When the Fall season starts to come around, it’s time to hit up Trader Joe’s for all of their fall-inspired groceries. Take a look at 15 of the best, can’t-miss groceries worth adding to your shopping cart!
Without a doubt, Summer is my favorite season of all. Every year I never want it to end. But, come September, when school is in full swing and the stores start to put out their Halloween merch, it’s clear that Fall will soon be upon us.
One thing that helps ease the transition from Summer to Fall for me… finding fall-inspired groceries at the supermarket. I love anything with pumpkin flavor, apple this and apple that, and all the fun autumn packaging that catches your eye! And nobody does that better than Trader Joe’s!
Trader Joe’s is the best place to shop between September and December for festive, fun, unique, and delicious groceries! Every week you visit Trader Joe’s there’s something new. It helps make grocery shopping (even during a Pandemic) a little more enjoyable. Take a look at 15 of my favorite, must-have products…
*Availability and pricing may vary.
Trader Joe’s Fall Groceries
1. Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie
This smoothie is pumpkin pie in a bottle! Made with reduced fat milk, pumpkin puree, and all the fall spices, it was fun to try. I shared the bottle with my daughter and 8 fl oz was plenty satisfying as a sweet snack. At 270 calories for the entire bottle, it would be a nice pick-me up pre- or post-workout. The protein comes from a mixture of whey and soy protein isolate.
One serving (8 fl oz or 1/2 the bottle) contains 130 calories, 3 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 100 mg sodium, 15 g total carb, 12 g sugars (including 6 g added sugars), 11 g protein, 200 mg calcium, and 510 mg potassium.
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie, 16 fl oz: $2.99
2. Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food in my opinion! Sure, we can try to make it healthier for us by adding cauliflower or fake cheese. But, these healthier versions usually don’t hit the mark for me. Then comes Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese! The squash adds creaminess and sweetness (and yeah… a little extra nutrition). Plus, nutmeg helps make it taste like fall!
For lunch or dinner, enjoy the whole box (510 calories) with a small salad on the side. Or, enjoy 1/2 the box as a side dish next to roasted chicken or steak, etc.
One serving (1 cup or 1/2 the box) contains 250 calories, 8 g total fat (4.5 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 480 mg sodium, 38 g total carb, 2 g fiber, 4 g total sugars, 11 g protein, 180 mg calcium, 2 mg iron, and 90 mg potassium.
Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese, 12 oz: $2.99
3. Root Vegetable Fries
I’m a huge fan of sweet potato fries. I’ll always choose them over regular fries because sweet potato fries pack a little more nutrition and flavor. Add carrots, beets and parsnips to the sweet potatoes, and this convenient side dish gets more interesting! No rinsing, peeling or chopping required! I’ll be keeping my freezer stocked with these fries all season.
One serving (about 17 fries) contains 120 calories, 6 g total fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 55 mg sodium, 17 g total carb, 3 g fiber, 4 g total sugars, 1 g protein, and 270 mg potassium.
Dujardin Root Vegetable Fries, 16 oz bag/ 5 servings: $2.99 at Trader Joe’s
4. Mini Hold The Cone Pumpkin Ginger Ice Cream Cones
You could buy a pint of TJ’s Pumpkin Ice Cream, but I prefer to enjoy this seasonal ice cream in a mini cone. It’s the perfect pre-portioned after-dinner treat.
One mini cone contains about 87 calories, 4 g total fat (2.5 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 35 mg sodium, 10.5 g total carb, 7 g sugars (including 6 g added sugars), 1 g protein, 20 mg calcium, and 23 mg potassium.
Trader Joe’s Mini Hold The Cone Pumpkin Ginger Ice Cream Cones, 8 cones: $2.99
5. Rustic Apple Tarte
I enjoy apples all year round (especially dipped in peanut butter). During the fall, apples start showing up a lot more… especially in desserts! When you don’t have the time or the energy to put into peeling apples and making a homemade dessert… pick up TJ’s Rustic Apple Tarte.
It’s dessert, so there’s going to be sugar and fat and carbs. For me, it’s all about balance. During the week I try to stick to desserts that are less than 200 calories. This apple tarte is a treat for the weekend or a special occasion. I love the sprinkling of sliced almonds on top (versus more pie crust).
One serving (1/4 of the tarte) contains 380 calories, 21 g total fat (9 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 280 mg sodium, 43 g total carb, 2 g dietary fiber, 23 g total sugars (including 17 g added sugars), 4 g protein, and 1.5 mg iron.
Trader Joe’s Rustic Apple Tarte, 4 servings: $4.99
6. Pumpkin Waffles
I love frozen waffles! They’re a staple in my weekly Breakfast Rotation. During the fall, I constantly pick up pumpkin waffles where ever I can find them. TJ’s version is a great deal at only $1.99 for 8.
Pumpkin Waffles are yummy topped with chopped pecans or walnuts, a spoonful of Greek yogurt, and a drizzle of pure maple syrup (just like the photo on the box). Another way to enjoy pumpkin waffles is to spread them with nut butter which adds a little extra protein.
A serving (2 waffles) contains 190 calories, 7 g total fat (1 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 480 mg sodium, 28 g total carb, 1 g fiber, 3 g total sugars (including 2 g added sugars), 4 g protein, 260 mg calcium, 3.6 mg iron, and 100 mg potassium.
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Waffles, 8 waffles/ 4 servings: $1.99
7. Pumpkin Bagels
I’m really not a big fan of bagels for breakfast. Bagels are filled with empty carbs that don’t energize me for very long. So, instead of just spreading bagels with cream cheese, I like to use them to make hearty sandwiches.
During the fall, try a toasted pumpkin bagel topped with a fried egg, bacon or veggie sausage, and some arugula. Or, maybe, one bagel slice topped with deli turkey, tomato, greens, and cheddar cheese, broiled until the cheese melts, then served open-face.
One pumpkin bagel contains 240 calories, 1 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 220 mg sodium, 49 g total carb, 2 g fiber, 8 g total sugars (including 8 g added sugars), 8 g protein, and 2.4 mg iron.
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bagels, 6 bagels: $2.49
8. Organic Pumpkin Bread
*FAVORITE TRADER JOE’S FALL ITEM!!!
I wish Trader Joe’s sold their Organic Pumpkin Bread all year long! It smells so good, tastes amazing, and is one of the healthiest fall items that I’m obsessed with.
Made with organic whole wheat flour, organic cinnamon bits, organic pumpkin puree, organic honey, organic sugar, organic pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, and organic spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. This slightly sweet bread is the best for sandwiches and toast. Stock up… it freezes well.
One slice contains 90 calories, 2.5 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 115 mg sodium, 15 g total carb, 2 g fiber, 4 g total sugars (including 4 g added sugars), and 4 g protein.
Trader Joe’s Organic Pumpkin Bread, 16 slices: $3.99
9. Maple and Sea Salt Kettle Corn
If you enjoy kettle corn and the flavor of maple, you’ll love this festive popcorn made with cane sugar, coconut oil, high-oleic sunflower oil, maple sugar, sea salt, and natural flavors. It’s a delicious and satisfying low-calorie snack. I like to create a snack mix with this popcorn by mixing it with raw walnuts and dried cranberries.
One serving (1 1/2 cups) contains just 150 calories, 7 g total fat (4.5 g saturated fat – mostly from the coconut oil), 0 mg cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, 21 g total carb, 1 g fiber, 14 g total sugars (including 13 g added sugars), and 1 g protein.
Trader Joe’s Maple & Sea Salt Kettle Corn, 7 oz/ about 7 servings: $2.49
10. Pumpkin Tortilla Chips
Why not add pumpkin to corn tortilla chips? While they’re at, Trader Joe’s sweetens them up with cinnamon and nutmeg. A must-have during the fall for dippin’ or snackin’.
One serving (about 9 chips) contains 150 calories, 9 g total fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, 16 g total carb, 2 g fiber, 0 g sugar, and 2 g protein.
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Tortilla Chips, 7 oz/ about 7 servings: $1.99
11. Pumpkin Spice Batons
Yum! Such a yummy treat to enjoy by itself or dipped in tea or coffee. My family loves the other seasonal versions TJ’s sells… lemon, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. They’re very sweet, so 1 or 2 is definitely enough to satisfy.
One serving (2 pieces) contains 120 calories, 6 g total fat (3 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 40 mg sodium, 15 g total carb, 9 g total sugars (including 8 g added sugars), and 1 g protein.
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Batons, about 12 pieces/ 6 servings: $1.99
12. Pumpkin Flavored Joe-Joe’s
Never mind Oreo’s… Trader Joe’s Joe-Joe’s are where it’s at! Unlike Nabisco’s Oreo’s, TJ’s version contains no high-fructose syrup, artificial flavors or colors.
Of course Trader Joe’s has a pumpkin version (and a Halloween version) of Joe-Joe’s for Fall. Once or twice a week I’ll add a serving (2 cookies) to our lunch boxes. If you can stick to just 2, at 160 calories per serving, they’re also a nice after-dinner weekday dessert.
One serving (2 cookies) contains 160 calories, 7 g total fat (3 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 65 mg sodium, 23 g total carb, 1 g fiber, 13 g total sugars (including 13 g added sugars), and 1 g protein.
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Flavored Joe-Joe’s, 10.5 oz/ 10 servings: $2.49
13. Organic Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark
Oats combined with pumpkin puree, roasted almonds, coconut oil, warm spices, and maple syrup create the granola which is then covered in organic dark chocolate and pumpkin seeds. Brilliant and delicious! Need I say more!
One serving (about 1 1/2 pieces) contains 160 calories, 8 g total fat (4.5 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 40 mg sodium, 20 g total carb, 1 g fiber, 7 g total sugars (including 4 g added sugars), 4 g protein, and 2 mg iron.
Trader Joe’s Organic Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark, 8 oz/ 6 servings: $3.99
14. Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix
Although I try to bake from scratch on occasion, my good intentions usually get derailed by other activities that consume my day. So, to make things easier and more doable, I’ll often start with a mix to create something semi-homemade.
To prepare TJ’s Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix , all you need is 2 large eggs, 1 cup of water, and 1/2 a cup of vegetable oil. To cut calories and fat, I like to substitute applesauce for the oil. Avocado oil or coconut oil would also be healthier swaps. Kick your muffins or bread up a notch by adding chopped walnuts or pecans, flax meal, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, or chocolate chips to the mix. Trader Joe’s also sells a Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix.
One 1/2 inch slice (made as instructed on the box) contains 190 calories, 8 g total fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 230 mg sodium, <1 g fiber, 14 g total sugars (including 12 g added sugars), and 2 g protein.
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix, 16 (1/2 inch) servings: $2.99
15. Vanilla Pumpkin Candle & Mini Pumpkins
Don’t forget to pick up some decorative mini pumpkins… they’re so cute! My daughter always grabs some for her bedroom. The vanilla pumpkin candle is a must! I always have a TJ’s candle in my office. Without even lighting it, the candle makes the room smell amazing.
Trader Joe’s Vanilla Pumpkin Candle, 5.7 oz: $3.99
Trader Joe’s Mini Pumpkins: $0.69 each
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