The pros: Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix is seasonal and will cure your hankering for pumpkin first thing in the morning.
The cons: If you prefer your pancakes plain, then this is not for you. The Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Pancake mix would be better for those who want it plain.
The verdict: Ah, the weekend. It’s when I get most of my cooking done for the week. I don’t cook much in the morning because the snooze button on my alarm is just so easy. When pressing it too often, breakfast is the one item that suffers. It becomes a grab and go run out the door. Weekends in my house are a bit slower paced which means breakfast can be fully enjoyed. The weather is New York has gotten quite a bit cooler and I feel more ready to embrace the fall flavors.
There are two seasonal pumpkin pancake mixes on the shelves: Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix and Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pancake Mix. This variety has directions for both pancakes and waffles, while the gluten free only has directions for pancakes. Since I don’t have any dietary restrictions or allergies, I’ll start with the regular variety and try the gluten free next. This was just as easy to make as Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Pancake Mix (which is available on shelves year round). The only noticeable difference is using butter in place of oil. Not huge.
When you mix the ingredients together your mix goes from being pretty plain looking to the more familiar brownish orange hued variety. On a skillet, they cooked up quickly and yielded light and fluffy pancakes with some differences. This mix highlights the flavor of pumpkin. Yes, you could say this is another “pumpkin spice” product because the spices of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice are present. However, they play a backup role to the pumpkin flavor. The balance is well done and is a welcomed change to just regular weekend pancakes.
For $2.99, if you are a fan of this seasonal flavor, then you might want to pick up a box or two. With anything Trader Joe’s and seasonal, you won’t be sure when you’ll see this or when they will disappear off of shelves. It’s worth a try if you enjoy pumpkin. If you don’t, their regular pancake mix works well too.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The box of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
How Trader Joe’s describes this product:
After being prepared and topped with butter and syrup you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix was good. Something I would buy a box or two more to hold me until next year.
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