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Rice Cooker Oatmeal Recipe

Rice cooker oatmeal is just as easy to make as it is delicious. And according to most nutritionists, it’s good for you.

Oatmeal in a rice cooker beside a bowl

That’s why I make a point of having it for breakfast at least three times a week. And I love the fact that I can basically turn my rice cooker into an oatmeal cooker when I want to.

So many people overlook their rice cookers when it’s time to prepare a meal. I basically see it as another tool to make anything that simply needs a heating element and a holding bowl.

Since rice and oatmeal are grains, it makes sense that a rice cooker will do just as good of a job with both. The other breakfast food I prepare in the rice cooker is a vegetable frittata.

But that’s not all. I also make rice cooker pineapple upside down cakes that are moist and scrumptious. I can pretty much count on people begging for seconds when I make them.

Health Benefits of Rice Cooker Oatmeal

Oatmeal is extremely nutritious, so you need to consider having it for breakfast several times a week if you don’t already. Here are some ways it’s good for your body:

  • Oats contain quite a few essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Oatmeal is loaded with fiber to keep your body running smoothly.
  • You’ll get an abundance of antioxidants when you have oatmeal several times per week.
  • This powerhouse breakfast cereal helps moderate blood sugar.
  • Cholesterol is no match for oatmeal since it helps lower LDL (bad cholesterol).
  • Eating oatmeal is filling and can help with weight loss because you won’t be as hungry afterward.
A spoon of oatmeal with cinnamon

Ingredients for Rice Cooker Oatmeal

You don’t need much to prepare oatmeal in your rice cooker. If you have oats, water, and a rice cooker, you can make it.

Oatmeal, rice cooker, and water.

There are other things you can add to it for flavor and even more nutrition. Here are some things I enjoy:

  • Raisins
  • Berries
  • Cinnamon
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Brown sugar
  • Milk of any kind
  • Pumpkin butter
  • Apple butter
  • Strawberry preserves
  • Nuts

How to Make Oatmeal in Your Rice Cooker

Add water and rolled oats to your rice cooker. Top it with the lid, plug it in, and turn it on. You’ll have oatmeal in about 10-15 minutes.

This gives you plenty of time to get your coffee ready and coax the kids out of bed.

Oats and water in a rice cooker

Another benefit is that if you’re busy, the rice cooker will keep your oatmeal warm until you’re able to get to it. This makes it extra convenient.

Portable Appliance

Rice cookers are portable pots that you can take with you when you go on a vacation in your car. You can even fit a smaller one in your suitcase when you fly.

As a result, you’ll save money and time when traveling. In addition to that, you’ll feel much better since you’ll be able to resist the tempting tray of pastries in the hotel.

Frequently Asked Questions About Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a complex food that is also extremely versatile. You can prepare it for breakfast or add it to desserts.

How is Oatmeal Good for You?

In addition to providing the nutrition your body needs to function it is also good for your skin.

What is Oatmeal Made Of?

Oatmeal is made of groats, or hulled oat grains. The ones I use are rolled oats, but they also come in a steel-cut version.

Is Oatmeal a Good Breakfast Food?

Yes, oatmeal gets your day off to an excellent start with essential nutrients. It also keeps you from getting hungry, so you should be able to make it to lunch without being ravenous.

Frequently Asked Questions About Rice Cookers

This versatile appliance is something I think everyone should have. It’s super easy to use and is very forgiving, so it’s hard to mess up.

What is the Best Rice Cooker for Me?

There are so many excellent rice cookers on the market it’s not possible to choose just one. Look for one with the features and size you need.

What Size Rice Cooker Do I Need?

Base your choice on the volume of food you’ll put in the rice cooker. I use both my small rice cooker for two-person meals and my medium-size one when we have company or need leftovers.

Do I Need a Rice Cooker?

No one needs a rice cooker, but it sure is a nice convenience. You can put all the ingredients in the cooker and walk away while it cooks.

Then it switches to warming mode to keep the food warm. In other words, it does all the work for you and is ready when you are.

Scoop of rice cooker oatmeal

More Recipes You Might Enjoy

If you like pumpkin, you’ll also love the flavor of these refreshing pumpkin pie smoothies. And for a quick breakfast, try making some egg muffin cups that you can grab on your way out the door.

Other Blogs I Follow

If you enjoy discovering new recipes, you’ll probably like some of the blogs I follow. Here are some of them:

Back to My Southern Roots
Make It to Friday
Southern Plate
Southern Bite
Julia’s Simply Southern
Big Bear’s Wife
Mrs. Happy Homemaker
Marilyn’s Treats
Sweet Little Bluebird
Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
The Country Cook

Scooping oatmeal from the rice cooker to a bowl.

Rice Cooker Oatmeal

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Rice cookers are the ideal kitchen appliance for making oatmeal because they are convenient and easy to use.


  • 1-1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 2 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (optional)


  1. Pour the oats and water into your rice cooker. Stir to moisten all of the oats.
  2. If you want to add cinnamon before cooking your oatmeal, now is the time to do it.
  3. Put the lid on the rice cooker and turn it on. Go about your business until it clicks off.
  4. Your oatmeal is done and ready to enjoy!


Before you eat your oatmeal, you may add berries, honey, raisins, brown sugar, pumpkin butter, fruit preserves, nuts, or milk. By doing so, you’re adding both flavor and nutrition. Please keep in mind that you're also adding calories.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 117Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 7mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 3gSugar 0gProtein 4g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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LoRhea Miller

Saturday 26th of December 2020

Would this still be good if you made a few days ahead and reheated in the microwave the next morning?


Saturday 26th of December 2020

Hi LoRhea. I'm not sure if it would still be good, but I don't think so. It's actually so easy to make in the rice cooker, there's really no reason to do that because you can make it fresh every morning.

Brenda Pritzker

Friday 6th of November 2020

I’m looking forward to making this- my neighbor gave me a rice cooker/steamer/slow cooker which I’ve been having fun with! I make oatmeal about 3-4 times a week, and invariably it overcooks and/or overflows!! So happy this will keep my stovetop clean!


Friday 6th of November 2020

I think you'll love it! There are so many wonderful things you can make with your rice cooker. Just think of it as a big hot pot. Enjoy!


Friday 17th of April 2020

I just made your recipe and I can’t thank you enough for posting my Black & Decker booklet came with a recipe but it was hard to understand! My picky daughter ate the entire bowl! I have been trying to add ground flaxseed to our meals for health benefits and this recipe allowed me to sneak it in! I have added your recipe to my Pinterest page which is my cooking bible!


Friday 17th of April 2020

Hi Lindsey! I'm so glad you like it! My rice cooker comes in so handy when I need to make something but can't watch over it the whole time it cooks. There have been many mornings when I use it to make oatmeal. I put everything into the rice cooker, go get ready for the day, and then when I'm ready to eat, it's done. Have a great weekend!