Not many people can imagine what a vegan charcuterie board might look like, but I'm here to show you EXACTLY what one looks like, and why you need to start incorporating them into your life.
One thing that you find out real fast when you transition to a plant-based diet, is that people ask a TON of questions. So be prepared to feel like the media is following you around, questioning your every move.
Lately we have been doing a lot of celebrating in our lives. So far in 2018, we adopted a kitten, got engaged, and bought a house. It's been a busy few months to say the least, and the celebrating seems to have no end in sight.
We have been getting questions from family, friends and followers regarding what we can and should serve at these celebrations and get-togethers. The answer is quite simple really, just serve us wine, and lots of it. I'm only joking, well kind of. It's important to remember that vegans can be fancy folk too! Whatever an omnivore serves at a party, a vegan can serve too - and we will do it better!
So start with things that people love and recognize. This charcuterie board is the perfect snack to feed hungry guests, vegan or not. Now, I can tell you the measurements that I used for the board pictured, but keep in mind that you might need to adjust them depending on how many people you plan to serve - and how famished they are when they show up.
1 package of Fresh Strawberries
1 package of fresh blueberries
1 cup sectioned pineapple
2 oranges, sliced
1/2 bar of dark chocolate (check the package to make sure it is free of milk ingredients)
1/2-3/4 cup whole cashews (or nut of choice)
At least 2 varieties of vegan crackers, this is completely optional.
* If you have it on hand, or are able to find it somewhere local to you, you can grab some vegan brick cheeses and educate guests on how incredibly amazing it is!
Grab a fancy serving board, and arrange toppings onto board in a flattering way, there is really no wrong way to do this! I started with the strawberries, and crackers, and added all of the other things where I thought they might look nice. The possibilities are truly endless.
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup plant based milk
Measure out all ingredients, pour into a bowl and mix well. Change consistency of sauce by adding more plant milk.
Peanut Butter Sauce
1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
1/4 cup milk
1/4-1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp maple syrup
Measure out all ingredients, pour into a bowl and mix well. Change consistency of sauce by adding more plant milk. Note: If you are using peanut butter with added sugar, you may want to reduce the amount of maple syrup used.
6-8 cups plain air-popped popcorn
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1-2 tbsp nutritional yeast
Mix the seasonings together in a small dish, when popcorn is finished popping, grab a spray bottle of water and lightly spray the popcorn, alternatively you can just sub in some coconut oil or melted vegan butter. Sprinkle seasoning on top of popcorn generously and mix well.
Don't be afraid to sub in different fruits that are in season! In the fall I like to add in some fresh apples, peaches and figs, and in the beginning of summer typically I'll toss in some watermelon!
As usual, please let us know if you made this recipe, and how it turned out for you!! We love to hear your comments! Remember, every time we have people over is and opportunity to educate them about our diets! Try to speak kindly, and don't put them down for eating meat, talk to them about proven facts and TEACH them our ways! Every meal we serve to our families is one more plant-based meal consumed!
Looking for more delicious foods? Try these out! Chocosol - Ethical Vegan Chocolate made in Toronto Delicious Scones in 6 Different Flavours Chewy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies