what’s your favorite store? mine is trader joe’s

“What’s your favorite store?”  I posed this question at the dinner table.  Hubs answered without hesitation, “Home Depot, I just love all those tools.”

“Probably Modell’s or Gamestop,” Joe said, then changed his mind. “Barnes and Noble,” he decided (good answer, Joe.)

Me? Everyone knows that I love Walmart, but my favorite store  in the whole wide world is Trader Joe’s.

“But it’s so small,” my husband replied.  Exactly, that’s why I like it, it’s almost like a neighborhood corner store, if the corner store were frequented by angry yuppies. The super-nice and chatty staff more than make up for the grumpy customers.  Truly, Trader Joe’s is my happy place.

Trader Joe’s brings out my cooking muse like no other store.  TJ’s, as I affectionately call it, has almost everything I need: great produce at a reasonable price, all kinds of nuts and beans, spices and seasonings, coconut oil and coconut cream, Ezekiel bread, inexpensive wine, almond milk, free range eggs, preservative-free lunch meat, and so much more.

One of the few things TJ’s doesn’t have that I need on a regular basis is tahini, for my family’s hummus jones, and I usually go elsewhere for beef and chicken. Other than that, if Trader Joe’s doesn’t have it, I probably don’t need it.

All of the ingredients you need to make these luscious, super nutritious pancakes are available at Trader Joe’s. I will warn you, they are very filling and you might want to limit yourself to two, even though they are so delicious you’ll want to eat more.  Even Joe likes them (need I say it?)

almond coconut pancakes
Recipe type: breakfast
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  • Pancake ingredients:
  • ¾ cups gluten free flour
  • ¾ cups almond flour (or almond meal)
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1¾ cups almond milk or coconut milk
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 large free range eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup responsibly sourced chocolate chips (optional)
  • Additional coconut oil for skillet
  • Strawberry sauce ingredients:
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries, blackberries or raspberries (or a blend)
  • 2 tsp stevia
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  1. Combine flour, almond flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together almond milk, melted coconut oil, eggs and vanilla in another large bowl.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and gently whisk together.
  4. Don't overmix, twenty strokes should do it.
  5. Fold in shredded coconut.
  6. Heat Tbsp coconut oil over medium high heat in a large skillet.
  7. Spoon ⅓ cupfuls of batter onto griddle.
  8. Sprinkle a few chocolate chips, if desired.
  9. When bubbles appear, flip and cook until underside is lightly browned.
  10. Remove to a platter and keep warm in the oven.
  11. Serve with butter and real maple syrup or strawberry sauce.
  12. Strawberry sauce:
  13. Heat frozen strawberries in a saucepan until thawed.
  14. Add stevia and lemon juice.
  15. Crush strawberries slightly with a fork and stir until the sauce is semi-smooth.
  16. Serve warm over pancakes.

What’s your favorite store?  Please share in the comments, I’d love to hear about it!

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Kathleen Caron

I'm good at finding stuff, and I love to share all my discoveries. I write about the intersection between faith, family, fellowship and food.

  • La McCoy

    Love it

    • http://kathleencaron.com/ Kathleen Caron

      Thanks Laura!

  • Christa Sterken

    For food items, this is my fave. I used to do a “fave” loop. The scrapbook store, TJ’s, Half Price Books, Costco and end with Super Target. My mega month shopping trip. Then, alas, the scrapbook store closed and the loop felt empty

    • http://kathleencaron.com/ Kathleen Caron

      That sounds like a fun errand outing. If I had a loop, it would include TJ’s, Lowes, Lotte Asian Supermarket and Costco. With maybe a side trip to Marshall’s. Try my pancakes Christa, you’ll like them!

      • Christa Sterken

        I will. Where do you buy coconut sugar? Never seen that…

        • http://kathleencaron.com/ Kathleen Caron

          They carry it at my Trader Joe’s in the baking section, and sometimes at Costco. You can always buy it at Whole Foods, of course, but I don’t usually shop there (too $$$$) It is becoming more widespread.

        • http://kathleencaron.com/ Kathleen Caron

          Whoops, I meant to leave the sugar out of the recipe. I didn’t use it last time I made it, and it was perfect without it. Why add sugar when you don’t have to? (So I took it out.)

  • kathunsworth

    Looks gorgeous Kathleen and I would have to say any book store is my happy place as I am not a good cook. Thanks for sharing another beautiful recipe.

    • http://kathleencaron.com/ Kathleen Caron

      Any book store is my happy place too, or just browsing Amazon. Too many choices! I love the library too, and don’t go there nearly often enough. These pancakes aren’t hard to make Kath, I bet you would love them!