I have found a secret to longer cooking times of the steel cut oats, making morning angst less apparent.
The afternoon or evening prior to the morning you would like to eat the steel cut for breakfast:
Place 1/3 cup steel cut oats in a wide mouth thermos.
Stir in 1 cup boiling water and stir well. Close the thermos.
In the morning there you have them, perfectly cooked, ready to consume.
If you wish, add six or seven prunes to the mixture in the evening prep.
As a single gal, this amount is good for two or three mornings. Leftovers are kept in the fridge in the thermos. Less work again. Love it, I do!