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My family started buying Fair Trade products as soon as they hit the main-stream market, so I’ve grown up with stickered bananas, coffee, tea, chocolate, embracing the range of Fair Trade products as it grew. (I even sold them for a while, volunteering in a Fair Trade shop.) So imagine my excitement when the Big Fair Bake came round this year.

Their website offers plenty of brilliant recipes, under the catchy slogan ‘Who are you baking for?’ However, I preferred to make my extended family something after a recipe of my own, centring on classic Fair Trade bananas and organic blueberries.

Fair Trade Banana and Blueberry Muffins

(inspired by this recipe from www.joyofbaking.com. Easily made vegan by replacing the eggs with extra banana. You may want to add another teaspoon of baking powder.)

Makes 12 large or 18 small muffins

Ingredients:

–          3 large Fair Trade bananas

–          230g self-raising flour

–          150 soft brown sugar

–          1 tsp baking powder

–          pinch of salt

–          2 tsp cinnamon and/or 1 tsp nutmeg

–          2 eggs

–          115ml vegetable or sunflower oil

–          approx. 200g blueberries (easily replaced with chocolate chips or chunks of Fair Trade chocolate)

Pre-heat oven to 180ºC.  Grease muffin tin(s), or line with paper cases.

Mash bananas and place in a large bowl. Add sugar and mix thoroughly.

Lightly beat eggs into the oil. Add to the banana mixture, stir until smooth.

Mix flour, baking powder, salt and spices. Fold into banana mixture.

Carefully spoon in the blueberries.

Divide mixture over muffin cases. Bake for 30-40min. Remove when fork comes out clean.

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