If your mornings are busy, breakfast doesn’t get any easier than this easy apple crisp gluten free overnight oats recipe. This recipe requires no cooking or waiting. Just toss the ingredients into a jar and put it in the refrigerator while you sleep!

Gluten free overnight oats in two mason jars. The oats are topped with apple granola.

(This post was sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. All opinions are my own.)

Breakfast doesn’t get any easier than this easy oatmeal recipe. You dump gluten free oats into a mason jar or other container and add any flavors, fruits, nuts, or chia seeds. Pick a dairy or non-dairy milk to pour in. Put it into the refrigerator overnight.

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.

Why I love this recipe:

  1. Overnight oats are incredibly easy to prepare. All you need to do is mix together the ingredients and toppings, then let it sit in the fridge overnight. Wake up to a ready-made breakfast!
  2. Overnight oats can be customized to suit your taste preferences. You can add different flavors (such as vanilla extract or cinnamon), sweeteners (like honey or maple syrup), and a variety of toppings (such as fresh or dried fruit, nuts, seeds, or nut butter) to create a delicious and satisfying breakfast.
  3. These gluten free overnight oats can be packed into a jar or container and taken on the go. This makes them a great option for busy mornings or for those who need to eat breakfast on their commute.
A burlap bag of oats.

Why we only recommend gluten free oats:

As a gluten free family, we must 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 gluten free oats. Oats are typically grown next to wheat fields, so gluten-free oats are critical if you are Celiac. Gluten free oats are protected so that they stay safe from contamination.

Bags of Bob's Red Mill gluten free rolled oats.

Bob’s Red Mill’s oats are certified gluten free so that 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.

Easy Apple Crisp Overnight Oats in a mason jar. The jar is on a white plate with an apple in the background.

Oats are versatile grains rich in daily fiber, which can help reduce cholesterol. I love that oats are not just for breakfast. You can make sweet and savory recipes like oatmeal cookies, granola, and meatloaf!

I used no refined sugars in this recipe to keep these overnight oats healthy. You can use other sweeteners, but this works for my family.

I put frozen blueberries in mine before I go to bed and when I wake up in the morning it’s ready to go , I heat it up and I can eat it all week without it going bad.”

Brandi J.

Topping Ideas and Substitutions:

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!

  • 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 of additional oats.
  • For a hint of spice, add a dash of nutmeg!
  • Fresh fruit is another fun way to top your overnight oats.
  • You can make a Cinnamon Granola to top your overnight oats. Homemade granola tastes delicious and is much cheaper than buying it by bag. If you prefer a grain-free Paleo Granola, you will love this recipe.
  • Drizzle some peanut butter or another nut butter over the top.

How To Make Overnight Oats:

A mason jar filled with oats and cut up apples.

Step 1: Add chopped apples and Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Oats in a mason jar or other container. You don’t have to get fancy and make pretty layers since you will be shaking these up after you add the milk.

Add oats and chia in mason jars next to an apple.

Step 2: Add some chia seeds, then the rest of the ingredients. Overnight oats are such a fun recipe to make with your kids!

Step 3: Add non-dairy milk, shake, and put it into the refrigerator overnight. I use almond milk or soy milk when I make this, but any non-dairy milk will work.

Top view of Apple Crisp Overnight Oats.

Step 4: The following day, open the jar and serve! Your kids are off to school and had a quick, nutritious breakfast!

You can also change things up in this recipe quite a bit! If you have more time, try this Gluten Free Baked Oatmeal. 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!

Recipe FAQ:

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. Instead of cooking, eating the oats cold prepared helps preserve nutrients and omega 3s in oats.

Why did my gluten free overnight oats turn out mushy?

Most often, if your overnight oats are mushy, 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 don’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.

More Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Include which flour blend you used. This helps others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

Easy Apple Crisp Overnight Oats

Sandi Gaertner
If you need easy, this overnight apple crisp oats recipe is perfect for you. Dump everything in a container before you go to bed, and you can wake to a ready made breakfast!
4.65 from 17 votes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Course Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 3
Calories 206 kcal


  • 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
  • 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!


Note, you want to use gluten free rolled whole oats for this recipe. Quick oats get very mushy and your oatmeal will not taste as good.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 5gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 9mgFiber: 6gSugar: 13g
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This post was updated from an old September 2017 post with more details.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love easy breakfasts! This looks yummy 🙂 I just wonder is it for one person? 60grams of oats sounds too much for me…

    1. Hi Sibel, I serve two people with each jar in this recipe. It is styled in the mason jar to look “pretty” and I agree it would be a lot for just one person 🙂

      1. 5 stars
        Thank you so much for your kind reply, I love all your recipes and I’m happy to see the daily recipes from you in my inbox 🙂