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Faitrade Big Fair Bake Challenge: Fruity Flapjack Bites #bakeitfair

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A few days ago, I shared my recipe for a yummy Faitrade Banana and Chocolate Mini-Muffins for the Big Fair Bake Faitrade Campaign. Foodies100 is challenging their members to inspire the nation and cook for someone else with a Big Fair Bake as part of a year-long Take a Step campaign.

As part of the campaign, we are asked to develop a baking creation inspired by one or more of the following Fairtrade certified ingredients: Honey, Chocolate (or Cocoa Powder), Raisins, Coffee, Bananas, Cinnamon, Apricots, Ginger and Brazil Nuts. You can find out where to buy it, and the other ingredients listed here.

By purchasing Faitrade ingredients, you can make a real difference to the whole farming community in developing countries, so it is well worth getting involved.

My little boy loves baking, so we decided to make Faitrade Fruity Flapjack Bites, which is perfect for little hands to enjoy and it is also really simple to make. Faitrade Fruity Flapjack Bites uses Faitrade Brown Sugar, Faitrade Raisins and Faitrade Cinnamon.

*PS. I don’t usually measure my ingredients when baking, so I have included pictures to give you a better idea of the quantities used.

Fruity Flapjack Bites

Ingredients:

  • Half a cup of Butter
  • Half a cup of Golden Syrup
  • Half a cup of Faitrade Brown Sugar
  • 3 cups of Porridge Oats
  • Half a cup of Faitrade Raisins
  • 1 tablespoon of Faitrade Cinnamon
  1. Pre-heat the oven at 180C.
  2. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  3. Gently heat the butter, golden syrup and brown sugar in a large saucepan. Place on a medium heat until the butter melts and it all becomes a uniform mixture.
  4. Take the saucepan off the heat and stir in the oats, raisins and cinnamon.
  5. Pour the flapjack mixture into the lined baking tray and press it down with a wooden spoon to flatten the mixture.
  6. Bake for around 15-20 minutes or until the flapjack is golden
  7. Once it is cooked, let it cool for a few minutes . Cut the flapkack bites while it is still warm.

I make flapjacks all the time, it is quite popular in our household. Sometimes I also add mash banana or nuts to the recipe. Flapjack is quick and easy to make, and quite nutritious too!

Although flapjacks are a sweet treat, they are made with porridge oats that provide slow-release energy and full of vitamin B, zinc and iron. There are considerably healthy!

By adding raisins or other dried fruits to the recipe, you can have one of your five a day while enjoying your flapjack. You could have those flapjacks bites for breakfast or with a cup of tea in the afternoon. Enjoy!

This is my entry for the Fairtrade Big Fair Bake Challenge.

This is my entry to the Sainsbury’s Flapjack Challenge over at White Lily Green blog.

Fairtrade Big Fair Bake Challenge: Banana and Chocolate Mini-Muffins #bakeitfair

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Tots100 is challenging their members to inspire the nation and cook for someone else with a Big Fair Bake as part of a year-long Take a Step campaign, which aims to get the UK to take a total of 1.5 million steps for Fairtrade in 2012, a step for every farmer and worker in the Fairtrade system we aim to work with.

As part of the campaign, we are asked to develop a baking creation inspired by one (or more!) of the following Fairtrade certified ingredients: Honey, Chocolate (or Cocoa Powder), Raisins, Coffee, Bananas, Cinnamon, Apricots, Ginger and Brazil Nuts. You can find out where to buy it, and the other ingredients listed here.

I decided to take part in the Big Fair Bake as, not only I love baking, but also because baking with Fairtrade ingredients is one easy way for everyone to make a difference to the whole farming communities in developing countries. Next time you are out shopping, you coul look out for Faitrade products.

My creation is a Banana and Chocolate Mini-Muffins using Faitrade Banana, Fairtrade Chocolate and Fairtrade Cinnamon which I baked for my cousin that just gave birth to a gorgeous baby boy. I haven’t met the new addition to the family yet, so I shall visit her on Saturday and take the mini-muffins with me.

I don’t usually measure any ingredients when baking, however this time I measured so you can try it if you wish.

Banana and Chocolate Mini-Muffins (serves 15)

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of self-raising flour
  • 0.5 cup of sugar
  • 0.5 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of Fairtrade Cinnamon
  • 3 Fairtrade Bananas
  • 0.25 cup of sunflower oil
  • 100g of Faitrade Fruit and Nut Dark Chocolate
  1. Pre-heat the oven at 180C.
  2. Mash the bananas and add the cinnamon to the mixture, reserve.
  3. Mix the flour, sugar, brown sugar and baking powder, followed by the eggs and sunflower oil. Add the banana and cinnamon paste to the mixture.
  4. Break most of the chocolate bar in small pieces, but reserve a few squares to melt and drizzle once the mini-muffins are ready.
  5. Add the chocolate pieces in the mixture.
  6. Spoon the cake mixture into muffin cases and then bake for around 15 minutes (or as long as it takes to get brown and rise).
  7. Once the mini-muffins are out of the oven, melt the remaining squares of chocolate and drizzle on top of the mini-muffins. If you prefer, you can use the whole bar in the cake mixture , I just like to drizzle the chocolate on top to add a bit of colour.

This is my entry for the Fairtrade Big Fair Bake Challenge.