Make the most flavorful, delicious breakfast with my easy Gluten Free Overnight Oats recipe. I’m sharing the easiest way you can enjoy a make-ahead breakfast for busy mornings. I include a simple step to get the most flavor from the oats that also adds texture and crunch to the quick-cooking oats. Then, you can customize it with different flavors, healthy fats, and even a protein boost. This basic recipe produces a perfect batch of overnight oats to enjoy a healthy breakfast the next morning..
Why You’ll Love My Easy Gluten Free Overnight Oats Recipe
- It’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup without any processed sugar.
- All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
- It only takes 10 minutes to make.
- The simple ingredients are affordable and easy to find
Ingredients & Substitutions
Quick Oats: Substitute with old-fashioned rolled oats for a heartier texture. Steel cut oats would need to be cooked and softened before use, resulting in a different texture.
Milk (Almond Milk): Use any milk or milk alternative you prefer, such as soy milk, oat milk, coconut milk, vanilla almond milk, cashew milk, regular milk, or cow’s milk if not following a dairy-free diet. You can also replace some of the milk with greek yogurt for an extra creamy texture.
Pure Maple Syrup or Honey: Replace with agave nectar, brown rice syrup, or date syrup for a different sweetener option.
If you want to reduce sugar, try using stevia or a sugar substitute.
Chia Seeds Flax seeds or hemp seeds can be used as alternatives for added texture and nutrition.
Cinnamon: You can use nutmeg, cardamom, or pumpkin pie spice for a different flavor profile.
Vanilla Extract: Substitute with almond extract, coconut extract, or any other preferred extract for a unique flavor.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Lemon juice or white vinegar can be used as a substitute for a similar acidity.
Salt: Reduce or omit the salt if you’re watching your sodium intake or prefer a lower-sodium option.
How to Make My Easy Gluten Free Overnight Oats Recipe
Step 1. Toast the Oats
Toasting the oats first is an optional step but adds a ton of flavor to the oats. Begin by melting one tablespoon of butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Then stir in 1 cup of quick oats and a pinch of salt. Stir until the oats are all coated with the butter. Spread the oats out on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes at 350ºF.
You can use the toasted oats exclusively in this recipe or use 1/2 cup toasted oats and 1/2 cup untoasted oats. The latter is my preference.
Step 2. Fill your Jar
I love using pint-sized mason jars for making my healthy overnight oats. Begin by adding the following ingredients: almond milk (or milk of choice), maple syrup, chia seeds, cinnamon, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar. Give it a quick stir to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated. Then you can add oats, twist on the lid, and shake the jar quickly. That’s it! Store your jar of oats in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy a delicious breakfast.
You can enjoy the oats right out of the jar. I like to add superfood fresh-cut berries.
Gluten Free Overnight Oats Recipe Notes
Ingredient Substitutions: Feel free to substitute ingredients based on your dietary preferences or what you have available. This recipe is versatile, and you can make it your own by trying different sweeteners, milk alternatives, or flavorings.
Gluten-Free Assurance: Ensure that your oats are certified gluten-free if you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity to prevent cross-contamination. Avoid gluten-containing grains.
Sweetness Level: Adjust the amount of sweetener (maple syrup, honey, or alternatives) to your taste. You can start with the recommended amount and add more if needed.
Texture Variation: If you prefer a thicker consistency, use less milk; for a creamier texture, use more milk. Experiment to find your preferred consistency.
Toasted Oats: Toasting the oats is optional but adds a delightful crunch and nutty flavor. It’s worth trying at least once, but you can skip this step for a quicker preparation.
Storage: Overnight oats can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. This makes them perfect for meal prep, and you can prepare several jars in advance for a convenient breakfast.
Add-Ins: Get creative with add-ins like fresh fruit (berries, sliced banana, diced apple), nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans), peanut butter, almond butter, chocolate chips, or dried fruits (raisins, cranberries) to enhance the flavor and nutrition of your oats. You could also add a scoop of protein powder. Have fun with your favorite toppings!
Texture Enhancement: If you enjoy a thicker texture, you can mash a ripe banana into the oats mixture before refrigerating. This adds natural sweetness and creaminess.
Stir Before Serving: Give your overnight oats a good stir before eating to evenly distribute the ingredients and flavors.
Serving Options: While these oats are delicious straight from the jar, you can also add a dollop of yogurt, a drizzle of nut butter, or some additional fresh fruit on top just before serving for extra flavor and texture.
Dietary Considerations: If you have specific dietary needs (e.g., vegan, low-sugar, or high-protein), tailor this recipe accordingly by choosing suitable ingredients and proportions.
Temperature Preference: Overnight oats can be enjoyed cold, but if you prefer them warm, you can heat them in the microwave for 30-60 seconds before serving.
Enjoy your customizable and delicious gluten-free overnight oats!
Healthy Overnight Oats
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1 cup milk (almond milk is my fave)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
- 1 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 pinches salt
Toasted Oats (optional)
- Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a microwave-safe bowl.
- Add 1 cup of oats and a pinch of salt to the bowl and stir until all the oats are lightly coated with the butter.
- Spread the oats out on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
- Bake 350°F for 12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
- Store in an airtight container until use.
- Add all the milk, maple syrup, chia seeds, cinnamon, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, and salt to a jar or container. Gently stir with a spoon until incorporated.
- Add 1 cup of oats.
- Place lid on jar and store in the fridge overnight or at least 3 hours.
Just made this recipe again and it will forever be my go-to for breakfast!