We Love Nut Free Bakeries and Restaurants!
Allergy aware and nut free bakeries and dining establishments give families living with nut allergies peace of mind that is just priceless.
Disclaimer: Obviously, I haven’t been to many of the following nut free bakeries and cannot vouch for their allergen safety procedures, ingredients, taste, or value. Keep in mind that nut free bakeries 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 nut free bakeries or restaurants. I have noted any personal connections below, all opinions are my own. Some links might be affiliate links.
We need to know about nut free bakeries in our communities 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. I love that there are owners of nut free bakeries who are committed to nut allergy safety procedures to provide an invaluable service to people who live with life threatening nut 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.
Are They REALLY Nut Free Bakeries or Restaurants?
Most bakeries are not safe as the risk of cross contact with allergens are too high. However there are some allergy friendly or nut free bakeries available and when available, I look at their website.
- 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 an allergen or ingredient statement that describe what allergens they are free from.
- Do they share their reasons for having a nut free or other allergen free bakery? Do they or their loved ones live with life threatening food allergies?
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 bakery still looks promising then I will ask questions.
Double Check Nut Free Bakeries With a Conversation:
When talking with nut free bakeries or restaurants, 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, 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 examples of 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
- 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 online restaurant review sites 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 or Spokin? Both are great fantastic resources. When I travel, I use Allergy Eats to quickly zero in on allergy friendly restaurants. I’ve also downloaded the Spokin app to search for recommendations and their blog often has great lists.
Why Care About Nut Free Bakeries and Restaurants?
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.
Nut free bakeries 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 can. 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.
Is Coconut 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 but if I know that coconut is used in the bakery, I will note it. If you are avoiding coconut (or any other allergens), please clarify with the nut free bakeries before ordering or eating.
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: March 15, 2019
I update this post about once a year. Over the years I add new nut free bakeries and delete some that have closed. If you like having a nut free bakery in your community, tell your friends about them and send them business. If you have any nut free bakery or restaurant suggestions, please add them to the comments below so that others can see your suggestions in between updates, I prefer to add reader recommended bakeries. Thanks!
Mesa – Intentional Foods – top 8 allergen free, sesame free restaurant, bakery, and caterer!
Little Rock – Dempsey’s Bakery Gluten, Wheat, Soy & Nut Free
Burlingame – Rachel’s Cake Nut Free (uses coconut)
Update: under new ownership, please double check for allergen safety before ordering. 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 with dairy free and vegan options. *Update – Even though they will accommodate people with nut allergies, I decided to remove the link because they use pecans in one recipe and are not tree nut free.
Fountain Valley – Sensitive Sweets gluten, dairy, egg, soy, and nut free
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 Mateo – Sibby’s Cupcakery Nut Free (uses coconut). This is where I buy nut free cupcakes for my family. Egg free and gluten free options are also available. I needed dairy free cupcakes in a hurry and purchased carrot cakes and chocolate cakes without frosting, Sibby’s saved the day!
Centennial – The Gluten Escape – gluten free, dairy free, peanut free, soy protein free. They offer egg free, corn free, yeast free, and tree nut free options (check for possible cross-contact).
Centennial – The Makery Cake Company peanut and tree nut free, owner has nut allergies.
Morrison – Allergy Free Baking Company – dedicated gluten free and nut free (except coconut) bakery with options made without dairy, egg, wheat, and/or corn.
Glastonbury – Dee’s One Smart Cookie gluten, tree nut, peanut, and soy free, and non-GMO with dairy free and egg free options.
Norwalk – Izzi B’s Allergen Free Bakery – wholesale bakery, invividual orders available by appointment only; free of gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, eggs, all nuts, and casein. Check website for retail locations in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey.
Ridgefield & Westport locations – The Cake Box – nut free (except coconut), merged with Swoon, a gluten free bakery and their website no longer belongs to The Cake Box (don’t search for it, trust me). Swoon’s gluten free products will be made in a separate area on dedicated equipment.
Trumbull – Cookie Workshop – peanut and tree nut free, with dairy free, egg free, and gluten free options (check for cross contact concerns).
Windsor – Moneta Moments LLC Peanut and tree nut free and allergen friendly
Miami – Bunnie Cakes – peanut free, coconut is the only tree nut they use, vegan, with gluten free options. Lots of allergen information on their website, best to call and talk with them.
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.
Lahaina, Maui – We were able to safely dine out in Maui, the restaurants we picked were nut free or very accommodating. See my reviews from our trip to Maui.
Belleville – Beast Craft BBQ – They do not use any peanuts, tree nuts (including coconut), shellfish on their St. Louis style BBQ menu. Check out their “Custom Menu Planner” and be sure to talk with a manager.
Elk Grove Village, retail locations, and online orders – Nutphrees Peanut and tree nut free treats
Oaklawn – Simply Sweet Creations – peanut and tree nut free with gluten free and vegan options.
Warsaw – Creighton’s Crazy Egg – peanut and tree nut free (except for coconut) with gluten free option café & banquet venue. The coffee syrups (hazelnut, peanut butter & almond) are nut safe using a synthetic flavor. Coconut is the only coffee flavor they use.
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.
Baltimore (greater area) – Poulet Catering – peanut and tree nut facilities (temporarily closed, check website or call). Two restaurants in Lutherville and Hunt Valley, catering services available in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC.
Ellicott City – One Dish Cuisine Free of Dairy, Gluten (Wheat, Rye, Barley), Oats, Soy, Eggs, Fish, Shellfish, Sesame, Peanuts and Tree Nuts (except Coconut in very limited products). Separate dairy free kitchen available.
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 – Jennifer Lee’s Bakery vegan bakery and restaurant and free of gluten, eggs, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts (one itme contains coconut), and sesame. They use Bob’s Red Mill gluten free products (peanut free, but not tree nut free facility), try to avoid sunflower seeds, pea protein, and seeds but not 100% free yet, check before you order.
Brookline Farmers Market – Lavender Bee Baking Company, nut free pop-up available at farmers markets in the Boston area. Uses a shared facility with nuts but the owner has a nut allergy and takes precautions. See entry below about Monumental Market in Jamaica Plain.
Burlington & Mills – Twist Bakery Cafe – free from all gluten, peanuts, tree nuts and soy (except for coconut and soy lecithin), most items are also free from dairy.
Danvers – Cakes for Occasions website has a detailed nut free policy
Haverhill – Cakes by Erin nut free, uses coconut per FAQ
Jamaica Plain – Monumental Market – new permanent home of Lavender Bee Baking Company (nut free cupcakes), Tipping Cow Ice Cream (nut free ice cream!), and El Columbiano Coffee. Opens in Spring 2019.
Newton – Blacker’s Bakeshop Nut free, dairy-free, and kosher, with egg-free/vegan options.
Peabody & Salem – Ziggy and Son’s Donuts – peanut and tree nut free according to their Yelp page (see the About the Business section)
Somerville – Tipping Cow Ice Cream – peanut, tree nut (some flavors contain coconut), and sesame free ice cream. There are some dairy free, vegan, and gluten free options (be careful, cross-contact is still possible).
Wilmington (Greater Boston area) – Jeni Cakes Nut Free – peanut and tree nut free home based bakery (licensed and ServSafe certified)
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.
Metamora – Heavenly Cakeballs Bakery, nut free and gluten free baked goods in addition to cake balls. Additional allergen free options available by special order.
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
Kansas City – Safe Bakes – top 8 allergen and gluten free, they provide treats for schools and business, retail orders available online, products are made in a commercial kitchen.
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.
Beach Haven (Jersey Shores) – The WooHoo – Their kitchen is peanut and tree nut free. Their ice cream station does have peanuts and tree nuts in sealed containers and they have a designated area and procedures for handling nut free and ice cream orders. Be sure to let them know if you have food allergies, they will give you a form to fill out your order.
Denville – Mo’Pweeze Bakery Top 8 allergen and sesame free. Also available my mail order and farmers market in surrounding areas in northern NJ.
Montclair – The Little Daisy Bake Shop peanut and tree nut free and lists brands of allergy safe ingredients
Northvale – D’Ercole Donuts – peanut and tree nut free, they carry A La Mode ice cream too
Shrewsbury – Liv Nut Free peanut, tree nut free cupcakes and cookies, available online also.
Teaneck – Butterflake Bakery nut free kosher bakery
Albuquerque – Fano Bread Company nut free, see Ivy’s comment below.
Hicksville – Allie’s Gluten Free Goodies Certified gluten free facility. Also free of Dairy, Peanuts, Treenuts, Coconut, Pea Protein & Sesame Seeds.
Lynbrook – The Sweet Peace (link goes to their Facebook page) Peanut, tree nut, and seed free facility with options to accommodate other allergens.
Marcellus – Eat More Sweets – former paramedic (EMS, get it?) owned nut free bakery. No website available but you can see updates regarding specials and store hours on their Facebook page. Located between a spa and pizza restaurant (apparently it’s hard to find).
New York City & retail locations – A La Mode Shoppe – Peanut free, tree nut free (coconut free too!), egg free, sesame free ice cream
New York City (near Harlem) – Baked Cravings nut free, the bakery is run by two dads who understand food allergies.
New York City – Donut Pub – “Nut Aware” they don’t use nuts in their ingredients and check their supplies as best as possible. They now ship their donuts.
Oceanside – The Pretzel Stop – nut free, pretzels do not contain milk or egg.
Watervliet – Schuyler Bakery – peanut and tree nut free
Wantagh – Zuckerbaker’s Bake Shop peanut, tree nut, sesame, dairy and lactose free; kosher
Raleigh – Daylight Donuts appears to be a chain but this specific francise on Credmore Rd. is peanut and tree nut free (except coconut – call ahead to order if you have a coconut allergy). The company’s main page has a peanut covered donut on it but the Raleigh store is peanut and tree nut free.
Raleigh – Videri Chocolate Factory – theiry chocolate is nut free and free “from all known tree nuts, and many common legumes, as well as soy, gluten, corn, and egg products.” Read my review about their products! They also have a cafe area with music and events, check to see if the food served in that venue is allergy safe before consuming.
Alliance & North Canton locations – Four Kids Coffee – Nut free zone, nearly all menu items are gluten free, vegan options, with a PlaySpace area (parent must be present).
Columbus – Cherbourgh Bakery – free of gluten, nuts, and dyes
Columbus – Nut Free Sweets, peanut and tree nut free (coconut free), egg free and dairy free option available, accepts online orders too
Columbus & online orders – Soodles Bake Shop – almost top 8 free (coconut present); dedicated free of gluten, dairy, egg, soy, fish/shellfish, sesame, peanuts, and all tree nuts except coconut. Often we can eliminate other allergens, including corn, sorghum, flaxseed or rice flour when requested and given sufficient notice.
Worthington – Peace Love Donuts – Caveat alert! The Peace Love Donuts chain is NOT nut free but the Worthington location is nut free (see recommendation in the comments). Because owners can change without notice, it’s important to verify that these donuts are nut free everytime and do not assume that other Peace Love Donuts bakeries are nut safe.
Conshohocken (must pre-order) – Pretty Tasty Cupcakes – peanut and tree nut free cupcakes, cookies, and cake pops
Philadelphia – Sweet Freedom Peanut, dairy, egg, soy, wheat/gluten, and corn free. They do use coconut oil but no other tree nuts. They use a gluten free flour made on shared equipment with some tree nuts and takes precautions to prevent cross contact, I’ve linked to their allergy FAQ page.
Southhampton – Sweet Megan Bakery top 8 allergen free
Cranston – A&J Bakery Nut free, gluten free, sesame free
Pawtucket – Awesome Sweets Nut free with dairy free options
Spartanburg – Caroline’s Cakes (moved from MD) – glutenfree and nut free
Austin and surrounding areas in retail locations only – Better Bites Bakery gluten free, nut free (some items contain coconut), top 8 allergen free items available in Austin, Texas area retail locations only.
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; dairy and soy free options available upon request. Gluten free and wheat free not available.
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. Licensed home based kitchen, pick up at local butchers shop. See Kari’s comment below.
Salem – Corbin’s Confections – gluten free, peanut and tree nut free.
Springfield – Out of the Bubble – dairy free and nut free bakery with gluten free and vegan options, home based business that is inspected and has food safety certifications.
Springfield (including DC area) – The Joy of Cupcakes – nut free, homebased business.
Seattle (retail locations, expanded to west coast) – Little Rae’s Bakery peanut and tree nut free. My friend Lori brought some Brownie Cookies for my kids, they loved it, thanks!!
Georgetown – Dog Tag Bakery – nut free bakery. Note that products distributed in national coffee shops are produced in a shared facility with nuts and is not allergy safe at this time.
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 – Allergen statement only says peanut free
Eleni’s peanut and tree nut free, in a dedicated facility. NYC delivery available. Retail locations and online sales available.
Madeline’s Pantry– online bakery, peanut and tree nut free facilities, additional Muffintown products maybe available at retail locations in MA and surrounding states.
Natural Decadence recently rebranded as Raised Gluten Free, gluten, eggs, dairy, & nut free (some products contain soy), available at retail locations and by mail.
Rebecca’s Nut Free – nut free, available in stores and venues in Massachusetts and by mail
Red Plate Foods – Nut free, vegan, soy free, gluten free, GMO free
Barrie, ON – Cakes by Design 100% peanut and tree nut free facility; can also make some products without the use of eggs, milk or gluten (shared facility)
Calgary, AB – Bliss Cupcakes peanut and tree nut free (except some recipes use coconut); located inside a mall
Calgary, AB – Cake Bake Shop Peanut and tree nut free, with “gluten-wise” options.
Edmonton, AB – Bliss Baked Goods, Nut free, dairy (kosher), and gluten free options
Halifax, NS – East Coast Bakery Peanut, tree nut, dairy free, and kosher parve bagels and various challah bread products. The owner has family members and some employees with food allergies and understands the need to be careful regarding cross contact.
Ottawa, ON – The Best Cake Shop peanut and tree nut free
Ottawa, ON – Strawberry Blonde Bakery Peanut and tree 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.
Toronto, ON – Hype Food Co. – Bakery and fast casual restaurant is free from gluten and top allergens including peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, milk, eggs, soy, sesame and seafood.
Toronto, ON, – It’s the Icing on the Cake peanut and tree nut free bakery, they check for allergen advisories according to their website. The owner’s nephew has food allergies. Gluten free treats available upon request but there’s a risk of cross contact with wheat.
Toronto, ON, Thornhill, and Pearson Airport – Grodzinski Bakery – Kosher nut free bakery http://www.grodzinskibakery.com/
Toronto, ON – Short and Sweet Cupcakes nut free (with gluten free options on certain days)
Toronto, ON area – Sweets from the Earth they have two lines, either a Nut Free line or a Gluten Free line. Everything is free of sesame, dairy, and egg. Their products are available at retail locations in the Toronto area but you can special order custom products in advance to pick up at their office.
Vaughan and Toronto locations, ON – Sorelle and Co – dedicated gluten free, soy free, sesame free, vegan, nut free, and preservative free bakery. Vaughan location also offers high tea and a private room.
Westmount, QC – Patisserie Petit Lapin free from peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, milk, egg, seafood, soy, sulfites, mustard, wheat, gluten.
Winnipeg, MB – Sweet Impressions, 100% peanut and tree nut free (except coconut) 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.”
Islands – no peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish on their allergen information page. Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful when taking our order. Restaurants in California, Arizona, Hawaii, and Nevada.
Mod Pizza –nut free, including pesto sauce.
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