We Love Nut Free Bakeries and Restaurants!
Allergy aware bakeries and dining establishments give families living with food allergies peace of mind that is just priceless.
Disclaimer: Obviously, I haven’t been to many of the following places and cannot vouch for their allergen safety procedures, ingredients, taste, or value. Keep in mind that an allergen friendly business can change owners, ingredients, or recipes at any time. And because I do not know the nature of the allergies you are avoiding, please visit their website, call and ask questions to verify safety before serving or consuming. I’ve created this list as a general resource for Nut Free Wok readers to use to begin their own research. I have not been compensated by any of the following establishments. I have noted any personal connections below, all opinions are my own.
Regardless of whether you need an allergy safe treat to send for a school party, desserts for a special occasion, meeting a friend for coffee or lunch, or just passing through while on vacation, we need to know about these kinds of businesses in our communities. I love that there are business owners who are committed to allergy safety procedures to provide an invaluable service to people who live with life threatening food allergies and their friends and family.
I think for most people “nut free” means that there is no intentional addition of nuts in the ingredients. But for a person with life threatening allergies, “nut free” has to mean free of nuts as well as traces from potential cross contact from a wandering spatula, shared equipment, ingredients with allergen advisories, etc.. It’s important to learn how to evaluate any bakery or dining establishment and then to vet them to establish safety.
How do we know if a bakery or restaurant is allergy safe for us?
Most bakeries are not safe as the risk of cross contact with allergens are too high. However there are some allergy friendly bakeries available and when available, I look at their website.
- First I look at their menu options and see if any of their products contain obvious allergens that I need to avoid.
- Do they use any red flag items such as candy toppings which are known to be labeled with allergen advisories, such as “may contain peanuts.”
- Then I look at their home page, about page, FAQ, and/or nutrition page to look for a statement that describes what allergens they are free from and to see if they can describe their reasons for having a nut free or other allergen free bakery.
I have come across some bakeries that are peanut free but not tree nut free, some are tree nut free but not peanut free, some are gluten and nut free, some are gluten free but use almond flour as a gluten free flour substitution. There are all kinds of permutations of how they might be allergen free so we have to be alert to the possibilities and don’t assume anything! If the establishment still looks promising then I will ask questions.
Digging deeper with a conversation:
When talking with a bakery or dining establishment, it goes without saying to always be polite and to respect their time. Call or visit during non-peak times to speak with a manager. We need to pay it forward and make it easy for the next person to have their questions answered. Since we are a nut free family and avoid traces of all peanuts and tree nuts, here are some questions I might have when looking at a website or talking with a bakery owner. You can substitute or add other allergens you are avoiding, and depending on the answers and your personal comfort level you either keep asking or thank them for their time and say goodbye. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, your questions are a reflection of consumer needs and can shape the restaurant and food industries.
- Do any of your pastries/dishes contain peanuts or tree nuts (such as almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, etc..)?
- Do you use ingredients that are derivatives of peanuts or tree nuts such as peanut butter, almond extract, chocolate hazelnut spreads, etc.?
- Do you use ingredients with allergen advisories or call your suppliers or distributors to check for allergen advisories for any chance of cross-contact from being made on shared equipment or shared facilities?
- What procedures do you have in place to limit cross contact of allergens? This is an example of an open ended question and some great responses that I have heard include we bake the most allergy sensitive items first thing in the morning, we bought all new equipment without seams (so that allergens aren’t lodged in the cracks), we have visited the manufacturer (of a company that makes gluten free flour and nut flours) and are assured that their gluten free flours are free from cross contact with the nut flours.
Triple check by cross referencing other sources
- City or county health inspection reports are important. If a dining establishment can’t keep up with the basics of health and safety, they won’t be able to meet the needs of a food allergic customer. Check Yelp reviews and see what others have to say, hit “control + F” and search results for “allergy” and see if any allergic diners had comments.
- Have you heard of Allergy Eats and YoDish? Both are fantastic resources. When I travel, I use Allergy Eats to quickly zero in on allergy friendly restaurants. YoDish is a phone app that users can share their dining out experiences with others who have dietary restrictions.
Nut Free Wok reader Lucy shared an adorable photo of her son intently looking at allergy friendly pastries, “…he’s in front of the glass case looking in. He looks at me and says “Mama, I can have anything??- in disbelief- Are you sure??” 🙂 Their story was truly really sweet and resonated with many readers, a few confessed to being teary-eyed (me too!). Nut free bakeries make kids (and food allergy moms and dads) happy and they touch our lives. These bakeries and restaurants are a part of our birthdays, weddings, baby showers, graduations, and every other celebration.
They deserve our support so I updated my Pinterest board, “We <3 Nut Free Bakeries & Restaurants” and pinned the nut free establishments’ home pages or allergen info pages as best as I could. I also asked Nut Free Wok’s readers on Facebook and Twitter for their suggestions, please go visit the thread and this thread from May, 2015 to read each others comments and discussion (THANK YOU!!). But there were so many great places all mixed in together, I decided to create a page here organized by country and/or state.
Update regarding whether coconut is considered a tree nut or not:
I refer to information listed on ACAAI’s website and for the purposes of this list, bakeries that use coconut aren’t excluded.
Coconut is not a botanical nut; it is classified as a fruit, even though the Food and Drug Administration recognizes coconut as a tree nut. While allergic reactions to coconut have been documented, most people who are allergic to tree nuts can safely eat coconut. If you are allergic to tree nuts, talk to your allergist before adding coconut to your diet.
Latest update: August 16, 2017 I update this post about once a year. If you have any suggestions, please add them to the comments below so that others can see your suggestions in between updates. Thanks!
Little Rock – Dempsey’s Bakery Gluten, Wheat, Soy & Nut Free
Burlingame – Rachel’s Cake Nut Free (uses coconut)
This is where I buy cakes for our family’s special occasions. Their cakes are four layers tall (!) and I love their cake pops (much easier to manage!). They are nut free and use chocolate by Guittard’s (read allergen statement here). Must order cakes and dairy free orders with advance notice.
Capitola – Melinda’s Gluten Free gluten and peanut free (no mention of using tree nuts) with dairy free and vegan options.
Eureka – Natural Decadence gluten, eggs, dairy, & nut free (some products contain soy), available at Whole Foods
Fountain Valley & San Clemente – Sensitive Sweets gluten, dairy, egg, soy, and nut free
Los Angeles – Break Away Gluten/Wheat, Dairy/ Casein, Peanuts, Soy*,Treenuts*, and Gums. (disclaimer explains potential cross contact for soy and tree nut)
San Diego – Starry Lane Bakery new location in San Diego (they moved from Santee). Free from top allergens: gluten, peanut, tree nut, egg, dairy, soy.
San Luis Obispo – Sweet Alexis Bakery Dairy, egg, peanut, tree nut free
San Mateo – Sibby’s Cupcakery Nut Free (uses coconut). This is where I buy nut free cupcakes for my family, gluten free versions are also available. I needed dairy free cupcakes in a hurry and purchased carrot cakes and chocolate cakes without frosting, Sibby saved the day!
Boulder – Inglorious Monk Bakery free of Gluten, Dairy, Nuts, Eggs, Soy, GMOs, Artificial Flavors & Colors, Bean Flour, Lentil Flour, and more
Nancy, the owner, is my friend and she sent me some whoopie pie as a gift. Call me Goldilocks, the whoopie bites were just the right size for me! However, my son enjoyed cutting slices from a giant 12 person sized whoopie pie over a few days. Thanks, Nancy!! <3
Glastonbury – Dee’s One Smart Cookie gluten, dairy, tree nut, peanut, and soy free, and non-GMO
Windsor – Moneta Moments LLC Peanut free and allergen friendly
Miami – Kelly Family Bakery Free of nuts, peanuts, dairy, and eggs
Atlanta – Cake in the Box Bakery is Atlanta’s 1st Nut Free Bakery, 100% nut free with some gluten free and vegan (dairy and egg free) options.
Roswell – Gluten Free Cutie – dedicated peanut free, gluten free, egg free, dye free facility. Uses coconut, has some dairy free options.
Lahaina, Maui – We were able to safely dine out in Maui but not necessarily at nut free restaurants. See my reviews from our trip to Maui.
Mount Prospect – Nutphrees Peanut and tree nut free
Overland Park – Mama Resch’s Free of gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, peanut, tree nut, corn, preservatives, artificial color.
Louisville – Annie May’s Sweet Cafe peanut and gluten free, tree nut free except for use of coconut.
Annapolis – Caroline’s Cakes nut and gluten free
Elliot City – One Dish Cuisine Gluten (Wheat, Rye, Barley), Oats, Soy, Eggs, Fish, Shellfish, Sesame, Peanuts and Tree Nuts (except Coconut in very limited products).
Potomac – Breadsmith of Potomac (this location only) peanut and tree nut free (scroll all the way to the bottom of the website)
Beverly Farms – Half Baked Cafe of Beverly Farms nut free bakery and restaurant
Boston – Ming Tsai’s Blue Ginger is allergy aware but not nut free, the restaurant has some nut containing dishes on the menu. However they have a Food Allergy Reference Book, which is a system they have in place to handle multiple allergens. We had dinner there summer 2016 and had a safe and delicious meal. I would describe it as an Asian fusion style restaurant.
Danvers – Cakes for Occasions nut free
Haverhill – Cakes by Erin nut free, uses coconut per FAQ
Hingham – Sadie Mae’s Cupcake Cafe nut free, with gluten free and vegan options
Newton – Blacker’s Bakeshop Nut free, dairy-free, and kosher
Detroit area – The Bake Station (locations at Southfield and Farmington Hills) Peanut, tree nut, dairy free and kosher. Egg-free and gluten-free options are available.
Royal Oak – Motown Freedom Bakery free of the top 8 most-common allergens: wheat, dairy, egg, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. MFB treats are also free of corn, sesame, xanthan and guar gums.
Minnetonka – YoYo Donuts & Coffee Bar peanut and tree nut free, they do use coconut
Las Vegas – Dreamy Desserts peanut and tree nut free
Las Vegas – South Point Hotel is not nut free but my friend, award winning Chef Keith Norman, has developed an food allergen management program at South Point that is innovative with delicious results.
Montclair – The Little Daisy Bake Shop peanut and tree nut free but can’t guarantee safety, please call to discuss any concerns.
Denville – Mo’Pweeze Bakery Top 8 allergen and sesame free. Also available my mail order and farmers market in surrounding areas in northern NJ.
Albuquerque – Fano Bread Company nut free, see Ivy’s comment below.
Bellmore & New York City (Madison Square Garden) – Bare Naked Bakery & Cafe Gluten and Nut Free (accepts online orders)
Hicksville – Allie’s Gluten Free Goodies Dedicated tree nut free/peanut free facility (no sesame or coconut either!)
Lynbrook – The Sweet Peace (website under construction, link goes to their Facebook page) Peanut, tree nut, and seed free facility with options to accommodate other allergens.
New York City – A La Mode Shoppe – Peanut and tree nut free ice cream, with gluten free and dairy free options
New York City – Donut Pub – “Nut Aware” they don’t use nuts in their ingredients and check their supplies as best as possible. Located near Chelsea Market with shipping options. Serves donuts and other sweets, bagels, sandwiches, etc..
New York City – Eleni’s peanut and tree nut free, in a dedicated facility, with allergen testing procedures in place. Located near Chelsea Market
Oceanside – The Pretzel Stop – nut free
Troy – Yumi Sweets available for local pick up or online orders, peanut, tree nut and gluten free
Wantag – Zuckerbaker’s Bake Shop peanut, tree nut, sesame, dairy and lactose free
Raleigh – Daylight Donuts appears to be a chain but this specific francise on Credmore Rd. is peanut and tree nut free. The company’s main page has a peanut covered donut on it but the Raleigh store is peanut and tree nut free.
Columbus – Cherbourgh Bakery – free of gluten, nuts, and dyes
Columbus – Nut Free Sweets, peanut and tree nut free, accepts online orders too
Columbus – Soodles Bake Shop – almost top 8 free (coconut present)
Philadelphia – Sweet Freedom Peanut, dairy, egg, soy, and corn free. They do use coconut oil but no other tree nuts. Some readers expressed concerns about allergen advisories on some ingredients, I’ve linked to their allergy FAQ page.
Southhampton – Sweet Megan Bakery top 8 allergen free
Cranston – A&J Bakery Nuts and gluten free
Pawtucket – Awesome Sweets Nut free with dairy free options (really nice reviews on Yelp too)
Burlington – KoffeeKup Bakery nut free but allergen info not available online. A reader recommended the bakery and shared an email, “Yes, our facility is completely nut free. There are no nuts or nut products allowed in our facility at all. This ban extends to food in the break room vending machines and even to employee snacks and lunches brought from home.“)
Grand Isle – Vermont Nut Free Chocolates – I love their nut free chocolates and have ordered them by mail but recently found out from VNFC that they have a retail location at 10 Island Circle!
Delivery to DC area – The Lemonade Bakery Peanut, tree nut, and egg free
Chesapeake – The Food Allergy Bakery, dedicated wheat & nut free facility with top 8 free options. Mentions almond flavoring but not derived from tree nuts.
King George area – Cool Cats Cupcakes peanut, tree nut, egg, dairy free, with gluten free options. It’s not clear on the website whether products are made in a professional or home kitchen. See Kari’s comment below.
Springfield – The Joy of Cupcakes nut free. Website is still under construction but I see cute cake pops on their Facebook page.
Seattle – Little Rae’s Bakery peanut and tree nut free
Georgetown – Dog Tag Bakery – nut free, serves pastries and lunch items, and also provides education and support for military vets.
Washington, DC – Baked By Yael – nut free, offers cake pops and bagels and more. Has gluten free and vegan options (dairy and egg free) available.
Corsos Cookies – Nut Free
Red Plate Foods – Nut free, vegan, soy free, gluten free, GMO free
Kelly Family Bakery – online & in grocery stores, peanut, tree nut, egg, and dairy free
Sweet Debbies Organic Cupcakes – free of top 8 allergen, gluten, sesame and refined sugar
Fancy Pants Bakery – online & in grocery stores, nut free, GMO free
Rebecca’s Nut Free – nut free, available in stores and venues in Massachusetts and by mail
Barrie, ON – Cakes by Design The cookie page only indicates peanut free but no mention of tree nuts or other allergens. See Lucie’s comment below.
Calgary – Bliss Cupcakes Nut free
Calgary – Cake Bake Shop Peanut and tree nut free, with gluten free options.
Montreal – Cho’cola Bakeshop peanut and tree nut free
Niagra Falls – Joe & Laurie’s Restaurant nut free restaurant
Ottawa – The Best Cake Shop nut free
Ottawa – Strawberry Blonde Bakery Nut free (with the exception of coconut), dairy free, egg free, and gluten free, with some soy-free options. I love that they try to use organic ingredients whenever possible.
Scarborough, ON – Good For You Desserts nut free
Toronto – Cake Pop Store nut free
Toronto – It’s the Icing on the Cake nut free according to their website
Toronto – Short and Sweet Cupcakes nut free (with gluten free and vegan options)
Winnipeg – Sweet Impressions, 100% nut free with some egg and dairy free options.
Chipotle – nut free, “We do not use eggs, mustard, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, shellfish, or fish as ingredients in our food.”
Mod Pizza – nut free, including pesto sauce.
What is your experience with the places listed? Do you have a nut-free and allergy aware bakery or restaurant in your community, tell us about it in the comments below.
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