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Easy Rice Cooker Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon

A creamy comfort food treat in the morning, Easy Rice Cooker Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon. A breakfast that has become a daily habit in our house this winter.

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We love oatmeal in the morning, especially with apples and cinnamon. But, as they say, “even the best intentions…” That’s a snapshot of some mornings in our house. But I’ve found a breakfast solution we have come to love.

If you also love oatmeal for breakfast but hectic mornings sometimes prevent a hot meal, try this method. Rice cooker oatmeal couldn’t be easier, creamier, or more delicious.

Plus, keep reading to find out why a registered dietician says you should eat oatmeal every day.

Rice Cooker Oatmeal

While I’ve had my rice cooker for years, I’ve been exploring recently how much more it can do than simply make rice. Cheaper than an Instant Pot, a rice cooker may be something to add to your kitchen appliances. I’m loving mine… once again. This week I’ve been making all kinds of grains, including quinoa, farro, and more in the rice cooker.

Making oatmeal in the rice cooker doesn’t necessarily speed up the cooking process, but it does make it a whole lot easier. Because, essentially, the oatmeal cooks itself. And with perhaps 4 minutes of prep, which is basically peeling and chopping an apple, breakfast is served. I even think I can do it in under 4 minutes… and I’m sure you could too.

Then it’s a simple matter of adding the oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, and water. Press the magic button, and wait for the cooker to beep when it’s finished. My rice cooker takes about 10 minutes.

Healthy mornings begin with whole-grain breakfasts filled with fiber and fruit to energize your day. Oatmeal is a premium breakfast choice.

5 Reasons to Eat Oatmeal Every Day

2. Oats make an easy, balanced breakfast. One cup of cooked oatmeal contains about 150 calories, four grams of fiber (about half soluble and half insoluble), and six grams of protein. To boost protein further, my favorite way to eat oatmeal is with a swirl of almond butter nestled within. This powerful combo will keep you away from that mid-morning visit to the vending machine.

3. Oats provide important minerals. Nutrient-rich oatmeal contains thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, selenium, and iron.

4. Oats are naturally gluten-free, but check with manufacturers to ensure that their products are not made using the same equipment as other potentially contaminating grains. (Always purchase gluten-free products from reputable companies and read food labels carefully.)

5. Oats could help you control your weight by keeping you feeling fuller longer. Sadly, carbs are often shunned and feared by those looking to drop a few pounds, yet choosing whole grains could squash hunger and simultaneously provide that pleasant “ahhhh” feeling carb-lovers crave. But, as with any other food, be mindful of portion sizes.

Simplify your morning oatmeal by cooking it in your rice cooker. I promise — it’s so, so delicious!

Rice Cooker Oatmeal Ingredients

Specific ingredient measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post, but here is a list of needed ingredients:

  • Apple, small diced
  • Old-fashioned oats (or steel-cut oats)
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Brown sugar

How to Make Rice Cooker Oatmeal

  1. Add the apple, oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, water and pinch of salt into the base of the rice cooker. Close the lid and cook using the steam/cook or porridge setting (or the rice setting if that’s what you have).
  2. When the rice cooker beeps, the oatmeal is done. Let it sit for a few minutes, stir, and enjoy a warm breakfast any day of the week. Such a treat!

Easy Rice Cooker Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon

Easy Rice Cooker Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon | 31Daily.com
Easy Rice Cooker Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon | 31Daily.com

Easy Rice Cooker Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A creamy comfort food treat in the morning, Easy Rice Cooker Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon. A breakfast that has become a daily habit in our house this winter.

Ingredients

  • 1 apple, small diced
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats (or steel-cut oats)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Add the apple, oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, water and pinch of salt into the base of the rice cooker. Close the lid and cook using the steam/cook or porridge setting (or the rice setting if that's what you have).
  2. When the rice cooker beeps, the oatmeal is done. Let it sit for a few minutes, stir, and enjoy a warm breakfast any day of the week. Such a treat!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 215Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 79mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 6gSugar: 14gProtein: 6g

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26 Comments

  1. I cooked mine without the brown sugar and it was delicious! I also cooked it with 1 1/4 cups of water because I misread your recipe. I’ll try the 1 3/4 but this was the first time I didn’t have a mess and it still tasted delicious. I’ve been cooking oatmeal in my rice cooker for a couple of years but it always made a huge mess of everything. I also put my rice cooker (it’s probably 35 years old) on a tray, just in case of boil over but no mess with the smaller amount of water but it was still delicious. Thank you!

    1. Hi Barbara, I’m so glad this recipe worked for you. I also have been making oats in the rice cooker for years and honestly, it’s my favorite way to make it! I love your tips on putting the rice maker on tray, just in case :). Thank you for writing and letting me know about your experience!

  2. I use an Instapot rice cooker. I subbed 3/4c of the water for coconut milk, used date syrup instead of brown sugar and followed the rest. Turned out fluffy. I will add a touch more coconut milk next time.
    Topped with a banana, flax, and a few raisins.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Your adaptations sound incredibly delicious and healthy. I’m now hungry! Thank you for sharing and for trying the recipe!

  3. With steel cut oats put the oats and water in the cooker the night before, and use more water! My recipe is soak one cup oats in two cups of water overnight, then add a cup of milk (or just use 3 cups of water the night before if you prefer) and all of the other ingrdients in the morning right before cooking. Bon appetit!

    1. Hi Danielle — I’ve not made this swapping milk for water, measure for measure. Milk can made oats a bit stickier, but definitely more creamy. I might try adding part milk and part water.

  4. Are your measurements using a standard measuring cup or the smaller one that comes with the rice cooker?

    1. Hi, Christine – I always use a standard measurement. The one that came with mine does not seem to be accurate.

  5. Aren’t there different size rice cookers? (I don’t have one yet but am considering buying a smaller one). It would be helpful to me to know what size was used in this recipe. Thanks!

  6. Been looking at recipes for cooking steelcut oats in rice cooker and there is wide variation in the amount of water called for. For 1 cup steelcut oats, I’ve seen anything from 1 3/4 cups water to 4 cups water. And they all get both positive reviews and complaints about boil-overs in the comments. So it seems like you can put any old amount of liquid in with the oats, press the button, and maybe it’ll be great OR maybe it’ll boil over and make a gigantic mess. Who knows?

    1. Hi Derrick. So true. There are so many variations. I’ve made this Rice Cooker Oatmeal dozens and dozens of times. It’s the perfect consistency for me, but there is nothing better than trial and error to find what works best for you!!

    1. Hi Patricia! I’m so glad you and your daughter liked it. It’s one of my favorite ways to make oatmeal too!!

    1. That’s a good point — I always type it 1-3/4 cup water which translates to 1 and 3/4 cup water. I hadn’t thought about how that could be confusing. Thanks for asking!!

  7. Yours is the steel cut oats recipe I’ve been searching for!! No longer do the oats boil over into the vent of my Aroma rice cooker. Finally I have perfect oatmeal every time. Thank you, Stephanie!!!

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