Words by Gina Smith; Video by Carrie Eidson
With little more than creativity and a food processor, anyone can make tasty and nutritious “bliss bites” for snacking or holiday gifting, says ethnobotanist Marc Williams.
Williams’ says we can consider bliss bites to be more of a genre than a specific recipe — using any blend of dried fruit, nuts, seeds, natural sweeteners and nut butters for endless experimentation and flavor combinations. In this Web Bites video, Williams demonstrates in the test kitchen at Selina Naturally in Arden how to get started preparing this simple but impressive-looking treat.
Williams is the executive director of Plants and Healers International and is on the board of directors of the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies. His mentor was the late herbalist and ethnobotanist Frank Cook. He teaches classes throughout Western North Carolina and shares his knowledge of plants, people and their interface at botanyeveryday.com. — Gina Smith