Healthy Homemade Teething Biscuits

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If you’re the parent of a teething baby or toddler, these healthy homemade teething biscuits are your new best friend. 

Healthy Homemade Teething Biscuits. These only have 3 ingredients, and they're so easy to make!

One of the first things I learned as a new parent was that there are a LOT of good ways to feed your child. Every child is different, and has his or her own needs, likes, wants, and preferences. My daughter, for instance, loved purees and, after a little reluctance, started solids and finger foods when the time was right. My son, on the other hand gagged and spit out anything pureed for months and months. So, for him, we did baby led weaning.

If you’re not familiar with the idea, baby led weaning is feeding your child soft table foods and finger foods that you and the rest of your family are eating. There are a lot of pros to the method–your child learns at an early age to feed himself, your child is exposed to a wide variety of textures and flavors early, and some believe that this method leads to less picky eating down the road. See our top 5 tips for baby led weaning here. 

There was one area where both children–my daughter (who preferred purees) and my son (who preferred table foods)–completely agreed when it came to food: things they like to eat while teething. All those beautiful tiny teeth sure wreak havoc on a little mouth and for some little ones, it can mean that their mouth is too sore to eat much.

Healthy Homemade Teething Biscuits. These healthy homemade teething biscuits are perfect for little ones with sore mouths. Only 3 ingredients and our kids love them!

We had a few things that worked really well–smoothie popsicles (which were cool enough that they felt soothing), cold apple slices (for my son), and cold yogurt (for my daughter). Beyond that, they both really liked teething biscuits–little round cracker- or cookie-like biscuits that are fairly soft and feel really good to chew on. Much of what was on the market was either a little over-priced or had some extra ingredients I didn’t necessarily want, like sugar, salt, or dairy milk (which my kids are sensitive to).

I learned quickly how easy it is to make my own. These healthy homemade teething biscuits are portable and you can make a batch and freeze them ahead of time, which is great for when a tooth unexpectedly starts poking through. I love these because there are only 3 primary ingredients, and you can add different flavorings to keep things interesting. They’re soft enough to chew without hurting a sore mouth, but can stand up to plenty of drool! They worked well for both my children through the teething years, and even into the toddler years.

Solids, purees, teething biscuits, or popsicles, GOOD LUCK with those teething months!

Healthy Homemade Teething Biscuits - Perfect for baby led weaning. So much better than the store-bought ones!
Healthy Homemade Teething Biscuits

Notes on the recipe:

  • For the best oat flour… To make oat flour, you simply measure out the oats and then puree them in a blender or food processor. The finer you blend the oats, the more smooth your final texture will be in the teething biscuits. I highly recommend using a blender over a food processor for this reason.
  • Change up the flavor! These are fairly bland as is. My children liked them plain like this, but sometimes we’d add a pinch of cinnamon, ginger, or nutmeg, or 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract to the recipe. You can also add 1 Tbsp raw cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder to the recipe. For a savory version, you can use olive oil instead of the coconut oil and add in some spices and fresh or dried herbs. Start small and work your way up!
  • Choose the right shape. I can get about 12 teething biscuits out of this recipe. You want them to be several inches long (long enough for your child to hold onto them) and fairly thin. Please be sure you round out the corners, as sore little mouths won’t want any sharp edges poking their gums!

Emily Dixon is the blogger, food lover, and mom behind One Lovely Life, where she shares healthy food and happy thoughts for living a lovely life.

Healthy Homemade Teething Biscuits

If you’re the parent of a teething baby or toddler, these healthy homemade teething biscuits are your new best friend. 
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Homemade Teething Biscuits
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 394kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cup oats, dry
  • 1 medium banana
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil

Optional

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In a blender (or food processor), blend the oats into a very fine powder. (A blender will work best for this job, but a food processor will also work)
  • Add banana and coconut oil (and any vanilla or spices you may be using) to the blender and puree until mixture comes together in a dough.
  • If the dough is very sticky to handle, you can pat a little flour (gluten free or wheat flour) onto the exterior of the ball to make it easier to handle. If the dough is too dry, you can add a little additional coconut oil.
  • Divide the dough into 12 balls or sections. Pat out each ball into a little baton about 4 inches long and 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide, and about 1/4 inch thick. Round the edges of each baton with your fingers so there are no sharp edges.
  • (Alternatively, you can roll the entire dough ball out into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick and slice it into 12 rectangles. Round the corners of each rectangle and make the shapes roughly even. I’ve found that shaping each baton works better for me than rolling and slicing, but you can do what works best for you).
  • Place evenly on a baking sheet so that none of the batons are touching. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Flip and cook another 5-10 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the centers are set but not too crunchy.
  • Allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature, in the refrigerator, or the freezer.
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Nutrition

Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 2mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 4g

 

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I was also wondering if these can be made with a different fruit. My daughter’s tummy really didn’t react well to bananas, so I’m going to wait quite a while before trying it again. Has anyone tried apple or something else?

I’ve used apple sauce and they were great but the dough is a bit stickier than with the banana. I piped the dough out onto the parchment using a Ziploc bag, with the corner snipped off. With the banana mix, I roll it out and use a cookie cutter.

Hi Emily, thanks for sharing this healthy and easy recipe.. Amber baby love it and so are her brother and sister too. But I encountered this problem where it is hard to form into dough if only using the ingredients that you provided. So I added 1 Tbsp of oil then almost 2 Tbsp of cold butter. Finally it form into dough that I can deal with.. I wonder if I can use rolled oat?

That was my problem as well. I didn’t have coconut oil so substituted with olive oil. The banana was also not 100% ripe so not sure if it was because of those two factors or not. I also couldn’t blend for entire time because the banana mixture would make the blades keep getting stuck.

I’ve just made this and found the mixture a tad too sticky to form into a dough so I added a bit of baby cereal (didn’t have any more blended rolled oats) and the mixture came together perfectly.

Tried them once with 2 bananas and PB a little of honey spread on top after baking. My LO loved them. Now tried them with one banana and almost a pkg of blackberries then made a well in the center, put some natural berry jam and folded into a biscuits. Total of 24. Baked 12 min on one side and 8 on the other. Some of the jam came out but not too badly. Will see how he likes them this time!

Just a heads up – it is strongly recommended that babies do not consume any honey (not even in baked goods) before their 1st birthday due to the risk of botulism.

My baby is 5.5 months and just started puree. Is he to young for these cookies (he is for sure teething)? He is still only on single foods avocado and peas so far..

Dear Emily,

Thank-you for this lovely recipe. They came out beautifully. I ground a little extra oat and then took it out before adding the remaining ingredients and used it to roll out the dough. I cut it into rectangles and then rounded the corners with my fingers. I found that if you let the dough sit for a short time it is not at all sticky as the oats quickly absorb any excess moisture. It was easy and quick and much cheaper than store-bought. I’m excited to try some variations of this recipe.

Thank you for your recipe. I found the mix was a little dry so added a spot of water to bring it together.
Also, after I formed them I cut out a hole and used a ribbon to tie it to my LO’s bib.

Just made these for a late night snack and they are fantasitic! Not sure if there will be any left for our little one though hehe. Thank you xx

Hi, great recipe. I made these today with 1 banana and baby cereal. I had to use apple sauce to get the dough to form. Felt a bit rubbery. Hope they taste okay for my baby. Luckily he isn’t too picky. I only made 7. But maybe I made them a bit large?! Oh well, glad to find this recipe as I would prefer to make most of his food. Thanks for sharing!

Very good! I needed to add about 1/4 cup of applesauce for it to blend and used flour when shaping because the dough was very sticky. We ALL enjoyed them! 😉

what age would you recommend these for? I made them for my almost eight month old girl (she has 1 tooth) and she nearly choked on them. I tried them too and found them quite doughey. It takes quite some time and a lot of saliva to get them down… did I do anything wrong? I ground the oats with my food processor as fine as possible… maybe not fine enough? Would it possibly help to rebake the biscuits to turn them more into a kind of Zwieback? (which my LO doesn’t seem to have problems eating with)

We added one more banana and a little oat flour to make it non greasy. The dough came perfect and baked well too. Thank you for the simple and tasty recipe.

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So far so good! I just baked them, and they were super easy to make. I used baby oatmeal that it already fine and the dough turned out great. Not sticky at all! It was easy to form into bars and they smell like banana bread. Cant wait for baby to try.

Hi, Emily both of my daughters loved it!!! How long can i keep them at room temp in a tight container. 1wk? Or less?

How would these turn out after defrosting? I’m curious if they need to be put back in the oven after they come out of the freezer? TIA!

I have an almost 6 month old and am letting her try some solid foods and purees. And my mom keeps telling me about the giant teething biscuits she used to give us when we were kids that were like hockey pucks. We would chew/gum them for a while, make a big mess and no chunks would come off. Can yseem yo find anything like this and have now come across recipes like yours.
At what age did you start giving these to your kids?
And have you ever tried adding peanut butter?
Concerned about choking hazard…

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These are called teething biscuits which help the baby ease the discomfort of teething! Their not intended to replace any part of the infants nutritional needs! The consistency should be hard enough for your baby to gum on so the baby can’t break off pieces to cause choking!!

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These didn’t quite work as I hoped, I was looking for something really hard to “naw” on. I loved the ingrediants and process appears easy, but the dough was a bit dry (I added a little more oil). They are just too soft, but thank you for the idea.

Mine came out with a little give when you pressed on them but hardened up pretty quickly. Do you bake yours just long enough to stay slightly soft once they’re cooled or do they end up hardening up once cooled?

Hi Beth! The banana in this recipe helps bind the dough together, but I did think of dates as a possible alternative. You could try soaking a couple of dates to soften them, and mashing them up before adding them to the oat mixture. You might need to add a splash of water to match the consistency of the banana. I can’t promise this will work, but it well might. 🙂 If you try it, please come back and let us know how it turned out for you!

I made this with pear puree instead of banana because my daughter doesn’t like bananas very much and I used steal oats instead of instant. I blended the steal oats and added the pear puree, coconut oil, and a teaspoon of vanilla. It blended perfect and formed an amazing dough that I was able to roll out without any issues. I will definitely be making these with all different kinds of fruits!! Love love love this recipe!

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Thank you for your nice easy recipe, I interested in trying already since all the ingredients mostly available in my kitchen. I have a question though, the consistency of the final ingredient does it become soft like the store baby biscuits?
Thank you for your time.

Hi Wajed! The consistency of these teething biscuits is fairly soft, but tough enough that babies can mouth them a bit before they break down. You can cook them a little less if you want them softer, or a little longer if you’d like them crunchier.

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They turned out so dry, it’s like eating saw dust. My 11 month old can’t even swallow them, nor I for that matter. I used a little more coconut oil because they were too crumbly but they still were too dry. When blending the oats, my blender could hardly handle it even though I have a nice Vitamix that I use for bread doughs. Not sure how I could improve this recipe to make it palatable.

Hi Pat, you can use steel cut oats as long as your blender can grind them to a fine flour-like consistency. If you have a Blendtec or Vitamix it should work just fine. I hope this helps!

You can just leave them on the counter for an hour or two and they should thaw. You can probably speed it up by putting them in the toaster oven on low. I hope this helps!

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Thanks for the recipe! I just popped my first batch in the oven. I made a few modifications. First of all, I don’t have a blender, so I ground the oats in a coffee grinder. I did a blend of fine ground and medium ground to give a little more texture. My baby is eating more finger foods now, and is ready to have new textures. Secondly, I used 4 tablespoons of ghee instead of coconut oil, since that’s all I have on hand. I felt like a little more oil would help bind the dough. I mixed the oat flour with clove, then rubbed the ghee into the flour with my fingers until it resembled course crumbs. Next I used a fork to mix in the mashed banana and vanilla extract. The end result was a crumbly looking dough, which I rolled into balls and patted into shape. The unbaked dough tastes good, so I have high hopes for the finished product! The kitchen smells great, though!

I plan on using this recipe as a base for other variations. For those with food sensitivities to banana, try apple sauce. I want to make some with mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes, pumpkin, butternut squash, etc. I have an Irish recipe for baked potato cakes. They resemble scones, and I think I can create a baby friendly version. Good alternatives to coconut oil: ghee, butter, sesame oil, avocado oil, olive oil, etc. Ghee has a similar result as Crisco, but better for you.

Haven’t made this yet but want to try it today. I see the calorie count for one serving.. but what is one serving? One biscuit? Two? 394 calories is high if it’s just one biscuit so I want to feed to my babe accordingly. (Also I’m a too tired mama to do the math and figure this out..) thanks in advance.

Hi Harmony, I’m not quite sure where that calorie count is coming from! Sorry for the confusion. I ran the numbers and it comes out to roughly 83 calories per biscuit. That said… babies and toddlers are very very good at regulating their own intake. So I wouldn’t worry about your baby overeating.

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I just made these as directed and they came out great. The dough formed easily and I was able to knead with my hands into shapes. My baby is 14 months and really likes them. They came out bready with a soft center, similar to a fig bar. I almost thought they were underdone but it’s just the way banana cooks.
One question, how long do they keep for at room temp and in the fridge?

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I just wanted to comment that I fee these biscuits are appropriate for babies over 1. My 14 month old still chokes on these occasionally because they are pretty dense.

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I love how versatile this recipe is! I decided to try the savoury version, and opted for a half cup of pureed roasted pumpkin instead of the banana. I upped the olive oil to 3 Tbsp to make sure the pumpkin was moist enough and added a pinch of salt, rosemary and oregano, inspired by the focaccia bread I had made the day before which baby went nuts over. They turned out beautifully! In fact I may end up eating some myself with a bowl of soup! I found the dough a bit sticky when I first mixed it, but as luck would have it I was forced to set it aside for half an hour before baking and when I came back to it, it was perfect for shaping. Can’t wait to try more variations! Next up, peanut butter banana!

How soft are these supposed to be? I made these and they were fairly simple to make. I was afraid of overbaking them since the bottoms were turning brown when I flipped them, so I only baked them for 5 minutes on the 2nd side. I tried one and they’re too stiff to gum, but also not hard like gingerbread. They don’t really dissolve in the mouth. I’m concerned that my little one might bite off a chunk and then choke on it. He has his first two teeth coming in.
I used very fine almond flour since oats seem to bother my boy’s tummy. I also used 1 tsp of vanilla extract for flavoring since he’s had it before. I’m not sure if these turned out the way the recipe intended. Should these be hard like gingerbread? Any insight would be appreciated!

Hi April, you’re correct that they have a different texture than the store-bought biscuits, and are a bit more prone to breaking rather than melting. If you’re worried about choking, you might want to wait a couple of months until your baby is a little better at manipulating pieces of food in his mouth. I hope this helps!

This recipe needs a lot more work. Had to add more than 2xs coconut oil and they are baking like they will fall apart.

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Hello from France! I just made these for my teething 7 month old. They turned out great! I don’t have any bananas at the moment, so I decided to replace it with a jar of sweet potato purée. The dough came together to make a firm ball, I rolled it out, and cut them out with a round scalloped cookie cutter. I got 24 nice, firm biscuits out of this batch. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Next time I might try avocado oil with a jar of green veggies. The possibilities are endless.

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My girl loves these. I add in her leftover purées or fruit in hand. Not necessary, but a great way to use up fruit before it goes bad 🙂 or shredded carrots, etc. to mix it up. I always make a double batch now and freeze them so I always have them on hand. Thank you so much for this easy recipe, it is a staple in our house.

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