Stinging Nettle Crepes
Crepes are very nostalgic to me! My grandmother taught me how to make them when I was young and I continued making them for many years after. I made them every father’s day for years. Since then, I have strayed from the basic recipe by adding spinach, stinging nettle, and turmeric to them at times. Here is a fantastic way to enjoy green crepes plus all the added nutrients from stinging nettles!
Nettle is a nutrient-dense plant full of much needed vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that are most likely missing from our modern day diets. She is a powerful source of calcium, manganese, magnesium, vitamin K, carotenoids, and protein. These nutrients can help restore health in a variety of ways. Due to the mineral content of this plant, nettle is a great choice when trying to strengthen bones, hair, nails, and teeth. She gives us energy and is a reliable way to boost iron levels. As herbalist David Hoffman would say, “When in doubt, choose nettle.” So we’re choosing nettle today!
Nettle Crepe Recipe
1 cup flour
1 cup fresh nettles leaves (best to harvest the tops of the plant in the spring)
1 cup milk
1 T maple syrup
1 ½ T coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Butter for pan
- First, you’ll want to add the milk and nettles to a blender and pulse until it’s well blended and green!
- Melt the coconut oil if it’s solid
- I’m a one bowl kind of gal, so with that said I literally add everything in and mix. I believe the proper way would be to mix the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients separately and slowly combine. Do what’s best for you! Mix until there are no clumps.
- Melt butter in pan over medium/medium low heat.
- Place about ¼ cup of mixture in pan. Unless you have a fancy crepe maker, you’ll need to pick the pan up and move it around so the batter thins out. It’s a bit of a workout!
- Let it cook for a few minutes on each side.
- Serve with maple syrup and enjoy!
Some other toppings that might be tasty include: honey, plain ol’ butter, jelly or jam, fresh fruit, lemon juice and a sprinkle of sugar, Nutella, or Elderberry Syrup