Hands up who hates teething? It’s horrid to watch your little ones in pain, frantically chewing on anything they can get there hands on (including your hands… or worse!). Will now has 6 teeth, and with each new one that arrives I feel we manage it a little better. It obviously still hurts him, but I am recognising the signs faster and acting accordingly. We have tried lots of things; some have worked whilst some have been catastrophic failures. I was convinced that homemade ice lollies were going to be the answer; they most definitely were not, he hated that they were cold and screamed every time he licked them!
One thing is that did work however was an emergency rusk a friend gave me during one particularly stressful cafe visit when Will just wouldn’t settle. He nibbled on it ferociously and it really seemed to help with those pesky teeth! While I see nothing wrong with Will having the odd rusk or bought baby snack, I would always prefer to make my own. Baby snacks definitely have their place but if I can make an alternative I will. With this in mind I set to work creating a teething biscuit that was effective, tasty and nutritious. After lots of trials I came up with this dairy free, sugar free recipe that only has 4 ingredients and is incredibly quick to whip up in even the most micro baby nap!
The biscuit has a dense, chewy texture rather than a brittle melting rusk. This makes it easy for babies to gum and chew. Now Will has some teeth he bites little chunks off and gums the rest. It’s a very simple recipe that uses ground porridge oats in place of flour. The sweetness comes from banana so make sure you use a ripe one. Obviously, this biscuit isn’t a chocolate hobnob, it’s healthy, and I wouldn’t dunk one in my tea. But to a baby who likes bland, naturally sweet food they are perfect.
This makes 12 small biscuits
- 100g porridge oats
- 100g banana (roughly 1 medium banana)
- 30ml rapeseed or coconut oil
- Tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 180c and place greaseproof paper on a baking tray
- Grind the porridge oats until you have a fine flour. I do this using my nutribullet with the milling blade attached
- Mash the banana until you have a banana pulp
- Add the oat flour to this along with the cinnamon and oil
- Stir and then use your hands to make a dough which should easily roll into a ball
- Roll little balls of the dough, about the size of a walnut
- To make oval biscuits roll your dough balls into sausage shapes and then flatten on to a baking tray covered in grease proof paper. They should be about half a cm thick.
- Bake in the oven for 10-14 minutes (depends on the thickness of the biscuit) until they are golden brown and firm but with a little give when pressed
- Allow to cool on a wire rack before placing in an airtight container
Will chomps happily on these, they provide some teething relief for him, and I know he’s eating something nourishing and healthy. For me this recipe is a total winner!
I’d love to hear if you try these or if you have any teething remedies of your own?