As we begin to bid farewell to this year’s humid, rainy summer, we eagerly await the coming season ahead. That’s right, the few months of fall, as fleeting as they may be, are some of the most enjoyable of the year. Cool, crisp weather and changing leaves, pumpkin spice lattes (pumpkin spiced everything, really), apple picking…you name it, we’re here for it. No one can deny the allure of the season. That is all to say, the only thing that may rival our love for fall is our love for Trader Joe’s and the seasonally-themed goodies we can grab while there.
Pumpkin Spice Chai Loaf
Reminiscent of something Grandma might bring over for Thanksgiving, this spiced loaf tastes as good as homemade. Grab a cup of tea and cozy up with a slice that’s smeared with cream cheese icing.
Pumpkin O’s (gluten-free + vegan)
If Joe’s O’s are a morning classic in your home then this seasonal rendition is definitely one worth considering. The pumpkin-flavored cereal (not pumpkin spice) is less spicy-sweet and nuttier in taste. Enjoy with or without milk.
Sweet fall figs don’t last long, but they’re too delicious not to get in on while in season. Eat them fresh, bake them into a pie, or even try your hand at a little something savory. We’ve got a mouthwatering roundup of festive fall fig recipes you won’t want to miss out on.
Frozen Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese
If you’re a lover of Trader Joe’s frozen mac n’ cheese, you know that these easy, frozen dinners are the definition of comfort food. This season, the classic comes in a gluten-free form, which means just about everyone can get in on the creamy, cheesy deliciousness of the dish. We blind taste-tested this one against the other two versions TJ’s has to offer and we could barely notice a difference.
Butternut Squash Soup
It doesn’t get much easier than this: Trader Joe’s does it again with this heat-and-eat soup that’s rich in creamy texture and butternut squash flavor. As the packaging suggests, we recommend rounding out the savory-sweet flavors with a bit of sour cream and chives on top.
Butternut Squash Ravioli
Smooth, sweet butternut squash fills these triangular bites, which are dangerously easy to make. Pair this pasta with a little bit of brown butter and sage for a classic fall meal.
Definitely, the most pumpkin-y item on our list—this pumpkin soup is smooth in texture and boasts a hint of spice, which is not too overwhelming. Top with shredded cheese and toasted croutons for an added crunch.
Maple Leaf Cookies
These festive fall treats come filled with sweet icing, earmarking the cookies as the ultimate companion for a cup of coffee or tea.
Rustic Apple Tarte
This open-faced tarte oozes with cinnamon-apple goodness and even boasts a hint of almond. Sprinkle a touch of powdered sugar on top for a little extra sweetness and you’ve got yourself one seriously indulgent treat.
If you’re a stranger to the Trader Joe’s frozen dessert aisle, you need to rethink your life. While their original New York-style cheesecake is one option, this pumpkin version is a seasonal take equally worth the try. Think of it as a cross between a pumpkin pie and cheesecake.
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Besides PSLs, apple cider is what comes to mind when we think of fall beverages, and TJ’s natural cider (made from 100 percent juice) is as crisp and refreshing as it gets. Plus, there are no added sugars or concentrates, just fresh-pressed juice. We’d say load up while you can.
Pumpkin Spice Coffee
Even though they’re delicious, spending $5 on a pumpkin spiced latte every day isn’t the most practical course of action. Instead, try Trader Joe’s pumpkin spice coffee. It features a subtle yet spicy flavor profile and a hint of vanilla that’s just festive enough.
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