Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix

It’s Baack! Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix has returned!

It seems like fall is really here, beyond the date on the calendar…. Trader Joe’s is bursting with great Pumpkin items!   It was a hard (internal ) debate in the store…. which mix  would I be going home with this week?

Pumpkin bread or Pumpkin Pancakes… I have to choose?? Yikes!

uh…a hard choice… made even harder when I found out that the sample that cool Friday AM was warm Pumpkin bread…. ohhhh just delish.

But in the end, the box in our trolley was the Pumpkin Pancake mix. Super easy and (OK honestly) I could make up a small batch and devour them quickly, and make another batch up at a later time.   I guess waiting until I have a “thing” to bake the Pumpkin bread for is a better idea… then I can grab a slice and still look like an office hero, right??

OK, back to business…. below are the directions for both the pancakes & waffles just in case you need them:

Pumpkin Pancake Directions (Mini batch)

Makes approximately 6-8 (5″) pancakes

You will need:

  • 1 cup Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake Mix
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter (1/4 stick)
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


1. Preheat griddle to 350 degrees (Medium heat).

2. Measure out 1 cup pancake mix, and set aside.

3. In a large bowl, combine egg, milk, melted butter. Add the dry pancake mix and stir until almost all the lumps disappear.  Do not over mix.  Let the batter stand for a few minutes before using… you may need to add a few spoonfuls of milk if the batter gets too thick.

4. Pour 1/4 cup of batter on hot, greased griddle. Pancakes are ready to turn when bubbles form and break and the edges appear cooked. Turn and brown lightly on the other side.

I then transferred the cooked  pancakes to a plate that was in my oven, set on a low temperature (like 200 degrees) to keep them all toasty warm until we were ready to eat.

Cooking Directions for Pumpkin Waffles

Makes 4 (4″) waffles

You will need:

  • 1 cup Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake mix
  • 2 Tablespoons Melted butter (1/4 stick)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


1. Preheat waffle iron (follow the directions that came with it).

2. Measure out 1 cup of pancake mix, set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, combine egg, water and melted butter together.   Add the dry pancake mix and stir together until the large lumps disappear. Do not over mix.

4. Ladle onto hot waffle iron and remove when golden brown.

YUM! anyway you make these… they are just fantastic!

I made the smaller batch… like I said so that I would not have THAT many leftover pancakes and it was just the right amount.  I ate the leftovers cold slathered with Trader Joe’s almond butter!

So my suggestion is to get to Trader Joe’s, grab a box of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle mix and whip up a batch this weekend~ you’ll be glad you did!



Grifone Primitivo Zinfindel 2010

Wine Moment featuring Grifone Primitivo Zinfindel 2010

Hello Trader Joes’ Fans;

It is time for another Wine Moment with Delaina.

Trader Joes’ is offering Grifone Primitivo Zinfindel 2010 for only 3.99 (at my local). This is a rock’in good Zinfindel priced just right for those of us that want to enjoy our wine and not break the bank. The wine is Italian and as is typical, in my opinion, of Zinfindels  is rich full of complexity. The wonderful complexity of this wine I credit to the soft vanilla and sharp raspberry tones; the juxtaposition of the two flavors are perfect.

As for paring, I had this wine with a tuna and squash and it paired wonderfully. This wine also passes my “it goes down just fine on its own” test, and I dare say with flying colors.

The Grifone would also make a great gift wine because it is soft enough for the novice drinker and complex enough for the sophisticate.

I hope you get a chance to enjoy Grifone in all is complex-simplicity.


Trader Joes Masala Dosa

Have you tried Trader Joe’s Masala Dosa Authentic Indian appetizers?

We love the spicy flavor of Indian food, and when we saw these taco like snacks, we bought a box right away!

The wraps are made of rice a rice crepe - and rice make a great wrapper for the filling of  spicy potatoes and onions.  The filling was fantastic! It had just enough spice so you know you are eating Indian food, but not too much that you cannot taste anything, at least that is what we thought.

The Masala Dosa come with a package of coconut curry, which was wonderful and a little sweet from the coconut and cooling from all the spices in the potato and onion filling.

They were super easy to cook, all you needed to do was heat on a pan lined with foil (check the package for time and temperature) and then heat up the coconut curry sauce in a little boiling water to thaw it. (We like to use a mug with some hot water,  drop the pouch in, and then allow to heat up while the masala dosa are heating in the oven).

As you can see from the picture, our Masala Dosa got a bit toasty in the oven and this gave the rice crepes a nice crunchy texture to contrast the smooth center.

As a note:

As we ate these yummy Masala Dosa (with a salad for a nice lunch) we thought that the coconut curry sauce served COLD would have made a nice addition to the warm Indian tacos and will thaw the coconut curry sauce briefly and then chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

A second note, would be to lightly oil the tin foil as our rice crepes stuck in a few places. gggrrrr

Have you tried Trader Joe’s Masala Dosa ? What did you think? Share your thoughts below or on Facebook! ~THANKS!