Made in Orange County: Nut Butters by Forbidden Superfoods

Photograph by Emily J. Davis

Hand-crafted in small batches, the creamy and nutrient-rich nut butters by Aliso Viejo-based Forbidden Superfoods are made with dried fruit and a mix of pecans, almonds, and cashews ($15 to $22). We love the cranberry flavor with a touch of pumpkin spice. At and select O.C. farmers markets.

Learn more about the brand from owners Brett Timms and Michelle Barbee.

How did Forbidden Superfoods come about?

Forbidden Superfoods was founded as a way to share our healthy creations with others and to prove to skeptical customers that healthy food can taste great. Our mission is to educate the general population about the health benefits of superfoods.

Can you tell us more about your nut butters? What’s unique about the preparation and ingredients?

Our nut butters are handcrafted in small batches. We use lucuma as a superfood sweetener in addition to dried fruit. We have been told there are no other nut butters on the market like ours.

What are the different types of nut butters you offer?

Acai, cranberry, cherry and a raw-sprouted version of each of them.

What are the most popular flavors?

Our raw-sprouted acai nut butter is our top-seller. People tell us it’s addicting.

What other products do you make?

A superfood granola, nut and seed bread, acai blueberry bites, and cherry almond bites.

Working on anything new for 2020?

It’s a secret… It has to do with hemp seeds.

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