Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage (Seasonal)

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Pumpkin Spice Almond
Price:
$1.79 per quart

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3
On November 8, 2016
Last modified:November 9, 2016

Summary:

I think most of you will either love or hate this creamy holiday drink, but I'm taking the middle ground. It's thicker than typical almond milk beverage, sweet and spiked with warm seasonings. I find the pumpkin flavor pleasant and perfectly sweetened, but a little too "nutmeg-y" and rich for sipping as is. I preferred it when gently heated, used in smoothies, or as a special addition to pancakes, waffles or baked goods. I also think it would be quite delicious with a little spiced rum for a grown-up holiday tipple.

I recently heard the sad news that So Delicious and Silk have opted to discontinue their Pumpkin holiday products. Fortunately, Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage has emerged to fill the void.

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage (Review) - a dairy-free, vegan, rich & creamy holiday drink

First I must say, what an amazing price! Under $2 for a specialty item like this is seriously hard to beat. Also, Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage is carrageenan-free and fortified with notable quantities of calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and vitamin E. It is sweetened simply with vegan cane sugar, but is a bit of an indulgence with 15 grams per cup. However, each serving contains just 3 grams of fat and 100 calories.

Tasting Notes for Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage

The consistency of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage is thick, almost like a drinkable smoothie. The flavor is definitely pumpkin with somewhat generous sprinklings of cinnamon and nutmeg. I’m not a big fan of nutmeg, and personally found that spice a bit overpowering.

I don’t typically sip on thin smoothies, so it was a little too thick for my tastes. Nonetheless, I do think Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage would be excellent with a little spiced rum for adults. And for an any day treat, I liked it better once heated. The consistency thinned slightly and the warmth was the perfect spice backdrop. Just be sure to heat it gently and preferably over low heat. I tried to warm it in the microwave which bubbled and caused separation.

And don’t forget about recipes!  Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage is practically made for thick, rich smoothies. It would also be perfect in place of the milk in pancakes, muffins or scones.

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage (Review) - a dairy-free, vegan, rich & creamy holiday drink

Who Makes Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage?

Since Silk and So Delicious Pumpkin Spice Beverages are no more, I wondered who is actually manufacturing Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage. My best guess is Almond Dream. They still offer their Pumpkin Spice beverage, and it looks very similar to this one in ingredients and nutrition.

There are very slight differences between the two, like in fortification and spice levels. But overall, if you are a fan of Almond Dream Pumpkin Spice, then I think Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage could be your new favorite dairy-free holiday beverage.

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage (Review) - a dairy-free, vegan, rich & creamy holiday drink

The Facts on Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage

Certifications: Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage is Certified Kosher Pareve. It is also labeled as vegan and gluten-free, but we didn’t note certifications for these.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, read the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes before consumption if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Trader Joe’s website at www.traderjoes.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

5 Comments

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  2. I was wondering about whether it would be good in coffee and if you had tasted it as a creamer. Still looking for the elusive creamy coffee cream that gives the smoothness of the dairy creamers.

  3. I like Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Almond Beverage in my morning coffee with a little bit of coconut creamer. It gives my coffee a bit of a “pumpkin spice” flavor. Not too overpowering. 🙂 🙂

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