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:

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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:

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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 soup
Pumpkin spice chai
Pumpkin seed brittle
Pumpkin butter
Organic pumpkin (in a can)
Pumpkin spice coffee
Pumpkin cream cheese
Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin yogurt
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.

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It goes perfectly on its own, or as a companion to a light meal….

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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

8 Comments

  1. Trina

    October 7, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I love pumpkin spice season but haven’t had much of Starbuck’s since the rumor that it had no pumpkin in it. We’ll have to try the pumpkin pancake mix though!!

  2. Jen

    October 7, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Is the pumpkin chai the tea latte?
    The Trader Joe employees where I live really don’t know.

  3. Melanie

    October 7, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I couldn’t resist the pumpkin cider either!

  4. Anna

    October 7, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    OMG.
    That mix looks fantastic!

    Not only am I looking forward to lots of pumpkin consumption this fall…but also, stuffing, pecan pie and cider! These are all things I primarily only eat this time of the year. Gotta get my fix!

    🙂 Anna

  5. Susan Cooper

    October 7, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    It’s amazing what is available in gluten free these days. So glad you are able to find some great treats. 🙂

  6. Anna

    October 8, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Okay, so I was at Trader Joe’s today…the all things pumpkin display had me in a trance. First thing I thought was, “OMG – there’s Mary’s GF mix!” Second thing I thought was, “OMG, I want EVERYTHING on this display!” Haha.
    I refrained and just got some pumpkin bar mix…can’t wait to come up with a recipe to use it!
    🙂 Anna

  7. Marcy

    September 20, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Do you know if the Pumpkin Spice Coffee is soy free as well?

    1. AlongComesMary

      September 22, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Hi Marcy, I do not. To be honest, I did not know they made this. Sounds awesome!

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