Simple oatmeal in your rice cooker

Easy Oatmeal in a Rice Cooker

I love my rice cooker. We eat rice almost every day in this house and I usually make it on the stove. But we have an awesome Zojirushi rice cooker as a solid backup plan when life gets crazy or when I need some extra rice for a stir fry or a rice pudding dessert. Who knew that you can also make easy oatmeal in a rice cooker??? I had no idea.

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Rice Cookers Are Amazing 

When I had my fourth baby, the rice cooker came in super handy making baby food – I just popped some chopped veggies on top of the rice and the veggies steamed while the rice was cooking. When Rory was just starting to eat, I could take my immersion blender and blend it all up into some tasty, homemade baby food. When he got a little older, he really would just eat bowls of rice and veggies on demand. It was very convenient.

Simple oatmeal in your rice cooker

Baby Food For Days

I haven’t been making as much baby food for Baby Cinco as I had for my previous babies. My freezer space is a little bit limited and he definitely is a milk lover – as in mama’s milk! – maybe more so than the others. He is not as enthralled with “real food” as his older sibs were. While I was trying to think of some “baby food” items that might also feed my other kids, I remembered my rice cooker. Eureka. What about making some oatmeal in a rice cooker? So easy.

Making Oatmeal In Your Rice Cooker

For this recipe, I added my oats and water and then chopped up some apples. Yup. That’s it. For a version for my big kids, I drizzled honey over all of it. My rice cooker has a porridge setting so I set it to porridge and walked away. The outcome was spectacular. Creamy oatmeal with softened apples. The honey was just a tad sweet – I added more – not sweet enough for my sweet tooth.

Honey or No Honey

Regarding honey and babies – If you are making oatmeal for a baby under a year, don’t use honey. Cooking it isn’t enough to make it safe. If all oatmeal consumers are over 12 months old, you can use the honey right in the rice cooker! If not, add it later to be safe!

Baby K loved it, my girls loved it, and, most importantly, I loved it. Baby food that feeds mom, too? Amazing.

Easy Oatmeal in a Rice Cooker Recipe
Simple oatmeal in your rice cooker
5 from 4 votes

Easy Oatmeal in a Rice Cooker

A quick and easy way to make a tasty breakfast or snack!
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Erin Brighton


  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) honey
  • 1/2 apple , chopped


  1. Add oats, cover with water. Top with chopped apples and honey.
  2. Set rice cooker to PORRIDGE setting. If "porridge" isn't an option, set it white rice and watch it after about 20 minutes.
  3. Stir and enjoy! Add more honey and chopped nuts on top.
Easy Oatmeal in Your Rice Cooker
Easy Oatmeal in Your Rice Cooker!
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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

11 thoughts on “Easy Oatmeal in a Rice Cooker”

  1. Just started using my new Toshiba rice cooker. I’m not a cook at all. I’m 87 years old and never cooked. I love the article you wrote about making oatmeal in a rice cooker. You explained it so it was easy to follow instructions. Thank you for printing a. Recipe that should be in an Idiot’s Guide To Rice Cooker menus. You are fantastic. And make it fun to follow your. Instructions. Loved all the pictures of you and kids and husband in Alaska. I will subscribe to your recipes. Hope there is more simple things for my rice cooker. Thanks again .

  2. I make oatmeal all the time in my Zojirushi rice cooker. My got to recipe is 1/3 cup oats to 1 cup water. I generally make the 3 cups water 1 cup oats version add blueberries and strawberries after cooked. Delish!

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