Easy Date & Pecan Oatmeal Recipe: Old-Fashioned Healthy Goodness for Breakfast by Elisa Schmitz

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Easy Date & Pecan Oatmeal Recipe: Old-Fashioned Healthy Goodness for Breakfast

In my constant battle against high cholesterol, I’m on a quest to make the perfect bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. Oatmeal is at the top of Mayo Clinic's list of cholesterol-reducing foods. (Nuts made the list, too, and that’s why I use them in many of my recipes.) 

I often use raisins in my oatmeal, which I love, but I decided to change things up by trying dates instead. Wow, I think I like dates in my oatmeal even better than raisins! They almost melt into the oatmeal, creating sweet chunks of yumminess that you scoop up with every delicious bite of your breakfast.

This easy and delicious recipe for date and pecan oatmeal is so tasty, you won't even realize how nutritious it is. And you certainly won’t notice that it can be part of a heart-healthier diet. It’s just old-fashioned goodness in a bowl.

I hope you enjoy the simple goodness as much as I do. Here's to your heart health!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 to 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 to 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 3 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats (I used gluten-free quick cook oats)
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • sliced pecans, for garnish (optional)
  • berries of your choice, for garnish (optional)

Here's how to make it:

  1. Add the water and salt to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add in the oats, reduce heat to low and stir until combined.
  2. Stir in the brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, dates and pecans. Cook for a few minutes, stirring continuously, until oatmeal is done (according to package directions) and all ingredients are blended.
  3. Serve immediately. Garnish with pecans and berries, if desired. Keeps in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to four days. If reheating, add 1/4 cup milk to each serving and warm in microwave.

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Rolled Oats $2 & Up
Dates $4 & Up
Pecans $4 & Up

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Donna John
Going to start eating oatmeal for breakfast more. Love oatmeal. I'm so bad about eating breakfast, though. Trying to change that.
Elisa Schmitz
Made this for breakfast again today. The dates really do add something special to the oatmeal, Donna John . Hope you enjoy this recipe!
Julio Caro
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