Blackberry Farm

Friends of the Farm

Chilled Oatmeal with Dates and Strawberries

{Serves 2}

6 oz. cooked oat
3 cups skim or light milk
8 dates
6 strawberries, washed, trimmed and sliced
¼ cup toasted walnuts, chopped
½ tsp. vanilla

In a small sauce pot bring the dates and milk to a simmer. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the skin loosen from the dates. Strain the dates from the milk and chill the milk in the refrigerator or over top of an ice bath until well chilled. Let the dates cool until they can be handled and peel the skin off and with a sharp knife and cut each date into 6 pieces and set aside. Next, in a medium mixing bowl take the chilled oats and with a wire whisk, stir the cold milk into the oats. Do this half of the milk at a time to separate the oats and keep them from lumping together. Add in the vanilla and chill the mixture.

For the berries, combine sliced strawberries and the reserved dates in a bowl, let stand for a few minutes before serving.

To serve, ladle 3 oz of the oat mixture into a chilled cereal bowl and top with 2 tbsp. of strawberry date mixture and sprinkle half of the toasted nuts on each. The oat mixture will last 3-4 days covered in the refrigerator.

Josh Feathers, Executive Chef of the Main House