I’ve been looking forward to today’s post because I’m always excited to spread the word about Fair Trade Month and share some awesome goodies with a lucky winner (giveaway has ended). But first, I have a recipe for a Blended Mexican Mocha!
Blended Mexican Mocha
I whipped this up using 3 popular Fair Trade ingredients: chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon.
(The drinking chocolate is out of control amazing.)
First, I made a 10-oz batch of Pura Vida coffee, and mixed in some drinking chocolate (which is like chocolate chips and melts beautifully into coffee or warmed milk for a hot chocolate), and added vanilla, cinnamon and a splash of sea salt. After cooling to room temperature, I placed it in the fridge to chill. After it was pretty cold, I added almond milk, ice cubes, and a kick of sweetness before blending it up.
The Pilot was happy to be my taste tester.
Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!
- 10 oz of your favorite coffee
- 3 tablespoons drinking chocolate (or dark chocolate chips)
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch of sea salt
- Splash of vanilla
- 1/2 cup milk of choice (I used almond)
- 6 ice cubes
- Sweetener to taste (sugar and maple syrup work well)
- In a large glass, whisk the coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, sea salt, and vanilla. Set aside, and allow to cool to room temperature before storing in the fridge.
- When the coffee mixture has cooled (an hour or so), stir well to combine the ingredients.
- Pour the mixture into a high-speed blender, along with the milk and sweetener. Blend until frothy. Taste and add sweetener as necessary -I used 1 tablespoon of sugar for the Pilot and it was perfect- and serve immediately.
- Garnish with dairy-free whipped cream, chocolate shavings and cinnamon.
Why Fair Trade?
-Certified Fair Trade products ensure that the people who work the craft, sew and grow these products are fairly compensated and able to work in safe conditions
-They’re able to earn extra money to provide for their families and communities
-These Community Development Premiums are invested in critical projects, like schools, wells and roads
-Fair Trade also encourages sustainable practices for the environment and restricts harmful pesticide use
-Child labor is prohibited
Basically, it’s a full circle of goodness:
Similar to previous posts, Fair Trade paired me with one of their famers as an opportunity to learn more.
Meet Komuhendo Jacqueline, an inspirational tea farmer & member of the Mpanga Growers Tea Factory in Uganda.
A little bit about her story:
Komuhendo Jacqueline and her family have been growing tea since 2009. She says that the biggest benefit to selling Fair Trade Certified tea is that it has enabled her to pay for school fees for 3 of her children. It has also enabled her family to start sustainable food security projects for their home that can continue for years to come. She hopes to sell more of her tea so that she can send her other 4 children to school.
Here she is carrying water back from the nearby well that was built with Fair Trade development premium funds, which provides access to closer clean water sources.
I’m a huge supporter of Fair Trade, and am happy to share an amazing giveaway today (giveaway has ended) with tons of tasty treats to celebrate Fair Trade month. 🙂
One lucky winner will receive the following:
-BarkTHINS (a bag lasts about a day in our house.. they are gloriously addicting)
-Cascadian Farms gluten-free vanilla berry puffs (Liv and I went crazy for these)
-Lake Champlain drinking chocolate (perfect for hot cocoa season!)
-Nutiva coconut snacks
-Numi organic tea
-Sunspire chocolate chips
-Barefoot & Chocolate hazelnut spread (I can’t even tell you how delicious this is. If you find it, try it.)
-Alter Eco truffles
-Pura Vida by S&D coffee
-Spectrum Essentials chia and flax blend (the same one I used in this recipe)
All you have to do is enter via the widget below!
This giveaway will end two weeks from today (October 19) and I’ll contact the lucky winner then.
Ready, set, go!
This post is not sponsored; I just enjoy spreading the word about Fair Trade and their mission.