Test Your Mettle with this Nettle Tonic

Nettle Smoothie

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I am having such fun with my Froothie super speed blender. Mostly, I’ve only used it so far for making smoothies, but smoothies I’d never have been able to make in my old blender. I’ve already posted about my kefir raw cacao and goji berry smoothie. Today I thought I’d try nettles.

At this time of year, after the dark days of winter and hearty food, I start craving nettles. They are said to be a blood cleanser and general spring tonic. They have long been used in herbal medicine and  are meant to be helpful in easing or curing arthritis, asthma, bladder infections, gout, kidney stones and many other ailments. Luckily, spring is the ideal time to pick nettles, you want them young and tender. Just pick the tips (top 4 leaves). If you go out foraging for nettles, do try to pick them off road so they are not polluted and away from dog activity would be good too. I’m a bit of a wuss and require gloves when picking, but CT does the manly thing and plucks them with his bare hands. The theory is, if you grasp the nettles firmly, they won’t sting you, especially when they are young. Usually, I use nettles to make soups and use as a general spinach type substitute in dishes, I have never eaten them raw before – until now.

I was a little tentative when taking the first sip, just in case the stings were still active, but not at all. It was beautifully smooth. It had a slight bitter note and tasted like it was good for you, but it was by no means unpleasant and I shall most certainly be repeating the experiment. 

Spring Tonic Nettle Smoothie
Serves 2
A dairy free, smooth creamy green pick-me-up smoothie with slight bitter notes.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 750 ml coconut milk (or milk of your choice).
  2. small handful of nettles
  3. 4 medjool dates
  4. 1 heaped teaspoon of pumpkin seed butter (or use nut butter of your choice)
  5. 1 tsp of barley grass powder
Instructions
  1. Place everything in a blender and whiz at high speed for 20 seconds.
  2. Pour into glasses and enjoy.
Notes
  1. Serves 2 in 500ml glasses, 4 in 250ml glasses and 8 in 125ml glasses.
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39 Comments

  1. Jacqueline Meldrum

    19th March 2015 at 10:32 am

    I’ve never used nettles in cooking before but I’ve heard they are good. I am loving your recipe and the new blog. Looking good!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th March 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Jac, cooked nettles are delicious and so good for you too – just make sure they are young and tender.

      Reply
  2. Sarah

    19th March 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Ive never heard of using nettles in cooling before either! Im intrigued.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th March 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Nettle soup is one of my favourites Sarah – well worth trying.

      Reply
  3. Elizabeth

    19th March 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Intriguing! I bet this tastes fantastic. I will have to keep an eye out for the nettles growing!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      21st March 2015 at 6:50 pm

      There’s nothing like a bit of foraging to make you feel good Elizabeth 😉

      Reply
  4. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    19th March 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Never used nettles before, but you have me intrigued!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th March 2015 at 9:26 pm

      Ah, you haven’t lived Dorothy 😉

      Reply
  5. Kellie@foodtoglow

    19th March 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Ah, so this is what you did with those nettles you mentioned on Twitter! I have not yet made a nettle smoothie, picking them mainly for risottos, fritters (with wild garlic), soup and pesto. You have opened my eyes! I picked some today and have them earmarked for a recipe I’m developing for Easter, but as I live in the woods, I can just go out and pick some more for a smoothie. I would never pick without gloves either. 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th March 2015 at 9:25 pm

      We had soup last night with most of them Kellie, I just saved a few for this morning. Nettle soup is one of my favourites, but I use them for virtually anything you’d use spinach in. Pesto is an interesting one as that’s raw too.

      Reply
  6. Christine

    19th March 2015 at 7:30 pm

    I had no idea nettles could be eaten. I wonder where I can find some…

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th March 2015 at 9:27 pm

      Gosh Christine, nettles grow pretty much everywhere, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find some – or at least they do here in the UK.

      Reply
  7. Janice

    19th March 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Yes, the nettles are starting to grow already, we have plenty of them on the farm! I made a quiche with nettles last year and it was great, just like spinach. I’m hoping to do more nettle cooking this year and loved the Nettle and lemon cake I saw posted recently.

    Your smoothie looks very healthy and a simple way to get some greens.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      19th March 2015 at 9:28 pm

      I made nettle and lemon cakes last year Janice and they were great. I amazed everyone with the green colour and kept them guessing as to what was in them.

      Reply
  8. Jenny

    20th March 2015 at 11:58 am

    Loving the new look blog, looking forward to seeing your expanded range!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      20th March 2015 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you Jenny, much appreciated 🙂

      Reply
  9. Kath

    20th March 2015 at 5:04 pm

    I like the sound of this, especially if it gets rid of some of the nettles. I love nettle soup too.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      21st March 2015 at 9:15 am

      Nettle soup is one of my all time favourites Kath. This smoothie is a bit more in your face, but definitely no sting 🙂

      Reply
  10. Louise

    21st March 2015 at 8:16 am

    I always thought cooking with nettles was a made up thing!! I’m wanting to try it myself now lol

    Louise x

    With love from Lou

    Reply
    • Choclette

      21st March 2015 at 9:22 am

      Hi Louise, nettles are a wonderful food and make a great substitute for spinach. The sting disappears as soon as it’s cooked and nettle soup is one of my favourites. I wouldn’t try this smoothie until you’ve tried cooked nettles – the taste is much more pronounced.

      Reply
  11. Olivia Jade

    21st March 2015 at 8:38 am

    It’s a fab idea and I’ve never thought to try nettles before, seems like a great use of them!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      21st March 2015 at 9:23 am

      It is indeed Olivia. Not only are nettles full of good things, they are also very tasty. I would try them cooked first before going for a full on smoothie though.

      Reply
  12. WhatLauraLoves

    21st March 2015 at 5:40 pm

    OOh I’m interested to see what this tastes like. I’ve never had nettles before! xxx

    Reply
    • Choclette

      21st March 2015 at 6:55 pm

      If you’ve never had nettles before Laura, I’d go for having them in a soup or some other cooked dish first. If you’re used to adding kale and other greens to smoothies, though, this should be fine.

      Reply
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  14. Sarah James

    22nd March 2015 at 8:31 am

    I pick nettles with gloves too. Never tried them in a smoothie tho, might just give it a try as we have so many nettles growing here at the Kitchen Shed at the moment.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      22nd March 2015 at 8:10 pm

      Nettles, I find are one of those plants that are never very far away Sarah! Let me know how you get on.

      Reply
  15. Kavey

    22nd March 2015 at 8:31 am

    I have a mostly hate hate relationship with nettles, arising from a motorway incident some years ago (suffice to say, stuck for hours, no facilities nearby, hardly even any bushes on the very visible road side, got stung to all hell when taking advantage of the one (thorn-covered) bush I could find).
    I ought to try them edibly, just to get my own back — my fingers were swollen for days, and I was stung all up my legs and um, arse!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      22nd March 2015 at 8:20 pm

      Oh dear Kavey, that doesn’t sound like a fun experience at all, no wonder you’re not keen. Definitely worth trying to get your own back I reckon.

      Reply
  16. Ren Behan

    22nd March 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Beautiful new blog, Choclette! I love your smoothie, I was thinking of using some nettles in my green smoothie recently, but went for pea shoots instead :-))) Not wild, but seasonal and fill of vit C! Glad you are enjoying using your Optimum blender x

    Reply
    • Choclette

      22nd March 2015 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks Ren, so pleased you like it. It still has lots of work to do on it, including the header, but it’s getting there. Pea shoots sound quite delicious. I will try those when (and if) ours get planted. Loving the Optimum 9200 and I’m using it all the time.

      Reply
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  19. Jen

    23rd March 2015 at 7:32 pm

    I’ve had nettle soup before and it was quite nice, wouldn’t have thought to use them in a smoothie though, nice idea and glad to hear they didn’t sting!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd March 2015 at 8:01 pm

      Haha, I was rather glad about that aspect too Jen.

      Reply
  20. Vohn McGuinness

    26th March 2015 at 11:06 am

    Oh yum Choclette! I never thought of using nettles raw as I thought they’d still have their stingers. Must try this. I’m always amazed how botanists seem to have the ability to pick and eat raw nettles without being stung. I think there must be a secret class they all take! 😉

    Reply
    • Choclette

      26th March 2015 at 11:38 am

      Haha, yes you are probably right Vohn. I’m really glad I tried this as I like to get lots of nettles at this time of year and smoothies are such a good way of eating your greens 😉

      Reply
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