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Allergy Friendly Snack Board - Two Ways

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A snack board is perfect for any time of day as it has the perfect combination of a little bit of everything. In this post, learn how to make easy allergy friendly snack board loaded with sweet, spicy, savory and crunchy bites.

While snack boards are known more as a party food but can also be a fun weeknight meal. Perfect for game or movie nights or when you don't feel like cooking much.

This is the very first time I have ever made a snack/cheese/charcuterie board and I discovered that Allergy Friendly Snack Board is pretty simple to make. I ended up making two different variations.


The two different Board Variations

  • Vegan Cheese Board: A combination of meats, different dairy free cheeses, fruits and vegetables.
  • Sweet and Savory Snack Board: A combination of salty crackers and sweet cookies and candies, makes it more like a dessert board.

Read ahead to see what I included in each and learn how to assemble the boards.

vegan cheese board


Vegan Cheese Board

This board is probably the closest to a traditional charcuterie board but with a vegan touch as it contains vegan cheeses and plant based cured meats.

  • dairy free cheese sticks
  • dairy free cheese slices

Dairy Free Cheese


  • Cream Cheese - flavoured or plain
  • Cheese Sticks - mozzarella/cheddar
  • Cheese Slices - any flavour you like
plant-based-pepperoni

Meats

Any favorite regular cured meat.To make it vegan any kind of plant based cured meat of choice such as plant based pepperoni like I have used in this board.

  • dairy free cream cheese
  • salsa

Dips


  • Cream Cheese - flavoured or plain
  • Salsa - homemade or store bought
cherries

Fruits


  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Any other fresh or dried fruit such as dried thai mango
  • minipeppers
  • mini carrots
  • sliced green olives

Vegetables


  • Mini Peppers
  • Olives
  • Carrots
  • Any other fresh or pickled vegetables
  • homemade roasted chickpeas
  • sunflower seeds

Beans/Seeds


  • gluten free pretzels
  • potato chips

Grains/Starches


  • Gluten Free Crackers
  • Gluten Free Pretzels
  • Potato Chips/Crisps

Sweet and Savory Snack Board

This board is a mix of sweet and savory cookies and crackers. It does not contain any cheese or meats

  • hummus
  • wow butter

Dips


  • Any allergy friendly seed butters
  • Hummus - homemade/store bought
  • Jams/Jellies
  • gluten free pretzel sticks
  • gluten-free-pretzels
  • gluten free bbq rice crackers

Savory


  • Gluten Free Regular Crackers
  • Gluten Free Prestzels - different shapes
  • Gluten Free BBQ flavoured Crackers
  • chocolate sandwich cookies
  • gluten free snowball cookies
  • chocolate peppermint thumbprint cookies

Gluten Free Cookies


  • marshmallows
  • sunkist fruit snacks

Allergy Friendly Candies


protein balls

Miscellanous


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  • 15 mins
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
Vegan Cheese Board
Sweet and Savory Board
Salsa Seed Butters
Cream Cheese Hummus
Roasted Chickpeas Roasted Chickpeas
Roasted Seeds Protein Balls
Gluten Free Crackers Gluten Free Crackers
Grapes Snowball Cookies
Cherries Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies
Gluten Free Pretzels Gluten Free Pretzels
Potato Chips/Crisps Gluten Free BBQ Crackers
Mini Peppers Marshmallows
Carrots Candy Canes
Olives Jelly Beans
Cheese Slices White Chocolate Peppermint Bark
Cheese Sticks
Cured Meats

Steps

1
Done
5 mins
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Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Gather all the ingredients in one place and choose a board.
2
Done
1 mins
Add dips to small bowls and place the bowls at the corners of the board.
3
Done
2 mins
Make a diagonal line with crackers/cookies, in the center from one bowl to another.
4
Done
1 min
Make another diagonal line of cookies/crackers or with fruits/veggies - should make a cross.
5
Done
1 min
Now fill in the rest of the spaces.

Cook Notes

  • Make sure that you put the items that can roll off the board easily near the center or in a bowl, such as the chickpeas
  • Use the ingredients to make the two different boards as they are or mix and match the items, you can even combine all the ingredients to make one big board.



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Allergy Friendly Chocolate Candy Cane Thumbprint Cookies

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Chocolate and candy cane combine to create a decadent, easy to eat treat, in this recipe. Ready in just a few minutes, they are a great addition to your dessert.

These melt in your mouth, gluten free and egg free Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies are vegan, festive and delicious.


Making the cookies allergy friendly


  • Gluten Free: Use your favorite all purpose gluten free flour.
  • Dairy Free: Use dairy free butter substitute and dairy free semi sweet chocolate chips.
  • Egg Free: Use egg substitute or 2 tablespoon water per egg.


How to make the cookies.

Whisk all the dough ingredients together until the dough forms a ball. You many need to adjust the butter substitute and egg substitute quantities for the dough to come together. Then cover refridgerate for one hour.


Storing the cookies

These cookies can be stored in an air tight container for upto two weeks.

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chocolate peppermint thumbprints on cooling rack


  • 1 hr 18 mins
  • Serves 20
  • Easy


Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
dough
1 1/2 cup gluten free all purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup brown sugar
5 tablespoons dairy free semi sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 egg substitute (2 eggs)
7 tablespoons dairy free butter substitute (softened)
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Filling
crushed candy canes, as required

Nutritional information

1g
Protein
19g
Carbs
3g
Fat
10g
Sugars
1g
Sat. Fat
112k
Calories

Steps

1
Done
20 sec
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Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
2
Done
3 mins
adding vanilla to beaten dairy free butter
Whisk dairy free butter for 1 minute. Then add egg substitute and vanilla, beat for another 2 minutes.
3
Done
1 min
gluten free dough ingredients in a bowl
Add in the rest of the dough ingredients. Beat until the dough starts to come together, for about 1 minute. Knead to form a ball.
4
Done
1 hr
plactic wrapped dairy free dough ball
Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for 1 hour.
5
Done
5 mins
egg free dough rolled into a small ball
After 1 hour take out the dough. Pre Heat the oven at 350°F. Take 1 tablespoon and roll into a small ball, making 20 balls.
6
Done
8 mins
making thumbprints on cookies
Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet about 1-inch apart. Press with a thumb in the middle of each ball about halfway down to form wells. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes. While the cookies are baking, crush the candy canes.
7
Done
1 min
  • baked allergy friendly thumbprint cookies
  • candy-cane-sprinkled-allergyfriendly-thumbprint-cookies
Take the cookies out of the oven, sprinkle each thumbprint with candy cane pieces. Let cool and enjoy.

Cook Notes

  • Remember to adjust the quantity of wet ingredients, add more if needed, the dough should be able to form a ball.
  • knead with hand to for the ball



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Homemade Dairy Free Peppermint Ice cream

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In this Dairy Free Peppermint Soft Serve Ice Cream recipe learn how to make a creamy soft serve without an ice cream maker. This recipe is easy and dairy free.


How to make it dairy free.

The first time I made this recipe, I made it with dairy free milk. That recipe turned out to be more of a sorbet than an ice cream. Second time I used all dairy free cream, which changed the taste a little bit.

I suggest using dairy free milk and dairy free cream together, this would give the best result. You can even use dairy free coffee creamers.


Making the ice cream

  • If you have an icecream maker than just use it according to manufacturing's instructions.
  • Don't have an ice cream maker? read below.


Making it soft serve

After the ice cream has been frozen overnight, you will take it out of the freezer chop it into big chunks and process in the food chopper until smooth, then refreeze again. You have to repeat this process 3/4 times to get the desired soft serve consistency.


Flavoring

  • Candy Cane: Blend a candy cane with other ingredients, like I did. The flavor from the candy cane was enough to flavour the ice cream.
  • Peppermint Essence: You can use the essence for a stronger flavour.
  • Do not like Candy Cane? Use any other flavor essence/fruits. This can be a great base to many other flavors.

dairy free ice cream with candy cane


Serving Suggestions

To serve the ice cream chop a candy cane and sprinkle on top before serving. My daughter enjoyed it with the Dairy Free Homemade White Chocolate Peppermint Bark that I posted earlier.

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  • 10 hrs 5 mins
  • Serves 2
  • Medium

RECIPE CONTAINS:

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Substitutions

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 cup dairy free milk
1 cup dairy free cream (or dairy free coffee creamer/more milk)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener of choice)
1 large candy cane or peppermint essence
2 candy canes, crushed

Nutritional information

1g
Protein
58g
Carbs
18g
Fat
40g
Sugars
5g
Sat. Fat
388k
Calories

Steps

1
Done
20 sec
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Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
2
Done
5 mins
ice cream ingredients in blender
Place all the ingredients except the two extra candy canes in a blender and blend until smooth. If you have ice cream maker continue to make the ice cream according to the manufacturer's instruction. If no ice cream maker then continue to step 3.
3
Done
6 hrs.
candy cane and ice cream mixture in a freezer safe container
Empty the liquid in a freezer safe container. Crush the two candy canes and fold them in. Cover with a lid and freeze for 6 hours or overnight.
4
Done
4 hrs.
frozen dairy free peppermint ice cream
After the 6 hours, take out the ice cream, let it soften a little bit. Then break into big chinks and place in a food processor and chop further until smooth. Then pour the ice cream mixture back in the container, cover and freeze again. Repeat this step 3 to 4 times every hour, for soft serve ice cream.
5
Done
5 mins
  • crushing candy cane in a freezer bag
  • sprinkle ice cream with  crushed candy cane
Serve with some crushed candy canes sprinkled on top.

Cook Notes

  • Corn Free: Use another starch in place of the corn.
  • For Flavor: Use peppermint essence or candy cane.
  • If no ice cream maker: to make soft serve the food chopper step is important, repeat it 3/4 times.



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