Now that we’re into October, it’s that time again – time to celebrate National Fair Trade month! In case you haven’t heard of Fair Trade USA, they are the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products here in the US. They audit companies and their international suppliers to guarantee compliance with Fair Trade policies, provide farming communities with resources, and educate consumers about their work with campaigns like this one. So, what does Fair Trade mean? It means that farmers get a fair price for their harvest of organic crops, thus enabling them to invest back into their farms and communities. It means empowering farmers, helping them create safe working conditions and improving their standard of living, and taking steps to protect the environment.
Today, I have a recipe for you for some tasty chocolate coffee glazed doughnuts using some Fair Trade certified products! A few days ago, the nice folks over at Fair Trade USA sent me a box of goodies donated by participating brands to help spread this year’s message to “Buy Fair. Be Fair.” You may have already seen me post about it on Instagram, but you can check out all the details at befair.org. There’s also a fun little quiz to take, and some great stories from farmers about how the Fair Trade movement has affected their lives.
Fair Trade USA also wants to give away a basket of goodies similar to the one I received to one lucky reader! To enter, simply leave me a comment letting me know your favorite Fair Trade product, or one you would like to try. The giveaway ends next Thursday, October 10th at midnight, and is open to US residents only. One winner will be randomly selected using Random.org and contacted Friday, October 11th. Good luck – and now on to the recipe!
- 2 Tbsp milk
- 1/4 cup brewed One Village Coffee, cooled
- 1/2 cup Alter Eco organic mascobado cane sugar
- 1/4 cup coconut or olive oil
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp Frontier Natural Products Co-op vanilla extract
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
For the glaze:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 Tbsp brewed coffee, cooled
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, coffee, sugar, coconut oil, egg, and vanilla extract. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until blended. Spoon the batter into the doughnut pan until 2/3 full.
Bake 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool and then carefully turn out of the pan.
To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar and coffee in a small bowl. If the glaze is too thick for dipping, add a little more coffee as needed. Dip each doughnut in the glaze, or drizzle it over the tops with a spoon. Makes 6 doughnuts.
Full disclosure: Giveaway prizes are courtesy of Fair Trade USA. I received a box of Fair Trade products for review, and I was not compensated with additional products, gifts, gift cards, or money. The opinions expressed here are all my own.