Fruit and Cheese Bistro Box

Have you ever craved that bistro-style cheese and fruit box but just didn’t want to shell out the money for it? Well, I’m going to make your day with this cost-effective way to get what you want!

DIY Starbucks Fruit and Cheese Bistro Box

A few years ago, a certain well-known coffee house chain came out with some boxed lunch options with healthier ingredients than the options found at the grocery store.

Bravo! But at around $5 a pop, they can put a dent in your pocketbook pretty quickly!

And on top of that, for the average adult, I would classify them more as a “snack” than a “meal.”

So instead of shelling out for the coffee shop version, take a few extra minutes, save several dollars, and pack your own!

Cheese and Fruit Bistro Box

DIY Starbucks Fruit and Cheese Bistro Box

Make your own more affordable version of the popular coffee chain’s Fruit and Cheese box!

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  • Small wedge of Brie
  • 1-2 small slices of aged cheddar
  • 1-2 small slices of Gouda
  • 5-7 whole grain crackers (typically comes with 4 or 5 largish ones)
  • 3-4 apple slices
  • 2 tablespoons almonds mixed with 1 tablespoon dried cranberries


  1. Take as much or as little of each ingredient as you’d like…and enjoy!

Notes: Check out these tips from MOMables on how to keep your apples from browning!

Make It a Meal!

starbucks cheese bistro box recipe - cheaper and healthier

The coffee shop version is great for a smaller appetite or to snack on in between meals, but with a few changes, you can easily turn it into a real meal! Add more cheese, crackers, cranberry-almond mix, and apples, and might as well include some veggies too!

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About Kendra Peterson

Kendra has two daughters on a gluten free, dairy free, and dye free diets. She cooks meals that don't come from a can, boxed or with unidentifiable ingredients. She makes miracles with the random veggies she gets from her CSA box and can be seen pulled over at the park or library feeding her kids food packed in lunch boxes. You can also find her making fun waste-free lunches on her blog, Biting the Hand That Feeds You.