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Monday, August 19, 2019

Trader Joe's Almond Meal Muffins

Tried as I have, I'm still not a morning person. Never have been, might never be.

It doesn't matter that for over a year now I've worked an odd schedule at the day jorb that involves me waking up well before the rest of the world. I've somehow never been late for it, and usually show up even earlier. Just because I can do it doesn't mean I like it. And the days I'm off...well, I know this isn't the most conducive to a healthy sleep schedule, what with supposed to be waking up at the same time every day and all, but my body seemingly can't help but feel it needs to catch up so it can "sleep in" til I need to get on the move with the rest of the family.

So pretty much, every morning I'm pretty busy and on-the-go, whether it's rolling towards work half-sleepily or shuffling off wife and kids to whatever the day holds in store, just a little less sleepily.

So pretty much, any morning is a good morning for a Trader Joe's Almond Meal Muffin.

Quick to grab, quick to eat. So very portable. I mean, duh, it's a muffin. They're popular for this very reason. You don't need me to tell you that.

What set's the TJ's almond muffins apart though is their quality. Ever eat a muffin and still feel kinda hungry after? You won't with one of these guys. "Hearty" is an understatement. So much in here - almond meal, walnuts, eggs, carrots, zucchini, berries, oats. So many calories and so much fiber and protein. Yeah, it'll keep you going for a morning.

And thankfully, all together the muffins taste pretty great! As one would imagine, they're earthy, nutty, a little moist and dense with a little bite variant from the aforementioned fruits, nuts, and veggies. All the flavors blend well with one another, with some maple and agave helping to sweeten the whole deal. I don't think there's an ingredient I would add or subtract from this whole mix, except maybe a touch more cinnamon.

One point of contention, and I hope one of you can help clear this up since I've discarded the package without doublechecking - are these gluten free? There's no ingredients on the label that proclaim gluten to me, but I don't recall them being labelled as such. Help?

At about four bucks for the package, these muffins are an absolute steal. One of these with a coffee and an apple can be a breakfast mainstay for me for sure, no matter what kinda morning it is. Double fours from the Mrs and me.

Bottom line: Trader Joe's Almond Meal Muffins: 8 out of 10 Golden Spoons


  1. Interesting. I hate zucchini but was wondering do you taste that or it is masked with other sweet flavors?

    1. You don't taste the zucchini. The almond meal, walnuts and cranberries dominate the flavors. Warm for 20 seconds and enjoy.

    2. They are all that and more! They remind me of carrot cake, good, homemade carrot cake. Lots of texture and flavor. I have one with a banana and coffee almost every day.

  2. Maybe the oats they use aren't certified gluten free?

  3. There look to be no gluten-containing ingredients, but it is not necessary gluten-free. They are made on shared equipment, so the label says may contain traces of wheat.

  4. I surely want to steal this. This seems delicious. I am a artist and mostly feel hungry while working so always looking for something new to eat. I mostly create diamond painting, check it out here.

  5. The guy at the store said they're gluten free but can't be marked as that as they are made in the same space as items with gluten.

  6. My Wife was loving these muffins as they were gluten free and dairy free. BUT, on a recent trip to Trader Joe's we found that these muffins now have pasteurized cream in them and are not labeled as gluten free anymore. Now, they are tasty, but my Wife was buying and consuming them regularly as they were were gluten free and dairy free. But, as noted, not anymore. Hmmm?

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