Candy Cane Cookie Dough Oatmeal

There will be two reactions to this post. Half the people will rejoice the festive nature or “special treat” aspect of it. The other half will be appalled that I just put candy on top of my breakfast. To both of these camps, I say: happy holidays?


I couldn’t resist doing something with candy canes, despite the fact that I would consider myself in the second aforementioned camp. I would never crumble up a Snickers bar over my oatmeal, after all. However, once this idea came into my head, I just couldn’t ignore it. It had to be done.


So rest assured, healthy oatmeal lovers, this is a one-time occasion! No more candy in oatmeal. 🙂

P.S. Shout out to my roommate, Allison, for giving me the lovely Le Crouset cookware!


Candy Cane Cookie Dough Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 2 pitted dates (or 2 tsp liquid sweetener)
  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1/8 tsp molasses
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • handful of chocolate chips
  • crushed candy cane

How to make it:

  1. Chop the dates as finely as you can.
  2. Pour milk (I used soy) in a sauce pan and set on medium or medium high heat. Add dates immediately (to give them a chance to soften and release their sweetness).
  3. Bring liquid to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  4. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add molasses, vanilla extract, a pinch of salt, and optional cinnamon. (If you are using liquid sweetener instead of dates, add that now as well.) Stir.
  5. If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, dried fruit, nuts, sunflower seeds), do so now.
  6. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, add chocolate chips and a third of your crushed candy cane and fold them carefully into the oatmeal. You don't want to overstir or the chocolate chips will melt and just make your oatmeal a chocolate oatmeal (which is good, but not what we're going for).
  7. Transfer to a bowl. Top with more chocolate chips and the remaining candy cane. Don't forget a splash of more milk to finish off the presentation!

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

9 Responses to Candy Cane Cookie Dough Oatmeal

  1. Anonymous says:

    merry Christmas. hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday. and a candy in your breakfast breakfast doesn’t sound like a bad thing to me once one a while. Julie

  2. Pink Bunny says:

    I love your little Le Crouset pots. I love you blog, too! Although I enjoy chocolate in my oatmeal pretty often, I don’t think I would ever use peppermint. Merry Christmas!

  3. Bethany says:

    Candy in oatmeal is genius. Your candy cane oatmeal is so pretty.

  4. Christine says:

    I can’t wait until I get some candy canes at Christmas so that I can try this recipe! In the meantime, would it work to omit the candy cane to make a regular cookie dough oatmeal, or would you recommend adding other ingredients?

  5. Kelsey says:

    Its close enough to Christmas to make this right? I wonder if they have candy canes at Kroger yet…

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