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    21 Unexpected Things You Can Make In A Rice Cooker

    Rice cookers = the hidden gem of the kitchen.

    Amy Sefton / for BuzzFeed

    If you don't have a rice cooker yet, first check out some of the best rice cookers on Amazon.

    1. Rice Cooker Oatmeal

    Don't have easy access to a stove or microwave? Rice cooker = to the rescue. For this recipe, just swap rice and water for oats and milk. Recipe here.

    2. Cinnamon Apples

    You can either mash them into applesauce or leave them snack size. Recipe here.

    3. Hardboiled Eggs

    Put that steamer basket to good use. Instructions here.

    4. Hearty Chocolate Scone

    Sharing is optional. Recipe here.

    5. Vegetable Frittata

    To build flavor, this recipe suggests some quick stovetop prep of sautéing the vegetables in garlic first. Find it here.

    6. Apple Upside Down Cake

    7. Rice Cooker Banana Bread

    This gluten-free version swaps regular flour for almond and coconut flour. Recipe here.

    8. Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    9. Poached Pomegranate Pears

    Bonus points for making your kitchen smell like Christmas in October. Recipe here.

    10. Rice Cooker Mac 'n' Cheese

    So easy that even the kids can get in on the game. Recipe here.

    11. Giant Rice Cooker Pancake

    Why yes, I *do* prefer my pancakes to be roughly the size of steering wheels, TYVM. Recipe here.

    12. Steamer Basket Shrimp and Broccoli

    13. Yellow Split Pea Dal

    The simple spice mix here — of cumin, turmeric, and red pepper flakes — makes all the difference. Recipe here.

    14. Rice Cooker Quinoa

    15. Spaghetti with Kielbasa or Vegetables

    One-pot wonders. Recipes here and here.

    16. Rice Cooker Sausage Jambalaya

    If you're gonna go the rice route, at least dress that rice ~to the nines~. Recipe here.

    17. Rice Cooker Taco Soup

    Finished off with plenty of cheese. Recipe here.

    18. Pasta With Fresh Vegetables

    In general, the combo of grain + vegetable + spice or oil can work in a rice cooker, as long as you get the ratio right and chop larger veggies down to size. You can find more combos and inspiration here.

    19. Rice Cooker Chili

    20. Honey Nut Steel-Cut Oats

    Topped with bananas and almonds. Snack game? Strong. Recipe here.

    21. Rice Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake