A simple recipe for delicious, easy and healthy homemade teething biscuits that will make you think twice about buying store-bought ones.
- Teething Baby
- Store-Bought Teething Biscuits
- At what age can baby eat these?
- Homemade Teething Biscuits
- How To Make Teething Biscuits - Step-By-Step Photo Instructions
- Teething Biscuits Variations And Substitutions
- More Related Recipes
- Easy Homemade Recipe For Healthy Teething Biscuits
Teething is one of those times in a baby's life that is just difficult for both the parents and the baby. At whatever months of age it starts, it always seems to be hurting the baby's gums and leading sleepless nights and a whole lot of crying and cuddling.
Usually while teething, to soothe the pain, babies like to use their little hands to put all kinds of objects in and soothe the baby's sore gums.
So why not use that to your advantage as one of the silver linings of this period and offer some homemade baby food in the form of biscuits for teething which will not only help with the pain but also nourish and feed your little one.
Store-Bought Teething Biscuits
Due to lack of time, patience and sleep it's easy for parents just to go to the store and buy some biscuits for teething and give to their child.
Store-bough teething baby biscuits are often made from easily digestible whole grain such as rice flour, baby cereal, rice cereal with an addition of some fruit puree such as apple sauce, pear puree or ripe bananas to name a few.
Being store-bought, even if appropriate for babies, they often have added preservatives. So from my perspective, making your own biscuits for baby is always a much better option.
At what age can baby eat these?
These biscuits have a harder shell so babies without teeth will not be able to bite them but will gnaw on them and make them softer and then maybe break off soft tiny pieces of them.
Never leave baby unattended when eating, including when eating/gnawing on these biscuits.
Homemade Teething Biscuits
To make delicious, nutritious and healthy homemade biscuits, you only need a few simple healthy ingredients and some time and patience.
To make these delicious biscuits, you will need only a few simple ingredients:
- apple puree: unsweetened, apple puree made solely from apples (tip: make your own at home)
- rolled oats: I find rolled oats to be the easiest option for teething biscuits
- coconut oil: a great fat to use for baked meals for babies because it's fat profile is such that it doesn't burden the digestive system
How To Make Teething Biscuits - Step-By-Step Photo Instructions
Follow these easy step-by-step photo instructions to make these biscuits.
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/356F.
2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper (baking sheet)
3. Blend the oats (dry ingredients) in a food processor to until you have your own oat flour
4. Add the apple sauce and coconut oil (wet ingredients) to the oats and mix with either a whisk or a silicone spatula until you have a firm dough
5. Divide the dough into 15 balls and shape each one into a rectangle-shaped biscuit with no sharp edges.
6. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until the edges are golden-brown.
7. Allow to cool to at least room temperature (about 30-45 minutes) before serving.
How To Make Your Own Apple Sauce
1. Peel the apples and cut into smaller pieces.
2. Steam in a baby cooker. Or if you don't have a baby cooker, boil some water and steam the apples in a colander over the boiling water until soft.
3. Allow to cool for a bit and then mash into a puree.
Teething Biscuits Variations And Substitutions
In case you want to change some ingredients to these biscuits because you either don't have them or don't like them, here are a few tips for substitutions and variations:
- in case you don't want to use rolled oats or oat flour, a great option is using another grain that you can blend into a flour or a simple flour such as cassava flour
- for the fruit component of the recipe, depending on the season, you can use mashed bananas or a pear puree
- instead of the coconut oil, there are other wonderful fat options for your child - vegetable oils such as avocado oil and olive oil which are considered to be the healthiest oils
- if you want to add some extra ingredients and flavor to the recipe, you can try with some vanilla extract (non-alcoholic of course)
- I find it the easiest for myself and the babies to make these biscuits in a rectangle shape but if you want to add some variations you can always make them in fun shapes. Just make sure to avoid any sharp edges
These teething biscuits can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about 3 days and in the fridge for around 7 days. For any storage longer than that, you should put them in the freezer in silicone bags where they can be kept for up to 3 months. Just make sure you warm them to room temperature before serving to your baby.
Given that teething babies are usually under 1 year of age and we don't recommend adding sweeteners to baby's food unless they are at least 1, I wouldn't recommend it. Stick with natural sugar and sweetness coming from the fruit.
If your baby has already tried all the ingredients from this recipe, then there is almost to no chance that they will be allergic. If they haven't tried all of the ingredients, then make sure to offer these biscuits for the first time in the morning, during a working day when your doctor is readily available in case there is an allergic reaction. The ingredients from this recipe are not know as common allergens so hopefully not many babies will be allergic.
Absolutely! Just keep in mind that these don't have any added sweeteners so if the older kids are used to sweet baked food these might be a bit too bland. If making only for older kids and no babies then feel free to add a bit of a natural sweetener such as maple syrup, birch sugar or some date syrup.
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Easy Homemade Recipe For Healthy Teething Biscuits
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ½ cup applesauce or 2 apples
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- Preheat the oven to 180C/356F.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper (baking sheet)
- Blend the oats (dry ingredients) in a food processor to until you have your own oat flour
- Add the apple sauce and coconut oil (wet ingredients) to the oats and mix with either a whisk or a silicone spatula until you have a firm dough
- Divide the dough into 15 balls and shape each one into a rectangle-shaped biscuit with no sharp edges.
- Place on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until the edges are golden-brown.
- Allow to cool to at least room temperature (about 30-45 minutes) before serving.
How To Make Applesauce
- Peel the apples and cut into smaller pieces.
- Steam in a baby cooker. Or if you don't have a baby cooker, boil some water and steam the apples in a colander over the boiling water until soft.
- Allow to cool for a bit and then mash into a puree.