Support Fair Trade Month with These Recipes

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We’re right in the middle of a Halloween whirlwind, but we wanted to take a break from our Halloween coverage to bring another important event to your attention.

October is Fair Trade Month and celeb dietitian Ashley Koff R.D. has shared some healthy recipes with us that use Fair Trade certified produce and ingredients.

Ashley supports Fair Trade and is working to raise the volume of buying Fair Trade Certified products like tea, coffee, chocolate and produce. These products help families worldwide earn fair wages and receive important life benefits like health care and education.

Fair Trade helps farmers in developing countries build sustainable businesses that positively influence their communities and they teach disadvantaged communities how to use the free market to their advantage. With Fair Trade USA, the money you spend on day-to-day goods can improve an entire community’s day-to-day lives. Here are a few of Ashley’s recipes using Fair Trade ingredients:

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Mama’s Morning Quinoa

Serves: 4

  • -1 cup Fair Trade Certified quinoa (rinse and dry before using)
  • -½ cup fresh mint leaves, minced
  • -1 tsp Fair Trade Certified dry ginger*
  • -¼ tsp salt
  • -1 cup water
  • -2 Tbsp toasted walnut oil
  • -3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • -1 cup blueberries
  • -½ cup chopped walnuts


1. In a frying pan, lightly toast quinoa for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and combine with mint, ginger and salt.

2. In a large 2-quart saucepan, bring the water and quinoa mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook for 6-8 minutes, until the water is fully absorbed and the quinoa is light and fluffy.

3. Meanwhile, in a cup, whisk together the oil and lime juice. Pour the quinoa from a saucepan into a mixing bowl.  Fold toppings into the quinoa. Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture and combine well. You may serve this warm or cold by allowing it to chill at least one hour (better if overnight).

*Supplement Fair Trade Certified cinnamon or nutmeg for additional flavor.

Coco-nana-nut Cookies

  • -3 ripe, Fair trade Certified™ bananas
  • -1 tsp Fair Trade Certified vanilla extract
  • -¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • -¼ cup Fair Trade Certified agave nectar
  • -½ cup canola oil
  • -1 Tbsp coconut milk
  • -1 tsp baking soda
  • -1 cup oat flour
  • -1 tsp Fair Trade Certified cinnamon
  • -1 cup rolled oats
  • -1 cup shredded coconut

1. Preheat the oven to 350  degrees. Lightly coat a cookie sheet with cooking spray.

2. In a food processor, blend the bananas, vanilla, applesauce, agave, oil, and coconut milk. Once combined, add in the baking soda, flour, and cinnamon. Fold in oats and coconut by hand.

3. Using two teaspoons, scoop dough onto the prepared cookie sheet.

4. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

Yield: 30 cookies

Nutrtion Facts (per serving):

94 calories; 5g fat (1g saturated fat); 2g protein; 11g carbohydrate; 1g dietary fiber; 0mg cholesterol; 43mg sodium

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For more information on Fair Trade Month and how your purchase can make a difference visit the Fair Trade USA site.

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