Dream if you can, a neighborhood grocery store, where pumpkin-y visions become reality. And then wake up, because this is reality – at least, it is right now, this very minute, in our stores. From muffins to salads to juice, we’re here to help squeeze your favorite squash into every sweet and savory snack possible this season. Brew yourself a cup of Pumpkin Spice Coffee and get crackin’ on these curcurbita-filled creations, before the last of the autumn leaves fall…
Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Baking Mix
17.5 oz. | $3.99
This mix is easy to make (add egg, oil & water, mix, and bake), and even easier to eat. When we tasted it, what impressed us most about this Mix was that if we hadn’t known it was gluten free, we wouldn’t have known it was gluten free. Our supplier is expert at mixing gluten free flours in just the right proportions, which is why this Mix bakes into light and airy breads and muffins that taste like you made them from scratch. The box includes instructions for a single loaf or a dozen muffins – either way, if you’re a pumpkin bread enthusiast, this is a must buy this Pumpkin Season.
12 oz. | $3.49
Each bottle of Pumpkin Vinaigrette contains 17% rich pumpkin purée and 12% tangy Italian balsamic vinegar, balanced with smooth extra virgin olive oil. Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger evoke the essence of pumpkin pie, and the recipe is rounded out with Dijon mustard and garlic for an extra kick of flavor. The finished product is a salad dressing, true, but that doesn’t mean its use is limited to leafy greens. Combine it with Organic Broccoli Slaw, Dried Cranberries and Roasted & Salted Pumpkin Seeds for an easy potluck slaw. Use it as a dipping sauce for Gluten Free Chicken Breast Nuggets. Spice up Taco Tuesday and drizzle it on carnitas tacos in place of salsa. When all is said and done, you can drizzle it on just about any dish that would benefit from a zesty, harvest-inspired dressing.
Pumpkin Spice Babka
18 oz. | $4.99
This pumpkin-y delight is made for us in Brooklyn, by a bakery that truly knows its babka. Beginning with their traditional babka dough, they add pumpkin purée to begin the pumpkfication of this classic Eastern European pastry. Once the dough is ready, it’s spread with a pumpkin spice filling and hand-twisted, then placed in a tall loaf pan to be proofed and baked. The finished result is reminiscent of pumpkin pie, delivered in a flaky pastry. Serve it warm for breakfast or add a scoop of ice cream (we suggest Pumpkin ice cream, of course) and call it dessert.
30 oz. | $6.99
What’s so satisfying about Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Cheesecake? This creamy dessert is made with loads of rich, smooth cream cheese, impressive amounts of pumpkin and seasonal pumpkin pie spices. It makes a quick and easy dessert for a special-occasion gathering, weekend dinner party, or weeknight supper with the family. Top with freshly whipped cream, ice cream, crème anglaise, caramel sauce, or nothing at all – the flavor of the Cheesecake is rewarding enough.
Pumpkin-y Pumpkin Bites
12 oz. | $3.99
Pumpkin-y Pumpkin Bites are akin to brownies, but instead of cocoa, they showcase pumpkin, mixed with welcoming ingredients like molasses, rolled oats, butter and brown sugar, and finished with warm seasonal notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. You could call them blondies’ orange-hued cousins. Enjoy a couple of Bites with a scoop of ice cream (Pumpkin ice cream, of course). Or just go big and use them as the base for a pumpkin-y “brownie” pudding with caramel sauce and candied pecans.
Cold Pressed Pumpkin Harvest Juice
15.2 fl. oz. | $4.49
We contemplated a simple cold pressed pumpkin juice, but when we tasted it, it lacked the vibrant flavors of the harvest season. So we went back to the garden and discovered a rainbow of companions to brighten and enliven the pumpkin. Every bottle of Pumpkin Harvest Juice contains 10.5 ounces of pumpkin, two carrots, 3/4 stalk of celery, 1/8 sweet potato, an inch of ginger, and a hearty pinch of turmeric. All of those ingredients are cold pressed and bottled using the HPP method. HPP (cold temperature under extreme high pressure) extends the Juice’s shelf life without heating (pasteurizing) the juice, thereby retaining the veggies’ nutritional benefits. The Juice itself is smooth and creamy, with an enticing pumpkin/carrot/ginger flavor profile. It’s simultaneously warm and cool at the same time.
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