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Oatmeal Makeover: Chef Josh Feathers’ Chilled Strawberry-Date Oatmeal Parfait
Chilled Strawberry-Date Oatmeal
3 cups skim or light milk
6 oz cooked oats, cooled
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 strawberries, trimmed and sliced
1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
In a small saucepan, bring the milk and dates to a simmer. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the skin loosens from the dates. Strain the dates from the milk and chill the milk in the refrigerator or over the top of an ice bath until well-chilled.
Let the dates cool until they can be handled, and then peel the skin off. With a sharp knife, cut each date into 6 pieces and set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl 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.
Combine the sliced strawberries and the reserved dates in a bowl and let stand for a few minutes before serving.
To serve, ladle 3 ounces of the oat mixture into a chilled cereal bowl and top with 2 tablespoons of the strawberry-date mixture. Sprinkle half of the toasted nuts on each.
*The oat mixture will last 3 to 4 days, covered, in the refrigerator.