Wearing gloves, pick nettles laden with seeds. It is difficult to say how many you would need to pick for the bars (I used 2 tbsp), but better to have too much and you can store them in a jar to sprinkle in smoothies, soups, salads, bread etc
Lay them out on newspaper to dry out for a few days; I usually leave mine about 2 weeks because I’m lazy. This also gives all the creepy crawlies a chance to leave!
Once the nettles are dry you can rub the seeds off through a sieve.
These bars are extremely adaptable, so play around with different nuts and seeds. For this recipe I used the nut shards and ‘nut dust’ left at the bottom of packets. Making these bars is a great way to use up all those last little bits taking up cupboard space.
This makes about 16 bars, or you can roll them up into little balls – like healthy chocolate truffles!
1 cup cashews (or walnuts, macadamia etc)
1 cup flaked almonds
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
Pinch walnuts & cashews from the bottom of their packets
1 tbsp hemp protein powder
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp nettle seeds
1-2 tbsp coconut oil (start with 1 and add more if your mixture is too dry, but not too much)
Put the cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, chia and nettle seeds into a food processor and blitz until crumbly and flourlike. You still want to be able to see flecks of the different seeds in the bars (for crunch also) but the nuts should be ground up, as you want the mixture to bind together
Then add the dates, hemp powder, cacao powder and melted coconut oil. Blend together until it becomes sticky and resembles dough
Line a tray with baking parchment, then spoon your dough on top. Lay another sheet of parchment over the dough, and roll the dough out to whatever thickness you desire your bars. Cut lines in it to resemble the bars, then leave in the fridge to firm up
You can eat the mixture straight away, however it definitely gets better with age and the bars taste amazing the next morning, chilled and straight out of the fridge
You can store them in the fridge and have breakfast and snacks all week! Or maybe even longer but mine have never lasted that long…