Trader Joe’s Series…Part 3 and Gluten Free

Trader Joe’s is a goldmine for anyone who eats gluten free. They have  a wide variety of options and their prices are great. In part 3 of my Trader Joe’s Series I’ll be showing some of my favorite gluten free products. TJ’s also has some fun seasonal/gluten free products for October so check those out before they’re gone. Also, there is always a list of gluten free products available at the store, just ask a clerk, but if you want to see their list now go here. There are many more gluten free items then the ones listed, just read the labels and enjoy…

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  1. Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Baking Mix ~ This is a new seasonal item and I was so excited when I saw it displayed at TJ’s. My family absolutely loves the regular Pumpkin muffin mix and I was feeling a bit left out not being able to partake in the yumminess. But this year I can…yahoo!!!

2. Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix ~ I use my pumpkin shaped molds to make these really festive. With some roasted walnuts, warm maple syrup and a nice, big dollop of whip cream on top. Need I say more!

3.  Gluten Free Granola ~ This is a nice hearty granola with lots of nuts and dried fruit. Pairs great with rice milk. I make parfaits using: vanilla yogurt, fresh fruit (we like strawberries, blueberries or bananas), top with a little granola.

4.  Peanut Butter Panda Puffs ~ My kids have been eating these since they were little, but I confess I like them too. Kind of like eating Captain Crunch cereal but without all the preservatives.

5. Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix ~ These brownies are really good and easy to make. You won’t even think they are gluten free, just regular ol’ brownies. Hot out of the oven…so good! They stay nicely for a few days, just keep them tightly covered. Go a little crazy and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and little chocolate syrup!

6. Gluten Free Whole Grain and White Sandwich Bread ~ This is the best gluten free bread I’ve found. It’s even better than Udi’s. It doesn’t get the big holes in it like Udi’s does and it’s really good, especially toasted. Still itty bitty pieces like all gluten free bread, but without the gluten you’re just not going to get a nice big piece of bread.

7. Seasoned Kale Chips ~ This is a nice, healthy snack and is a favorite with my daughters college friends.

8. Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix ~ This is better than any mix, regular or gluten free. For more on this and a great waffle stick pan, look at this blog post.

9. Organic Riced Cauliflower ~ OK, I’m about to go a little crazy here because this is the most awesome thing every invented. I’m not sure why cauliflower is so much better in this form, but it is. It comes frozen and you just heat it up in a non-stick pan. You can use it like you would rice, or pasta. I just add it to everything and I mean everything. I have it in the morning with eggs, melt cheese on it, served it as a side dish. It’s a great way to add veggies to any meal.  The only downfall is, it’s so popular that TJ’s keep running out of it, so stock up when they have it.

10. Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Fusilli Pasta (also comes in spaghetti) ~ I really love me some pasta! It’s probably been the hardest part about eating gluten free for me. This pasta has a nice firm consistency and adds a nice punch of protein.

11. Organic Brown Rice Spaghetti Pasta ~ When I just want a nice, big bowl of spaghetti, this really does the trick.

12. Brownie Crisp ~ When I have a sweet tooth and don’t want to bake, this crunchy chocolatey treat is a go to.

13. Belgian Chocolate Pudding ~ Here’s another treat for your sweet tooth, this doesn’t last long in our fridge.

14.  Pure Organic Bars ~ These are a staple in our household. I keep a stock of them in the pantry. I especially like the Chocolate Brownie Bar and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar. I keep one in my purse for those times when your out and about but can’t stop to eat, also for sports events if my athletes get hungry.

15. Gluten Free Cornbread Mix ~ I haven’t tried these yet but if there anything like the regular TJ’s brand of cornbread mix, I’m gonna love it. I was so happy to see this because I have a recipe for Chili Cheese Bake that is so easy and the best in comfort food. Coincidentally, the recipe was given to me by a TJ’s employee.

16.  Gluten Free Pretzel Twists ~ Sometimes you just want a pretzel!

Hope you enjoyed this gluten free installment of the Trader Joe’s Series.

Happy Fall.

All the best,



Trader Joe’s Series…Part 1

I’ve been shopping at Trader Joe’s for most of my life. I’ve been fortunate to always live near one no matter where I’ve moved. I do 80% of my grocery shopping there not only for the great prices but for the unique and delicious items they sell. I know that if you are not familiar with this grocery store you might just avoid it but I’m going to share my faves and and hope you’ll give it a try and if you’re already shopping there, let you in on a few items you might not have tried. I do get adventurous and try new products because TJ’s never lets me down. Here is the first post in the Trader Joe’s Series. Enjoy…

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1.  Organic Dark Chocolate with Almonds and Organic Dark Chocolate Truffle ~ I’m a huge chocolate lover but I really try hard to avoid it because I have absolutely no control, but for those times when I just need a little somethin’ this chocolate really does the trick. Plus it’s dark chocolate so it’s good for you right?!

2. Gluten Free Ginger Snaps ~ Yes, I’ve jumped on the gluten free band wagon kicking and screaming the whole way but must admit for the time being I do feel better. I love anything with ginger and these cookies have a nice snap of ginger taste and I don’t notice at all that they are gluten free.

3. Gluten Free Crispy Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ took these on a recent road trip and had to pry them out of everyone’s hands just to get a few, so I guess you could say they were a hit with the whole family. Thin, crispy, with a buttery taste of gluten free deliciousness.

4. Organic Split Pea Soup ~ This vegan soup is a staple in our household. I have this at least once a week for lunch. It’s comfort food, warms your tummy and I love that it’s vegan and fills me up. Quick and easy.

5. Speculoos Cookie Butter ~ Honestly I’ve avoided buying this for a while because I had a feeling it would be addicting but I’m trying new products at TJ’s and this was one of them. I was right…addicting. The gingerbread flavor is yummy. My family loves this on toast, waffles, rice cakes and apples.

6. Cookie Butter Sandwich Cookies ~ Well once we knew the Cookie Butter was good had to give the cookies a try. YUM!!!

7. Artichoke Antipasto and Bruschetta ~ Top these on #8 for a great after school snack or appetizer. A fresh and healthy snack alternative. Also good served on a toasted baguette.

8. Parmesan Crisps ~ Great topped with #7 and also served with salads or you can break them up and use them as croutons.

9. Pomegranate Seeds ~ Hassle free pomegranate seeds, the works been done for you. Great to snack on or added to salads or guacamole.

10. Kettle Cooked Potato Chips with Sea Salt / 6 snack bags ~ These are great for school lunches, picnics or an on-the-good snack. I always keep these on hand, a staple in our pantry.

11. Coconut Cashews ~ Get your taste buds ready for this. Completely addicting and so yummy!!! Unfortunately nuts are very pricey right now so these are $6.99 a bag ,but so worth it.

12. Crystal Geyser Juice Squeeze Passion Fruit & Mango ~ We’ve been drinking these for years. There use to be lots more flavors but the company has cut back on many of them. This is our favorite flavor. It’s 70% juice and the rest sparkling water. An adult juice drink but the kids love it too.

13. Mango & Cream Bars and Coffee Latte & Cream Bars ~ This was a new one for me. There a nice small size so when you want to have something sweet and cold for summer this is a nice treat. Gluten free too.

14. Roasted Coconut Chips ~ My daughter loves to put this on top of her homemade acai bowls, they’re also great to use as an ice cream or yogurt topping.

15. Fresh Peaches ~ Every year TJ’s gets the best fresh peaches and they come in this cute little box that looks great on my kitchen island. Love when my family reaches for fruit as a snack!

16. Lite Kettle Corn / 6 packs ~ These are also great for school lunches, picnics or on-the-go snacks. A little sweet, a little salty and a lot of good!

What are your favorite Trader Joe’s items?

Happy Summer.

All the best,