If we had to pick, we would have to say autumn might just be our favorite season, especially for shopping at Trader Joe’s. Unfortunately, many popular fall sweets are often packed with processed sugars that we do our best to limit in our diets. But between the pumpkin spice desserts at Trader Joe’s, you are sure to find healthier options that will help you balance between healthy eating and honoring fall with all the cravings it brings.
Organic Pumpkin Spice Granola Bark
For those looking for a sweet pumpkin treat, this organic granola bar is a great healthy alternative. The dark chocolate is 66% cacao, and it comes topped with pumpkin seeds, which are a good source of fiber and iron. The base is nutrient-dense as it’s made from an array of hearty ingredients, including rolled oats, pumpkin purée, quinoa, and almonds. It’ll quickly remedy any sweet craving you have while also providing a hardy dose of benefits thanks to the seeds and nuts.
This no-bake recipe the box calls for includes delicious nut butter and a choice of honey or maple syrup—go for the latter to kick in your journey to fall flavors. The gluten-free mix consists of rolled oats, almond meal, crispy rice, and oat bran, and you simply mix it up and then insert it in your freezer to set. You can throw in some dark chocolate chips or even some healthy nuts.
Spicy Pumpkin Curry Simmer Sauce
Things took a savory turn with this sauce, which is more of a Thai curry than an Indian curry in terms of its flavor. Mixed with warming spices like ginger, turmeric, and cumin, this pumpkin base goes well with lemongrass and coconut cream. A great way to get a strong flavor base going for a warming dinner, you can serve this with your choice of protein and can opt for a good serving of veggies over a starch for the base. Try a mix of fall seasonal vegetables like collard greens or cauliflower, swiss chard, and parsnips). Trying to eat healthy doesn’t mean having to miss out on fall flavors—you just have to be mindful of what treats you pick.