Trader Joe’s really knows how to pumpkin spice it up when October rolls around, and this year is no exception!
Check out all of these new tasty treats, and the return of a few favorites, that are 100% vegan at Trader Joe’s!
OK, first… the pumpkin and spice!
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix
Although Trader Joe’s baking mixes usually call for snatching eggs from a bird, it’s easy to sub them out for something cruelty-free, like smushed ripe bananas.
Or, you can use Ener-G Egg Replacer, or even aquafaba (the new, and simple, egg substitute everyone is raving about – it’s just the brine from a can of garbanzo beans!)
And here’s a few more egg-replacement ideas, just in case you need em’!
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Coffee
Unlike so many other “flavored” coffees, there are no artificial ingredients, here. A medley of orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla beans and pumpkin spice oil are ground up with the coffee beans to give it its pumpkin spice flavor!
As Trader Joe’s describes it, “It’s like having a very low calorie slice of pumpkin pie, in a cup. That you drink.”
Pumpkin Tortilla Chips
TJ’s has festive tortilla chips made with just a few simple ingredients: corn flour, vegetable oil, pumpkin puree, pumpkin seeds, degerminated corn meal, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
They’re gluten-free, too, for those who avoid it.
They’re good, but if you’re longing for chips that taste like pumpkin pie, these aren’t for you. (Well, that’s what I was hoping for, at least lol)
If you’re looking for something vegan AND healthy, here ya go!
Have you ever had delicata squash? It’s delicious! It’s so easy to cook, too.
All I do is pop it in the toaster oven for 1 hour, then once baked (and soft) just slice open, scoop out the seeds and drizzle with a little bit of maple syrup. Done!
And they’re just 99¢!
And btw, you can eat the skin, too.
Stuffed Acorn Squash is also easy to make and it makes for a beautiful centerpiece around the holidays.
Here’s one simple way to make it: Festive Baked Acorn Squash.
1. Spaghetti Squash
2. Butternut Squash
3. Acorn Squash
4. Delicata Squash
5. Honeynut Squash
I love this cereal! The package is even emblazoned with the word VEGAN right on front, so you can’t miss it!
Pecan Pumpkin Oatmeal
If you prefer warm and cozy, check out Trader Joe’s instant Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal (photo at top).
I made some with vanilla almond milk. It’s tasty, but just a heads UP, it is SWEET! (unlike those chips! lol)
Perfect for hot spiked beverages on those chilly autumn nights. Some like to add rum & a bit of maple syrup (Barcardi is vegan, btw). Or if you’re like me, just heat it up, and drink as is! Mmmm…
TJ’s “Pumpkin Almond Beverage” is back on the shelves, too!
And for all of those autumn soups and stews, Trader Joe’s now has 100% organic (and vegan!) vegetable stock.
Ghosts & Bats
100% Crispy potato snacks. I feel like I’m eating air when I eat these, but for some, they’re just perfect. Either way, they’re vegan, and that makes me happy!
Yep, they’re both vegan! Even the sugar is bone-char free, and the natural flavors are vegan, too!
And if you’re trying to limit your consumption of palm oil, Trader Joe’s assured me that the palm oil they use in these cookies and rolls is sustainably sourced and not from countries that have orangutans.
Neither is healthy, but handy for those in transition to a healthy, plant-based diet – or for those who simply want to indulge in a bit of sugary-sweet goodness, now and then! (you’ll find the pumpkin rolls in the refrigerator section!)
Just a heads UP:
Trader Joe’s new KBC brand Pumpkin Ale (made by Shipyard) is fined with isinglass (aka: fish bladders – BLAH) so steer clear of that one.
Instead, check out Sam Adam’s Octoberfest; it’s vegan and available at most mainstream supermarkets.
And don’t forget; always double check ingredients as they can change at any time.
Jackie Day, Author of the new book The Vegan Way: 21 Days to a Happier, Healthier Plant-Based Lifestyle That Will Transform Your Home, Your Diet, and You (St. Martin’s Press / Macmillan)