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. 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.
I haven’t been making as much baby food for Baby Cinco as I had for 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.
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.
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
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons (or more) honey
- 1/2 apple , chopped
Add oats, cover with water. Top with chopped apples and honey.
Set rice cooker to PORRIDGE setting. If "porridge" isn't an option, set it white rice and watch it after about 20 minutes.
Stir and enjoy! Add more honey and chopped nuts on top.