These Are the Best Desserts From Trader Joe's, According to Dietitians
OK let's be real: Everyone loves Trader Joe's. How could you not? They have great prices, a huge selection on dairy, grains, produce, cheese and more, plus some amazing TJ branded snacks, dips and treats that make meal prep a breeze and get you tasting some delicious, out-of-the-box creations. (Chocolate hummus and cookie butter ice cream, anyone?)
And, as for dessert, they don't mess around there, either. Trader Joe's has great desserts, from ice creams and chocolate-covered snacks to seasonal sweets, like pumpkin ice cream. So, if you've got a sweet tooth, these are the best ways to indulge, according to RDs. That way you know they're relatively good for you, too!
Maggie Michalczyk, MS, RD says, "When pumpkin stuff is back at Trader Joe's, you will want to run, not walk, to grab these mini pumpkin ice cream cones. They'll remind you of being a kid again with your ice cream cone, except this time in a mini size to satisfy that sweet tooth without breaking the ban." Plus, it's the perfect taste of pumpkin you know you want in the fall and it's nice and cold to cool you off before temperatures drop too low.
These cute macarons come in a few flavors, like apricot, coconut, fig, salted caramel, lemon and pistachio, and there are two in each box. "I like this frozen dessert from Trader Joe's because they are a good portion size—you can simply pull one out when you're in the mood for something sweet, and they look fancy if you're having people over but don't necessarily want to make macaroons from scratch," says Michalczyk. (And we don't blame you if you want the easy way out!) "The box comes with different flavors so you can keep your palate excited and TJ's even comes out with a pumpkin flavor in the fall," she says.
Michalczyk loves this sweet and sensible treat from TJ's frozen section. "Dark chocolate-covered strawberries are perfect to snack on when you need a little something something after dinner or lunch to satisfy that craving for something sweet in a healthy way," says Michalczyk. It keeps portion size in check, and there are vitamins and antioxidants from the berries!
"I'm a huge fan of the chili spiced mango. It has the perfect balance of spicy and sweet to satisfy post-dinner cravings," says Kelly Jones MS, RD, CSSD, LDN. "While it does contain some added sugar, it also provides fiber, a serving of fruit and the sugar can be balanced by adding a handful of nuts to the side," she says. So, you're fine with a serving post-meal!
These creamy dark chocolate cups are just too good. Jones says, "I love the dark chocolate sunflower seed butter cups. They're made with minimal ingredients, the first being dark chocolate, versus milk chocolate that you usually get with nut butter cups." She also adds that they're dairy- and nut-free, for those with allergies and they provide 20% of your daily iron. Not bad for a sweet treat!
You can pop these babies right into your mouth for a sweet fix. "Chocolate-covered almonds have the perfect balance of chocolate (dark is my favorite) and healthy fats from almonds," says Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC. "They are also crunchy, which checks all my craving boxes after a meal," she says. Just a small handful is all you need to get the goods without overdoing it.
These tiny sandwiches pack a punch of flavor, and each box has 12 total. White says, "I love ice cream and these chocolate-y treats are perfectly portioned to get my fix and not overdo it." The cookie is nice and soft and a bit chewy, so it complements the creaminess of the ice cream super well. It'll just melt in your mouth!