You know fall has officially arrived when Trader Joe’s rolls out all of the fall and pumpkin goodness. Grabbing some of my favorite fall goodies there is always a must, and when I went the other day to check out their fall offerings, I was excited to find several new items I’m looking forward to trying out!
Canned Organic Pumpkin: I always have a can or two on hand for fall baking. Their organic pumpkin is really reasonably priced!
Pumpkin Spice Coffee: I’ve heard mixed reviews from people on this, but I personally love it and stock up every fall. My husband who isn’t big into pumpkin flavored coffee actually really likes it too.
Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps: A must have and are great for a snack on their own or for adding to a cheeseboard.
Pumpkin Butter: This stuff is heavenly and can be used for so many things. We even like it on basic toast but it’s fun to take it up a notch and put it on homemade pumpkin bread.
Halloween Joe Joe’s: My kids DEVOUR these. A box doesn’t last long at our house so I seriously have to keep them hidden and dole out a few at a time. Adding one or two to a lunchbox is a great treat.
Pumpkin Organic Frosted Toaster Pastries: A fun weekend breakfast treat to have on hand.
Pecan Pumpkin Oatmeal (not pictured): I have some packets lying around that are leftover from last year (and still good!) so I didn’t buy more this trip. But I totally recommend it – it’s a delicious instant oatmeal!
Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix (not pictured): I recently bought Kodiac’s pumpkin pancake mix, so I held off on buying any more on this run, but we’ve tried this before and this makes really good pancakes!
Pumpkins: Trader Joe’s has great prices on pumpkins. Even their “fantasy” pumpkins (the fancy Cinderella kind) are only $5.99 which is way cheaper than I’ve seen them anywhere else.
Vanilla Pumpkin Candle: Trader Joe’s candles are SO good and so affordable. I always grab several whenever I go. They also had an apple one which was too sweet smelling for my liking – but this scent is perfection.
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese: Ok I’m pretty sure they’ve actually had this one around for awhile, but I tried a sample for the first time the other day and really liked it! Will definitely make for a great busy weeknight or lazy weekend meal for the kids with a side of veggies.
Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Casserole: While the kids have noodles, this looks like a delicious low carb option for the adults. I’m excited to try this one.
Pumpkin Spice Pumpkin Seeds: My whole family (kids included) like pumpkin seeds as just a snack on their own – but the seasoning on these has me excited to make some fun uses with them! I think they would be great on a salad, with a cheeseboard, or on a smoothie bowl.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Mix: So I’m a bit of a snob about baking with mixes (I just don’t do it) but Trader Joe’s rarely disappoints me so I’m willing to give theirs a go. I’m actually super excited to try these and if they end up being a hit, I’m grabbing a few more canisters to get us through fall.
Maple and Sea Salt Kettle Corn: My kids are huge popcorn junkies, so this is definitely going to be a fun fall treat for them. It would be great for a family movie night, or even just a fun snack in their lunchboxes.
Cinnamon Bun Spread: My kids love toast and eat it often for breakfast, so I thought this would be a fun special treat! I can imagine it would also be amazing on French toast, pancakes or waffles. (Spreading on pumpkin pancakes perhaps?)
Pumpkin Bisque and Autumnal Harvest Soup: On a chilly day, there’s nothing like a warm fall soup. These will definitely make life easier for me on a busy day when I don’t have time to let a homemade soup simmer for hours. These would also be great as a light appetizer on Thanksgiving if you are having a later meal!
Hot Cocoa O’s: We’ve tried (and liked!) the pumpkin O’s, but when I saw these I knew these would be right up my kids’ alley. One of their favorite cereals is Annie’s cocoa bunnies, so I’m guessing these will be a hit (especially with the added marshmallows).
Organic Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark: This looks like an amazing grown up treat and would be great to have on hand around the upcoming holidays! (If I don’t eat it all first)
Pumpkin Spice Face Mask: Ok this is SO extra. And kind of ridiculous. But isn’t pumpkin supposed to be good for your skin? Or something? All I know is I love pumpkin so why not put it on my face. I’m totally trying this.
Haunted House Chocolate Cookie Kit: Last year at Christmas I made the huge mistake of buying one gingerbread house and making the kids share. Let’s just say…there were lots of disagreements about how the house should be constructed and it was a lesson for mom. Just get 2 houses. So for Halloween I grabbed two and I think this will be a super fun activity for them! We have a few long weekends coming up in October so this will buy me a few hours of keeping them entertained.
STILL WANT TO GRAB…
Pumpkin Rolls with Pumpkin Spice Icing: I totally intended to grab a tube of these and forgot. One of my favorite fall treats is these homemade pumpkin cinnamon rolls, but homemade rolls are an all day chore. While they are totally worth it I don’t always have the time. These would be a great quick and easy option.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese: I think this would be absolutely delicious on homemade pumpkin bread. TJs also has pumpkin bagels this fall too for a double pumpkin breakfast! You could also make a killer cream cheese frosting with this.
Petite Pumpkin Spice Cookies: A fun lunchbox treat or a cute treat you could leave in a little bowl over the Thanksgiving holiday or any other fall gatherings.