• Laura

Gluten Free Overnight Oats - 3 ways + video!

Updated: Sep 10, 2019

A trio of gluten free overnight oats: chocolate and caramel, apple pie, and coconut.

Have you heard of overnight oats? This Instagram-popular breakfast trend has been floating around the interwebs for quite some time now and one of my best friends has been sending me images of her delicious oatmeals she had prepared that way for months. So why on Earth has it taken me so long to get on the overnight express to no-cook oatmeal town?

Well, for starters, I always loved oatmeal. However, as a child I didn't eat it as much because I had my old time companion - a hazelnut chocolate instant porridge almost all Croatian kids grow up on - to start my mornings and grow my muscles (and fat tissue). I remember during the one (but intense!) Ohio winter I experienced as an exchange student, my host Grandad made me oatmeal with brown sugar and it was so delicious and comforting. And that was it - instant love. At that time, the superfood craze was not yet in its full motion and Instagram did not exist, so this type of oatmeal might seem "plain" or "simple" for today's "fill everything up with as many look-good-in-photos toppings" era. But sometimes the simplest of things hold the most emotional value, especially if they connect us to the people we love.

A gluten free chocolate oatmeal in a glass jar, with whipped cream and dulce de leche on top.

So, after I came back to Europe, I dabbled with oatmeal a bit, but mostly added it to yogurt with some fruit. Once I went gluten-free, I left oatmeal behind. Even though oats contain avenin, they are generally considered safe to consume for people on a gluten free diet (however, everyone reacts differently). The major problem with oats and products containing them is the way the oats are grown and the products containing them processed, prepared and packaged. Oats are frequently grown alongside other gluten-containing crops, and processed in the same facilities that also process wheat, barley and rye. This can lead to easy cross-contamination of oats, making them no longer a viable option for people who could otherwise tolerate them.

This is why I had decided to steer clear of oats, until recently. My friend Ana (the one who sends me her beautiful oatmeal breakfast creations) told me she found some certified gluten free oats. So I went out and bought oats and oat flour, which have been grown and processed in gluten-free facilities. I have to tell you, I was beyond excited to start making some delicious and decadent breakfasts that I can prepare the night before, and wake up to. All I'd need to do is make some coffee and my morning was ready to start in the best way!

I am sharing with you three overnight oats recipes, all of which you could also eat as a dessert. The first one is a chocolate and caramel oatmeal, which I topped up with some whipped cream and dulce de leche. The second is a vegan recipe - a coconut dream. Honestly, the only thing that is not coconut in that (except the oats) is the brown sugar, which you could totally substitute with coconut sugar and take this whole coconut mania to another level. Finally, a delightful apple pie oatmeal, which you could add some nuts to if you wish. All of these recipes can be made dairy-free/vegan if you substitute the milk for a nut or seed milk of your choice. I used regular milk, except in the coconut dream oatmeal. Also, take a look at the end of this post for some other ideas on how to change up these recipes a bit so you can make variations and vote on your favorite! Make sure to check out the recipe video too!

Chocolate Caramel Overnight Oats


2 tablespoons gluten free oats

100 mL milk of choice

1 teaspoon flaxseed flour

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

1 teaspoon brown sugar

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of salt


Heavy Cream

Dulce de Leche

A flatlay view of the chocolate and caramel gluten free oatmeal with whipped cream and dulce de leche.


1. In a small jar or bowl, place oatmeal, milk, flaxseed flour, cacao powder, sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. If you are making the oatmeal in a jar, you can just put the lid on and shake firmly so the ingredients mix well. If you’re making it in a bowl, simply whisk all the ingredients.

2. Put your oatmeal in the fridge overnight, or at least for a couple of hours so the oatmeal can transform into a luscious creamy delight.

3. To serve, add some whipped cream and a spoonful of dulce de leche. Bon appetit!

Coconut Dream Overnight Oats (vegan)

A jar of coconut overnight oats.


2 tablespoons gluten free oats

100 mL coconut milk

2 teaspoons desiccated coconut

1 teaspoon brown sugar


Coconut chips


1. In a jar or a bowl, mix the oats, coconut milk, brown sugar, and desiccated coconut (in this case, the desiccated coconut will help thicken the oatmeal instead of flaxseed flour or chia seeds).

2. Leave it in the fridge overnight or for a few hours.

3. Before serving, sprinkle with coconut chips. If you wish, you can lightly toast the coconut chips before serving, which will add another depth of flavor and some nuttiness. Bon appetit!

A hand takes a spoonful of dairy free coconut milk oatmeal.

Close up view of gluten free vegan overnight oats with coconut.

Apple Pie Overnight Oats


3 tablespoons gluten free oats

1 apple (blended with a splash of water)

50 mL milk of choice

1 teaspoon flaxseed flour

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon brown sugar


Apple chips


1. Wash and peel the apple. Roughly chop it and put it in a blender with a splash of water – you want just a little bit of water, enough to get the blender going when you first start it.

2. In a jar or a bowl, add the blended apple, oatmeal, milk, flaxseed flour, sugar and cinnamon. Mix everything thoroughly.

3. Leave it in the fridge overnight or for a few hours.

4. Before serving, add some dried apple chips on top. Bon appetit!

Variations and ideas:

1. If you want, you can add some nuts into the Apple Pie oatmeal. You could use pecans, walnuts or almonds, and lightly toast them before serving. Roughly chop them and sprinkle on top for some delicious crunch. Additionally, instead of using brown sugar, you could use pure maple syrup for a subtly different flavor profile.

2. To turn the Coconut Dream oatmeal into a real tropical delight, you can add fresh juicy mango chunks on top. Or, if you want to turn it into a decadent dessert, you could add some (homemade or store-bought) raffaello balls.

3. You can serve the Chocolate Caramel oatmeal with a scoop of stracciatella ice cream and some chocolate syrup if you do not like dulce de leche.