If you're always in a hurry and find it hard to fit in a healthy breakfast, then you'll absolutely adore these gluten free overnight oats with apple and cinnamon. The recipe is super easy and quick to make - it only takes 5 minutes to put together and then you can leave it in the fridge, ready for you whenever you need it.
It's perfect for meal planning. Simply multiply the ingredients by how many servings you need, and you're good to go for the few days. So, no more rushing in the morning or skipping breakfast. With this apple cinnamon overnight oats, you can enjoy a healthy and delicious breakfast every day!
I've got to say that my favorite flavors are those found in fall and I wanted to base this recipe on my love for gluten free apple cake and gluten free apple tart. This gluten free apple cinnamon overnight oats recipe does not disappoint.
It is always a winner when I can use fresh fruits in any recipe just like my gluten free blueberry banana bread recipe or my gluten free blackberry muffins that can also be made in advance and works well for a quick gluten free breakfast on the go.
⭐ Why we love this recipe
There are so many reasons why you should make this recipe that I have made a list to highlight some of the best reasons to make gluten-free overnight oats.
- Healthy but delicious breakfast - high in fiber keeping you full for longer.
- Easy make-in-advance breakfast - only takes 5 minutes to put together. A great grab-and-go breakfast or snack option.
- Easily adaptable - make multiple portions. Perfect batch breakfast idea. Easily add in your preferred protein powder.
- full of nutrients - Oats have many benefits such as reducing bad cholesterol.
💭 Are oats gluten free?
Oats are usually naturally gluten free but due to the risk of cross-contamination during the processing or storing they may come into contact with gluten-containing grains such as wheat, rye, or barley. Some brands do have gluten-free oats which have been processed and packaged separately to ensure that they are gluten-free oats.
Although some people with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease still may not be able to tolerate them for more information you can check out the information from Beyond Celiac if you want to explore this further or check out what cereals are gluten free for more breakfast options.
I always recommend using oats that are certified gluten free.
📋 Ingredients Notes
- Gluten free oats - Use oats that are labeled gluten free these are usually sold in all mainstream supermarkets. I always use certified gluten free oats when making overnight oats or gluten free granola.
- Milk - Use your preferred regular milk. You can make dairy-free overnight oats by using your preferred dairy-free milk or almond milk.
- Greek yogurt - If you require vegan overnight oats use your preferred dairy-free vegan yogurt and milk to make this recipe.
- Maple syrup - Adds natural sweetness to the oats, honey also works well with this recipe if you don't have any maple syrup to hand. You can easily adjust the recipe to add more or less maple syrup based on your preferred taste.
- Cinnamon - gives it that apple pie overnight oats flavor that I love. I added ½ teaspoon as anymore and I felt that it overpowered the apple flavor.
- Red apple - Use a fresh large red apple. I used pink lady apples but any variety of red apples will work well. I chopped into small cubes as I prefer small chunks of apple in every spoonful but if you prefer a smoother texture you could grate the apple instead.
See the recipe card below for ingredients measurements.
⚡ Substitutions & Variations
- Chia seeds - add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- Vegan & dairy-free Overnight oats - Substitute the milk and yogurt for soy, almond, coconut, or cashew milk and vegan yogurt.
- Nutmeg - add ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg for additional flavor.
- Blueberries - To include additional fruit blueberries pair well with apples just like in my gluten free apple and blueberry crisp.
🥣 Step by Step Instructions
Below is a brief step-by-step process with photos of how to make gluten free overnight oats. See the recipe card below for more detailed recipe instructions.
Step 1: Add the gluten free oats into your mason jar or bowl.
Step 2: In the jar mix the milk in with the oats. Add the chopped apple into the oat mixture.
Tip: Add in chia seeds or protein powder (See more information further down regarding protein powder).
Step 3: Add maple syrup, yogurt, and cinnamon to the oat mixture.
Step 4: Mix well until fully incorporated. Seal the jar or cover the bowl with clingfilm and store it in the refrigerator overnight. After at least 6 hours the apple overnight oats are ready to eat straight from the fridge or topped with additional Greek yogurt and sliced apple if desired.
Tip: Add additional toppings if desired (See some suggestions below)
🥜 Additional toppings
If I have time in the morning I like to top with additional sliced apple and yogurt. Other toppings or additional ingredients that work well with gluten-free cinnamon oats are:
- Chopped nuts
- Gluten-free granola
- Chia seeds
- Protein powders
- Chocolate sauce
- Peanut butter
- Pumpkin seeds
- ¼ teaspoon Nutmeg or apple pie spice
🥄 Adding Protein Powder
Protein powder is a great way to add extra protein to your gluten free overnight oats, but the timing of when to add it can vary depending on your preference. Here are a few options:
- Add it at the beginning - If you prefer your protein powder fully mixed into your overnight oats, you can add it at the beginning when you're mixing all the other ingredients together. This allows the protein powder to fully incorporate into the gluten free oats and the other ingredients, creating a smooth and creamy texture.
- Add it in the morning - If you prefer to mix in your protein powder right before eating, you can add it in the morning when you're ready to eat your apple cinnamon overnight oats. This ensures that the protein powder doesn't affect the texture of your oats overnight and stays fresh until you're ready to eat.
- Mix it with liquid separately - Another option is to mix your protein powder with a small amount of liquid (such as milk) in a separate container and then pour it over your overnight oats in the morning. This can help prevent clumps and ensures that the protein powder is evenly distributed throughout the oats.
Ultimately, the choice of when to add protein powder to your gluten free overnight oats is up to you and your personal preference. Try experimenting with different methods to see which one works best for you!
❓ Gluten free Overnight Oats FAQs
Oats are naturally gluten-free but due to the risk of cross-contamination during the processing or storing they may come into contact with gluten-containing grains such as wheat, rye, or barley. Some brands do have gluten-free oats which have been processed and packaged separately. They are labeled and certified gluten free.
Yes, This recipe makes one portion but you can multiply the ingredients by how many portions you require. This makes it easy to make a few days in advance.
They are best stored in an airtight jar or container such as a mason jar with a lid and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Perfect to make in advance for a quick nutritious on-the-go breakfast or snack.
I didn't peel the apple as I like the skin but you can peel the apple before adding to the oats if you prefer your apple peeled.
I feel that they are best eaten cold and make a great gluten-free summer breakfast but if you want to try heated gluten free overnight oats just heat them in the microwave for a few seconds with the lid off as you might prefer them slightly warmed for a winter breakfast in the colder months.
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Gluten free cinnamon apple overnight oats
Nutritional information is meant as a guideline and all information is approximate.
- 35 grams Gluten free oats
- 120 ml Milk
- 3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons Maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- ½ Chopped Red apple
- Mix together oats and milk in your preferred jar or bowl.
- Add chopped apple into the oat mixture.
- Add maple syrup, cinnamon, and yogurt into the oat mixture.
- Seal the jar or cover the bowl with clingfilm and store it in the refrigerator overnight.
- After 6 hours the apple overnight oats are ready to eat straight from the fridge or top with additional greek yoghurt and sliced apple if desired.
Yes, This recipe makes one portion but you can multiply the ingredients by how many portions you require. This makes it easy to make a few days in advance. How to store overnight oats?
They are best stored in an airtight jar or container such as a mason jar with a lid and stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Perfect to make in advance for a quick nutritious on-the-go breakfast or snack. Can I heat up overnight oats?
I feel that they are best eaten cold and make a great gluten-free summer breakfast but if you want to try heated overnight oats just heat them in the microwave for a few seconds with the lid off as you might prefer them slightly warmed for a winter breakfast in the colder months.
Nutritional information is meant as a guideline and is always an approximate calculation. Recipes may include information of various products used. It is your responsibility to check that ingredients you use when making a recipe are gluten free.
I hope you enjoyed this apple cinnamon overnight oats recipe.