Making it easy to find products to meet specific dietary and personal needs.

Tree Nuts Are Hiding

Tree Nuts Are Hiding
  • Nut Free

Rhonda Lewis is the parent of an allergic child and allergic herself so she “gets” food allergies.

As a mum of kids with food allergies and having lived with a nut allergy myself for over 30 years, I’m pretty good at thinking about hidden sources for nuts. I often share these insights with friends (and strangers) who are newly diagnosed with food allergies and call me to ask for help. So many labels make finding tree nuts or peanuts difficult as the labelling might be poor, or the nuts called different names. This is particularly challenging for tree nuts as there are so many that a manufacturer might say “tree nuts” on a label, or might simply say “almond” for example which is just one of the tree nuts. Often, people allergic to a few tree nuts avoid all tree nuts but that is a personal and individual decision which can be made in conjunction with your allergist. Here’s a tree nuts list I have compiled and want to share…

  • Artificial nuts (some have a peanut/tree nut-based flavouring)
  • Baked goods and baking mixes
  • Bean bags
  • Bird seed and pet food
  • Cereals
  • Coffee grinders used to grind nut flavoured coffee
  • Cosmetics (hair products and skin care products, lotions, soap, sunscreens)
  • Crackers
  • Dressings
  • Gianduja (a creamy mixture of chocolate and chopped nuts found in premium or imported chocolate and ice cream)
  • Granola bars
  • Gravy, sauces and marinades
  • Household items (some toys and beanbags may be filled with stuffing made from crushed nut shells)
  • Kick sacks / hacky sacks
  • Main course dishes (for example, almond chicken)
  • Mandelonas (which are peanuts soaked in almond flavouring)
  • Marzipan Cake (marzipan is an almond paste)
  • Massage oils
  • Mortadella (smoked sausage made of pork, beef, wine and spices may contain pistachio nuts)
  • Muesli and other breakfast cereals
  • Natural and artificial flavourings and extracts (for example, pure almond extract)
  • Nougat
  • Pesto Sauce or crushed nuts in other sauces
  • Salads (for example, Waldorf salad)
  • Snack foods (including candy, chips, chocolate, popcorn, snack mixes, trail mixes, crackers)
  • Spreads
  • Sundae toppings
  • Trail mixes
  • Vegetarian dishes

To read more tips from this blogger go to

Read more Nut Free articles

Source Nut Free recipes

Search our pantries for Nut Free Products

GF Oats Shop

Blog Topics