Nothing compares to the taste and texture of steel-cut oats, but they take a solid 25 minutes to cook, a luxury I don't always have in the morning. So now I use this time-saving method: combine your oats with water, per package instructions (I use 1 part oats to 4 parts water), season with a pinch of salt and cinnamon, or any other spice you like. Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover the pan, remove from heat, and let sit overnight. The oats will absorb the hot cooking liquid while you sleep, and in the morning all you have to do is bring your perfectly-cooked cereal up to a simmer and serve. It never gets gooey or sticks to the bottom, and works amazingly well for larger batches of oatmeal, too.
This method is very versatile, and has basically guaranteed that I eat a decent breakfast every day. These days I'm mixing the oats 50/50 with quinoa and adding a handful of almonds or walnuts. The quinoa adds nutty flavor and some protein, and the nuts get plump and creamy from soaking. I had this this very morning with a big scoop of rhubarb compote. Yum! How do you like your oats?