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Rice cooker oatmeal and apple recipe for babies (6+ months)

I’ve shared how to make mushy fruits and veggies already, but I want to share how to make hearty oatmeal with apple and sweet spices this time. This recipe is great for babies 6 months or older and a great way to introduce transition foods. Making the transition from liquids to solids is hard because babies are picky, but you can introduce sweet ingredients to help. This oatmeal recipe has an interesting texture that’s not quite smooth but not solid either.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 baby servings
Author Joost Nusselder
Cost $5-7


  • Rice cooker


  • 1 ¼ cups rolled oats steel cut is best (do not use quick-cook or instant oats)
  • 2.5 cups apple cider
  • ¼ cup apple puree or chopped apples depending on baby’s age
  • cup water
  • ¼ tsp vanilla powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • Some butter to oil the rice cooker


  • You have to oil the bottom and sides of the rice cooker with a small amount of butter.
  • Put all of the ingredients in the rice cooker and stir them all together until combined.
  • Cook like you would rice.
  • After about 10 minutes of cooking, stir the oatmeal a couple of times, close the lid and continue cooking.
  • Once the timer has gone off, turn off the rice cooker and let the oatmeal cool for about 10 minutes. The oatmeal is now ready, and you can add some additional toppings or fruit if you want.


  • The secret ingredient for delicious oatmeal for babies is to add some apple cider. This makes the oatmeal a bit sweeter, but it doesn’t increase the sugar content in the dish.
  • You can always mash or puree the oatmeal once you’re done cooking if you want it smoother.