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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shortbread + Moms Make a World of Difference {Fair Trade Giveaway!}

As you know, every few months or so I do a post with Fair Trade USA to help spread the word about the great work they do. This week we’re celebrating Mother’s Day together by sharing the story of a mother from Uganda, giving away a big ol’ bunch of awesome Fair Trade goodies and sharing a fair trade recipe!

fairt trade gluten-free coconut lime shortbread from @janemaynard #fairmoms

If you want to read more about what fair trade is, click here. Fair Trade USA says it all a whole lot better than I do. In a nutshell, buying fair trade products means you are supporting farmers in truly meaningful and sustainable ways in more than 70 countries. One of those farmers is Komuhendo Jacqueline, an inspirational tea farmer & me”‹mber of the Mpanga Growers Tea Factory in Uganda.

Komuhendo Jacqueline, Fair Trade Tea Farmer from Uganda #fairmoms

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.

Komuhendo Jacqueline, Fair Trade Tea Farmer from Uganda #fairmoms

Fair Trade has helped Komuhendo Jacqueline and her community in so many ways, including building a nearby well that has provided much closer access to clean water, building a health clinic, providing shelter for workers during the work day, creating a women’s organization that helps empower women to be a more active part of generating income for their families in a region where traditionally men have taken sole ownership of tea farming, and MORE. It’s really amazing the long-term and meaningful ways fair trade has helped women and mothers in this community.

Komuhendo Jacqueline, Fair Trade Tea Farmer from Uganda #fairmoms

Learning about Komuhendo Jacqueline’s story has been especially poignant for me this week as I will be flying over her home in just a few days’ time! As I have mentioned, I am traveling to Malawi with ONE and Heifer International this week. Malawi is another country where farmers have benefited from Fair Trade efforts through the production of coffee, sugar and tea, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to meet the people of this country and talk to farmers.

I could go on and on, but I think it’s time to give away some goodies and share a recipe with you!

fair trade mother's day giveaway package from @janemaynard #fairmoms

First, the giveaway. Fair Trade USA will send one lucky, randomly-selected commenter all of the following goodies!

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post! (Comments must be posted by Midnight, PT May 18, 2015. Prize must be shipped to a U.S. address.)

fairt trade gluten-free coconut lime shortbread from @janemaynard

Recipe time! Today I have a recipe for Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shortbread. In the interest of full disclosure, Nate and Cate did NOT like these cookies. My neighbor Kat, who does TONS of gluten-free baking and loves and cares about food very much, loved the cookies. I personally think the cookies have a wonderful flavor and I do like them. Just know this is a cookie that is meant to be nibbled…coconut flour absorbs fluid better than a sponge, and that still applies even when it’s in your mouth! Sit down with a nice cup of fair trade tea and slowly enjoy your delicious cookie!

Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Shortbread
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A very flavorful, gluten-free shortbread cookie. Eat in nibbles, no big bites!
Serves: 7 cookies
  • 6 tablespoons fair trade coconut flour
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, softened to room temp
  • 2 tablespoons fair trade unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons fair trade agave nectar
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Mix all ingredients very well using a fork or pastry blender. Make cookie balls out of ~2 tablespoons of dough per cookie. Roll in your hand, set on a a parchment paper or silpat lined cookie sheet and gently press the cookie flat to about ¼" thick.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Let cool completely before moving off of the cookie sheet or they will crumble.



  1. I try to buy as much Fair Trade as I can! This looks like a great way to try new Fair Trade brands and products.

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    Nora B

    Love the recipe!

  3. I would love to win this giveaway! I try to buy Fair Trade and local whenever possible!

  4. that shortbread sounds wonderful!

  5. 5

    It all looks delicious!

  6. 6

    I love this Jane, what a great cause to support. Have a wonderful trip!!

  7. 7

    Think I might need to make a whole bunch of those shortbreads to fill up that cute prAna tote bag!

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    Angie B


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    What a great opportunity, Jane! Can’t wait to hear all about your trip. This giveaway looks amazing, but not nearly as amazing as the story of Jacqueline. Thanks for sharing, Jane!

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    Stacy Libby

    Loved this post! What an amazing and inspirational story!

  11. 11

    So amazing! What an amazing woman!

  12. I love supporting Fair Trade USA and hearing stories like this. Have an amazing trip, I can’t wait to hear about your experience. Thanks for sharing with us, Jane!

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    Fiona Walker

    What an amazing selection of fair trade items!

  14. 14

    Definitely becoming more aware of fair trade…and will be making these cookies tonight!

  15. 15

    Fingers crossed 🙂

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    Auntie Barb

    Lovely story. I’m excited to try the cookies! Happy Mother’s Day!

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    Barbara Baker

    Pretty soon you’ll be able to write a book of all your experiences since you began your blog! safe journey.

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    corinne watson

    This would be an awesome prize! Thanks for the opportunity!

  19. Love that these are fair trade. Thanks for sharing!

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    Teresa R

    I recognize many products shown, I would love to win these products so i could try them all1

  21. 21

    I could keep this…or make a send off to college bag for Macy…hmmmm

  22. 22
    Kathy Allen

    What a great thing to support! love it.

  23. 23
    Liana Kraenzlin

    Phenomenal work by a fantastic organization! Stopped by for a recipe, got an eye-opening story as a bonus! Cheers!

  24. 24
    Nikki CB

    What a wonderful organization! And the collection of good stuff looks great too!

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    Renee Olson

    These are wonderful causes. Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to hearing more about your trip.

  26. 26

    your giveaways are so great! thanks for spreading awareness as well and making us more conscious of what we purchase and eat!

  27. 27
    Amy L

    I’ve bought several of these brands, and I have to confess that I didn’t realize they are Fair Trade. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

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    Nicole Beckstrand

    First, can’t wait to hear about the trip to Africa! Second, can’t wait to try these cookies! Nom!

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    Alison Poirier

    First, I like to buy fair trade as much as I can and I love trying out the new products, win win here. Second Amelia and I have gone gluten free so thanks for another recipe to add to the list! And third, I can’t wait to hear all about your trip!! So exciting!!!

  30. 30

    Looks yummy!

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    Amy W.

    So excited to try a tasty new GF cookie recipe!!

  32. 32

    I love this! I love hearing her story and that small actions can actually make a difference.

  33. 33

    That recipe sounds wonderful.

  34. 34

    I would love to try all these! (I already know I love Numi and Bark Thins!)

  35. 35

    have a great trip!

  36. Jane, wishing you all the best on your trip and a safe return.

  37. 37

    Fair Trade is the way to go! These goodies look wonderful!

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    Nicki Burnett


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    Susan Christy

    YUM – what great products!

  40. 40

    Your giveaways are always the best! I’d love to try all of these amazing products!

  41. 41

    Love this, thanks Jane .

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    Margot C

    I so envy you your travels to Malawi. I too look always for the ‘Fair Trade’ mark – I am sure that it makes a difference.

  43. 43

    Awesome. Have a great trip!

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    Stephanie K

    Oh, this recipe looks good. I have everything to make so I think I will try over the weekend. I love purchasing Fair Trade products because not only does it help the farmer or artisan’s family but it helps their whole community. Every purchase makes a difference. Have a wonderful trip!

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    Michelle Porter

    Do the shortbread cookies have a strong coconut flavor? I’m not a fan of the texture and taste of coconut but i am trying to make better glutten free choices.

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    Dandi D

    All of these products look amazing–what a great prize pack!

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    Kim from PA

    Great blog entry! I am an avid tea drinker who seeks out loose leaf teas from small estates and it is enjoyable to learn about the tea farmers and how their trade impacts their families and communities.

    Happy Mother’s Day to Komuhendo Jacqueline!

  48. I LOVE Fair Trade! I’m all about it. I learned all about it in detail from the coffee plantation we visited in Costa Rica, and it’s amazing, the difference in people’s lives whether or not a product is Fair Trade when it’s sold.

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    Kay Gee

    Great giveaway. I’ve never used coconut flour. I will have to try it.

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    I would love to win these goodies,they are fair trade and help countries that are struggling need the income to support their families and better for the environment at the same time 🙂 I cant wait to hear stories when you get back,Jane, maybe then you will see why I love Africa and why it will always be my home

  51. 51

    Traveling with Heifer International is my dream.I hope you are safe and healthy on your trip.

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    lisa stokes

    Such a great story. Hope I win. I plan to buy more fair trade products.

  53. 53

    What an amazing story, and awesome thing Fair Trade does for peoples lives!

  54. 54

    What a great post, thank for sharing. I try to buy as much fair trade as I can.

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    Cindy A.

    I would love to try those cookies! Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful recipe and giveaway.

  56. 56

    This is such a great post and I love that you’re supporting this cause- it’s so important ! On another note, I can’t wait to try that divine looking cookie recipe! 😉

  57. all of those items look so yummy

  58. 58

    I appreciate being introduced to Fair Trade products! Thanks! 🙂

  59. 59

    Look forward to trying the recipe!

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    Maria Pitts

    I look forward to trying this recipe asap.

  61. 61

    Not only does my family benefit from your recipes but reading your blog has opened my eyes in different ways…. Learn so much from you

  62. 62

    I would love those goodies! Thanks!

  63. What a wonderful recipe. I can’t wait to make them. I always support the Fair Trade products. This is a wonderful prize pack! Thank you for hosting the giveaway. 🙂

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    Lindsay R

    Hook me up!

  65. 65

    What a great giveaway.

  66. That’s a lot of good stuff!!!

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    Lori H

    I love Fair Trade products! I’ll have to check out a few of the “new to me” products.

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    Becca F

    This looks so simple and delicious. I try to buy fair trade when possible.

  69. 69

    I have always admired Fair Trade and their products. There are certainly a lot of things here I would love to try!

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    This all looks wonderful!

  71. 71

    What a great selection of products! Thanks for the chance to win

  72. 72

    Everything looks delicious and for such a great cause, thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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    Ari johnson

    Love this, great cause!! And the recipe looks yummy, gonna try it this weekend. thanks for sharing 🙂

  74. 74

    what a great story and an awesome giveaway-thanks

  75. 75

    that all looks awesome!

  76. 76

    Thank you for sharing this story! Truly inspirational. And thank you for the yummy recipe and the giveaway.

  77. Your shortbread sounds AMAZING and you had me with “Just Love Coffee.” I <3 them!

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    Madeline B

    Ooo, I’ve been wanting to try that UNREAL candy!

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