This healthy halloween charcuterie board is not only fun to eat, but easy to make and a kid favorite. It's filled with paleo friendly snacks, veggies and treats the whole family will enjoy.
I've made my fair share of snack plates, but never a charcuterie board!
While this isn't your typical charcuterie board because it doesn't include cheese, it still has plenty of fun snacks and treats to enjoy.
This healthy Halloween charcuterie board is completely gluten free and paleo friendly. It consists of a variety of meats, crackers, fruits, vegetables and nuts.
What takes this from your average snack board to a Halloween snack board are the homemade Halloween treats and fun decorations.
Why You'll Love this Charcuterie Board
- paleo friendly - made with healthy ingredients and minimally processed snacks
- gluten free and grain free
- dairy free - no cheeses or buttery spreads
- fun for Halloween - themed for an exciting holiday spread
- kid approved
What you Need to Make a Halloween Charcuterie Board
First off, you'll need a board or slab for making a charcuterie board. I purchased a set of bamboo serving boards and used the largest one to make this Halloween charcuterie board. The great thing about this set is that there are a variety of shapes and sizes to fit your needs.
If you're using dips, sauces, wet ingredients or small snacks (like raisins or chocolate chips) then you'll want a few small bowls to add to the board. They're not only useful, but give the board more depth and dimension.
While I did not include any dips or sauces, I did place a few ingredients into small bowls: beet chips, pecans and olives.
Most charcuterie boards have a mixture of dried and fresh fruits. While I chose to use green grapes, blackberries and olives, there are many other options as well. Dried figs, dates or freeze dried apples would be a nice touch. Or mix up the fresh fruit with things like strawberries, raspberries, apple slices and mini oranges.
Cured meats or dried meats are excellent options for a paleo charcuterie board. I used turkey pepperoni and salami. Some other great meats to include would be: prosciutto, chorizo, liver pate, sopressata, beef jerky or biltong.
Some sort of cracker or bread almost always accompanies a charcuterie board. I added Simple Mills pita crackers, Lesserevil power curls and Artisan Tropic plantain strips. Other paleo options would be to make your own crackers, dinner rolls or paleo bread, Absolutely Gluten Free Crackers, Hu Gluten Free Crackers, Simple Mills Sweet Thins, Flax Seed Crackers.
A few veggies are always nice to have on a charcuterie board. I added tomatoes, carrots and beet chips. Some other ideas include: pickled veggies (such as cucumber, pickles and green beans), celery, cucumber, broccoli, peppers, etc.
Nuts are great for filling in extra space. While I used walnuts and pecans, other great picks include almonds, macadamia nuts, cashews, brazil nuts and pistachios.
Now here's where the real fun comes in! Adding Halloween themed treats really brings this board together.
I made mummy brownies using my vegan beet brownie recipe, but any brownie recipe will work. All you have to do is cut the brownies into rectangles, then drizzle them with melted white chocolate and use mini dark chocolate chips for the eyes.
I also added pumpkin sugar cookies, using my cassava flour sugar cookie recipe. What you need to make them is a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter, vanilla frosting and orange and green sprinkles.
And lastly, decorations! To complete your Halloween charcuterie board you'll need some fun, spooky decorations. I used spiders and pumpkin bells. Then decorated the table with spider webbing and fall leaves. Some more ideas include mini skeletons, mini pumpkins, bats, cauldrons, etc.
How to Assemble a Charcuterie Board
Charcuterie boards look fancy and complicated, but are actually quite easy to assemble. Here's what you need to do:
- Grab a board to use as the base of your charcuterie board.
- Fill and place any small containers on the board for spreads or wet items.
- Start filling the board with the largest items first, then move on to smaller items to fill in the cracks. I also recommend starting at the corners and working your way inwards.
Any type of board or slab will work. Even a wooden cutting board or baking sheet. Some of my favorite options include: bamboo serving boards, a wooden, marble or slate slab, or a ceramic serving plate.
Yes, this board can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge overnight. Take it out about 20 minutes before serving so that everything can warm to room temperature.
It does not need to be refrigerated unless you're making it ahead of time (more than an hour in advance).
This healthy Halloween charcuterie board is paleo friendly and gluten free. Make it as fun Halloween party appetizer or family treat.
- Grab a board to use as the base of your charcuterie board
- Fill and place any small containers on the board for spreads or wet items. (I put the olives, beet chips and pecans in small bowls.
- Start filling the board with the largest items first, then move on to smaller items to fill in the cracks. I also recommend starting at the corners and working your way inwards. If there's something you want to stand out (brownies/cookies), then place them last.
Ingredients are listed in the order I placed them on my charcuterie board. Feel free to assemble differently or switch up the ingredients. Many suggestions are given in the body of the blog post.