There are so many things to love about fall. Pumpkin patches, apple farms, the crisp cool air, cozy sweaters, and the arrival of the Trader Joe’s Fall Fearless Flyer. So much goodness packed into 24 pages!
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Trader Joe’s is one of our favorite places to shop, and even more so in the fall and winter months when so many items are fall or holiday themed. Lots of temptations when you walk down those isles my friends…
I try to find a balance feeding my family real, non-processed foods, while also allowing my kids to indulge a bit. So on a recent Trader Joe’s trip I was searching high and low for a mix of fall products that are appealing to my kids, but also fairly minimally processed.
Here are a few of our favorites, as well as some new things we are trying out this fall.
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin O’s
Going to start off with an indulgence here because these are the first thing my kids ask for every single year. Trader Joe’s Pumpkin O’s! They absolutely love this cereal. I usually don’t buy cereals with much added sugar, but I’m totally okay with a few boxes of these. You know that fall has arrived when you see Pumpkin O’s on the shelves at Trader Joe’s!
Pumpkin Butter and Vanilla Bean Maple Syrup
New to us this year is the pumpkin butter and vanilla bean maple syrup (yum!!). We used the vanilla bean maple syrup the other morning on pancakes and it was a hit with all three kids! My youngest thought it was fun that there was an actual vanilla bean inside the bottle.
There were mixed reviews on the pumpkin butter. One loved it, one thought it was too sweet. To each his/her own!
We also tried the apple cider jam. My two oldest liked it, but for my four year old it was a thumbs down. Not sure that her opinion factors in much because right now she dislikes most everything. The jam does have chunks of apples in it, so I think the texture threw her off.
Switching over to veggies, saw these cute butternut squash zig-zags and sweet potato ribbons. Thinking they will be fun to add to soups, salads, or maybe even pasta.
One of my food goals this fall is to attempt to prepare vegetables in different ways. Trying to not get stuck cooking them the same way all of the time. It keeps meals interesting and I find that my kids are more open to trying veggies they may not have enjoyed before.
Haunted House Chocolate Cookie Kit
Hands down favorite among my kids at Trader Joe’s in the fall. A fun take on the gingerbread house for Halloween! Other than a few bits of candy my youngest two sneak in their mouths while building, we have never actually tasted the house…
Creamy Toscano Cheese with Cinnamon
Trader Joe’s has an amazing cheese selection at great prices. I love that I can find our favorites along with more unique flavors. The “dusted with cinnamon” on the toscano cheese is what sold it to my kids.
Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps and Fig and Olive Crisps
These are easy crackers to add to a caricature board because they look and sound fancy! Surprisingly my four year old loves the fig and olive flavor but not the pumpkin. I like them both!
Organic Pumpkin Puree
What would fall be without pumpkin puree? We actually use pumpkin puree year round in my house. My kids love baking breads, muffins, and cookies with it. One of their favorite recipes is my Whole Wheat Pumpkin Spice Muffins with chocolate chips. I have also added pumpkin puree to homemade granola and oatmeal.
And anytime I’m at TJs with my four year old she has to pick up some “baby” pumpkins. They are currently scattered all over my house…
Pumpkin Body Butter, Apple Cider soap, Pumpkin Spice Mask
My cashier at TJs was gushing over the pumpkin spice mask. I ended up going back to get more so my daughter could slip them into gifts for some friends.
I love using products that tie in with the seasons, so the apple cider handsoap (my kids like the foaming soap best) and the pumpkin body butter were fun finds I added to my cart as well.
My kids and I are pretty much obsessed with fall scents. Our Trader Joe’s always has seasonal candles in stock for a great price. I have both the Honeycrisp Apple and Vanilla Pumpkin scattered throughout the house. Both smell really good, but aren’t overpowering.
Fall Leaf Corn Tortilla Chips
How cute are these chips?? We only buy tortilla chips occasionally, so I thought this would be a fun treat to serve at dinner one night for my kids (and my husband!). Although once he got ahold of them he pretty much ate them in 24 hours!
Fall Zucchette Pasta
My kids are always up for fun shaped noodles, so these are a hit served at lunch or dinner in my house. And don’t tell my son, but one of the ingredients is butternut squash. One of his “I absolutely won’t eat this” foods. 😉
Trader Joe’s Fall Coffee
Attention pumpkin spice coffee lovers, this is for you! Earlier this year I splurged and bought this Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine on Amazon. So while I have been loving and using that a lot, I did try this coffee last year with our regular machine.
I always have fresh flowers in our house. Whether they are from our garden in the summer, or from TJs in the colder months. Sunflowers from TJs are one of my favorites. Paired with the last of the hydrangeas from my garden!
While Trader Joe’s has some really good deals on flowers, I do find that you have to watch the kind you buy. Some varieties last a long time while others wilt pretty quickly.
Here are a few items I didn’t add to my cart, but would like to try the next time I shop at Trader Joe’s:
This Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark had a short ingredient list and looks delicious!
We don’t have juice or cider very often in our house, so this is an extra special treat for my kids in the fall. I also like to use it in baked goods.
We don’t have a dog, but I thought these looked fun if you do! Mom – maybe for Gus??
These are just a few of the fun fall items currently gracing the shelves of Trader Joe’s. What are your favorite Trader Joe’s fall products?