Rice Cooker – Cooking More Than Rice
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.
Oatmeal in a Rice Cooker
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.