This easy kids charcuterie board is the ultimate snack hack. Fill it with healthy finger foods for snacks on the go to feed your hungry tribe.
This kid friendly charcuterie board, or snackle is a simple and easy way to feed your kids on the go, or at home. All you need is a multi-compartment box from the hardware store and turn it into a fabulous, portable finger food charcuterie board.
The thing I love about these boards is they are great for picky eaters. Mix things up with familiar foods and throw in some new ones you're attempting to get them to try. It's a fun way to eat and when you're out and about you never know what they might try!
Looking for a more grown-up charcuterie board? Why not try my picnic charcuterie board. Equally portable but with some more adult flavors.
Recipe tips and frequently asked questions
What sort of box should I use?
I used a multiple compartment box from my local hardware store, similar to the kind of thing you would get to store nuts and bolts in. Look for individual compartments you can pull out, rather than one with one big compartment and dividers. It keeps the food more separate and it's easier to clean.
What sort of food can I put in the box?
Anything you kids will eat. I've kept things healthy in this box but you can mix things up as you like. Some great options include
- Vegetables. We're all trying to get the kids to eat more of them right? Cut them into fun finger size sticks that are perfect for dipping.
- Fruit - smaller fruit that's not too wet works best in these boxes. Berries are perfect but you could also add some peeled mandarin segments or dried fruit.
- Crackers: a staple child food in many houses! Look for ones with minimal salt and added whole grains.
- Nuts and seeds: if you do not have nut allergies they are a great healthy option. Everything from peanuts to cashews to pumpkin seeds (pepitas) and sunflower seeds.
- Dips: kids love to dip! It can help make those veggies more appealing. We like hummus in our house but you can use whatever dip you like. Another opportunity to sneak some extra veg into them too.
- Protein: I've kept things simple with some cheese cubes. But you could easily add other protein sources such as hard-boiled eggs or deli meats too.
How do I transport the box?
For best results transport the box flat. This will reduce the chance of the food mixing together between compartments. Ideally pop it into an esky/chilly bin/icebox if you have one that it will fit into flat or else wrap them up with some freezer blocks and a towel to keep it cool.
Can I make this without the multi-compartment box?
You sure can. If making this at home you can easily make this without the box. Find a large board such as a chopping board, add some small bowls to contain the dip and smaller items and then the rest of the items onto the board.
Crackers: what's a good charcuterie board without crackers? Keep things simple with water crackers or mix things up with flavored crackers. I've used plain water crackers and BBQ rice crackers in this board.
Veggie sticks: also called crudites. Choose some varieties you know your kids love and maybe sneak in an extra variety or two you'd like them to try. We like carrots, red capsicum (aka bell pepper) and cucumber and I was optimistically trying them with celery 😀 Try throwing in some cherry tomatoes for fun too.
Fresh fruit: another staple kid-friendly food. For this board look for smaller fruits that can be easily added to the box. We love most berries such as strawberries and blueberries. You can also try some dried fruits such as sultanas or apple slices, just look out for ones with no added sugar.
Cheese: keeping it simple with some little cubes of good old tasty cheese. You can swap it for your child's preferred cheese, or leave it out for a dairy free box.
Dip: kids love dipping! I used hommus but you can add whatever type of dip your kids like or even a couple of different ones.
Nuts: if you are not nut free nuts are a great healthy snack option for kids. We love all varieties including almonds, peanuts and cashews.
Seeds: can be another great healthy option. We like pumpkin seeds (aka pepita seeds) but you could also try sunflower or other seeds.
Pretzels: Are an easy way to add some salty crunch. You'll want to use one of the larger compartments for these, but let's face it you might as well bring the whole bag, one or two is never enough!
How to make a kid's charcuterie board
First make sure your multiple compartment container is clean and dry.
Wash and dry the veggies. Slice them into finger food-sized sticks and add to different compartments. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half if serving to young children. Wash and dry the fruit, slicing the larger pieces such as strawberries in half if needed. Cut the cheese into bite-size pieces. Put the hummus into a separate sealed container (do not put it directly into the compartment, the lids don't usually seal well enough and you will end up with dip everywhere!).
Add the nuts, seeds, pretzels and dried fruit to the other compartments, snap on the lid and you're done!
How to transport and serve
To transport and serve this child charcuterie board transport make sure the lid is snapped on tight. Transport upright in an icebox with ice or chill packs. Crack open the lid when you get to your destination and enjoy!
How to store
Like any charcuterie board this easy charcuterie board is best eaten on the day it's made. With the lid on stored flat it will keep in the fridge for up to two days, provided it has not been left out of the fridge for to long first.
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Kids Charcuterie Board
- large multi compartment box, such as thosed used to store nuts and bolts in.
- ½ red capsicum (bell pepper)
- ½ cucumber
- 2 medium ish carrots
- 2 medium ish celery sticks
- ¼ cup ish sultanas
- ¼ cup ish pretzels
- ¼ packet Plain water crackers
- ¼ packet BBQ rice crackers
- ½ cup ish hummus
- 1 medium wedge (150gmsish) tasty cheese
- ½ cup ish strawberries
- ½ cup ish blueberries
- ½ cup ish cherry tomatoes
- ¼ cup ish Cashews
- ¼ cup ish Roasted almonds
- ¼ cup ish pumpkin seeds (pepita seeds)
- ¼ cup ish Peanuts
- NB The exact amount you put in will vary depending on the size of your containers. You want to fill them up, without being so full that you can't close the lid properly. Worth testing at home before snaping on the lid.
- Wash and dry the veggies. Slice them into finger food-sized sticks and add to different compartments.
- Slice the cherry tomatoes in half if serving to young children.
- Wash and dry the fruit, slicing the larger pieces such as strawberries in half if needed.
- Cut the cheese into bite-size pieces.
- Put the hummus into a sealed container (do not put it directly into the compartment, the lids don't usually seal well enough and you will end up with dip everywhere!)
- Add the nuts, seeds, pretzels and dried fruit to the other compartments, snap on the lid and you're done!
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