Recipe: Rice Cooker Oatmeal

At my blogger meetup on Sunday I had one of the best bowls of oatmeal ever. I knew I had to figure out how to make such a voluminous, creamy, textured bowl of oats. Well, I did it yesterday. This method rocks. I’m thinking it would probably work in a crockpot as well – have you ever tried that?

Anyway, this is my method for rice cooker oats. They come out so creamy and delicious. They were actually better than the oats I had on Sunday.

Rice Cooker Oatmeal

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Ingredients (serves 1-2)

  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 and 1/3 cups water
  • 2 dashes of salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon stevia (optional)
  • toppings: chopped dates, granola, crushed raw cashews


  1. Dump the water, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, and stevia in the rice cooker. Press “cook”.
  2. Come back about 10 minutes before it’s done (according to the timer – this will probably be about 10 or 15 minutes after you started it) and open up the cooker. Stir around the oatmeal (it will probably be more liquidy on top) and mix it up well. Let it cook for another 5-10 minutes.
  3. Scoop out your serving and top with your favorites. Mine are dried fruit (dates), granola, and nuts (cashews this time, but almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds are also great).

31 rice cooker oatmeal

I had half for breakfast (so a 1/2 cup serving) but then I ended up eating the other half plain as a snack a few hours later. It was so good plain. I love adding cinnamon and vanilla to my oats. The stevia added a little bit of sweetness too – perfectly delicious.

If you’re short on time, this is a great method for cooking oats. You can toss them in the cooker and hop in the shower. While you’re getting ready, the rice cooker does all the work. And it’s way better at making creamy oatmeal than I am. If you don’t have a rice cooker, you should definitely consider getting one… it’s not just for rice!

34 Comments on Recipe: Rice Cooker Oatmeal

  1. coco
    30 September, 2009 at 1:30 pm (7 years ago)

    nice method! so convenient!
    love the pic! πŸ˜€

  2. Lindsay
    30 September, 2009 at 1:37 pm (7 years ago)

    That sounds so good! I like the idea of letting them cook while I’m getting ready!

  3. Shelby
    30 September, 2009 at 1:49 pm (7 years ago)

    I must make this! It sounds absolutely delicious!

  4. Cindy
    30 September, 2009 at 2:02 pm (7 years ago)

    Love it

    I actually used to use my small rice cooker to make millet.
    I used to use that silly little rice cooker for a LOT actually.

    you are right! not just for RICE.
    when you don’t have a full kitchen for a while you learn how to cook many things with anything that has a heating element!

    your toppings sound great!

  5. Tina
    30 September, 2009 at 2:26 pm (7 years ago)

    I have not had oats in ages… but I want them now… bad!

    great way of using stevia too πŸ˜›

  6. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    30 September, 2009 at 2:32 pm (7 years ago)

    Your new camera takes amazing pictures! I love my rice cooker, but I’ve never used it for oats. Hmm, I know what I’ll be making tomorrow. πŸ™‚

  7. linda
    30 September, 2009 at 3:11 pm (7 years ago)

    The Jamba Juice in Los Gatos cooks the oatmeal they sell in a gigantic rice cooker. It’s really good too. I haven’t been happy with oats from coffee shops like Starbucks that basically resells instant oatmeal packets for lots of money.

  8. Jess
    30 September, 2009 at 3:37 pm (7 years ago)

    Mmm! Sounds fabulous!
    <3 jess

  9. carolinebee
    30 September, 2009 at 3:59 pm (7 years ago)

    Melissa from Melissa’s Journey made crockpot oats a few months ago and they sounded amazing!!! She lets them cook overnight and she told by the AM that her house smelled soooooo good!

  10. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    30 September, 2009 at 5:26 pm (7 years ago)

    Wow I’ve heard of this! I have to dig out my rice cooker and try… I was sold at creamy and delicious

  11. Amber
    30 September, 2009 at 7:14 pm (7 years ago)

    GREAT picture!! And that makes me want some fluffy oats!

  12. Elizabeth (The Dallas Celiac)
    30 September, 2009 at 7:20 pm (7 years ago)

    I’ve never made oats in the rice cooker, but I have made millet, oatmeal-style. Thanks for reminding me!

    PS. Your oats look way fabulous

  13. Maria
    30 September, 2009 at 8:14 pm (7 years ago)

    I have a rice cooker and that recipe sounds awesome! I love me some fluffy oats πŸ™‚

  14. Kimberly@Living Free
    1 October, 2009 at 4:54 am (7 years ago)

    I’ve heard of crockpot oats but have never done it. I don’t have a rice cooker. Your oats look really yummy!

  15. kim
    1 October, 2009 at 7:37 am (7 years ago)

    great shortcut~
    how does salt enhances the flavor? I usually don’t add any in.

  16. Jessica
    1 October, 2009 at 8:36 pm (7 years ago)

    I started eating oatmeal almost everyday in order to be healthier, so i was really excited to read your post. This sounds like a good way to eat the same meal but cooked in a different way!

  17. Emily
    2 October, 2009 at 1:27 pm (7 years ago)

    I had no idea!! Oh, how I love food blogs!! I would never have known that you could do this!! Thanks for sharing!! πŸ™‚

  18. Neal Bertrand
    3 October, 2009 at 12:44 pm (7 years ago)

    Did you use steel-cut oats, or the Quaker Old-Fashioned Oatmeal?
    I have 60 recipes in my cookbook “Rice Cooker Meals: Fast Home Cooking for Busy People.” Check my website for my free newsletter and recipes.

  19. Ashton Cigars
    7 March, 2010 at 10:46 pm (7 years ago)

    What a great idea! This is also awesome for college students to cook in their dorm rooms (if rice cookers are allowed– should be..) I’ve never known you can cook oats this way but am excited to try it!

  20. Saul Sonne
    19 December, 2010 at 12:51 pm (6 years ago)

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  21. WP @ The Conscious Life
    7 July, 2011 at 11:01 am (6 years ago)

    Nice idea! Never occur to me that my rice cooker can be re-purposed to cook oat. You’ve just given my rice cooker a new lease of life! Thanks!

  22. Marty
    17 July, 2012 at 4:45 pm (5 years ago)

    I wonder if you could use the timer feature on the rice cooker for this? Put ingredients in the noght before and set it to be done for breakfast the next day?

    • Maggie
      17 July, 2012 at 4:48 pm (5 years ago)

      @Marty: I’m sure you could! I often cook rice the night before and it is just as good in the morning. And it smells heavenly πŸ™‚

  23. Gregory
    27 July, 2013 at 4:13 pm (3 years ago)

    SchΓΆner post:)

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