Fairtrade Fortnight | Chocolate + cardamom porridge

As it is Fairtrade Fortnight until 8 March, I plan to support the cause by posting a couple of recipes which uses Fairtrade products.  Buying Fairtrade goods not only ensures the producers get fair wages and good working conditions, communities are also benefactors, with many schools and small businesses profiting from our everyday food and product choices.

Chocolate + cardamom porridge

Realising the amount of products I use/consume regularly that are not local to the UK, the campaign helped highlight the percentage of workers who must be exposed to rather grueling and harsh working conditions, just so I am provided with some coconut shower cream in the morning or some cocoa powder for my porridge.

Buying smart is key and choosing Fairtrade products guarantees long-term improvements in people’s lives all over the world.

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I am forever thankful for stumbling upon Un Dimanche à Pris, during my recent trip to the French capital, for introducing me to the weird but wonderful chocolate and cardamom combo.  A match made in heaven, the rich, dark chocolate with the aromatic spice makes anything you make so indulgent.  I’ve used it in porridge and hot chocolate: the cardamom gives the chocolate a sweet yet warm flavouring – a must-try!

Chocolate + cardamom porridge

TIP: You can make hot chocolate with this too, either cooked on the stove or in the microwave.  Just omit the oats and desiccated coconut.  You’re welcome.

Serves 1

½ cup whole rolled oats

¾ cup unsweetened almond milk

½ tsp ground cardamom powder

1 tsp unsweetened Fairtrade cocoa powder (I use Green & Black’s or Food Thoughts)

Maple or agave syrup, to taste

Unsweetened desiccated coconut, optional

  1. Add all the ingredients in a saucepan.
  2. Under medium heat, cook the oats until most of the liquid has been absorbed (about 8-10 minutes).
  3. Once cooked, take the pan off the heat and sweeten with your choice of syrup according to taste. Serve with some desiccated coconut and your preferred porridge toppings.  I love banana coins and chia seeds too!

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Do you normally buy Fairtrade products?  Are you going to support Fairtrade Fortnight?  I want to hear your thoughts on this!

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