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Oatmeal is a terrific healthy breakfast option. It’s easy to prepare and a high-fiber food that will keep you feeling full and satisfied — and it’s easy to customize when feeding the family.

 

It also gets overlooked often, and it’s not hard to guess why. Without the right ingredients accompanying it, oatmeal can be downright boring to eat. Because it’s fairly flavorless on its own, it’s not the type of dish that gets you excited about breakfast.

That is, until my Overnight Oatmeal recipe came along. Using gluten-free oats, version is the recipe you need to kickstart a love of oatmeal. It’s easy to prepare and, unlike those overpriced oatmeal packets sold in the store, totally natural. Give this overnight oatmeal a try — I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Start by soaking the gluten-free oats overnight in water. I like doing this in a small pot — you’ll use it later, so it’s one less dish to wash.

In the morning, drain the oats and add them (back) to a small pot, along with a cup of water. Turn the heat on to medium high and bring the oats and water to a boil. Reduce the heat and let the oats simmer for about 5 minutes. Your oatmeal is forming!

Let the overnight oatmeal cool slightly and then add it in and dates to a food processor. Blend until the ingredients have mixed together nicely. The dates here are a great touch. They sweeten this oatmeal without overpowering it. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top, and you’ve got yourself a delicious breakfast oatmeal!

This is one of my favorite ways to prepare oatmeal, but it’s easy to adjust to your family’s tastes, too. You could serve with sliced berries or bananas, or sprinkle a little granola on top for texture. Slivered almonds would add some healthy fats and provide a little crunch. You just can’t go wrong with this overnight oatmeal.

Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

TOTAL TIME: OVERNIGHT
SERVES: 1–2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup gluten-free oats
  • ½ cup dates
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Soak oats overnight in water.
  2. Drain oats and add to a small pot along with 1 cup of water. Heat over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add oatmeal and dates to food processor and blend until well incorporated. Add in cinnamon

 

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