Your Guide to a Peanut-Free Montclair

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 6:30am


I’m not happy that salmonella peanut butter is making people sick, as Kristen posted recently, but at least this is one illness my family doesn’t have to worry about. We just have to worry about peanuts in general. They could kill my daughter.

Here are the bakeries, shops and peanut-free places I’ve found around Montclair.


My daughter was almost 3-years-old when we found out she had a severe peanut allergy. If you are a parent of a child with a food allergy, you know how scary and life-changing it is. When the allergist called to tell me the results of her blood test and confirmed that she had a potentially life-threatening peanut allergy, I felt like the walls were caving in. From that day on, there needed to be an Epi-pen with her at all times. As a family, we needed to change the way we shopped, what we ate, and where we went.

Since her diagnosis, we now avoid Asian restaurants because they use peanuts and peanut oil. Ice cream shops and most bakeries are off limits because of cross-contamination. Cross-contamination occurs when a food that does not itself contain any allergens is tainted with an allergen during food preparation, cooking, storage or serving. I learned to read labels for harmful ingredients and to find out if the products were manufactured in a facility that uses peanuts.  
Scary.  Thankfully, life with food allergies is getting easier as more and more children are diagnosed with them. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 3 million children have a food allergy. This is an 18 percent increase from the reports 11 years ago. I did my research, and then life didn’t seem so scary. There are many resources out there for families with food allergies, many of them right in our town. 

Here is my food allergy guide to living in Montclair:
Flour Patch
1 Greenwood Avenue
Montclair,  NJ, 07042
(973) 746-7555
This bakery is completely peanut and nut-free.
Le Baker’s Dozen
206 Bellevue Avenue
Montclair,  NJ, 07043
(973) 746-2253
Completely peanut-free, but not nut-free.
Offers gluten-free treats.
The Montclair Bread Company
113 Walnut Street
Montclair,  NJ, 07042
(973) 509-2525
Offers gluten, dairy and sugar-free products.
Completely peanut-free, but not nut-free
Lili, Meili and Beau
33 Watchung Plaza
Montclair,  NJ, 07043
(973) 746-0089
Carries Jeeto’s very cool allergy stickers and patches that kids can put on their lunchboxes, jackets, etc.. 




630 Valley Road

Montclair,  NJ, 07043

(973) 783-1799

Sells Cup-A-Cakes, a portable, individual cupcake holder.  These are perfect for bringing a safe cupcake to birthday parties. 




Whole Foods Market

701 Bloomfield Avenue

Montclair,  NJ, 07042

(973) 746-5110

Carries these great brands:

  • Enjoy Life Foods – gluten and allergen-free cookies, cereal bars, granola and chocolate.
  • Cherrybrook Kitchen Baking mixes, frosting and cookies that are peanut/nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan.  They also sell gluten-free mixes.
  • Yummy Earth – organic, peanut-free, nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free lollipops.


Classes / Camps

The Helen and Bill Geyer Montclair YMCA Family Center

159 Glenridge Avenue

Montclair  NJ, 07042

(973) 783-7640

The Family Center YMCA is a peanut and nut-free facility.


Do you have a child with a peanut allergy? How do you survive daycare, birthday parties and school?

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Carbs be damned! There's no reason to buy bread anywhere else. It is a heavenly indulgence.

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