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Hold up—there are other things you can make in a rice cooker besides rice?

This may come as a shock, but despite what its name implies, the Asian household essential is more versatile than meets the eye. From enormous Japanese pancakes to poached pears, here are five unorthodox desserts that can be made using your rice cooker.

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Giant Japanese Pancakes

The best thing about making pancakes in a rice cooker is that it makes life much easier. No more waiting for bubbles to form on the surface of your pancake or prematurely checking its underside only to break it in half. Pancake batter is simply poured into the rice cooker and begins to cook with the push of a button. Once the pancake firms up, all that's left is to invert it onto a plate to reveal a gorgeous golden-brown surface. Try it out yourself with this recipe on Kirbie’s Cravings.

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Japanese Cheesecake

If you don’t have access to an oven, this cheesecake recipe is perfect. Airy and light, the dessert's texture is reminiscent of a soufflé. Similar to the aforementioned Japanese pancakes, the cheesecake mixture is poured into the rice cooker, left to cook and then turned out onto a platter. If you’d like to give it a go, try this step-by-step recipe video from Tasty. Be wary of under or over beating your meringue though; stop when firm peaks form to ensure a fluffy cheesecake.

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Banana Cake

Everyone’s MCO favourite, rice-cooker edition. Naturally sweetened with ripe bananas, banana cake is a healthier alternative to other sinful delights. The editors at Kitchen Stories have a simple recipe which looks absolutely divine. For the best flavour, use over-ripened bananas. If your bananas ripen before you’re ready to bake your cake, freeze them in an airtight freezer bag and they’ll keep for up to three months.

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Breakfast Oats

Keep your breakfast warm in your rice cooker as you get ready for the day. 31 Daily’s recipe for apple and cinnamon rice cooker oatmeal is one to try if you like your breakfast hot in the morning. If you prefer your oats creamier or runnier, multiple sources suggest playing around with the oat to water ratio, as this may vary depending on your rice cooker. Change up your add-ons depending on your mood; I personally love my oats with blueberries and pecans or pears and vanilla.

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Poached Fruit

You wouldn't think it, but your rice cooker is the perfect utensil for making melt-in-your-mouth poached fruit. Try your hand at this Poached Pomegranate Spiced Pears recipe from Jeanette's Healthy Living. If pears aren't in season, try apples or peaches; always use ripe but firm fruits.

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