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Fair Trade Chocolate Coffee Glazed Doughnuts and a Giveaway

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 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 and contacted Friday, October 11th. Good luck – and now on to the recipe!

For the glaze:

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.

Posted by on October 3, 2013.

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Categories: breakfast & brunch, desserts & sweets

15 Responses

  1. I need more exposure to the fair trade markets – this gift pack would be the perfect place to start!

    by Bethany on Oct 6, 2013 at 9:25 pm

  2. I would love to try the mascabado sugar and the coffee. This is new to me – I shall have to research fair trade!

    by Dena on Oct 7, 2013 at 9:59 am

  3. I would be all over the fair trade coffee!

    by Shari on Oct 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm

  4. I would love to try all of them:) especially the Numi tea.

    by Sarah k on Oct 7, 2013 at 3:35 pm

  5. the mini tea sampler looks great!

    by Sharon on Oct 7, 2013 at 7:12 pm

  6. Nielsen Massey Vanilla! I actually didn’t know that it was Fair Trade until I saw it on the fair trade site!

    by LB on Oct 7, 2013 at 8:10 pm

  7. Love the Honest Tea’s!

    by Julie U on Oct 8, 2013 at 9:03 pm

  8. I love Numi Organic Tea, and I also see that a partner is Lundberg Family Farms, and I love their basmati!

    by Cee on Oct 9, 2013 at 10:19 am

  9. The only fair trade product I have tried…that I know of…was coffee k-cups. I love them!

    mattschmunk at gmail dot com

    by Matt on Oct 9, 2013 at 9:54 pm

  10. I don’t know if I currently use any fair trade products or not, but I’d love to try out the Traditional Medicinals products!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

    by Cori Westphal on Oct 10, 2013 at 12:15 am

  11. I have a few favorite Fair Trade products so one is Honest Tea, I live on that stuff!!

    by Kim C. on Oct 10, 2013 at 10:41 pm

  12. I like the Numi tea. I’ve had some great ones!

    by Sarah L on Oct 10, 2013 at 10:50 pm

  13. I would love to try the Fair Trade coffee. I love coffee in any shape and form so this would be one thing I will always purchase.

    by Gloria R. on Oct 11, 2013 at 1:43 am

  14. Any Equal Exhange Chocolate, especially the dark caramel crunch with sea salt. The baking cocoa is awesome. The spicy hot cocoa mix is great for drinking and baking. Mind, body & Soul is my favorite coffee.

    by Susan O'Neill on Oct 11, 2013 at 3:01 pm

  15. I love Honest Tea and i would like to try that dark organic sugar when I next make jam.

    by Margot C on Oct 19, 2013 at 1:06 am

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