Do you have a rice cooker? Have you ever made oatmeal in a rice cooker? It’s easy to toss everything in the rice cooker and it comes out very tasty. A big bonus is that you don’t have to hang around stirring, (and stirring and stirring) a pot of oatmeal porridge on the stove-top.
Making oatmeal in a rice cooker is just like making overnight crockpot oatmeal but without the overnight and without the crockpot! Adding apple cider gives this oatmeal a wonderful flavor, no sweeteners needed.
Oatmeal is a great choice for baby cereal or porridge and making it in the rice cooker is simple. You can make a big batch for the whole family and also save some for your little one. This oatmeal is also a great “transition” food as its texture is not naturally smooth.
When to Introduce: Introduce oatmeal to your baby from the age of 6 months and older.
How to Cook: Stove-top, crockpot or rice cooker
- 2 1/2 cups of apple cider
- 2/3 cup of water
- 1 1/4 cups of rolled oats - I used steel cut
- don’t use quick cook oatmeal or the recipe won’t turn out well – trust me!
- shake of cinnamon
- shake of nutmeg
- pinch of powdered vanilla
- handful of raisins or dates or chopped apples
- above are optional – if using the raisins and/or dates remove them if serving to baby!
Lightly butter the rice cooker pot then combine all ingredients in the rice cooker and stir well
Close the cover and push the switch to cook
After 10 minutes, carefully open the rice cooker and give the oatmeal a quick stir, close and continue cooking.
Oatmeal is done when the cooking switch flips to off/keep/warm or whatever it does on your rice cooker (I have an Aroma 8 cup cooker, nothing fancy and only $24.95). Allow to stand for 5-10 minutes after cooking.
I use steel cut oats when I make this recipe. The texture is a bit more chewy than you may want a younger baby to try. You can puree as needed.