Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal in a Rice Cooker


Growing up in an Asian household, rice was a staple for every meal. It was even the first thing that I learned to make! My mom would call from work when I was in elementary school and ask us to make rice so that it would be ready by the time she got off of work. We used the finger method, never quite measuring the water to rice ratio. Once the water hit a certain spot on your finger, it was ready to cook.

We only made rice in our rice cooker… nothing else. There was white rice, red rice, and sticky rice. Panasonic sent over an electronic rice cooker and gave me a challenge. I had to make breakfast using their rice cooker for their #RiseAndShine Better Breakfast Month Challenge!

The cooker itself comes with a steaming tray. That’s brilliant! How come I never thought of that before? You could fill the rice cooker with water and then put your vegetables on top of the tray. Close the lid and let the vegetables cook.


I’ve never owned a rice cooker that had more than one button. Usually, it’s just press down to cook and that’s it. I mean, it makes sense to have more buttons since brown rice takes longer than white rice to cook. For a more versatile rice cooker, you need to have more options. This does just that.

I chose to make oatmeal. Steel cut oats, to be exact. I figured that since steel cut oats had to sit on the stove for a while to cook, a rice cooker would be just as efficient. I tossed the oats in with some liquids, spices, and apples.
The finished product was a thick, fully cooked, flavorful, and chunky bowl of oats.


The apples became really soft, so if you prefer a harder apple, toss in your chopped apples after the oatmeal is done cooking.

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Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal in a Rice Cooker


  • 2/3 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 2/3 cups almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 apple, finely chopped


  1. Mix together all ingredients in your rice cooker.
  2. Close the cover and press "porridge" to cook.

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Baking with Tate + Lyle Sugars: S’mores Scones

What comes to your mind when you first think about scones? Afternoon tea? Jam? Blueberries? Royalty? The United Kingdom? With a little help from Tate+Lyle® Sugars, I was able to come up with a little twist on the scone that we’ve become so accustomed to. Since the world is constantly changing and adapting, why not have our desserts do the same? You can create gourmet desserts in your very own kitchen with the textures and flavors of Tate+Lyle® Sugars.


These scones are anything but ordinary. They have graham crackers, mini marshmallows, and teeny chocolate chips! I’ve turned your normal s’more into a scone and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result. The wonderful texture and taste of these scones all come from the sugar used in the batter.


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Upon opening the bag, I instantly noticed the sweet aroma and beautiful color of the sugar. It’s not pure white, but more like an off white. It’s not fine, but not quite thick, either. The sugar crystals are just the right size for scooping into tea or coffee and for baking. With its unique textures and distinct flavors, their natural and organically grown sugars are perfect for adding an inspiring taste to recipes and beverages, or a glistening sweet crunch as a topping. And, with their Fair Trade promise, you can enjoy a sugar that not only makes a difference in your kitchen, but beyond.

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These scones were moist while still holding together, sweet enough to eat on their own, and dense. Even an extra sprinkle of sugar on top prior to baking wouldn’t hurt. scones-6

I loved how these scones browned on the edges and had more than one color. They were quite impressive with their presentation and would easily steal the show at a tea party. scones-7

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S’mores Scones


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. Add butter and toss to coat, then rub the butter into the flour mixture with your fingertips until it forms a fine, sandy mixture with no pieces of butter larger than a big pea. This can also be done by pulsing the mixture in a food processor.
  4. Add buttermilk and vanilla and stir dough with a fork until it comes together into a shaggy, moist ball. Add in mini marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate chips and knead in until well distributed. Dough will become quite dry with all the mix-ins. Add an additional tablespoon of buttermilk if the dough is too crumbly, but do not make the dough too wet or sticky; it just needs to hold together.
  5. Divide dough into two pieces and shape each into a disc about 1/2 inch thick. Cut each disc into quarters and arrange on prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 16-20 minutes, until scones are set. Marshmallows will be browned and toasty.
  7. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

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Banana Waffles with Caramelized Bananas


Bananas are a no brainer for breakfast items. There are banana muffins, banana pancakes, sliced bananas on oatmeal, banana bread, bananas on yogurt, and banana french toast. Well, I took it a step further and made bananas waffles with caramelized bananas so you can add another goodie to that breakfast list.


Don’t forget that you can always eat them as is. That’s usually how my DF prefers them.

As for me, I’ll take them caramelized or flambéed any day.


This dish is definitely restaurant worthy. If I ever open my own breakfast spot, these waffles would be on the menu.


Instead of using whipped cream on top, Cool Whip would make it even better since it could stand up to the heat of the waffle without melting. I had to take these pictures quickly before I had a puddle of whipped cream dripping down the sides of the waffles.


The caramelized bananas were sweet enough on their own, so you don’t need to add any maple syrup. A little sprinkling of powdered sugar would be sufficient if you really needed that something extra. I chose to use cinnamon.


Another tip when it comes to making waffles is that when you remove the waffle from the waffle maker, don’t put it on a plate immediately after. Place it on a cooling rack so that the bottom can cool a little and crisp up. If you place the waffle on a plate straight from the grill, the bottom will get soggy from the heat having no where to escape.

You can also place them in the oven to keep them warm while you’re making another batch.



As for the caramelizing part, it’s a beautiful sight.


Yes, just yes. Give me a spoonful of that, please!



Thank you, Dole® Bananas, for making my day so delectable. They actually have a Peel the Love “Banana Cabana” Tour that’s making its way across the US right now. It’s coming through the LA area from July 31-August 3, but you can find specific dates for other cities here.

Banana Waffles with Caramelized Bananas


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 bananas, mashed
  • For the topping:
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • sprinkle of sea salt


  1. Mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, milk, yogurt, egg, vanilla, and banana until smooth. Make sure not to over mix.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of the batter into your waffle maker and cook as instructed.
  3. Meanwhile, to make the topping, place the butter, honey, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat while continually whisking.
  4. Once the mixture bubbles, turn the heat down to low-medium and add the sliced bananas. Cook on each side for 3-4 minutes, until lightly browned. Immediately pour over waffles and serve.

This is a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are my own.