2 cups steel cut oats (work best, the rest cook too fast and you end up with a mess
5 cups water, or 2 cups milk and 3 cups water, or 5 cups fruit juice, or any combination you prefer
dried fruits, dates, raisins, cranberries, nuts coconut, etc. (optional)
1/2 cup bran or wheat germ (optional)
Put the oats and the water, along with anything else you want to add to the mix in the crock pot, turn on to low, and go to bed.
In the morning serve it with milk, cream, syrup, more butter, brown sugar, or whatever your family likes.
You can add the fruit in the morning if you like them a little chewier. You can also use canned crushed pineapple and the juice when you mix all the ingredients in the evening. Just dump the can of pineapple into a large measuring bowl (like the glass measuring bowl from Pampered Chef) and add enough water to make 6 cups.