How to Make an Amazing Nettle Fruit Leather

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

This recipe for nettle fruit leather is one of my own concoctions. The idea came to me while pondering on what I could do with the nettle residue you are left with, when making Stinging Nettle Cordial. That recipe uses 200g of Nettles, and once they have steeped you discard them, which seems such a waste, so I got my thinking cap on and this is what I came up with!

 

This is our own original recipe for nettle fruit leather. The nettles pair perfectly with the apple and pear and the kids absolutely love this healthy snack

 

My kids absolutely love fruit leather, we make it often and have shared recipes with you in the past – both in a traditional snack form with our Apple and Plum Fruit Leather, and also in the slightly grosser guise of Edible Fruit Scabs. It really is an easy, healthy snack to make, and vastly superior to the over-priced shop bought varieties.

What we used for our Nettle Fruit Leather

The leftover strained nettles from our Nettle Cordial (which was originally 200g of nettle tops)
4 large Bramley Apples
4 Large Pears
300mls Water

 

This is our own original recipe for nettle fruit leather. The nettles pair perfectly with the apple and pear and the kids absolutely love this healthy snack.

 

The cordial that the nettle residue came from contained citric acid. If I was making the leather with fresh nettles, and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t, I would probably add the juice of a lemon. The cordial also had a very high sugar content, so I felt our puree was sweet enough, but the nettle fruit leather can easily be sweetened to taste.

 

This is our own original recipe for nettle fruit leather. The nettles pair perfectly with the apple and pear and the kids absolutely love this healthy snack

 

Wash, core and cut your fruit into chunks. I didn’t bother peeling ours on this occasion. Add the nettles and water and cook until soft, then puree the mixture with a handheld blender. If you want to add sugar, honey or another sweetener to taste do it now.

 

This is our own original recipe for nettle fruit leather. The nettles pair perfectly with the apple and pear and the kids absolutely love this healthy snack

 

I use food wrap to line my trays as I find the finished leather peels off much more easily than with paper. Pour the puree on to the sheet and stick it into a cool oven set as low as you can – you are aiming to dry it, not cook it. It can take anything from about 8hrs to about 16hrs to totally dry out – I gave ours about 6 hours in the bottom of our Aga, then left it out overnight, covered with a mesh food cover, to finish drying.

 

This is our own original recipe for nettle fruit leather. The nettles pair perfectly with the apple and pear and the kids absolutely love this healthy snack

 

As you can see from the pictures, this leather has a very rustic appearance. I was slightly concerned that the kids would take one look at it and refuse to try it, but they absolutely love it. In fact, I am having to be careful that they don’t eat too much of it in one sitting, bearing in mind that nettles are a new addition to their diet!

 

This is our own original recipe for nettle fruit leather. The nettles pair perfectly with the apple and pear and the kids absolutely love this healthy snack

 

I would love to know what you think of our recipe, and whether it’s something you will be trying. Nettles are hugely nutritious, with all sorts of health benefits, so I am delighted to have come up with a recipe for them, which the kids are so keen to eat. If you are looking for more inspiring recipes for nettles that kids will love why not try our Stinging Nettle Crisps.

 

This is our own original recipe for nettle fruit leather. The nettles pair perfectly with the apple and pear and the kids absolutely love this healthy snack

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39 comments

Stephanie September 3, 2018 - 2:09 pm

I make a lot of nettle infusions from dry leaves. Do you think I could use the leftover tea leaves for this if I added a sweetner? I would love to find a use for them.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders September 3, 2018 - 2:25 pm

I think they would work very well Stephanie. What I would do is freeze the tea leaves until you have enough to make a batch (you can of course put in as much or little as you want) that way you wouldn’t need to dry them again or worry about them spoiling – please let me know how it works out 🙂

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Linda at Mixed Kreations February 26, 2017 - 11:05 pm

My kids loved fruit leather when they were young. I think that it is so cool that you use plants to make up your recipes. But stinging nettle, the only thing about it I know it to stay out of it. I learned that at a young age. LOL

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 7, 2017 - 8:07 am

I used to be a bit wary of stinging nettles too Linda, but that’s why they are great for foraging – you can always identify them!

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Kellie February 22, 2017 - 2:17 am

I have never seemed to have success with making my own. Yours looks so good! Kudos to you for your success. I should try again.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 23, 2017 - 12:17 pm

It is such a great snack for kids Kellie, mine love it – let me know if you try it again 🙂

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Michelle February 21, 2017 - 5:01 pm

We don’t really have stinging nettles in South Africa, but I’m very keen to try make some of these with our own indigenous edible plants. We call them vrugte rollitjies here and my kids love them. It’s such a lovely snack and so healthy too.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 23, 2017 - 12:14 pm

It is a great snack, and perfect for carrying around. In your climate it must be easy to dry them too. I’d love to see what fruits and plants you have available to you – you’ll have to make some Michelle and show us:)

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