There is one product I buy in multiples when it hits the shelves around this time of year: Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter. This spiced and lightly sweetened spread adds a warm, autumnal flavor to everything from yogurt to pound cake, and transforms buttered toast into a special treat.When I first started buying this pumpkin butter, my local Trader Joe's used to regularly sell out of it, so I learned to adopt a hoarding mentality when I saw fully stocked shelves, grabbing enough jars to see me through the year. Ten years later, Trader Joe's seems to have a better handle on pumpkin butter demand, but I still find myself buying at least two or three jars at a time throughout the season.
And I always use it up before the following year's stock hits shelves. I add spoonfuls to plain yogurt, I make toasted peanut butter and pumpkin butter sandwiches, I spread it on bread or crackers with a little cream cheese. It's good on plain cake, or stirred into oatmeal. But my favorite way to eat it is still one of the simplest: spread on buttered toast, where its spiced sweetness mingles with the melted butter and somehow tastes so much better than plain old jam.
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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