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 goes run out the door. Weekends in my house are a bit slower paced which means breakfast can be fully enjoyed. The weather in 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 Pumpkin 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 the 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.
The pancakes come out like light fluffy lightly pumpkin spiced pumpkin pancakes. Nothing to complain about this product. Other than the fact that flavors like these are relegated to a limited fall run. So if you see it and love it, stock up on it.
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.
And if this is a must-have but your local Trader Joe's doesn't carry this anymore, then you can find this through third-party sellers on Amazon.
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.
Here is the visual rundown of what you get if you buy this product:
The box of Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix:
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How to prepare:
How Trader Joe's describes this product:
After being prepared and topped with butter and syrup you get:
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Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix
Product Name: Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix
Product Description: Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix is an annual seasonal favorite.
Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix is a returning seasonal breakfast favorite
- Makes for some solid pancakes and waffles
- Lightly pumpkin spiced.
- Seasonal and a limited run product