When my alarm goes off at 6:30 a.m. (okay, okay, 7 o'clock), I usually end up burrowing under my toasty covers, calculating the exact number of minutes I can get away with staying in bed. It's just so hard to drag myself out of bed: There's no sun to pry my eyes open, and even thick socks are no match for my freezing floor. But I am a breakfast person. I need creamy oatmeal, granola-topped yogurt, or some type of eggs to start my day right. Skipping it isn't an option.

To strike a balance between my urge to stay under the covers and my need for breakfast, I have a special way to start my day in the winter: I turn to speedy toasts, pre-made baked goods, and sheet pan standbys. Here are 13 of my favorite make-ahead bites and almost-instantaneous meals to power me through dark, cold mornings — I hope they help you do the same.

The make-aheads

1. Andrew Feinberg's slow-baked broccoli frittata

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2. Chia seed pudding isn't gross (here's some no-recipe proof)

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3. Cream cheese banana bread

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4. No-bake toasted coconut, date, and nut bars

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5. Alanna Taylor-Tobin's stolen granola with extra clumps

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6. How to make overnight oats without a recipe

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7. Sheet pan muffins

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The (nearly) instant crowd

8. Avocado toast

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9. Ricotta toast

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10. A pancake mix that makes anything (i.e. weekday pancakes) possible

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11. Milk toast

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12. Egg in a bagel hole

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13. School morning muesli

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This story was originally published on Food52.com: 13 speedy breakfasts for cold, sleepy mornings.