Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins
This is from a wonderful book, The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook, by Hensperger and Kaufmann. It makes a wonderful, creamy oatmeal with no watching or muss or fuss. Definitely use steel-cut oats, which have a wonderful texture, so superior to the regular stuff. I usually use dried cranberries, raisins or currants, instead of the dates.
- 2⁄3 cup steel cut oats
- 1 2⁄3 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch fine sea salt
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1⁄2 cup chopped dates
- Place all ingredients, except dates, in cooker; stir gently to combine; sprinkle dates on top.
- Close the cover, set on Porridge cycle.
- NOTE1: This recipe is designed for a rice cooker with fuzzy logic - use the porridge setting. If you have a regular rice cooker, you will need to watch it to determine when the oatmeal is done, probably 25 to 30 minutes, depending on your cooker.
- NOTE2: Steel cut oats vary slightly. With some brands I find I need to reduce the milk to 1 1/2 cup to get the right consistency.
- NOTE3: You can substitute vanilla flavored soy milk for the milk plus vanilla extract.
I also use The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook. This is SO INCREDIBLE and CONVENIENT! I make the recipe for the plain steel cut oatmeal cereal. I use 3 cups water to 1 cup oats and let it sit overnight and in the morning I just start my rice cooker's porridge cycle. By the time I am done getting ready for work, our breakfast oatmeal is done and we each add our different toppings. It's easy then to make a scrambled egg white omlet to go with it. I have a 10 Cup rice cooker.
I used a small rice cooker, dorm style single sized. I also used quick oats, since I ran out of the cut oats. Awesome, didn't overflow, but the oats had to be stirred the moment it was done, because the single setting (no porridge or warm setting), to keep the bottom from browning. I just added soy milk and raisins, and it was delish. I normally add brown sugar, but apparently the maple syrup was enough. Worth a repeat!
I made this in my 6 qt. Nesco Roaster on "steam". This was my first time using steel cut oats and also the first time I tried making anything in my roaster on steam. I put 2 cups of water in the cook well and made the oatmeal in a 1.5 qt. casserole placed on top of the rack. I followed the recipe exact except used dried cranberries and raisins. It needed about 35-40 minutes to get creamy and to the right texture. I checked it at about 30 minutes and all the cinnamon was just floating on top. At first this worried me, it seemed like too much and that it wouldn't blend in. But I gave it a good stir and let it cook a few minutes longer. The sweetness and flavors were perfect and I'm so glad I tried this recipe. Thanks!