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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

65 Responses

  1. Those donuts look SO GOOD!!!! yum!!!! Hm favorite fair trade item… the dress I just bought my sister from one world goods! It’s super cute and she loves it!!

    by stephchows on Oct 3, 2013 at 1:47 pm

  2. I would like to try the tea!

    by Jess on Oct 3, 2013 at 2:11 pm

  3. Wow, the doughnuts look amazing. My favorite fair trade product is probably Equal Exchange dark chocolate bars. The mini ones are my favorite thing to give out on Halloween.

    by Laura Dallas on Oct 3, 2013 at 2:18 pm

  4. I have been on a total baked donut kick lately, so I’m adding these to my recipe list!

    I’m a big fan of Green Mountain’s Fair Trade coffee line. :)

    by Marla on Oct 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm

  5. I love the fair trade coffee I buy from Target!

    by Marie on Oct 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm

  6. I looove Honest Tea! It’s so refreshing!

    by Kristen on Oct 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm

  7. I buy fair trade coffee exclusively after educating myself on the topic. I got through a lot of it, so that would be the first thing I would use in the box!

    by Katie on Oct 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm

  8. I’m a fair trade coffee fan!

    by Jen R on Oct 3, 2013 at 4:00 pm

  9. My fave fair trade coffee is Green Mountain Coffee. I like so many FT products, its hard to choose.

    by Sandy N. on Oct 3, 2013 at 6:38 pm

  10. I wanna try Coco zen Almond Nut Butter Chocolate Truffles

    by Jenny on Oct 3, 2013 at 7:07 pm

  11. i love honest tea!

    by Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming on Oct 3, 2013 at 7:47 pm

  12. Equal Exchange dark chocolate is my fave!

    by Peg B on Oct 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm

  13. organic mascobado sugar!

    by Vicky on Oct 4, 2013 at 6:09 am

  14. Definitely the coffee!

    by cori on Oct 4, 2013 at 8:00 am

  15. I want to find the perfect fair trade chocolate! I eat enough of it that it should make a big difference in this world!

    by stefanie on Oct 4, 2013 at 10:01 am

  16. Numi Chocolate Pu-Er is sooooooo yummy and fair trade! I also love Dr. Bronner’s almond soap!!

    by Caroline on Oct 4, 2013 at 10:15 am

  17. I would love some fair trade chocolate.

    by Kathy on Oct 4, 2013 at 10:43 am

  18. i try to always buy fair trade coffee.

    by kristin on Oct 4, 2013 at 10:53 am

  19. I would have to say Green Mountain Coffee is my favorite product. I would also like to try their honey.

    by Debbie Welchert on Oct 4, 2013 at 11:10 am

  20. Allegro coffee has caught my attention, I would love to give it a try!

    by Deb on Oct 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

  21. I’m a coffee hound, so I’d like to try Fair Trade coffee – anything except decaf! Thanks for a great recipe and give-away.

    by Debbie on Oct 4, 2013 at 11:25 am

  22. I love Fair Trade coffee!

    by Shelly on Oct 4, 2013 at 11:35 am

  23. I would like to try Numi tea

    by Jessie C. on Oct 4, 2013 at 11:57 am

  24. I have tried many great fair trade chocolate bars!

    by Jennie on Oct 4, 2013 at 12:08 pm

  25. I would love to try the vanilla! Baking season is here now!

    by Betsy R on Oct 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm

  26. These doughnuts sound so good!
    Love Honest Tea!

    by Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction on Oct 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm

  27. I love buying Fair Trade items and coffee is something I always have on hand. The doughnuts look good. I have never tried baked doughnuts before so these just might have to go on the menu this weekend! Thanks for offering the chance to win.

    by MaryB on Oct 4, 2013 at 1:26 pm

  28. I do love the Honest Tea but would like to try the coffee :)

    by Marilyn Mallimo on Oct 4, 2013 at 2:12 pm

  29. Those donuts look amazing! I’m a big fan of tons of fair trade items, but I love Lake Champlain organic hot chocolate, I drink it whenever I go home from college over winter break.

    by Rebecca @ Exploits of a Dorm Room Baker on Oct 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm

  30. I would love to try the Artisan blend coffee. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    by Andrea D. on Oct 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm

  31. I really love the Ziggy Sweater

    by Kesha on Oct 4, 2013 at 3:05 pm

  32. I’d like to try the vanilla and their chocolate. Thanks!

    by JennCutt on Oct 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm

  33. I would like to try the Coco zen Almond Nut Butter Chocolate Truffles.

    by Katie on Oct 4, 2013 at 5:16 pm

  34. We buy earrings at our local fair trade store all the time, and they are so pretty and reasonably priced too!

    by Kristen on Oct 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

  35. I love the Fair Trade coffee I buy at Target, but can’t remember the name :-(

    by TrishInFL on Oct 4, 2013 at 8:18 pm

  36. I would like to try the cocoa.

    by Joan on Oct 4, 2013 at 8:29 pm

  37. Love fair trade coffee!

    by Amy S on Oct 4, 2013 at 11:22 pm

  38. I love your Fair Trade Chocolate Coffee Glazed Doughnuts! Can’t wait to give them a try. My favorite Fair Trade product would be the dark chocolate. But I definitely would love to try their coffee as well. :) Thank you for sharing the information.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

    by Amy Tong on Oct 4, 2013 at 11:35 pm

  39. I love Honest Tea

    by Mel C on Oct 4, 2013 at 11:38 pm

  40. Ben & Jerry’s!

    by Susan Christy on Oct 5, 2013 at 12:09 am

  41. Whole Foods Market!

    by Heather B on Oct 5, 2013 at 4:19 am

  42. I am a huge baker & am always trying new recipes – I have never baked with mascobado sugar!!!! Would love to give it a try! Thanks for the chance to enter – love your site!!

    by G D on Oct 5, 2013 at 9:16 am


    by SHERRY BOCEK on Oct 5, 2013 at 10:24 am

  44. I love, love, love Honest Tea, Equal Exchange chocolates, and Dr Bronners soaps! i would love the bag, and to try the coffees! Brightest blessings to you!

    by jann jones on Oct 5, 2013 at 1:11 pm

  45. Green Mountain coffee is fantastic. I would love to expand my use of Free Trade products.

    by Victoria Z on Oct 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm

  46. I love Numi!!

    by Natasha on Oct 6, 2013 at 12:54 am

  47. Equal Exchange chocolate is amazing! There’s also a local coffee shop here in Wichita that serves exclusively Fair Trade coffee, and I really appreciate their efforts to make the world a better (and tastier) place.

    by Whitney Lindeman on Oct 6, 2013 at 1:10 pm

  48. fair trade chocolate

    by elaine on Oct 6, 2013 at 1:35 pm

  49. I love Badger creamy cocoa daily moisturizer!

    by Riley on Oct 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm

  50. I like Green Mountain Fair Trade coffee.

    by Amy L on Oct 6, 2013 at 8:05 pm

  51. 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

  52. 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

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

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

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

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

  55. the mini tea sampler looks great!

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

  56. 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

  57. Love the Honest Tea’s!

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

  58. 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

  59. 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

  60. 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

  61. 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

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

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

  63. 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

  64. 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

  65. 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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