Summer is perfect time for foraging stinging nettles. Stinging Nettles are they’re easy to identify and grow in abundance. It is not called stinging nettle for no reason. They really sting when touched. Remember to wear gloves when you pick nettles. Stinging nettles are best when picked young, but you can choose to pick the top 4-6 leaves of a grown plant too. Try not to pick stinging nettles near roads, composts, or polluted areas, as the plants absorb harmful nitrogen from soil and air.
Remember to use gloves or tongs when you’re handling stinging nettles. The plants can be boiled or crushed to get rid of the sting.
If you are new to picking wild herbs or are looking for inspiration check out my recipe for Bishop’s Weed Goat Cheese Quiche.
Stinging nettles are extremely healthy. They are very rich in Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and Vitamin A. They also contain a lot of iron and Vitamin B-6. You can read about the 11 Amazing Benefits of Stinging nettle from here.
What I love about these pancakes is that they are so versatile. You can make them big or small, thin or thick, or you can eat them with sweet jam or fill them with a savory filling. Even as sweet pancakes they are healthier version than regular ones. For myself I like to make them more like big crepes and use them as a wrap.
Usually I make these pancakes for my almost 2-year old toddler. She loves these pancakes. Usually I make a larger patch and put 2-4 of them in small zip lock bags and store them in the freezer. That way if I need something quick to feed my daughter or need a snack to take on the go, I can just grab a bag from the freezer. I usually pack these with us on train riders or flights since they make very little mess and taste just as good when they are cold.
These iron rich and yummy Stinging Nettle Pancakes are quick and simple to make. You only need a few ingredients. The secret to really giving them a yummy flavor is frying them in butter instead of oil.
Serve the pancakes with maple syrup or sprinkle some sugar on top. If you’d like an authentic Finnish experience enjoy them with lingonberry jam.
Toddler Approved Stinging Nettle Pancakes
- 2,5 cups free stinging nettle leaves can be substituted with spinach
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 1,5 cup flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Wash and drain the stinging nettle leaves (you can poach them quickly if you wish)
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth
Heat a drizzle of butter in a large, non-stick pan over a medium heat and spoon in a ladleful of batter.
Cook for 1-2 mins or until bubbles appear, then flip over for 1 min more or until cooked. Repeat until you have about 20 pancakes.
- For a dairy free version milk can be substituted with oat milk or nut milk
- If you don't happen to have stinging nettle growing in your backyard or you've lost your garden gloves, spinach works just as well.
- You can also use dried stinging nettle. Just use a little more liquid and let the batter sit longer so that the stinging nettle can absorb moisture in it.
If you make this recipe don’t forget to snap a photo and tag it #aspoonfuloffun. I would love to know how you like to enjoy yours!