Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake Mix Reviewed (Plus a Recipe)

Gentle Readers, The Practical Cook can not resist trying a new product from Trader Joe’s, particularly a seasonal one. So when we spotted Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix, into the cart it went.

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix is both festive and mildly generic looking.

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix is both festive and mildly generic looking.

It has an easy to make recipe, which naturally meant we ignored it and went off-roading. The pumpkin flavor was pronounced, and the spices were bright to the point of being just a bit spicy. The Practical Cooks Junior were not turned off by it, but I can see a more  faint-of-palate eater being a little shocked.

Family Tradition: Make one really big pancake as the last pancake.

Family Tradition: Make one really big pancake as the last pancake.

If I had had a small amount of pumpkin puree (or winter squash in general, let’s face it, I don’t discriminate), I would’ve added it. As it stands, I only had a small bit of leftover cooked apples, which I added with great success in lieu of the full amount of butter required.

I also added pecans to half of the batch. We served it with maple syrup and molasses, but all tasters agreed the pancakes were better served by the maple.

One slightly well-done overlarge pancake and a bunch of harvest bounty.

One slightly well-done overlarge pancake and a bunch of harvest bounty.

Conclusion: this is a great seasonal mix, and would make the base for a fun dessert. Serve as is, or make them thin and roll them up around some cream cheese whipped with powdered sugar and pumpkin butter. Drizzle a little maple or caramel sauce and call it a $10 dessert. You’re welcome.

For my money, I’ll take my pumpkins in my pancakes over my beer or my latte. Discuss amongst yourself. The comment box awaits.

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5 responses to “Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake Mix Reviewed (Plus a Recipe)

  1. Tony

    I love these – got introduced to them on a camping trip a couple years back – now one of my favorites!

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