How To Build a Charcuterie Board For Your Dog

How To Build a Charcuterie Board For Your Dog

Charcuterie boards are all the rage. So, what do hardcore dog lovers do? BARKuterie boards, of course!

Charcuterie boards, a feast for the eyes and tastebuds, are such an enjoyable food experience. But while you’re having fun with your grazing platter, some four-legged family members are wishing they could join the festivities.

Let your loyal companion in on the fun with a barkuterie board! The best part? You probably already have everything you need in your refrigerator or pantry. I’ve also included two easy, no-bake treat recipes that’ll earn you lots of licks–on and off the board.

BARKuterie board for dogs

Be as creative as you’d like! Just keep in mind what Fido can’t have.

Some popular items featured in charcuterie boards aren’t safe for your dog. Here’s a short list of forbidden foods:

  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Olives
  • Deli meats (because of the high level of sodium and other preservatives that could be harmful or upset your pet’s stomach)
  • Walnuts, macadamia nuts, or brazil nuts
  • Anything chocolate or chocolate covered

While almonds and peanuts aren’t toxic, they could pose a choking hazard to some. If you include these, make sure they’re unsalted.

Use your best judgment when choosing items, and always be sure to check before adding anything you’re unsure of.

Choosing The Treats For Your Barkuterie Board

When deciding on which foods for your furbaby’s charcuterie board, remember you don’t need large amounts of any because you’ll want to offer a variety. Aim for a balance of protein, fruits, and just-for-fun goodies. Here are some suggestions for your platter:

  • Apples
  • Bananas (peeled)
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Carrot sticks
  • Cauliflower
  • Cheese
  • Cooked chicken (without bones)
  • Cucumber
  • Dehydrated fruit slices (unsweetened)
  • Dehydrated sweet potatoes
  • Dog treats
  • Dried meats or fish (unseasoned)
  • Green beans
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Mango
  • Peanut butter
  • Pineapple
  • Popcorn
  • Raspberries
  • Raw marrow bones
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Yogurt with a honey drizzle

You can use tiny sprigs of herbs to enhance the look of the board. Even though Fluffy doesn’t care how it looks, you certainly do! Photos must be taken, right? The following are dog-friendly:

  • Basil
  • Chamomile
  • Cilantro
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary

Building Your Barkuterie Board

Start by placing the larger or special items around the board. The goodies in the photo below are the two recipes included at the end of this article: Applelicious Gummies and Blueberry & Banana Truffles.

Dog Charcuterie Board

Arrange collections of medium-sized foods, such as chucks of chicken and vegetables, in different areas. (That’s purple cauliflower if you’re wondering!)

Dog Charcuterie Board

If you put peanut butter or yogurt in a ramekin, you might need to hold it for Fido. We suggest something a little more fun: pipe the creamy stuff! You can get creative with decorating the board.

Have a cookie cutter? Use it on slices of cheese for added cuteness.

Then fill the spaces in between with smaller items. Use your fancy peanut butter or yogurt design to hold some goodies in place.

After adding a few sprigs of herbs, voila! Your barkuterie board is ready for Fluffy and Fido–and Instagram! Isn’t it gorgeous!?

How To Create a Barkuterie Board
How To Create a Barkuterie Board
How To Create a Barkuterie Board

As with anything, moderation is key.

A barkuterie board is a fun treat for a special occasion, but it shouldn’t take the place of your dog’s daily nutritious meal. 

Bone appétit!

Appleicious Gummies for Dog Charcuterie Board

Applelicious Gummies

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These jigglies are both healthy and nutritious. Your pups are getting the benefits of collagen from gelatin, a vital component for healthy skin, hair, and nails, and apple, an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Course Everyday Treats
Cuisine Dog Treats
Servings 25 1.25” molds

Equipment/Supplies

  • Silicone molds (small cavity - bones, paws, hearts, stars, etc.)

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup apple juice unsweetened
  • 2 packets gelatin unflavored (This is NOT Jell-o!)
  • ¼ cup applesauce unsweetened
  • Sprinkle cinnamon optional
  • Sprinkle ginger optional

Instructions
 

  • Pour apple juice into small saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin over juice and let sit for 4-5 minutes.
  • Over low heat, gently stir continuously until gelatin is completely dissolved.
  • Remove from heat. Add applesauce and spices. Stir to combine.
  • Slowly fill each cavity in molds.
  • Refrigerate for several hours until firm.

Notes

Shelf-life & Storage
Keep stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Do not freeze.
Keyword Gluten-free, Grain-free, No-bake, Soft
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Blueberry Banana Truffles for Dog Charcuterie Board

Blueberry & Banana “Ruff”les (Truffles)

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These little morsels of goodness are like a truffle, but since they're for doggos, I call them ruffles. Ha! Get it? “Ruff”les? 😅
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Course Special Occasions
Cuisine Dog Treats

Equipment/Supplies

  • Mini chopper or food processor

Ingredients
  

  • cup coconut flour
  • 1 banana very ripe
  • cup blueberries fresh or thawed from frozen
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil warmed to liquid
  • tablespoons flax ground
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes for coating optional

Instructions
 

  • In mini-chopper, purée banana and blueberries.
  • In small bowl, mix fruit puree with flax, coconut oil, and coconut flour until thoroughly combined.
  • Roll into bite-sized balls.
  • Coat balls with coconut flakes or leave plain, or do both!
  • Cover with plastic wrap or put in an air-tight container, and refrigerate for several hours until firm.

Notes

Shelf-life & Storage
Keep stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 week. Freeze for up to 3 months. If your pup doesn’t have teeth issues, there’s no reason you can’t give him a frozen treat.
Keyword Gluten-free, Grain-free, No-bake, Soft, Vegan
Tried this recipe?Please leave us a comment! Or share a photo on Instagram with hashtags #woofpurr #woofpurrpettreatrecipebook Thank you!

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