Pumpkin yogurt with sliced almonds and dried cherries. Photo credit: l'OAKavore

Pumpkin yogurt with sliced almonds and dried cherries. Photo credit: l’OAKavore

What I’m eating right now: 
Trader Joe’s Nonfat Greek Pumpkin Yogurt

I know a lot of people might think yogurt and pumpkin don’t go together. But pumpkin is one of those ingredients that lends itself well to both sweet and savory flavors. And it really shines in this seasonal yogurt from Trader Joe’s.

Trader Joe’s Nonfat Greek Pumpkin Yogurt brings together thick and creamy strained Greek yogurt with real pumpkin purée (the second ingredient) and a light touch of seasonal spices. I don’t usually like Greek yogurt. To me, it has an unpalatable, chalk-like aftertaste. But this pumpkin yogurt has an earthy flavor and velvety texture that’s very satisfying.

TJ’s newsletter, The Fearless Flyer, suggests that this product might “fool you into thinking that you’re eating a spoonful of pumpkin pie.” Well, I don’t find this yogurt nearly as sweet or as intensely pumpkin-y as pumpkin pie. And unlike pumpkin pie, it’s fat-free and loaded with 18 grams of protein. On the other hand, each serving contains 23 grams of sugar, which is certainly pie-like.

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes, courtesy of EatLiveThrive.com

Pumpkin protein pancakes, by Katy at Eat Live Thrive

An eight-ounce serving size is quite filling, and the container could easily be split into a mid-morning and afternoon snack. With a sprinkling of granola, pumpkin seeds, dried cherries, or sliced almonds, it makes a delightful fall breakfast food. Or try layering it between stacked pancakes for some added protein and a hit of creamy texture.

Stock up before this flavor disappears for the season ($1.29/8oz cup).

Trader Joe’s stores are located in Oakland at Lake Merritt at 3250 Lakeshore and in Rockridge at 5727 College Ave.

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