In addition to November 1st, when Starbucks rolls out the red cups, one of my favorite events on the food calendar is when Trader Joe’s goes pumpkin.
Pumpkin products crop up in every section of the store. Pumpkin Spice Cake. Pumpkin Spiced Coffee. Pumpkin Cream Cheese. Pumpkin Spiced Chai. Pumpkin Ice Cream. Pumpkin Bread Mix. Pumpkin Butter. Pumpkin Soup. Pumpkin Spiced Granola. They even sell Pumpkin Tree Bunches.
Trader Joe’s in October and November is truly pumpkin heaven.
Plus, TJ’s keeps adding to their pumpkin arsenal. On my mom’s recommendation, I picked up a container of Pumpkin Greek Yogurt. Oh boy, is it good! The texture is thick and creamy like you would expect out of a high quality greek yogurt and the pumpkin flavor is strong, with a perfect balance of autumnal spices.
Since the nearest Trader Joe’s is 32 miles away, I wanted to replicate it at home. And I thought I could do it for less calories. Turned out to be an easy project. Simply mix your favorite greek yogurt with pumpkin puree, spices and sweetener of choice.
The recipe reflects my choice to make individual servings, but the ingredients are easily multiplied to create a bigger batch.
Pumpkin Greek Yogurt
My absolute favorite greek yogurt is Chobani. I used 0% Vanilla Chobani, but you can use plain, or whatever brand or fat content you like. This yogurt is delicious by itself, as a vehicle for granola, and would be a delicious dip for gingersnaps or graham crackers. Try sprinkling it with Gingerbread Granola for the perfect Autumn breakfast or snack!
- 3/4 cup (6 oz) 0% Chobani greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
- 1/4 cup (2 oz) pumpkin puree
- 1/2 teaspoon honey or sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- Smidgen (see pic above for visual) ground ginger
- Smidgen ground nutmeg
- Blend all ingredients until well combined.