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Nettle Powder and a Green Smoothie Bowl

Nettle Smoothie Bowl

I’m super excited about my latest green powder for my smoothies. It may not be an original idea, but it was original to me. As soon as I knew I was getting a dehydrator, I was stung into action, literally. The first thing I did was to try drying nettle leaves in the hope I could turn them into a fine green nettle powder.

Nettles are something I like to eat in the spring. You may have heard me mention it before, but I find I start craving them when they are young and fresh, especially after we’ve been through a long dark winter and are in need of reviving. They are a good spring tonic full of vitamins and minerals and not only that, they taste good too. When I pick them for making soups, frying them up with potatoes or using them as a general spinach substitute, I pick the top four leaves of the young plants only. Older plants and other leaves can be a bit too fibrous, making them unpleasant to eat. However, for drying and making nettle powder, I wanted large leaves as these are easier to cut and less are needed.

Nettle Powder

I took a basket and my precious kitchen scissors down to our plot where I knew there were plenty of clean green nettles. Snipping off the leaves wasn’t quite as easy as I’d envisaged, but I didn’t get stung too often and it was easier than wearing gloves. I laid the leaves out on my Optimum P200 dehydrator trays using a pair of tweezers, which worked quite well. When dried, I found I could pick up the leaves bare handed without getting stung, but I did handle them fairly gently. I spaced them out slightly apart so the air could circulate, but tried to get as many onto each tray as I could.

The first time I tried, it was a bit hit and miss as to timings, but I set the dehydrator to 35ā„ƒ and in the end it took seven hours. The experiment was an outstanding success. The nettles dried quite quickly, retained their greeness and my Optimim 9200A power blender made short work of turning them into a fine green powder. Once I knew it worked, I was off down the plot collecting more nettle leaves. I found 5 trays gave me 50g or 24 tsp of powder, a respectable amount I reckon.

Nettle Smoothie Bowl

No sooner had I made the nettle powder, than a smoothie was in order. To celebrate the occasion, I made a smoothie bowl. This allowed me to savour the concoction rather than gulp it down. The nettle powder in the quantity I added it, gave a subtle nettle taste rather than an overpowering one. But I’m sure it did me no end of good.

Nettle Smoothie Bowl
Serves 4
A breakfast bowl of delicious and nutritious kefir, nettles and other ingredients to set you up for the day.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 750ml kefir
  2. 1 heaped tsp nettle powder (or green powder of choice)
  3. 1 tsp spirulina
  4. Ā½ tsp turmeric
  5. 1 banana
  6. 2 tsp chia seeds
  7. 1 tsp bee pollon (optional)
  8. 1 tsp dried orange powder (optional)
  9. 2 tbsp muesli
  10. 2 kiwi fruit - peeled and sliced
Instructions
  1. Blitz everything together in a high speed blender for 20 seconds. You may need longer in an ordinary blender.
  2. Pour into 4 bowls.
  3. Scatter Ā½ tbsp of muesli on top of the smoothie along one side of the bowl.
  4. Halve the kiwi fruit slices and arrange along the centre of the bowl.
Notes
  1. You can omit the muesli and kiwi fruit and drink this from a glass.
  2. The smoothie gets even better kept in the fridge for 24 hrs or so and acquires quite a fizz.
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Other nettle recipes you might like

Lentil and nettle curry via The Hedge Combers

Nettle feta ravioli via The Hedge Combers

Nettle, ground elder and spinach ‘Eccles cakes’ via A2K – A Seasonal Veg Table

Nettle, lemon and white chocolate cupcakes via Tin and Thyme

Nettle lemon cake with lemon icing and blackberries via Veggie Desserts

Nettle risotto via A2K – A Seasonal Veg Table

Nettle soup via Foodie Quine

Nettle tonic smoothie via Tin and Thyme

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    Cathy @ Planet Veggie
    5th May 2016

    I’ve had nettle tea once but I love the idea of drying the leaves and making them into a powder. A great way to get added nutrients in a smoothie!

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      Choclette
      5th May 2016

      I keep meaning to try some of this as tea, in the same way you’d drink matcha, then keep forgetting!

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    Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe
    5th May 2016

    Wow that powder is a lovely green and the smoothie bowl is really beautiful – interesting to hear your experiences in making it – I don’t have a ready supply of nettles or I would enjoy experimenting with them – glad you are able to use them and preserve them for later

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      Choclette
      5th May 2016

      It is a lovely colour and I’m really pleased with it Johanna. You must have some useful healthful green weeds you could use. I’m wondering about dandelions, but think they might be a bit too bitter.

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    Lucy Parissi
    5th May 2016

    That looks amazing! I thought you had bought the powder but the fact you made it yourself boggles my mind. Now coveting a dehydrator for sure.

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      Choclette
      5th May 2016

      Hahaha Lucy, can’t stop giggling at the thought of boggling your mind šŸ˜‰

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    Gingey Bites
    5th May 2016

    Wow! I’ve never tried nettles but this sounds fascinating! I’d love to try them šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      5th May 2016

      Nettles are one of the most delicious wild weeds IMHO and with incredible edibles in Bristol, you must be able to find some.

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    Kavey
    5th May 2016

    What an absolutely fantastic idea, love the idea of making a powder from nettles, a great way of preserving the crop for use at other times of the year and to be able to use it in more ways. So clever!

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    Janice Pattie
    5th May 2016

    Great idea for the dehydrator, we are awash with nettles already, so I may be drying some myself!

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      Choclette
      5th May 2016

      I think you’ll find it’s a lot quicker than sweet potatoes Janice šŸ˜‰

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    Stuart Vettese
    5th May 2016

    I must get into these smoothie bowl – they look very tempting indeed. Loving the dehydrator

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      Choclette
      8th May 2016

      It makes a nice change to sit down and eat something out of a bowl for breakfast Stuart šŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      8th May 2016

      Thanks Nayna. We have a lot of smoothies, but rarely have them in a bowl. It makes a nice change.

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    Chris @thinlyspread
    6th May 2016

    Gosh, what a BRILLIANT idea! This never occurred to me! I shall have to don my gloves and head out for a forage – very brave of you going without, I can’t stand being stung!

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      Choclette
      8th May 2016

      It’s a hazard of living in the countryside Chris and something I had to get used to at a very early age, but it’s not very pleasant. I wear gloves when picking nettles, unlike CT who does it bare handed, but as I was snipping with scissors, I thought I’d be OK!

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    Urvashi
    7th May 2016

    What a brilliant idea! I went on a foraging walk once and the guide told us how nutritious nettle seeds were. I love your green powder. I’m going to make some for my cafe menu!!

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      Choclette
      8th May 2016

      Nettle seeds sound interesting Urvashi, but a bit of a nightmare to collect, I suspect. Love the idea of you using nettle powder in your cafe šŸ™‚

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    11th May 2016

    Your nettle powder was such a good idea Choclette and a really nutritious addition to smoothies. Excellent!!!

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    Poppy
    19th May 2016

    I’m intrigued by your dried orange powder, is this one you made yourself?

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      Choclette
      19th May 2016

      I was going to try doing it myself now I’ve got the dehydrator, but this lot was done by my mother. She dries the peel on the back of the aga and then blitzes it. I use it in smoothies, in bakes and sprinkled on muesli.

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      Choclette
      18th April 2017

      Thanks Agness. At this time of year I can get my nettles fresh, but for most of the year the powder is really useful.

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    Janice
    5th May 2017

    Thi s is such a clever way to use nettles. I need to get my dehydrator on the go and dry some nettles.

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