Apple Cider Rice Cooker Oatmeal – It sure tastes yummy!

RiceCookerOatmeal3Do 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

Apple Cider Rice Cooker Oatmeal – For Babies from 6-8 Months

Ingredients

  • 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!

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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.

Enjoy!