Monday, September 22, 2014

Trader Joe's Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix

Last updated - October 13, 2019 

We have tried many brands of gluten free pancake mix, but Trader Joe's Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix is my favorite.

Trader Joe's Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix is available seasonally, so we always stock up in the fall. 

The allergy warning on the box says the mix contains milk, and may contain traces of egg, soy, coconut and pecans.  

We always make a double batch of the pancake mix for our family of four.  You can use butter or oil, but we use salted or unsalted butter.  

The directions say not to overmix, and that the batter will be slightly lumpy.

We cook three pancakes at a time in our frying pan over medium low heat (setting of 4 out of 10). I use butter to grease my pan instead of the oil or cooking spray recommended on the box.    

The pancakes cook very slowly, and occasionally I put a lid on my pan, because I want to make sure they are cooked all the way through.  

The pancakes are so light and fluffy, with the perfect amount of pumpkin and fall spices.  

You would never know that the pancakes made from Trader Joe's Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix are gluten free from the texture and taste.  

They are good with butter, butter and a little bit of syrup, or Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter, which contains pumpkin, sugar, honey, lemon juice concentrate, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg.

Trader Joe's gluten free pumpkin pancakes are amazing with cinnamon honey butter (combine 4 T of softened salted butter with 1 T of honey and 1/8 tsp of cinnamon) or pumpkin pie spice honey butter (combine 4 T of softened salted butter with 1 T of honey and 1/8 tsp of pumpkin pie spice). When I make one of these butters, I usually skip the syrup.

You can also make waffles with Trader Joe's Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix.  I follow the directions for making the pancake batter, grease my mini Mickey waffle iron with a little bit of organic canola oil before making the first batch, and cook them for about four minutes, until there is no steam coming out of the waffle iron.  The ears are the best part, because they get nice and crispy.

October 13, 2019 Update

Trader Joe's amazing gluten free pumpkin pancake mix is back in stock for the fall season!

This year, I have not made pancakes with it yet, choosing instead to make Mickey waffles in my new Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary Double Flip Waffle Maker, which I bought from Best waffle ever maker! The waffles look exactly like the Mickey waffles at Disney theme parks and resorts, though they are a little bit thinner. Last weekend, I made a triple batch and froze the leftovers for easy breakfasts during the school week.

Our new favorite pancake and waffle topping is Trader Joe's organic maple butter, which we discovered last year.

First, I add a little butter to our pancakes and waffles, then a drizzle of maple butter. My whole family prefers it to traditional maple syrup.

While you are at Trader Joe's, pick up some gluten free pumpkin spice bagels. I love them toasted and topped with whipped butter. I have also made pumpkin spice bagel french toast bites with them twice.

Recipe for Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Bagel French Toast Bites

4 bagels - cut a very thin slice off the top and bottom of each bagel, split them, then cut each half into six pieces.
Beat 6 large eggs with 3 T lowfat milk, 3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract, 1 T coconut palm sugar, and 1 tsp cinnamon in a large bowl.
Soak the bagel bites in 2 separate batches for about 3 to 5 minutes.
Cook them in a nonstick fry pan over medium low heat with butter for 3 minutes with the lid on. Turn the bagels, and cook them on low heat for 3 minutes with the lid on.

They are amazing topped with butter and Trader Joe’s maple butter. 

Have you tried Trader Joe's Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancake Mix?


  1. I recently purchased both and loved them both. I did find that putting the pumpkin butter on the pancakes was a bit to sweet for me. I really like the pancakes with just a bit of butter and the pumpkin butter is great on GF english muffins.

  2. Have you tried making pumpkin cookies with the mix? I'm not a fan of pancakes but I would love some pumpkin cookies which is why I bought the box. I just found out 3 weeks ago that I have Celiac Disease so I am not quite brave enough to alter recipes yet!!!

    1. I would use Cup4Cup gluten free flour in your favorite pumpkin cookie recipe, if you have one. I have only made pancakes with this mix.

  3. When I don’t want a punch of pumpkin flavor, I add apple juice instead of water to the mix. It keeps the sweet and balanced the spice.
    I wonder if I can use the mix to make donuts or muffins?

    1. Sorry, just saw your comment. I need to put the mix in my Babycakes donut maker and test it out! It seems too runny to make muffins.

  4. The gluten free pancakes were amazing. The rice flour and starch caught my eye, and I was hoping for a moist and simultaneously fluffy and chewy pancake. It delievered! :)