enjoy!