Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffin Mix

It’s the time of year for pumpkin everything.  Having food allergies and Celiac make it hard to partake in the pumpkin goodness.  One thing that I have found that is safe for us is Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix.  It’s even nightshade free!

TJ Pumpkin Muffin Mix Ingredients
TJ Pumpkin Muffin Mix ingredients

All you need to add to this mix is sunflower oil, eggs and water.  It makes a light cake-like bread or muffin that even the the gluten eaters enjoy.  I hope you enjoy this pumpkin treat.


Study break

It’s very warm in Chicago today. I’m spending my study break outside reading about pumpkins.

Then back to the notecards.

Love these bars

Lately one of my go to snacks have been these BoBo bars. I like that they are a little bigger than a regular granola bar so they can get me through a morning of meetings.

Today I’m at the monthly NAPO Chicago meeting. As the Director of Membership I enjoy meeting new people and helping celebrate the accomplishments of our chapter members.

Sugar Cookies (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, tuee nut-free, peanut-free, nightshade-free)

I love to garden.  For the past few years I have not grown tomatoes.  I found it really hard to have a vegetable garden without tomatoes.  So this year I planted a few plants and have been giving the tomatoes to friends.

I try to take a turn through the garden multiple times a day and enjoy taking my morning coffee or an afternoon snack out to enjoy while watching the pollinators buzz around.

These little sugar cookies are so wonderful and they are good coated with sparkling sugar or without the crunchy coating.  These are definitely one of those “people will never know” food allergy friendly treats.

Gluten-Free Dairy-free Sugar Cookies

  • Servings: approx. 36 cookies
  • Difficulty: easy
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Cygnet Organizing LLC Sugar Cookies


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance Soy-free butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 3/4 cups Namaste flour
  • Sparkling sugar (icing sugar)


  1. Cream together sugar, butter substitute, shortening, egg yolks and vanilla.
  2. Mix in baking soda, cream of tartar, and flout until combined.
  3. Cover dough and refrigerate for at least one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  5. Using a tablespoon or small scoop make one inch balls out of the chilled dough.
  6. Roll the dough balls in  the sugar and place on a cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 13 minutes.
  8. Cool on the pan and then transfer to cooling rack or plate.
  9. Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy these little crunchy cookies anytime of day! – Susan B.