Daniell Bliss, Bliss Nut Butters Founder

From Chia Seed Peanut Butter to Hazelnut Cranberry Butter, Bliss Nut Butter's founder Daniell Bliss has created the 'holy grail" of nut butters. Her sweet and savory Hazelnut Crusted Salmon is an absolute must try recipe!

 Three of Bliss Nut Butter's unique, addictive products.

Three of Bliss Nut Butter's unique, addictive products.

From Chia Seed Peanut Butter to Hazelnut Cranberry Butter, Bliss Nut Butter's founder Daniell Bliss has created the 'holy grail" of nut butters. The course ground process used creates the perfect texture, which is simply flavored with honey and sea salt. The products lend themselves to simple, healthy recipes, many of which are shared below. Best of all, the company uses sustainable and reusable glass jars and powers its production solely by wind power. Talk about wellness company #goals....

 Love the sunflower seed butter with banana and chia and the cashew butter with strawberries and raw coconut flakes. 

Love the sunflower seed butter with banana and chia and the cashew butter with strawberries and raw coconut flakes. 

Why Bliss Nut Butters? What inspired you to create this health food line? 

I have degree in public health and have always had an acclivity towards health and nutrition. Five years ago as an avid trialthloner who had a couple of marathons under my belt, I was fueling my body with nut butters for my long runs. "Grind your own" was boring, but I knew that I didn't want Jif or Skippy (JUNK), so I starting making my own. I added the honey for the slow releasing "good" sugars, the sea-salt for the minerals, and it turned out to be pure "Bliss" (plus that is my last name!). I was giving them away as gifts and my husband's mother said we should start selling these. I looked at her like she was crazy, but my husband said let's give it a go. Here we are 5 years later with 7 sku's, 10 states, 500 stores, 14 farmer's markets and our own production facility. We are a husband and wife team, working to grow our brand organically.  

What makes Bliss Nut Butters unique in terms of your products and company?  

We are unique because we do a fresh ground process. Most nut butters are milled, but ours are course ground, which lends that beautiful texture. We also use glass jars and have a local recycling program where we sanitize and re-use our jars! We source renewable energy over all lowering our carbon footprint (we just pay more for wind or water energy in the Northwest). 

What is your wellness philosophy? How does the nutritional value of your products play into that? 

Nutrition and overall wellness is a huge part of our business. As a matter of fact, I am starting to study for my nutrition therapist license. We believe that 80% of health is through nutrition but it is a full circle of balance from spiritual, mental, exercise and overall well being. I am always telling people that not all fats and sugars are created equal. I try to make sure we only use natural sugars, even the cranberries are sweetened with unsweetened apple juice. I love how each nut has different health properties and honey is so great in many ways! Sea-Salt is so important as well. 

Can you share a favorite recipe that uses one of your nut butters?

I have so many, I would have to say it is a toss up between the salads and the squash. I try to create simple healthy easy recipes that fit into everyone's schedule. Our Sunflower butter with balsamic, dried figs and fennels tossed with greens is a great salad too. 

I tried and made a few Bliss Nut Butters Recipes and the Hazelnut Crusted Salmon was my favorite!

 I used 2 cloves of garlic, hazelnut butter and oil, as suggested. The recipe gives crushed red pepper as an optional addition. After crushing the cloves and combining, I spread the mixture onto the filets. 

I used 2 cloves of garlic, hazelnut butter and oil, as suggested. The recipe gives crushed red pepper as an optional addition. After crushing the cloves and combining, I spread the mixture onto the filets. 

 After being baked for 10 minutes at 425 degrees, the hazelnut crusted salmon goes perfectly alongside some raw greens dressed simply with olive oil, lemon and herbs. 

After being baked for 10 minutes at 425 degrees, the hazelnut crusted salmon goes perfectly alongside some raw greens dressed simply with olive oil, lemon and herbs.