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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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How do you ensure your morning goes smoothly?



  1. Nicole says

    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.

  2. says

    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.

  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    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.

    • says

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

  5. says

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

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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.

  8. Jenna Wood says

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

  9. Pam says

    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!

  10. Amy Desrosiers says

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

  11. says

    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

  12. says

    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!

  13. says

    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.

  14. Angela says

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

  15. Ann Bacciaglia says

    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.

  16. says

    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

  17. says

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

  18. says

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

  19. Julie Wood says

    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!

  20. shelly peterson says

    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.

  21. Jessica Beard says

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