5 Minute Nettle Seed Energy Bars

‘Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.’ The father of western medicine, Hippocrates, once said. You are what you eat. So, if you eat a food that’s known amongst herbalists for its healing properties, that can only be a good thing right?
It seems there are cures for our ailments all around us. Nature isn’t stupid, she knows our sicknesses and is always there in the background, waiting with a remedy. Whispering Earth has a wonderful blog post on the health benefits of nettle seeds. In a nutshell, Nettle seeds are adaptogens, helping us to deal with stress. They are strengthening, mineral rich, good for skin and hair, and support the kidneys and urinary system. They have been used to treat chronic exhaustion, burnout and adrenal fatigue, and the raw seeds get you as energised as a cup of coffee.
Basically, if you’re feeling shattered or run-down, then nettle seeds will help. You can sprinkle them onto soups, salads, bread, oatmeal, smoothies, like you would with other seeds. I like to use them in these energy bars.
Fresh seeds have been known to keep people up all night if too many are consumed, so be cautious! I always dry them as they become far less stimulating that way.
Seeds perfect for harvesting look like this:
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Harvesting and using nettle seeds is simple:
  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. Once the nettles are dry you can rub the seeds off through a sieve.

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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!

nettle seed energy bars

1 cup (plus a couple more) squidgy medjool dates
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)
  1. 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

  2. Then add the dates, hemp powder, cacao powder and melted coconut oil. Blend together until it becomes sticky and resembles dough

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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…

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