Skinny Texas Cowboy Cookies

These skinny cookies have NO sugar, NO white flour, and only 2 tablespoons of butter in the whole batch! What they do have are a ton of mix-ins. Oatmeal, coconut, bran flakes, pecans to name a few. They taste like a Texas Cowboy Cookie, but way better for you! (Which means I can eat half a batch…right?)

Skinny Texas Cowboy Cookies from The Food Charlatan

I finally feel like life is getting back to normal after all the Christmas festivities! Charlotte started school again today so we are back to having a schedule. Well. At least someone in the family has a schedule. Certainly 2-month-old Valentine doesn’t. She’s like a tiny 9-pound princess who forces me to bend to her every beck and call, or whimper and cry as the case may be. She’s started smiling at me regularly though, which is basically payment in full for my slave labor.

Skinny Texas Cowboy Cookies from The Food Charlatan

(Thank you for all the kind comments on my last post about breastfeeding troubles by the way, they warmed my heart and made things a little easier for me. Moral support! It’s legit!)

Kind of like how I always make Eric hover nearby while I give the baby a bath. The way our bathroom is situated it’s pretty much a one man job, but I make him come in just to be present in case she freaks out. There is something about screaming wet babies that makes you panic a little bit.

Speaking of panicking. I had a friend of mine (hi Melissa!) watch the kids today while I went to the dentist. That sounds like such a casual statement, but I was freaking out . No, not because I was away from my kids, but worrying about poor Melissa. It’s hard enough dumping 2 kids on someone else, but 2 kids plus an infant?? I think I owe somebody a batch of these cookies.

Skinny Texas Cowboy Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Skinny Texas Cowboy Cookies from The Food Charlatan

Skinny Texas Cowboy Cookies from The Food Charlatan

I can’t tell you how much I love these Skinny Texas Cowboy cookies! I made them once, loved them, then made them again a day later with a few tweaks and loved them even more. (Yeah, good luck with this “skinny” recipe if you are into eating entire batches of cookies a day at a time.)Skinny Texas Cowboy Cookies from The Food Charlatan

The recipe is a mashup between these Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and these Texas Cowboy Cookies. Both of these recipes made it in the Top 5 Recipes published on The Food Charlatan in 2016. I loved them both so much (and so did you!) I decided to put them together. I think it’s officially my best idea of 2017 so far.

Skinny Texas Cowboy Cookies from The Food Charlatan

These cookies have the same flavor as the classic Texas Cowboy Cookie but have a different texture. I like it. I’m usually more of a soft-cookie girl anyway, and the original recipe is crunchy on the outside. This skinny version is soft and tender, and feels decadent from the chocolate and peanut butter chips, but is way lower in calories. Plus it’s super easy; no electric mixing or creaming involved. Just a couple bowls and a spoon.

Skinny Texas Cowboy Cookies from The Food Charlatan

In case you’ve never tried the classic Texas Cowboy Cookies, it’s a basic dough with oatmeal, coconut, pecans, corn flakes, peanut butter chips, and chocolate chips mixed in. It’s an amazing combo that is so unexpected. For the skinny version (as far as mix-ins go), all I changed was to use bran flakes instead of corn flakes. The recipe makes about 18 or 20 small cookies, your only job is to not eat all of them in one sitting. Best of luck.

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Skinny Texas Cowboy Cookies

Yield: Makes 18-20 small cookies

Recipe by The Food Charlatan


  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut, packed
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Wheaties (bran flakes)
  • 6 tablespoons dark chocolate chips, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup agave OR honey*
  • more dark chocolate chips (to top with)
  • 1/4 or 1/3 cup peanut butter chips (to top with. I used Reese's)


  1. Get out a large bowl and a medium bowl.
  2. In the large bowl, melt the butter and coconut oil. Set aside to cool.
  3. In the medium bowl, add the flour, oats, baking powder, salt, and whisk together.
  4. Next add the coconut, pecans, bran flakes, and chopped chocolate to the dry ingredients.
  5. Add the vanilla and 1 egg to the wet ingredients. Whisk it in right away.
  6. Add the honey or agave and stir.
  7. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir together with a wooden spoon until it's incorporated. (Don't overdo it, stop when the flour streaks are gone.) The dough is quite sticky.
  8. Cover the dough and let chill in the fridge for 30 minutes, or if you're in a rush you could do 15 minutes in the freezer.
  9. Once the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  10. Shape the dough into balls a little smaller than a golf ball. Use your hands to flatten them out a little bit. (see photos).
  11. Place them on a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  12. Bake in the preheated oven for 11-13 minutes, or until they are just getting golden on the edges.
  13. Immediately after coming out of the oven, press additional chocolate chips and peanut butter chips into the top of each cookie.
  14. Let the cookies set on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool.


*If you love honey flavor then by all means use it. The agave is a little more neutral. Either one works great!


Here are some other cookie recipes you will love!

Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies: << this is the one that I based today’s recipe on. They are on fire right now! I guess people are definitely wanting healthier treats this January! This recipe is from my friend Amy’s book Healthier Chocolate Treats.

Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Charlatan


Texas Cowboy Cookies << Here’s the other recipe today’s cookies are based on! It’s so fun to play around with all the mix ins!

Texas Cowboy Cookies (Cow Chips) from The Food Charlatan


Brown Butter Sea Salt Butterscotch Cookies: << These. Are. Amazing.

Brown Butter Sea Salt Butterscotch Cookies


The Ultimate Healthy Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Amy’s Healthy Baking
Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies from Six Sisters Stuff
Skinny Chocolate Chip Cookies from Handle the Heat

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