Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Survival Guide at Trader Joes!
We have officially entered the well-awaited time of the year: Pumpkin Spice everything. In just a few weeks, October will be upon us and I’ll have another candle on my birthday cake and we’ll be planning our Halloween costumes.
One thing is certain in the fall: We are bombarded by PUMPKIN flavored everything and since I have not done a gluten-free dedicated post in a bit, here we go…..
I was taken aback at the infestation….in a good way….of pumpkin spice fun that’s taken over in the stores, especially, at Trader Joes. Yet, how do you think this gal felt that so many of the items she hoped to share with her significant other, were not going to happen due to the top ingredient being WHEAT in most of these products?? Even some we thought were safe, like a to die for box of Pumpkin Spice Caramel Truffles…nope. They contain a common tidbit of glucose syrup, which, alas, often has wheat in it.
I wanted to give up, it was very discouraging to be reading these labels of decadent treats you want to bring home yet cannot. Luckily, with Mike by my side, I prevailed and found MANY mouth-watering items us gluten-free freaks can have…like….THIS:
I was so shocked. Pumpkin Pancake Mix…GLUTEN FREE! and under 5 bucks! 🙂 Back in 2009, when I first had to go gluten-free, I never would have envisioned baking mixes like this. We bought it, but I have yet to try it. I was glad to read that the instructions are simply that of a usual pancake mix, and you don’t need too many ingredients:
After some investigating, I found that all these following pumpkin-laced treats are safe for those of us on the gluten-free torture, er, diet:
Real pumpkins (classy move!)
Pecan Pumpkin Instant Oatmeal (with “rich pumpkin flavor”)
Pumpkin spice chai
Pumpkin seed brittle
Organic pumpkin (in a can)
Pumpkin spice coffee
Pumpkin cream cheese
Pumpkin spice tea
I also tried their Pumpkin Hard Cider, which was a fun treat I enjoyed last year. While hard ales just are not my thing, this one from the ACE brand is awesome in that it’s not too sweet. Very smooth, with a hint of the pumpkin spice lingering after your sip is long over.
It goes perfectly on its own, or as a companion to a light meal….
Another favorite I look forward to is TJ’s seasonal coffees. While I usually buy a tin or 2 of the Pumpkin Spice blend (try it with almond milk, vanilla or hazelnut creamers!), it’s the Winter’s Blend coffee, coming soon, that always gets me. It reminds me of my first Christmas out on my own in the real world. This was a coffee my parents would not have bought, so being on my own, loving the rich, warm flavors and aroma, you can figure this was MY blend all winter long! 😉
What Fall foods do you look forward to buying? I am always on the lookout, so please share if you’re in the know! xo