Mar 11, 2014

Cowboy Oatmeal

I’ve never had Cowboy Oatmeal Cookies. Have you? I checked numerous recipes and the ingredients usually contain chocolate chips, nuts, coconut and, of course, oats. I thought it would be fun to make an actual oatmeal that had the flavor of these cookies. And boy, was it fabulous. No leftovers at all and we wanted more! Instead of chocolate chips I used cacao nibs, which are simply cocoa bits that are not sweetened. All the benefits of chocolate without the sugar.

This is a stick-to-your-ribs breakfast, that’s for sure. It will last you for hours. Unless you’re like me… for some reason oatmeal seems to make me hungry. WTF? My honey wasn’t hungry all day though. He wasn’t even hungry for dinner. Go figure.


  • 1½ cups steel-cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup unsweetened, plant-based milk (I used cashew milk for an ultra creamy result!)
  • ½ cup pitted medjool dates
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. Combine the oats, water, coconut, pecans, cinnamon and vanilla and simmer on LOW, covered, until all the water is absorbed (about 20 minutes).
  2. Blend the plant milk with the dates until the dates are well broken up ( doesn’t have to be super smooth).
  3. Add the date milk and cacao nibs to the pot and stir well to combine. Add some more milk if you prefer a wetter consistency.
  4. Serve warm with some extra nuts, coconut flakes, fruit or whatever you like!
Serves 3-4. Enjoy!
Healthy trails,

4 responses to “Cowboy Oatmeal”

  1. Maren says:

    This was delicious! I ended up cooking the oats then adding in the other ingredients at the end with the milk, partly so the nuts would stay crunchier. It was also good heated up the next morning, and I'm trying freezing leftover portions.

  2. Helyn says:

    Great! Thanks for the feedback 🙂

  3. Unknown says:

    Another amazing recipe, wow! I made this recipe this morning making several modifications due to lack of exact ingredients. I used regular old-fashioned oats to start. Instead of date milk, I used dried figs, hemp milk, and macadamia nuts. I put sliced banana, sunflower seeds, the creamy fig milk, and cacao nibs on top. My husband and I gobbled it down. Thanks as always for being such an inspiration. I can't get enough of your blog! Erin

  4. Helyn says:

    Great! Thanks so much for the feedback, Erin!

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