Overnight oats are one of the latest breakfast sensations. Made with certified gluten free, purity protocol oats, now gluten free overnight oats also represent an easy morning option for those of us with celiac disease or a serious reason to avoid gluten.
Gluten free overnight oats are simple to ‘make,’ and super healthy to boot. You take something that’s already wildly healthy—oats—and add a liquid like milk or yogurt to it, mix it up with fruit, nuts, berries or anything else you like. Then you just stick it in the fridge overnight to plump up the oats.
Serve cold right out of the jar for the ultimate healthy, convenient and portable breakfast, and one that’s particularly yummy on a hot summer morning.
The interesting, but somewhat more complex reason to make overnight oats is that they are easier to digest than traditional oats. Soaking breaks down the natural starches in the oats. Soaked, refrigerated oats are higher in dietary fiber called “resistant starches” (they resist digestion in the small intestine, improving gut health through slow fermentation in the large intestine) which improve overall digestion, increase your body’s fat burning ability, help to fill you up and can even help decrease insulin levels.
These natural resistant starches are formed during the cooling process, and thus are not present in hot versions of even the same foods.
Gluten Free Overnight Oats, For Dessert!
Leave it to a Southern girl with a sweet tooth to take this super smart breakfast idea one step further and make it … dessert! No complicated ingredients or instructions: simply pick your absolute favorite ice cream — here I used So Delicious® Cashew Milk Snickerdoodle Frozen Dessert — as the “liquid.” True confession: this cashew ice cream flavor is my absolute weakness! I could probably eat an entire carton if left alone, which is another reason to stir a modest amount into overnight oats and call it a day.
Another amazing option is to make your own homemade vegan ice cream! A totally easy thing to do, and you can make whatever flavor is calling your name at the moment.
The yumminess factor from this decadent ice cream ingredient created what I believe to be not only one of the tastiest, but also the easiest finales to any meal, and it has the added bonus of being a touch healthier than your average dessert when coupled with oats.
And because ice cream already has the perfect amount of sweetness, there’s no need to add ANYTHING else to the oats! The final flavor will be different depending on which ice cream you choose, of course, but because you’re choosing the ice cream YOU like best, you’re bound to like the final version!
In this photo, I stirred in some berries and peaches because their flavors combine so well, plus I had just hit a farmer’s market (hard), but you truly don’t even need to add those. It couldn’t be easier! And truly, how cute are those mini mason jars???
Feel free to use another gluten free flavor besides Snickerdoodle (I’ve tried lots – quality control, you know?), but trust me, So Delicious® Snickerdoodle takes this dessert to another level. It just does.
Using certified gluten-free, purity protocol oats makes this is also a dessert you can serve nearly any guest, any time. Those of us who are gluten free by necessity need to be sure to choose purity protocol oats. Find out why and how to find them in this article.
Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free and vegan — what’s not to love? With the addition of the soaked oats, all you need is a small serving to feel deliciously sated and enjoy a dessert that’s the stuff of legend!
Scroll down to review the ingredients I used in this easiest-of-all, 2-ingredient dessert and see if you’re not convinced it’s something anyone — yes anyone — can make.
Dessert or breakfast, you be the judge!
Set ice cream out to become soft enough to stir or alternatively, gently thaw on the defrost setting of your microwave.
Stir melted ice cream into bowl with measured oats. Add fruit and stir to combine.
Transfer to one quart-size glass jar or 4 small glass jars (4-ounce Ball Jars pictured), then cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 2 hours to give the oats time to soften and absorb the liquid.
Transfer to freezer for at least 2 hours before serving or simply serve cold, from the refrigerator.
To serve, add more fresh fruit toppings and Cocowhip®, if desired, and serve cold.
P.S. The recipe was originally posted as part of a promotion through Alisa from Go Dairy Free and So Delicious®. This post was sponsored by So Delicious, but as always, my opinions are my own, and besides, I'd never lie about my favorite ice cream flavor! Some links may be affiliate links and if you choose to purchase through them, you will not incur fees or higher prices, but my blog may receive a small amount to help offset the costs of this website. Read my full disclosure policy here.
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