Guilt-Free Blackberry and Cinnamon Fairtrade Muffins

Fair bake badgeI recently found out about the Fairtrade Big Fair Bake and I couldn’t resist getting involved because I fully support the Fairtrade Foundation. I decided to whip up a guilt-free recipe that was fair to everyone in as many ways as I could think of! Therefore, my recipe is:

  • Fair to the farmers who get a sustainable price to their products – because I am using Fairtrade ingredients.
  • Fair to my health, because I have used wholemeal flour and reduced sugar for a tempting but not terrible treat.
  • Fair to the wallet, because it makes use of the blackberries that everyone can get from their local hedgerow for free! Hooray!

In this recipe, I used Fairtrade cinnamon which you can get from Sainsburys. They have a range of herbs and spices on their own label and are the only supermarket that I have seen which do this. I also made use of Fairtrade sugar (of course!) although that’s not part of the Big Fair Bake cos of course sugar’s in a lot of bakes and doesn’t require much creativity!

Guilt-Free Blackberry and Cinnamon Wholemeal Muffins
Makes 12 small muffins


250g wholemeal plain flour
75g butter/low fat spread (I used Tesco Dairy Free Spread)
2tsp baking powder
1 tsp Fairtrade cinnamon
70g Fairtrade golden granulated sugar
1 egg
200ml milk
2 handfuls of blackberries (frozen is fine if that’s what you have)


  • Preheat the oven to 200’C.
  • Cut the butter into the flour with a knife. Muffin recipes are better when they are worked less, so remember it doesn’t have to be like breadcrumbs – just amalgamate all the larger pieces of butter.
  • Add the other dry ingredients and give a quick mix.
  • Mix up the egg and milk into a jug.
  • Mix the wet ingredients into the dry with a few stirs. The mixture is quite lumpy and that’s fine, do not overmix it or beat until smooth.
  • Gently crush your blackberries a bit with a fork and then lightly fold into the mix so you get a ripple effect.
  • Spoon the mixture into your cake cases
  • Cook for 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

And just to prove that these are a pretty good choice when it comes to treat food, I inputted the recipe into an online calorie calculator, and per muffin, here is the nutritional info. Most(ly) virtuous!!

Amount Per Serving
  Total Fat4.3 g
     Saturated Fat0.9 g
     Polyunsaturated Fat1.6 g
     Monounsaturated Fat0.9 g
  Cholesterol13.9 mg
  Sodium68.1 mg
  Potassium31.6 mg
  Total Carbohydrate23.3 g
     Dietary Fiber3.4 g
     Sugars7.4 g
  Protein3.7 g

This is my entry to the Foodies100 Fairtrade Big Fair Bake competition. 
I hope you enjoyed it and try the recipe out!


Bestselling author and freelance drinks writer. Champion of pubs and breweries. Occasional printmaker.

0 thoughts on “Guilt-Free Blackberry and Cinnamon Fairtrade Muffins

  • They look amazing 🙂 and at that calorie count defiantly worth a make thank you for the recipe


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