Nettle Energy Balls

I made this Nettle Energy Balls recipe for our local Sidmouth Sustainable Funday event. Out of all the cakes and biscuits, these raw sweets went down extremely well, and we sold out within a couple of hours.

Nettle Energy Balls Recipe Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of dates
  • 4 ounces of soaked sunflower seeds (soak 3 ounces of dried sunflower seeds and leave overnight, then drain and rinse, then leave for a few hours to dry slightly)
  • 6 teaspoons of chopped raw nettle (Important: Put the nettle tops and leaves in a food processor with a ‘S’ blade and chop very fine. It should look like finely chopped parsley… and no they won’t sting once they have been chopped.)
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons of coconut oil

Nettle Energy Balls Recipe Instructions

You can play with this stuff you know… like experiment… get yer fingers, face and each other mucky. Oh go on… become undomesticated in the kitchen!

  1. Put the soaked sunflower seeds and the chopped raw nettle into a food processor with an ‘S’ blade. Smash up until roughly chopped.
  2. Now add the dates and coconut oil to the food processor and make that machine whizz until mixture is rough but verging on fine as well. Complex eh?
  3. Take a deep teaspoon (most teaspoons appear flat these days) and scoop out a rounded amount of the nettle and date mixture, and roll between the palms of your hands into balls.
  4. Place on plate and put into your refrigerator for an hour or so, at least as long as it takes for them to “firm up”.
  5. Enjoy!

Further reading: Traditional and Modern Use of Stinging Nettle


  1. Hi, You only soak 3 ounces of sunflower seeds? But you don’t say what to do with the other ounce?

    Would love to know as am planning on making a batch tomorrow for a guided walk I am doing.

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