Fall Flavors (Chopped Kitchen Challenge and WIAW)

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of What I Ate Wednesday!

Along with Jenn’s weekly party I am also participating in another fun link-up hosted by Sarah at Slices of Sarah Pie called Chopped Kitchen Challenge. This month’s theme was Flavors of Fall which is just perfect because I already have so many Fall recipes that I’ve posted recently.


The Fall flavors that are being showcased in Sarah’s challenge are Apple, Chili, Pumpkin and Ginger. Surprisingly I actually have recipes in all of these categories! And at the end I have a brand new recipe for you to enjoy.

First up is APPLE.

Just as a side note, I have WAY more apple recipes than I previously thought, so I just picked out the best.

Apple Recipes (Gluten-Free)

Dairy and Grain-Free Cinnamon Apple Pancakes // Grain-Free Apple Crumbly Bread // Microwave Apple Protein Crisp // Irish Soda Apple Bread // Apple Chunk Cinnamon Rolls // Vegan Apple Crisp


For which I only have a single recipe, but don’t fret because it’s a good one.

Chili, Chips and Cheeze (Paleo and Dairy-Free)

Chili, Chips and Cheeze

Now it’s time for PUMPKIN.

Apparently I am a pumpkin fiend as well as an apple one!

Pumpkin Recipes (Gluten-Free and Mostly Vegan)

Grain-Free Pumpkin Calzones // Pumpkin Pie Bars // Pumpkin Bread Bake with Pumpkin Frosting // Microwave Sandwich Bread // Microwave Protein Brownies // Pumpkin Banana Bread Batter

Finally I present to you my GINGER recipe.

This also happens to include PUMPKIN as well.

Pumpkin Ice Cream (Paleo and Vegan)

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Option, Vegan Option, Paleo/GAPS-Friendly

Makes approximately six 1/2 cup servings 


  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced and frozen
  • 1/2 cup yogurt (coconut or almond yogurt to make this vegan)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (any type of milk will work here)
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup honey (maple syrup would work here too)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt (optional but it helps to bring out the flavors)
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Place the frozen banana slices in a food processor or strong blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Then add the remaining ingredients and blend again.
  3. Pour the mixture into freezer-friendly container. You can use a bowl or tupperware container (I used an empty yogurt container).
  4. Place the container in the freezer and stir every 30-60 until minutes until thick. This is more of a soft serve type ice cream, but you could try freezing it solid and using an ice cream scoop dipped in hot water for more of a hard pack ice cream.
  5. Distribute between bowls and serve! (This would also be amazing topped with nuts like pecans and walnuts).

Pumpkin Ice Cream (Paleo and Vegan)

I hope you’ve enjoyed looking through my collection of Fall Flavor recipes. If you have a recipe that contains apple, chili powder, pumpkin or ginger, go link-up with Sarah’s challenge now! It’s over in less than 24 hours. Also make sure to check out Jenn’s WIAW which I am sure is filled with even more amazing fall food ideas and recipes.


Questions for you:

What is your favorite ingredient? Apple, chili powder, pumpkin or ginger?

What is your favorite recipe that you have made this Fall?

Is anyone else still getting used to the time change or is it just me?

55 thoughts on “Fall Flavors (Chopped Kitchen Challenge and WIAW)

  1. Yummm.. the ice cream looks so creamy & quite delicious. I don’t care if it’s only 5:30 AM- I want some!

    To answer your question apple would be my favorite out of those four.

    Have a fabulous day,

  2. Well, I was going to say that apple is my favourite ingredient out of the bunch, but your pumpkin ice cream may just change my mind. Even though we’ve already got snow on the ground and it’s well below freezing, I’ve been craving cold, creamy things lately. Seasonal eating? What’s that, again?

    And I’m definitely still trying to get used to the time change. It’s nice to have the sun up earlier, but 8 PM hits and I already feel like it’s time to go to bed. Grandma status to the max.

    • I can be quite persuasive 😉

      Really, growing up ice cream was a year round food for me so I never really took part in “seasonal eating” either except during the summer I would get ice cream from the park or local dairy bar and during the winter it would come from my freezer.

      I keep on waking up at around 4:30-5:00 everyday because my body still thinks that it’s 6:00. Um. No. Go back to sleep! Haha.

  3. That ice cream looks and sounds amazing. I wish we could buy pumpkin puree here in Australia but since we don’t I rarely cook anything with pumpkin in it apart from occasionally roasting pumpkins.

    I love my apples by far from that list. It is now Spring here so I am looking forward to all the berries and mangoes coming into season 🙂

    We had a time change here about a month ago too and it took some getting used to.

    • You could probably replace the pumpkin with a frozen fruit puree or even more bananas. Although that would defeat the purpose of it being “pumpkin” ice cream I bet it would still be yummy.

      Oh how frustrating that must be for you that now that everyone is posting cold weather food you are going into Spring! I guess you have a nice backlog of recipes though from a few months ago?

      I didn’t realize that your time change came earlier. Everything is so different in Australia! No pumpkin puree! Spring vs Fall! Craziness 😛

  4. Tough choice! While I love apples, I usually eat them plain and rarely use them as an ingredient. So I’ll go with pumpkin/squash at the moment. I’ve been eating so much squash soup, but I just can’t get enough.

  5. 1) The time change is DEFINITELY messing with my head. I wanted to go to bed at like 8 last night.
    2) Your chili looks amazing and strangely makes me want spaghetti bolognese because it kind of looks like that, haha.
    3) I love cooking with apples!

  6. Pumpkin Ginger Ice cream?! Way to give Meghan a run for her money, this sounds amazing!! Thank you so much for linking up, all of these recipes look delicious 🙂 And to answer your question I may have just a bit of an apple addiction… maybe just a little…

  7. I am most definitely still getting used to the time change! I had an evening shift at work yesterday and it was pitch black when I started which threw me off since I used to gauge how much time I had left by the setting sun 😛

  8. Ohhh that ice cream looks wonderful!! Even with the cooler weather, I still crave ice cream. 🙂 I think pumpkin is my favorite fall flavor to cook with, but I love munching on apples just by themselves. So crisp and juicy!!
    And it’s not just you getting used to the time change haha. I’ve been feeling like I’m eating dinner at midnight, and I usually eat around 5:30!!

  9. So many options. As hard as it is for me to say this, I think you might be the clear winner. Grumble, grumble.
    I’m very impressed to see how many apple and pumpkin recipes you have and they’re all your own. That’s gotta feel real good. Great job Madison.

    • Since I just finished The Goblet of Fire on audiobook recently, I have had HP on my mind a lot as you know… And well, I think we should both grab the Goblet of Fire and call it a tie 😉 You be the sparkly vampire and I’ll be the little boy who lived. Except this time when we touch the portkey we will be transferred to Sarah’s house instead of to Lord Voldemort. I really don’t want to have to carry your dead body back to Ohio.


  10. I’m definitely not getting used to the colder weather haha! And I have been saying that I will make a chilli for ages now, I think next week will have to be the week. So that’s my fave, closely followed by apple. I like ginger as well but it’s definitely not my favourite, and as for pumpkin – I haven’t tried it in years but I wasn’t a fan last time I tried it!

    • I hope you got to make some chili! If not, definitely check out the comment below for the dear Ms. Broccoli’s recent chili recipe. Super awesomeness.

      Have you ever had apple in chili before? I wonder how that would taste. (Okay, just had to search i out on Yahoo! and it looks wonderful: http://triedandtasty.com/2013/10/turkey-apple-chili/ 🙂 ).

      What did you try the pumpkin in? I think 99.99% of people don’t like pumpkin plain but when it’s been cooked/baked into something. I’m one of those 00.01% though 😉

  11. Gahhhh! I STILL need to make your cinnamon rolls…and your pumpkin pie bars!! And this pumpkin ice cream looks FANtastic! Favorite ingredient is most definitely pumpkin…but I have to say apples come in for a close second (at least during the fall anyway!). Favorite recipe I’ve made this fall? Think I’m gonna have to go with the pancakes I made for Meghan at the beginning of last month. I wanted to give them another go before posting them on the blog so I whipped some up for the man-friend and me this morning….pure fluffy pancake perfection!! I can’t WAIT to share the recipe…but since I already have one scheduled for tomorrow, it looks like it’ll have to wait until NEXT Sunday! But I’ll give you a hint…instead of milk, I used orange juice! 😀

    I’ve not had much problem adjusting my sleep to the time change…still as much of an insomniac as ever, but I HAVE been totally bummed with how early it starts getting dark! SO depressing! I think I need to move to Alaska! Wait…no, strike that!

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