Trader Joe’s Tuesday

Another EASY PEEZY recipe coming at you, courtesy of Trader Joe’s fall finds. If you haven’t already concluded, I am thoroughly enjoying all the fall, seasonal items at Trader Joe’s.

Last weekend I was not feeling super well. My allergies have gotten crazy bad. They always do this time of year. Harvest in Indiana is a very exciting time for my family, as I come from a family of farmers. However, the season sends my sinuses and allergies into full on inflamed and plugged ears, sinuses, itchy and watery eyes…Every. Single. Year. Like clockwork it happens, but I just know when it comes, it is what it is.

John and Abigail were at a soccer tournament. The weather was rainy and cold! So I stayed home with the boys. It was the perfect weather to lay around and stay inside. While lying around, Harrison decided he wanted to bake. (?!?) How in the world he was inspired in this way I do not know. Normally I am DOWN to bake something, but that day in particular? The LAST thing I felt like doing was trying to wrangle a 5 year old boy in the kitchen, having him bake something while doing my best to prevent the entire contents of flour, or something like flour, falling on the floor.

OK I’m maybe being slightly dramatic. He does pretty well in the kitchen actually, but I was not about to choose something complex.

Trader Joe’s to the rescue. I knew just the thing I had been wanting to try…Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Mix!

Look at how pretty and easy…3 simple ingredients…actually 4. It calls for water as well. 😉 Seriously, Trader Joe’s products are so amazing for busy moms and busy people. They do such a great job of providing quality foods with quality ingredients in a convenient package, helping us all to eat well without requiring hours spent in the kitchen.

You know that I love to spend time in the kitchen, but life doesn’t always support this. Frankly there are times when I don’t want to be in the kitchen for hours on end. I would rather be somewhere else, doing something else, or snuggling under a cozy blanket with my loved ones.

I mean how cute. Wouldn’t you want to cuddle with this munchkin?

This cookie mix is Da Bomb. Sooo delicious. The chocolate chunks are the perfect ratio of dark chocolate, and they are VERY generous with amount of chunks. They weren’t kidding, calling it the Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Mix.

I do have to warn you that, if you are on the fence with pumpkin spice flavor, you might not prefer these. They do have a strong pumpkin spice flavor to them. Though for me, the pumpkin spice flavor combined with the chocolate chunks, is perfection.

Also, this is how incredibly lazy I was feeling…cookies just frankly sounded like too much work. LOL. Seriously. Scooping and measuring 24 cookies and baking in more than one batch was just more than I wanted to commit to doing. So we made these in a 9×13 baking pan lined with parchment paper. I’m winning at efficiency people. 😁

Clearly this pan has been well-loved. 😉

TJ's Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Bars

  • Servings: 24 bars
  • Difficulty: EASY
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  • Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Mix
  • 8 TBS I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Light
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-4 TBS of water (the recipe calls for 2 TBS, but the batter was so thick I added 2-4 more TBS)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mix all the ingredients well.
  3. Bake for 15 +/- minutes per your preference. We like our cookies and bars a little underdone and gooey. Mission accomplished at 15 minutes for us.


Per Serving: 154 calories; 21 g carbohydrates; 7.5 g fat; 2.2 g protein


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