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5 Tips For An Easy Morning Routine – Pumpkin Bacon Mini Donut Recipe

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back to school

It’s time to get the kiddos up early again and get back to school and even though my girls started back to school this week our mornings are already off to a great start!

  1. Be prepared! I like to make mornings easy by having my girls prepared the night before. Have them set up clothes the night before so there isn’t any confusion in the morning.
  2. Getting Kids Up! Stagger the times in which your children wake up so your oldest can get into the bathroom first. This lessens the morning routine drama that can happen when your little ones are getting ready for the day.
  3. Responsibility! Kids love taking responsibility to establish a routine and allow your children to take control of that routine. Brushing their teeth and getting ready in the morning is something they can do, so step back and give them some responsibility. This has gotten so much easy the older my children get!
  4. Stay Organized! Designate an area in your home for backpacks and shoes, make them easy to find and get on their way out the door.
  5. Grab & Go! That cliche movie where the family grabs lunch bags and heads out the door. It really works! Keep water bottles and lunches ready to go so on those mornings you are rushing you can just grab and get going! Plan breakfast ahead and keep it easy, know that some morning you may also have to grab breakfast and go too!

Our mornings can be so busy that’s why I like to enjoy a cup of coffee before my girls wake up. It’s a simple time before the rush of the morning that my husband and I can also come together. Mornings can often be busy but I like to keep it fun and be prepared ahead of time.

Some of our favorite coffees include the new Millstone® Mayan Black Onyx™ and Millstone® House Blend™. By far the Millstone® Mayan Black Onyx™ coffee is our favorite, it’s organic and fair trade so I can feel good about the coffee I am drinking. It’s deep in flavor yet incredibly smooth, it’s the best way to wake up in the morning and pairs perfectly with one of my kiddos favorite morning treats, donuts!



Pumpkin Bacon Mini Donut Recipe


  • 1 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 lb bacon (cooked and chopped)


  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tbsp water

Pumpkin Bacon Peanut Butter Coffee Doughnuts (2)

Start first by combining your dry ingredients and whisking for a minute so the baking powder can disperse throughout. Next combine the eggs, milk, sugar, butter, milk, pumpkin and the vanilla in a separate larger bowl.

Pumpkin Bacon Peanut Butter Coffee Doughnuts (3)

Pre-Heat Oven – 425 degrees

Simply add in your dry ingredients and combine the two. I used a mini donuts pan and put the donut batter into a piping bag. You will want to be sure that your pans are well greased.

Pumpkin Bacon Peanut Butter Coffee Doughnuts (4)

Next bake for 6 minutes. You will want the donuts to be light and spring back to the touch.  Allow the donuts to cool on a wire rack.

I decided to go all out into my favorite things. I recently made some peanut butter and bacon cookies so inspired by those I created the frosting. A basic royal frosting or glaze frosting with a little added peanut butter. It’s such a simple and yet complex flavor combination and pairs well with the salty cooked bacon on top.

Another piping bag for the frosting and the mini donuts were easy to frost.

Pumpkin Bacon Peanut Butter Coffee Doughnuts (5)

Simply dip the frosted donuts in bacon pieces and put them back on the rack to firm.

Pumpkin Bacon Peanut Butter Coffee Doughnuts (1)

These mini donuts are a tasty little breakfast treat that has everything you need to get your morning started right. A filling pumpkin and peanut butter with everyone’s favorite, bacon it’s the ultimate breakfast rolled into one bite sized donut!

Make sure you grand your cup of new Millstone® Mayan Black Onyx™ and Millstone® House Blend™ coffees! Also be sure to stay connected for other new products and exciting new with Millstone on Facebook.

How do you ensure your morning goes smoothly?


  1. Jessica Beard on September 6, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Wow these look so yummy! I try to make breakfast foods the night before so the morning goes smoothly.

  2. Diane Bassette on September 4, 2014 at 4:48 am

    looks pretty simple! What a great combination , yum!

  3. RICHARD HICKS on August 22, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    I want to make this ASAP! They look wonderful!

  4. shelly peterson on August 20, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    This is different with the bacon but they do look really good. I have heard that maple bars with bacon are good but I haven ever tried them. I love pumpkin so would love to try these.

  5. Julie Wood on August 17, 2014 at 6:28 am

    I love these Pumpkin and mini donuts recipe. It is a great recipe to have for Sunday brunch. They are so cute and I like the Peanut butter and bacon together! Awesome!

  6. mrsshukra on August 17, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Peanut butter and bacon in a donut, amazing!

  7. Shannon Gosney on August 16, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I love pumpkin and bacon, but never thought about putting the two together! Sounds and looks like a yummy recipe.

  8. Dina on August 16, 2014 at 8:53 am

    good rest the night before! I need to make these I have pumkins coming in like crazy right now.

  9. Mary O'Malley on August 15, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Those donuts look absolutely tasty. Not only are your tips great for getting kids ready in the morning but they get a fun breakfast to boot!

  10. candice on August 15, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    ooh look at those mini donuts! where did you find the donut pan? i’d love to make this recipe!

  11. Brett on August 15, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I never thought of putting bacon and pumpkin together. These sound really yummy.

  12. Travel Blogger on August 15, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    OH my gosh those look so good and they have bacon! Everything is better with bacon.

  13. Tess on August 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Oh wow, a great combination! I just made some donuts the other day. Ive been wanting to try pumpkin donuts-yum!

  14. Tracey on August 15, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Those donuts look delicious. I ensure my morning runs smoothly by preparing the night before.

  15. Lisa on August 15, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I’m not a fan of pumpkin myself. With bacon however, I might give it a try again!

  16. Angela S on August 15, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I never would have dreamed up this combination, but I bet it totally works.

  17. Mama to 5 BLessings on August 15, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Oh my goodness this looks amazing sweet and salty – I am drooling! I so have to get one of these donut pans!

  18. Christie on August 15, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Ok, those donuts look sinful! I could eat 10 of them easy!

  19. Amy Desrosiers on August 15, 2014 at 5:13 am

    Pumpkins and bacon? Who would have thought to mix the two? Sounds delish!

  20. Shell on August 15, 2014 at 5:09 am

    Getting ready the night before and being organized are two biggies here. I pinned your recipe!

  21. Rosey on August 15, 2014 at 4:44 am

    What a great idea for the donuts. I like the staggered morning times suggestion too. We do that here and it does work wonders.

  22. JulieK on August 14, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Did you just put bacon on a donut!? LOVE IT! I am tempted to try it even though I’m terrified of trying to make donuts. lol

  23. Aimee Smith on August 14, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    These look so tasty! My kids love bacon, they would think these were awesome!

  24. Ann Bacciaglia on August 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I cant wait to try the pumpkin bacon doughnuts. They look so good. I could handle the back to school stress if i could snack on those lol.

  25. Dawn on August 14, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Oh these look amazing! I would love to try this recipe out!

  26. Tami on August 14, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Those are great tips! And that donut recipe looks and sounds amazing. Thanks for the share.

  27. Sarah @ Must Have Mom on August 14, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Great tips. I love donuts, and bacon just makes EVERYTHING better….

  28. Carly Anderson on August 14, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    If I got to wake up to pumpkin bacon donuts each morning, I’d definitely have an easier morning. Who couldn’t waking up to BACON DONUTS! 😉

  29. Jennifer on August 14, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Oh my God! Talk about lovin’ from the oven. That looks amazing! Pumpkin and bacon? Sounds like a winner to me!

  30. Autumn @MamaChallenge on August 14, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    GREAT. I have all this stuff in my kitchen and suddently am hankering for pumpkin and bacon! This look great and perfect for school!

  31. Tammi @ My Organized Chaos on August 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Oh wow, what a great recipe, I’m drooling!! Also, love your tips – especially the one about being prepared the night before. Mornings are less chaotic and less stressful that way.

  32. Angela on August 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Pumpkin and bacon is such an intriguing combination. I must try these! Thanks for the great back to school tips.

  33. Nolie on August 14, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    We have to prepare the night before no matter how tired we are. None of us except my husband is a morning person and he is out the door before anyone else is awake. So the less I or the kids have to do to get out the door the better and happier we are.

  34. Kimberly Grabinski on August 14, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Ooooh what a great combo, 3 of my most favorite things – donuts, bacon & pumpkin.

  35. Amber Conaway on August 14, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    We are starting the first school year (pre-K) in just a few days and I know it will take a bit to get into the routine. Thanks for all the tips! Those donuts look SO yummy! Thanks for the recipe I can’t wait to try them!

  36. Veronica on August 14, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    last year our routines were all messed up because we move into a new home. I am determined to change that this year. Thanks for the helpful tips

  37. Debi on August 14, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    WOW those donuts look awesome! Those would be a fun braekfast for school, or a lazy Sunday brunch.

  38. Amy Desrosiers on August 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Wow, these look so darn scrumptious! I love pumpkin anything! These are wonderful!

  39. Krystal on August 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Those donuts LOOK AMaZING!! I’d love to give them a try!

  40. Chrystal @ YUM eating on August 14, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I think I am the only person on the planet who does not like bacon with sweet things.

  41. Pam on August 14, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Those doughnuts look so good! You can’t go wrong with bacon. Having everyone plan out their outfits and making lunch in advance has helped us have smoother mornings!

  42. Jenna Wood on August 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Fall is right around the corner and I’m sure I will be suing this recipe! Thanks for the great way to wake up!

  43. Amber Edwards on August 14, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Oh those donuts look fabulous! My kids would definitely go for some of those! We also plan ahead and have everything ready to go the night before. Makes a big difference.

  44. Kelsey Apley on August 14, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Now that is a tasty breakfast idea. I really need to get a donut pan, cause I want to make these soon!

  45. Mistee Dawn on August 14, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Such great tips, and oh my goodness, I will definitely have to try those donuts. Bacon makes everything better.

  46. Debbie Denny on August 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    That is an interesting combination. Look real tasty.

  47. Stefany on August 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I love bacon but I have not gotten on board with bacon and sweets yet. I do think the donuts without bacon sound amazing though!

  48. susan on August 14, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Pumpkin bacon donuts? Wow! I can only imagine how delicious these must be!!! I will have to make these this weekend for my family.

  49. Jenni E. {Sweet Pennies from Heaven} on August 14, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Ohh, these look crazy good! I love pumpkin flavored anything and bacon would totally just send those WAYYYY over the top. I love that the frosting has peanut butter in them. Another one of my favorite things. YUm!

  50. Betsy Mitchell on August 14, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Pumpkin is coming back which means Fall is almost here!! I will have to try your donut recipe, looks soo good.

  51. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings on August 14, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I’m looking forward to fall and EVERYTHING pumpkin 🙂 Great recipe!

  52. Jaime on August 14, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Those donuts look so good! We’re in need of a morning overhaul. I was late in waking up today and things did not go smoothly.

    • Dawn on August 15, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      It seems that my family and I are always running late in the mornings! We are always searching for fast breakfast solutions.

  53. Shasta Walton on August 14, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Holy Moly, those doughnuts look amazing! I like to prep breakfast and freeze it, we also put the next day’s clothes out, my kids shower before bed, and we designed an area in the hall for them to hang their book bags and coats so they aren’t searching for them every morning.

  54. Jennifer on August 14, 2014 at 4:23 am

    I’m like you, we lay out clothes for the morning before bed. Up until now it’s just been 1 daughter in school and even though she wears a uniform we’ve always later out her clothes.

  55. Nicole on August 14, 2014 at 1:43 am

    These donuts are so unique and different for me. I usually just eat the honey glazed donuts or the chocolate dipped ones. But wow bacon sprinkled on top, sounds pretty delish.