As we turn the corner into November, the aisles at Trader Joe’s are filled with all kinds of pumpkin-themed goods. Pumpkin butter, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin cream cheese, even pumpkin ice cream! For today’s post, if something doesn’t include the word “pumpkin,” I’m probably not going to mention it. If you’re itching for some recipes using the Organic Pumpkin Puree, we’ve got some really good ones! Start your day off with some warm and spicy Pumpkin Oatmeal , then try some tasty Pumpkin Hummus , and for dessert you can choose between traditional Pumpkin Pie or our yummy No-bake Pumpkin Cheesecake! Make pumpkin puree from your leftover pumpkins or buy this convenient canned pumpkin. Pumpkin is not only tasty, but it’s full of nutrients and anti-oxidants. With canned pumpkin, you can enjoy pumpkin year-round, so buy a few extra cans for your pantry.
Pumpkin Butter: This sweet spread is great on pancakes, toast, yogurt, apple slices, or ice cream. Trader Joe’s has wonderful frozen puff pastry and you can use it to make delicious, delicate turnovers filled with some pumpkin butter – a nice brunch item or even dessert.
Pumpkin butter is also an easy way to flavor a side dish like roasted sweet potatoes or some steamed carrots – just stir some in as a glaze.
Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix: Yum! These delicious pancakes will be a hit at any breakfast table. The batter is simple to stir up, and the pancakes cook up light and fluffy.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese: Last year, we would stir together pumpkin butter and cream cheese, noting it was a delicious combination. I guess we weren’t the only ones since Trader Joe’s has packaged up the magical combination for all. Enjoy on toast, muffins, or biscuits.
Pumpkin Ice Cream: This is a new one! My kids loved it, comparing it to pumpkin pie but cold and creamy.
Pumpkin Pie Spice: This spice blend is great for stirring into oatmeal or yogurt, making your own pumpkin bread or pumpkin pie, or spiking your morning coffee with a little seasonal flavor.
Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix: I love this sweet and spicy pumpkin bread mix. I usually make muffins with it (Pour batter into a muffin tray lined with baking cups. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes, Makes about a dozen.) Stir in cranberries, chocolate chips, or top the batter with a sprinkle of rolled oats before baking.
Pumpkin Ale: The Kennebunkport Pumpkin Ale seems to be very popular at my Trader Joe’s, but my husband wasn’t so enthusiastic about it, calling it “girl beer.” I tried it and liked it, but maybe I made his point. It’s pretty mild and light and not particularly pumpkin-y. If you think other seasonal brews are overly spiced or overly sweet, then I think you’d like this one.
Enjoy all the seasonal selections at Trader Joe’s this time of year!