Is there anything that tests your human strength quite like a weekday morning spent getting yourself ready for the day, feeding tiny humans, and making sure everyone is where they need to be in a timely fashion? Tia Mowry knows this reality just like the rest of us, and luckily the beloved actress and mom of two is willing to share some of her weekday morning wisdom.
"I love using the time after I put the kids to bed to prep for the next morning," Mowry shared with the National Honey Board. "Even taking 15 minutes to make overnight oats with almond milk, Greek yogurt, honey, and blueberries makes my a.m. so much simpler — especially if both Cory and I have to be on set!"
To celebrate September as National Honey Month, the National Honey Board partnered with Mowry to find out her favorite recipes that make breakfast a breeze for her and her family — and luckily, Romper was given the inside scoop. Keep scrolling to check out the simple recipes that are elevated with just a drizzle of honey, then try them out as part of your own weekday morning routine. I promise you won't regret it.
Crunchy Honey-Yogurt Breakfast Parfait
Part of Mowry's morning-ready routine involves investing time in the evening to make sure she's setting herself up for success. "I have two kids and one hungry husband, so the pantry is a frequently-visited place in our home," she said. "To ensure that it’s always organized, I take five minutes in the evening to reorganize and make sure that everything is in the right place, as well as take stock of my pantry staple supplies like honey and nut butters. This saves me so much time when I’m scrambling to make breakfast or looking for the right ingredients while cooking or baking."
Once your own pantry is well-stocked for your family's needs, try putting together Mowry's favorite morning parfait, which is made even more flavorful with just a drizzle of honey.
- 1 large banana, sliced, divided
- ½ cup blueberries, divided
- ½ cup honey, divided
- ½ cup plain yogurt, divided
- ½ cup crunchy granola, divided
- Reserve several slices of banana and a few blueberries for garnish.
- Layer 1 T honey, ¼ of the pre-sliced banana, 2 T blueberries, 2 T yogurt, 2 T granola, ¼ of the sliced banana, 2 T blueberries, 2 T yogurt, 1 T honey and 2 T granola in a parfait glass.
- Repeat for second parfait.
- Garnish with reserved banana, blueberries, and a drizzle of honey.
No-Bake Honey Oatmeal Energy Bites
"As an actor, my schedule can be all over the place — so I’m a big fan of packing breakfast snacks for on-the-go," Mowry said. "I love making breakfast bites with oats, honey and almond butter that I can throw in a container for munching while I’m en route to set or on a break between takes." Recreate Mowry's go-to bites with these simple steps:
Makes approximately 24 bites; one serving is two bites.
- 1½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup wheat germ
- ½ cup dried figs or dates
- ½ cup pistachios, divided (You can substitute other nuts for the pistachios, such as almonds, pecans or walnuts.)
- 4 T chia seeds, divided
- 2 T orange marmalade
- ½ cup almond butter
- ½ cup honey
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
- Combine the oats, wheat germ, dried figs or dates and ¼ cup of the pistachios and 2 T of the chia seeds in the food processor and pulse a few times. Add the almond butter, honey, and orange marmalade. Process until well combined and until the “dough” begins to come together into a ball. Remove the mix to a bowl and chill for 30 minutes.
- Finely chop the remaining pistachios and combine with the remaining chia seeds in a small bowl.
- Scoop the chilled oat mixture onto the lined baking sheet, then with wet hands roll each ball to compress the ingredients and roll in the pistachio chia seed mixture. Place the finished bites back on the baking sheet and return to the refrigerator to chill again. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator up to a week.
This post is sponsored by the National Honey Board.