Gluten-free overnight oats make the BEST breakfast on the go! Customize with your favorite toppings for endless flavor options!

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Are Overnight Oats Gluten-Free?

Sometimes, but not always!

Overnight oats are only gluten-free if they are made with certified gluten-free oats. Pure oats are naturally gluten-free, but they also have a high risk of cross-contamination with gluten during the manufacturing/packing process. For this reason, regular oats are not safe for people on a gluten-free diet. Only certified gluten-free oats are tested to ensure they contain less than 20 ppm gluten.

Learn more in the article are oats gluten-free? You also might like this gluten-free cereal list.

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Gluten-Free Overnight Oats Recipe

A side view of gluten-free overnight oats in a mason jar, with a hand sticking a spoon in the top

If you haven’t discovered the beauty of overnight oats yet, this is your sign to give them a try! Overnight oats make such a perfect breakfast or snack for any occasion. They’re easy, fuss-free, and healthy.

Just add oats, any type of milk, mix-ins, and toppings. Let them sit overnight, and the next morning: voila! You have a great, filling breakfast all ready to go. Plus, you can customize them in a thousand ways! 

I love making a few batches of overnight oats for busy weekday mornings, or even when I want a quick and wholesome lunch to eat on the road. I prepare them in wide-mouth Mason jars with plastic lids to make them portable and leak-free.

Trust me, once you try overnight oats, you’ll be adding them to your regular breakfast rotation. And I’m sure you’ll be dreaming up all kinds of tasty flavor combinations in no time!

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Easy make-ahead breakfast
  • Endless ways to customize
  • Simple ingredients
  • Perfect for busy mornings
  • Enjoy it on the go

For more gluten-free oat breakfast recipes, try these gluten-free steel cut oats, instant pumpkin maple oats and banana pancakes with oats.

You also might like these coconut milk overnight oats.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this healthy breakfast:

Overnight oats ingredients on a countertop
  • Gluten-free rolled oats: Be sure to use gluten-free oats if you want to keep this recipe gluten-free. Regular oats may cross-contaminate with gluten ingredients during the milling and packaging process, so they are not safe for people who have Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity. Note: I think old fashioned oats (rolled oats) work best for this recipe. Quick cooking oats (instant oats) will soak up too much of the liquid, and steel cut oats won’t soak up enough of the liquid.
  • Milk: Feel free to use any type of milk for this gluten free overnight oats recipe. I like to use a non-dairy milk such as unsweetened almond milk, but you could also use vanilla almond milk, cow’s milk, soy milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or cashew milk.
  • Honey: Use your sweetener of choice for this recipe: honey, pure maple syrup, or a pinch of brown sugar, if you prefer.
  • Chia seeds: I like to add chia seeds for a dose of fiber, healthy fats, and other nutrients. You could also add flax seeds!

You also might like these high protein overnight oats!

How to Make this Recipe

Overnight oats in a jar, with a hand pouring honey into the jar, and a hand using a spoon to mix the jar
  • Add your milk of choice, raw oats, honey, and chia seeds (and add protein powders or other additional ingredients) to a jar and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 5 hours. 
  • In the morning, stir the oats together and add more milk if necessary. Add more toppings like fruit, nuts/seeds, nut butter, yogurt, granola, or coconut if desired. Enjoy!

Overnight Oat Variations

There are so many ways to customize your overnight oats! Add any combination of nut butter, protein powder, fruit, jam, etc!

Overnight oat ingredients on a counter top

Here are some of my favorite flavor combinations:

FOR ALMOND JOY ADD:

  • 1 tablespoon almonds chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

FOR BERRIES & CREAM ADD:

  • ¼ cup frozen berries
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

FOR CHUNKY MONKEY ADD:

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ chopped banana (add just before serving, not overnight)

Storage Instructions

Store your batch of overnight oats in the fridge overnight, and up to 2-3 days after preparing. Eat cold oats, or microwave for 1 or 2 minutes to enjoy warm oats.

An overhead view of gluten-free overnight oats in jars

FAQs

Are Trader Joe’s overnight oats gluten-free?

Yes, Trader Joe’s overnight oats are gluten-free and vegan. The main ingredients are gluten-free rolled oats, almond milk, and other add-ins.

Can celiacs have gluten-free oats?

Yes, people with Celiac disease can have gluten-free oats. But they should avoid oats that are not certified gluten-free, since these oats have a high risk of cross-contaminating with gluten products during the manufacturing process.

Which oats are best for gluten-free?

There are many brands making certified gluten-free oats. Some of the most popular options include gluten-free Quaker Oats, Nature’s Path Organic Oats, and Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oats.

Expert Tips & Tricks

  • I use pint size wide-mouth mason jars with plastic lids to make overnight oats!
  • Be sure to use certified gluten-free oats to keep these overnight oats gluten-free. 
  • You can add 1 scoop of protein powder to any variety! I like to add chocolate protein powder to the almond joy version.
Four types of gluten-free overnight oats in Mason jars on a counter top

MORE GLUTEN-FREE RECIPES

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do! If you try these gluten-free overnight oats, be sure to leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you! 

Three jars with three different varieties of overnight oats
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Gluten-Free Overnight Oats (4 FLAVORS!)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 1 serving (make more as needed)
Gluten-free overnight oats make the BEST breakfast on the go! Customize with your favorite toppings for endless flavor options!

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • cup milk of choice
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

FOR ALMOND JOY ADD:

  • 1 tablespoon almonds chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

FOR BERRIES & CREAM ADD:

  • ¼ cup frozen berries
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

FOR CHUNKY MONKEY ADD:

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ chopped banana add just before serving, not overnight
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Instructions 

  • Add the milk, oats, honey and chia seeds (and desired additional ingredients) to a jar and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 5 hours.
  • In the morning, stir the oats together and add more milk if necessary. Add more toppings like fruit, nuts/seeds, nut butter, yogurt, granola or coconut if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

RECIPE NOTES
  • I use pint size wide-mouth mason jars with plastic lids to make overnight oats!
  • Be sure to use certified gluten-free oats to keep these overnight oats gluten-free. 
  • You can add 1 scoop of protein powder to any variety! I like to add chocolate protein powder to the almond joy version.

Nutrition

Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 450mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 298mg | Iron: 3mg

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Hi, I'm Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I'm here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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  1. 5 stars
    These gluten-free overnight oats are awesome. They are super easy to make and have lots of variety of flavors that you can do. A super yummy and healthy breakfast.

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