If your mornings are crazy busy, breakfast doesn't get any easier than this easy apple crisp overnight oats recipe. Gluten free oatmeal is part of a nutritious breakfast. This recipe requires no cooking or waiting. Just toss the ingredients into a jar and put it in the refrigerator while you sleep!
I hope this will be one of the best overnight oats recipes you try. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For more recipe inspiration, check out these delicious gluten free breakfast recipes too.
(This post was sponsored by Bob's Red Mill. All opinions are my own.)
Breakfast just doesn't get any easier than this easy oatmeal recipe. You dump gluten free oats into a mason jar or other container, add any flavors, fruits, nuts, even chia seeds. Pick a dairy or non-dairy milk to pour in. Put it into the refrigerator overnight.
Gluten free oats are important!
As a gluten free family, it is really important for us to eat certified gluten free oats. It isn't that regular oats contain gluten, but most oats have gluten due to cross-contamination. If you are Celiac or gluten sensitive, look for certified gluten free oats. Oats are typically grown next to wheat fields and so gluten free oats are critical if you are Celiac. Gluten free oats are protected so that they stay safe from contamination.
Bob's Red Mill's oats are certified gluten free so we can enjoy these safely. Bob’s Red Mill’s gluten free oats are packaged in a 100% gluten free facility and tested every step of the way to ensure their gluten-free status. They also make three varieties of gluten-free oats: Rolled Oats, Quick Oats, and Steel Cut Oats.
I made my overnight oats with almond milk because it adds a protein punch while keeping this breakfast dairy-free.
Oats are not only a versatile grain, but they are rich in daily fiber, which can help reduce cholesterol. I love that oats are not just for breakfast.
You can make both sweet and savory recipes like cookies, granola, and even meatloaf!
**I used no refined sugars in this recipe to keep these overnight oats healthy. You can definitely use other sweeteners, but this works for my family.
Homemade granola is so easy to make with whole oats. It adds a sweet crunch and gives this overnight oats recipe a fabulous texture! Here are two quick and easy homemade granola recipes for you to try!
You can make a Cinnamon Granola to top your overnight oats. Homemade granola tastes delicious and it is so much cheaper than buying it by the bag. If you prefer a paleo granola, you will love how easy grain-free granola is to make.
Take a mason jar, or other container and add chopped apples and Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Oats. You don't have to get fancy and make pretty layers since you will be shaking these up after you add the milk.
Add some chia seeds, then the rest of the ingredients. Overnight oats are such a fun recipe to make with your kids! Shake and put it into the refrigerator overnight. (That is it, wake up to a ready-made breakfast! It doesn't get any easier than this!)
The next morning just open the jar and serve! Your kids are off to school, and they had a quick nutritious breakfast! You can also change things up in this recipe quite a bit!
Variations and substitutions:
- Feel free to try a different fruit. I have tried this recipe with fresh peaches, blueberries, and strawberries!
- If you don't like maple syrup, feel free to substitute coconut sugar or honey.
- If you don't like chia seeds, you can omit them from this recipe. Add 2 tablespoons additional oats.
- For a hint of spice, add a dash of nutmeg!
You can even use chia seeds to make an overnight Chia Pudding that is delicious for breakfast. This Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding is also so easy to make!
- If you love muffins, these Gluten Free Oatmeal Muffins make a great breakfast.
- Oatmeal is king in this Gluten Free Oatmeal Pizookie Cookie recipe!
- If you prefer a baked oatmeal bar with chia seeds Gluten Free Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are delicious.
What container is best to make overnight oats?
My favorite container to use is a mason jar. I like that you can screw the lid on, and it is easy to store in the refrigerator. You can also make overnight oats in glass Tupperware containers.
Are oats healthy for breakfast?
Overnight oats make a delicious healthy breakfast. Eating the oats cold prepared, instead of cooking, helps to preserve nutrients and omega 3s that are in oats.
Why did my oats turn out mushy?
Most often, if your overnight oats are really mushy, it is because you used gluten free quick oats instead of gluten free whole rolled oats. Quick oats are not the oats you want to use. Also, make sure you didn't use too much liquid.
Do you eat overnight oats hot or cold?
You can eat your overnight oats any way you like but most often people eat them cold right out of the refrigerator.
Tools You Need to Make This Overnight Oats Recipe:
- Certified gluten free oats. Make sure your oats are certified gluten-free. Oats are very easily cross-contaminated with wheat so really make sure so you stay safe.
- Chia seeds. I add some in this recipe for some extra protein.
- Mason jars. These have so many fun uses. I am starting to store my leftovers in these because they are so easy to fill and close up. They stack in my refrigerator so nicely. Everything can go in the dishwasher.
Easy Apple Crisp Overnight Oats
- ⅔ cup gluten free rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup almond milk or other milk
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons granola
- ⅓ cup chopped apple
- Take a mason jar and pour in all of the dry ingredients.
- Add the apple and wet ingredients.
- Put the lid on and screw it tight.
- Shake the mason jar until all of the ingredients are blended.
- Put into the refrigerator and allow to sit overnight.
- The next morning, remove the lid, pour some granola on top and enjoy!
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(*This post was updated from an old September 2017 post with more details.)