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Easy Rice Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe

by Jeanette on December 27, 2011 · 30 Comments
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Apple Oatmeal Made In A Rice Cooker

Apple Oatmeal Made In A Rice Cooker

A few weeks ago, my youngest son got braces and his mouth was super sore. I knew it would be, but I figured I’d come up with something for him eat when I needed to. Since lunch at school was going to be a challenge, I wanted to make sure he had a hearty filling breakfast that would keep his tummy full as long as possible. He’s a picky eater and if he doesn’t like something, he’d rather starve.

Enter, this Rice Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe I came up with. Yes, this can be made on the stove, so why the rice cooker you might ask? The reason I love my rice cooker is because it is hassle-free. You simply push a button and it cooks on its own without any fuss. So, if it can cook rice perfectly, why not other grains? I’ve been playing around with cooking other grains in my rice cooker and this oatmeal recipe is one of the first I tried.

This Rice Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is so easy….simply put everything in the rice cooker and let it do its thing. This recipe makes a nice soft oatmeal, and tastes like apple crisp – who wouldn’t want apple crisp for breakfast?

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Rice Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Recipe
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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 apple, cored, diced
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of ground cardamon
  • a pinch of ground nutmeg
Optional Toppings
  • almond milk (or another non-dairy milk)
  • maple syrup
  • dried cranberries or other dried or fresh fruit
  • toasted pecans or other nuts or seeds
  1. To make oatmeal, put all Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal ingredients in rice cooker and cook on "white rice" setting. Stir after 20-25 minutes.
  2. Serve with desired toppings.
The toppings made this a fun breakfast treat. Add whatever dried or fresh fruit you like, along with some toasted nuts or seeds. I found the apples added enough sweetness, but you can drizzle some maple syrup on top if you like it a little sweeter.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2

I am linking this recipe up to Cara Craving’s Love Your Heart event for Heart Disease Awareness Month.

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  1. I love my rice cooker and I have also experimented with different grains (especially quinoa). Have not tried oatmeal but after reading this I will try it. Thanks for posting this, I look forward to reading more about your experiment with other grains.

    • It is fun trying to make different grains in the rice cooker. So far, I’ve had pretty good success, although I am still experimenting with some.

  2. I love how you made the oatmeal in the rice cooker, how creative! :) Love the addition of the apple cider to the oatmeal, yum.

  3. Apple crisp for breakfast sounds good to me!

  4. Great idea! My step-mom’s friend got us a bottle of apple cider, but we never opened the bottle, and I didn’t want to open it to use it only once in a smoothie recipe, so this is a great chance to use up the holiday cider!
    Although, I don’t think my parents would like it if I made a rice cooker-ful of oatmeal, haha ^^ hm. Crock pot~~

    • Yes, this is a nice way to use up any extra cider, and you can certainly make this on the stove top or in a crockpot.

  5. This recipe sounds and looks delicious, Jeanette! Yummy flavors for sure! :-) Hope your son is feeling fine now. I’m sure he appreciated this special breakfast from Mom. 😉


    • Thanks Shirley, my son did really enjoy this soft oatmeal. It was a nice way to get some fruit into his breakfast too.

  6. You are such a good mom. I think I could do this in a pot – love the almond milk with it and love warming oatmeal in the a.m.

  7. I have to admit I have a rice cooker that I only used once. Wasn’t sure what to do with it other than make rice. I eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast. I’m going to have to break out the rice cooker and try this recipe.

  8. this is calling my name! love it

  9. Perfect breakfast for a chilly morning!

  10. Mmm, looks delicious!

  11. I just love how simple this recipe is & how it can be enjoyed throughout the entire day!

    • Thanks Marla – yes, this is super easy and the rice cooker does keep food warm for a while. If you’re planning on keeping it warm for a while, I would add some liquid and stir it in.

  12. Looks so delicious! I just love oatmeal so much!

  13. Sounds like my kind of breakfast!! Looks delicious!!

    Happy New Year!

  14. A delicious breakfast! I’d love to wake up to a warm oatmeal bowl
    It’s been a pleasure reading and drooling over your delicious recipes this year. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2012!
    Happy New Year!

  15. i need to use my rice cooker more for other types of grains! i would love to put steel cut oats in there since it takes so long on the stove! great idea jeanette :)

  16. Loved the recipe. I made it in the pot with quinoa though.
    While making it, my husband says, make sure you add plenty of sugar but I followed the recipe and it had the right amount of sweetness.
    Just wondering though, we have a 10 month old girl, as the alcohol has been boiled off
    It should be alright for my little girl be able to eat it, right?

  17. I love oatmeal for breakfast….have made it many different ways, but never in a rice cooker. How clever!! :)

  18. This recipe looks wonderful! I am sure I can sub almond milk with hemp or coconut? I will try this for us and a baby food recipe!

  19. I love to try new ingredients with my oatmeal, it simply looks delicious

  20. Oh my…this was good. I made it tonight for a breakfast dinner and the kids loved it. I used the microwave, because I do not have a rice cooker and it was still delicious. Also, I left out the nutmeg and cardamon, as I am out of those. But I did everything the same and YUM! Thanks for sharing this wonderful new way of making oatmeal. I think I will have to go buy a rice cooker just for the recipe, if for no other reason!

    • Thanks Sena – so glad you tried this and liked it. You can use your favorite spices or leave them out. Oatmeal is so easy to make and is such a healthy option for breakfast (or dinner ;))

  21. I use orange juice with my oats, just mix and let sit for 15 min, add dry cranberries and chopped dry apricots and some seeds like sunflower or pumpkin. love oatmeal in any form. Great idea to use rice cooker.

  22. This recipe sounds delicious and so easy! Any ideas for replacing the apple cider? Maybe apple juice and spices?

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