Raspberry Oatmeal

¼ cup water
⅛ cup dates
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup water
1 cup nondairy milk of choice
1 cup raspberries
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon salt, optional

1. Heat the ¼ cup water and the dates while getting the rest of the ingredients together.
2. Add all ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower heat to low and cook for 10 minutes or more.
3. Serve with whipped coconut milk topping and a sprinkle of walnuts, optional.