A Guide to Tree Nuts Made in Dedicated Facilities


Like just about everyone else, I hate talking on the phone, especially when it involves trying to get straight, reliable answers out of people who are obviously trying to hide the fact that they have no idea what they’re talking about and who are, for whatever reason, weirdly resistant to the idea of going and finding out the answer to my questions—or, better yet, transferring my call to someone half-competent. Fortunately, though, running this blog has turned me into a call-making pro: I phrase my questions strategically. I push for the double-check. Sometimes I even—gasp—leave voicemails.

These days, I have it all down to a science—and I fully expected to need to use every last ounce of that science to compile this list. But you know what? Pretty much every single person I spoke with at the companies listed below was kind, knowledgeable, and helpful. I had absolutely no trouble getting straight answers out of these folks—so if you’re looking to double-check (as you ought to) on what I’ve found…well, you’re probably in for an un-infuriating experience, at least.

Anyway. Why have I put all this effort into compiling a list of things I (and most of my readers) can’t actually eat? Because single-nut companies (as I’ve just decided to call them) are a hot commodity in the food-allergy world. Not everyone who’s allergic to tree nuts is allergic to all tree nuts—and the way those who’ve been diagnosed with a generalized tree-nut allergy find out that they are, in fact, okay with some nuts is via food challenging, which process absolutely requires access to cross contamination–free nuts.

(Think of it this way: You test positive for allergies to all tree nuts, but your allergist has a suspicion that you might actually be able to tolerate almonds. For your almond challenge—which is basically just a few hours of sitting around your allergist’s office, eating (controlled amounts of) almonds—you’ll need to bring in some almonds that you know contain nothing but almond. That way, if you fail the challenge, you’ll know your reaction was to the almonds themselves, rather than a trace amount of, say, cashew.)

It’s a matter of keeping your variables under control. But if you’ve arrived at this guide, you probably already know all this and more. You’re probably gearing up for a food challenge—as I hope soon to be!—and you’re probably also ready for me to just go ahead and start the list already. First, though, a few notes:

  • As with every single piece of information I’ve ever posted, you ought to double-check the relevant facts before shelling out (ha) for any of these nuts. Things change—but this isn’t a living document, and while I might update it, I make no promises. It’s meant to serve only as a starting point.
  • Though they aren’t the focus of this list, I’ve included a few of the nut and nut-based butters, pastes, etc., that are known in the food-allergy community as good (i.e. reliably cross contamination–free) products to use for food challenges. This isn’t a list of butters and pastes, though; I’m sure there are a bunch of safe ones that I haven’t looked into.
  • Some of these cases aren’t as simple as others. If I’ve just listed a company’s name, without any sort of annotation, then it’s safe to assume I was told that the nut in question comes from a single-nut facility, plain and simple. If I’ve included a warning, though, do be sure to read it before going ahead and tracking down the product.
  • Looking for tree nut–free peanuts and peanut butters? You’re on the wrong page.

Okay. Done. Here are all the companies I’ve found that offer cross contamination–free tree nuts:




  • Freddy Guys Hazelnuts (“While we are a dedicated hazelnut processor we ask that you not purchase our hazelnuts.” Do with that what you will—they haven’t responded to any of my emails or voicemails since emailing me that sentence and that sentence alone.)
  • Honor Earth Farm (Their facilities are hazelnut-only, but the raw hazelnuts are the only ones they don’t send elsewhere for processing. Unfortunately, those raw hazelnuts are only available in bulk.)
  • Ken and June’s Oregon Hazelnuts (Hazelnuts are the only tree nuts in their kitchen, but do note that there is peanut oil used in the roasted-and-salted hazelnuts.)
  • Nutella
  • Nutiva Organic Hazelnut Spreads

Macadamia Nuts


Pine Nuts



Odds and Ends

Not enough? Averse to online ordering? Drawn to the prospect of putting in a whole bunch of extra effort? Really into the scent of your new dish soap? Here are some other ideas to consider:

  • Futters Nut Butters: They make almond, brazil-nut, cashew, hazelnut, macadamia, pecan, pistachio, pumpkin-seed, sunflower-seed, and walnut butters, all in a gluten-, dairy-, and peanut-free facility. All those tree nuts are handled in the same general area, yes—but they only grind one nut (or seed) per day, and they take great care to minimize the risk of cross-contamination.
  • Trader Joe’sIn some regions, some Trader Joe’s nuts do come from single-nut facilities. There’s no one-size way to tell, though, so you’re best off just singling out the nuts you’re interested in and then calling their oddly helpful hotline (626-599-3700) for details. You never know—and surprisingly enough, the odds are actually decent.
  • Shelling and/or washing your own nuts: Should all else fail, it’s certainly an option. Just buy some nuts—shelled, in-shell, whatever it is you’re comfortable with—and then slather on the dish soap, rinse, dry, and…well, eat. Some will say that only nuts bought pre-shelled need to be washed; others prefer the peace of mind that comes with buying nuts in-shell and then scrubbing those shells down before cracking. It’s up to you, really.

P.S. No, I didn’t buy a bowl of poison just so I could photograph it for this post. I may spend a lot of time on the phone for y’all, but I don’t love you that much. Source.

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50 thoughts on “A Guide to Tree Nuts Made in Dedicated Facilities

  1. Sharmen Dawson says:

    Hi. There is a company on Ontario as well called Royal Nuts that are peanut free. Thanks for this list.


    • Thanks, Sharmen! Unfortunately, I can’t add Royal Nuts to the list, because they handle multiple different types of tree nuts. Still, a goldmine for those who’re only peanut-allergic!


  2. […] It’s important to bring in food for your challenge that is not contaminated with other foods. If you are doing a nut challenge, Nut-Free New York has a great resource for finding uncontaminated nuts. […]


  3. […] (Looking for tree nuts free from cross contamination with other tree nuts?) […]


  4. Do you have any leads on brazil nuts that are processed in a dedicated facility? Thanks in advance!


  5. Christine says:

    Thanks for compiling this!


  6. Shevaun says:

    You just saved me a ton of research. Thank you so much!!!


  7. Maria says:

    Have you come across any companies that process only peanuts? Our son has a tree nut allergy but can have peanuts. However he can only have nuts in the shell b/c other roasted peanuts from the can/jar are roasted in the same facilities as tree nuts. Thanks in advance.


  8. sandra murphy says:

    Hi, my son is allergic to all nuts and beans, plus a bunch of other stuff, but we did find out he can eat pine nuts. We were so excited to find your web site. He wants to do some serious hiking and he needs to make his own gawp, he needs a protein plus fat, nuts are ideal.we have ordered some pine nuts, this could be the breakthrough we need. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but he is so excited. This could make the difference to him going to Philmont high adventure scout camp, or not. Thank you sandie


    • Hi, Sandie. Thanks for this note! I’m glad to hear that you and your son have found something that’s looking like it’ll work for him. Blogging involves lots of research, and lots of list-making, with little affirmation from the people out there who are actually benefitting from my efforts—so I really do appreciate your comment!


  9. Linda Brennan says:

    FYI-Big tree organics now flash steams their almonds in a facility that also handles cashews and walnuts, though on a separate line. You may want to update thus information on your site.


  10. […] It’s important to bring in food for your challenge that is not contaminated with other foods. If you are doing a nut challenge, Nut-Free New York has a great resource for finding uncontaminated nuts. […]


  11. Rebecca says:

    For cashews, just looked on navitas website & they say they have shared facilities, for those who want to avoid this

    Allergen Info

    Q.Does your packing facility handle allergens?
    A.All of our products are packed in a facility that also handles: tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy, milk, egg and sesame.


  12. JoAnne says:

    Thank you for this resource! I’m wondering if anyone had found any nut flours that are made in dedicated facilities? I’m trying to eat more paleo, but have kids with allergies to peanuts and various tree nuts; however almonds and hazelnuts are safe. I just can’t find an almond flour that is t manufactured in a facility with other tree nuts. 😦


  13. Sadie says:

    Love this list, it has been incredibly helpful! Wondering if anyone knows of Brazil nuts not contaminated by other nuts?


    • Gila Engelman says:

      I don’t think they exist. But you can just shell your own. If it makes you feel better, wash the shells first.


  14. Ashley says:

    Thank you for posting this list!!


  15. AG says:

    Thank you so much; especially for the Trader Joe’s helpline. They confirmed the hazelnuts, walnuts, & pecans are not crossprocessed. Pistachios crossprocessed with almonds, and cashews crossprocessed with peanuts and other tree nuts.


    • You’re welcome. And thanks for sharing your findings! Although with Trader Joe’s, these things are regional—just something for anyone reading along to know (or for you to know, in case you end up at a faraway TJs).


  16. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, thank you. Getting ready to do a tree nut challenge and your research has given us somewhere to begin finding ‘peanut free’ almonds and other tree nuts. Any suggestions which common tree nuts to challenge her second and third round? Thinking pistachio and…?


  17. Kerri says:

    Thank you for your research! Since Big Tree Organics changed their process, I’ve been struggling to find almonds for my son (allergic to peanuts and tree nuts except for almonds).


  18. Anonymous says:

    Many thanks for this post as a starting place!


  19. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for compiling this list! My 12yo daughter has had a known tree-nut allergy since she was 3. We have avoided all tree nuts. Recently she did an oral challenge and we learned she can have walnuts, pecans, and almonds, but still needs to strictly avoid cashews, pistachios and hazelnuts. This list has been so helpful in us finding safe nuts for her. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


  20. Kimberly Carpenter says:

    Thank you for doing the research to put this list together, and for sharing it with so many!!!! Your hard work is much appreciated!!!! Are you aware of a list of nut butters that are free of cross contamination? I’m thinking Futters Nut Butters may have gone out of business, as I placed an order a month and a half ago, have reached out to them multiple times, and still have yet to receive an update or response on my order. We mix the safe nut butters with safe chocolate (that we melt) and mold into candies. We’ve found that that’s the best way to get a variety of safe tree nuts into my 4 year old’s diet.


  21. […] I often refer families to Nut-free New York’s Guide to Tree Nuts Made in Dedicated Facilities. […]


  22. AnthonyC says:

    Thank you from a father of a son without multiple food allergies and a pediatricians whose patients this list will help enormously.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Andrea says:

    Futter’s Nut Butters is no longer taking orders (the website is up but orders don’t go through). I found upon googling that the owner was charged with identity theft to “prop up his nut butter business”.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. holdspaceproject says:

    Thank you SO much for this information! My son is 2 and we are in the process of navigating his food allergies. Based on his blood test, he’s not allergic to hazelnuts so our allergist recommended getting them in his diet ASAP. For almost 3 months now I’ve done nothing because local grocers and Amazon or Thrive Market do not offer a safe option. Finally today, after some google searching, I found your post! Planning to order soon! Also just learned hazelnuts are an excellent source of vitamin E, perhaps that will help my son’s eczema, too! Anyway, thanks again!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this valuable resource! It was just referred to us by our doctor.

    Liked by 1 person

  26. laura demeri says:

    What about NOW FOODS for all of your tree nuts? #onestopshop😬😎


  27. Anthony Chiodi says:

    Nutkrack is a company that processes and sells only carmelized pecans.They are gluten-free and vegan: “…work with four simple ingredients, all of which are animal- and byproduct-free (pecans, canola oil, sugar, salt)

    These are delicious are can be ordered from Nutkrack.com

    Liked by 1 person

  28. Robert Schechter says:

    Does anyone know about tree nuts at Trader Joe’s? I was there today, and they have many bags of cashews, almonds, etc., which do not contain any facilities warnings regarding other types of tree nuts. That’s encouraging, but I would have been happier if the label had affirmatively stated that the nuts came from a single facility. My son can eat almonds and cashews, but not pistachios or hazelnuts, and I don’t want to risk cross contamination. (I’m optimistic, since many TJ products do have a facilities warning, which suggests that the absence of one is good news).


  29. Lydia Knox says:

    This is amazing thank you for taking the time to do this.

    Liked by 1 person

  30. Robert Schechter says:

    I just came across https://www.mandelininc.com/, which makes almonds that do not come in contact with peanuts or any other tree nut. I haven’t ordered yet, but they also seem more reasonably priced than some of the alternative (especially when you consider their lower shipping prices).

    Liked by 1 person

  31. Harvey Addington says:

    Excellent list. Any chance you could add an additional category at the bottom of this list for companies that use all of the Tree Nuts or more than one Tree Nuts but are a Peanut Free facility? I think this would be helpful for those who can eat all of the Tree Nuts but are allergic to Peanuts only? Many thanks.


  32. Sasha Shahani says:

    Thank you so much for your efforts to research and share this knowledge. My daughter is doing a food challenge with almonds and is anaphylactic to at least a few other tree nuts. So this is incredibly helpful!

    Liked by 1 person

  33. […] It’s important to bring in food for your challenge that is not contaminated with other foods. If you are doing a nut challenge, Nut-Free New York has a great resource for finding uncontaminated nuts. […]


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