Combine 4 ½ cups of water with 1 cup of oats. Add ¼ teaspoon of salt for taste (optional).
Cook on low for 6-8 hours (or high for 2 ½ - 3 hours) or until desired texture. Stir once part way through the cook time.
Top with your favorite toppings. I used pecans, craisins, and a little cinnamon.
This amount serves 4. I put the leftovers in a container and refrigerated. I scooped out the amount I wanted each morning and then reheated in the microwave. If needed, you can add a little water to thin it and reheat.