Place 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet with 1/4 cup of steel oats over medium heat to toast the oats. This will take about 2 minutes.
While the oats are toasting, bring to boil your tea kettle.
When the tea kettle is singing (water is boiling), measure 3/4 cup of hot water in a liquid measuring cup. Pour 1/4 cup heaving cream (optional). If you do not add the heavy cream, add an addition 1/4 cup hot water from the tea kettle. Pour directly over the oats once they are toasted. Add the chia seeds now as well. This will cause the oats and water to boil. As soon as they are boiling, reduce the heat to simmer (low – medium). Add a pinch of sea salt. Gently mix to evenly distribute the ingredients and then do not touch. Let simmer for about 7-10 minutes (low heat - 2 or 3 out of 10 on the stovetop). The oats will absorb the water.
Remove from the heat when the consistency is to your liking.
Place into a bowl and top with your favorite fruit, nuts, natural sugars, etc.