Dessert charcuterie boards are all the rage. And what's not to love? I mean, why settle for just one dessert when you can enjoy a bite or two from several? Sounds like brilliant dessert planning to me. In this post you'll find how to assemble the dessert charcuterie board of your dreams-- all gluten and dairy free.
Assembling my dream charcuterie board is almost as much fun as eating from it. Believe it or not it's thrilling to see how many of my favorites can fit on one small board. When starting to plan my dessert board, I always consider:
- my audience -- customize the board to include one of everyone's favorites
- the texture -- include a variety of textures--hard, soft, and crunchy
- food taste -- your taste buds will thank you for having sweet and salty items
- food color -- spread pops of color throughout your board. It will be even more appealing to the eye
- dipping sauce -- always have some sort of dipping sauce -- or two
Keeping these five tips in mind, you'll be on your way to enjoying the best dessert board yet! Now let's discus those yummy dessert ideas.
dessert charcuterie board suggestions
- one or two dipping sauces such as my "perfect chocolate ganache" recipe found here. This ganache recipe is rich, smooth, and goes with about anything. Another dipping idea is So Delicious Coco Whip found in the freezer section of most grocery stores. This product is wonderful to dip any fruit in on your board.
- loads of fresh fruit such as strawberries, apple slices, cherries, raspberries, peeled oranges, pineapple slices, blackberries, sliced bananas, and even kiwi
- gluten and dairy free "oreo" sandwich cookies- two popular brands are Glutino and Kinnitoos. Glutino does manufacture their "oreo" cookies with other dairy products in the same plant. However Kinnitoos has detailed allergen information on their website about their manufacturing process. If you are sensitive to any degree of dairy cross contamination, I would suggest the Kinnitoos brand (read here). Both brands sell chocolate and vanilla creme cookies.
- vanilla wafers- these gluten and dairy free wafers taste just like the original wafers
- pretzel rods- Hanover of Snyder's is our favorite; they are egg free too
- mini brownie bites- use our fudgy brownie recipe
- mini rice krispie treats- follow my gluten and dairy free recipe here. Always read labels when purchasing rice krispie's. Some brands use barley malt in their ingredients, which commonly comes from barley grain and is not gluten free. Suggestions: Nature's Path Crispy Rice cereal found here, I've heard favorable reviews about Walmart (called Crispie Rice), Aldi, and Harris and Teeter's rice krispie cereal too
- meringue cookies- I purchased mine at Sprouts Supermarket
- gluten free angle food cake bites
- chocolate bars- Hu Kitchen bars are absolutely amazing. Pricey but a decadent treat
- gluten and dairy free peanut butter cookies
- graham crackers- Schar Honeygrams are both gluten and dairy free
- and always check your labels as manufacturers are known to change ingredients without warning
more gluten + dairy free desserts
- walnut brownie sundae is one of the easiest and yummiest dessert recipes on my website
- chocolate bundt cake perfect for your next birthday party, Mother's Day celebration, or Christmas party
- s'more cookie bars -- now you can enjoy s'mores year round. Other readers are loving this layered ooey gooey recipe
In case you need an excuse to prepare this decadent dessert charcuterie board, might I suggest this for your next game night, potluck, birthday celebration, or even to celebrate on Valentine's Day.
There are so many mouthwatering flavors on this board. Personalize it to include your favorites. And as an added bonus -- these suggestions can be enjoyed by those who can and can't have gluten or dairy. Making this a go-to dessert board for everyone at the table.
Let me know in the comments your dessert charcuterie board must-haves.
Eat well and feel well,