Here’s a secret about teething biscuits.
Any recipe which results in a hard cookie or biscuit is a perfect candidate for these. Bonus points if it has round corners and is not too thin, so that your baby or toddler can’t break them apart that easily.
So if you’re the type who already knows a basic biscuit recipe, you’re already half way there. Most doughs are just variations of ingredients.
I would add the 2 ingredient cookie recipe as a last alternative, given that the end result is rather soft. Alternatively, you can increase the amount of oats in that recipe until you’re comfortable with how dry they turn out after baking. For example, for a 135g mashed banana, use 100g rolled oats and you should be good.
I mentioned in my 125 first foods babies can eat without teeth blog post that our little ones do not need teeth to chew. But the thing is, when teeth do appear, kids just LOVE to chew on anything, so might as well give them some proper food to do just that.
You’re nourishing them and they get to soothe a pain that sometimes gets them all cranky. Win-win for everybody.
So let’s see what combinations you can make and how exactly do teething cookies look like in these 23 examples.
Remember, little ones teethe until around 2 and a half years old, so these recipes are not only for babies, but toddlers as well.
And I find that even after they’re done teething, biscuits are a great snack and a better healthier alternative to store bought ones.
Here goes the list. Click the pictures to go to the particular recipe. Enjoy, pin on Pinterest, cook and let me know how they go.
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1. Apple teething biscuits from Mamanatural.com
What is cool about this post is that it offers you three alternatives, depending on what you have in the house: apples, pumpkin or banana. For us, it’s always apples and bananas, but they do tend to go quickly in our house.
I would leave out maple syrup altogether, or use an alternative that she suggests in her post. Read this blog post if you want to know why I avoid maple syrup and derivatives when feeding my kids.
2. Oat banana and cinnamon teething biscuits from Buonapappa.net
Another banana, oats and coconut oil combination, this time in a different shape.
You could achieve this shape by using two round cookie cutters of different sizes, or you can simply stick to a more traditional biscuit look.
3. Teething biscuits from Mama Bear Morabito
This recipe brings in flour to the mix alongside oatmeal, and banana and cinnamon for flavour. They are really simple to make and cut into different shapes depending on what cutters or knife skills you have.
Plus, you also get some teething tips to help with soothing.
4. 3 ingredient teething biscuits from Becky’s Best Bites
I love 3 ingredient recipes! (I do have a cookbook full of them, after all)
So this one requires a food processor for best results, as the dough looks to be quite dense to begin with. Use your hands to shape them and don’t worry about the looks.
In terms of flavour, you can leave them plain or add spices like Becky suggests.
It’s great that you can store them for longer or freeze them for even longer.
5. Healthy baby rusks from My Kids Lick the Bowl
Now this recipe uses a combination of oats and sweet potato and adds tea to the mix.
From what I have been reading, the compounds found in tea may interfere with iron absorption. So do be mindful of that before giving tea to your little one.
This being said, I am not exactly sure the amount of tea she uses in the end, as far as I understood it it’s only a teaspoon or two. So you can probably leave it out completely or replace it with water.
6. Sweet potato oat biscuits from Hanky’s Happy Home
Another sweet potato and oats combination, this time with a bit of baking powder added, as well as cinnamon and vanilla for flavour.
Oat flour can be obtained from grinding oatmeal in a food processor until it reaches a flour consistency.
No need to buy oat flour when you can make it at home.
Now this one doesn’t have a photo here, but click the link to see step by step instructions and why I call it teething bread instead of a biscuit.
I must say, this one is making use of what you probably already have (toast) instead of making a dough from scratch. With a teething baby who is probably upset and clingy, this hack might come in handy.
Oh and I forgot to mention it’s done in the microwave! So no more turning on the oven in the middle of summer when nobody wants the extra heat.
Just make sure to read her experience and maybe adapt to your own microwave.
8. Homemade teething biscuits by Sexy Moxie Mama
If you’ve read my 5 alternatives to baby cereal post, you know I’m not a huge fan of instant cereal for babies.
But let’s just say you have some in your pantry or cupboard from the days you were sure you were going to give it to your baby and somehow thought better of it.
Now’s the time to use it at least for some good purpose.
The recipe uses applesauce and water to bind the cereal and flour together.
9. Teething biscuits from My Little Food Critic
Another banana, oats and coconut oil recipe, this time adding ginger and cinnamon for flavour.
Not much to say about this one. The use of ginger is what differentiates it, so if you have it in your kitchen, here’s another use for it.
10. Apple teething biscuits by The Ox Mama
Another recipe that uses applesauce (scroll back up to read my note on how to easily make this at home).
Despite her saying these do not contain sugar, she adds maple syrup, which is also a type of free sugar. More info about free sugars in this post.
You can totally leave it out as it’s not a huge quantity anyway. The applesauce and cinnamon should provide enough flavour as it is.
I like the fact that she suggests replacing water with breastmilk if you so desire.
11. 3 ingredients teething biscuits from SuperHealthyKids.com
If you want to stick to minimum ingredients that you can simply throw in a blender, then this recipe has you covered.
The coconut oil gives these biscuits a bit of flavour, however it can be replaced with vegetable/sunflower oil if that’s what you’ve got. I assume butter would work just as well. It’s just fat after all.
I like the instruction of placing them on the baking sheet without touching, as these will give the air enough space to circulate and cook them evenly. We sometimes tend to overlook that aspect and end up with some pieces cooked and others not so.
12. Quinoa teething crackers from CradleRockingMama.com
If by any chance you jumped on the quinoa superfood bandwagon and find yourself with some quinoa flour and flakes just lying around your pantry, then have a go at these biscuits.
They do take longer to cook than the rest of the recipes, but they are nutritious and bump up those iron levels too.
These are also great for little ones with allergies, as they have no egg or dairy.
13. 2 ingredient baby oatmeal rusks by The Road to Loving My Thermomixer
For the sake of argument, let’s say you only have oats in the house. It can happen to anyone, right? Especially when you haven’t done a weekly shop and you’ve been sitting with your poorly baby all week.
Turns out these biscuits are only made with oats and water. So think of them as a basic oatmeal recipe, slightly thickened and baked in the oven.
Sure, the taste might be bland, but we’re not looking to solve a flavour issue here.
14. Peanut butter teething cookies by Delicious little bites
This recipe uses enriched milk powder and peanut butter to bring together the dough, together with flour, oil and water.
She suggests giving these to babies over 1 year old as the risk of chocking is quite high. Then again, teething biscuits shouldn’t be crumbly enough to cause a concern, so maybe these shouldn’t be called teething cookies to begin with. *shrug*
If your baby is allergic to peanut butter, it’s best to use a different recipe from this list.
15. Quinoa blueberry teething biscuits from Buonapappa.net
For little ones with gluten intolerance, this recipe is free from grains such as oats. Instead it uses quinoa flour and tapioca starch, together with coconut oil for binding together and nutmeg and blueberry puree for flavour.
If you don’t have the puree, you can totally use any other pureed/mashed fruit.
You can use normal flour or oat flour if gluten is not an issue for your little one. Do not let ingredients such as different flours stop you from making a recipe.
16. Peanut butter teething biscuits by Mommy Home Manager
Here’s another recipe using peanuts, but this time in powder form.
This is a great alternative to peanut butter, especially when it comes to using it to bake things. I find the clumping on a tablespoon quite off-putting when all I want to do is drop it in a mix and put the thing to bake.
Just make sure to grab one that is 100% peanuts.
17. Sweet potato teething biscuits by Onceuponafarmorganics.com
This recipe uses sweet potato and oats, a combo which is right on so many levels (just think about making porridge in autumn! yum!).
If you don’t have the pouches, then use mashed sweet potato and it will count towards your little one’s vegetable intake.
In the link, there’s also a yogurt bark recipe, which is also a great way to calm sore gums and uses the power of the freezer.
18. Beet blueberry and cinnamon teething biscuits by Hanky’s Happy Home
If you haven’t yet used beetroot in your cooking, you must know it’s a great way to naturally colour foods and baked goods. You can find beets fresh (they need to be boiled before consumption) but also already cooked and air sealed. Once cooked, they are soft to bite from or you can try grating them.
This recipe requires them fresh, but if you can find them already cooked that’s one step already done.
The blueberries usually colour food in blue, but if combined with beets, you get this interesting brownish colour that looks like chocolate.
19. Healthy homemade teething biscuits by Califfcreations.com
This one uses the basic 3 ingredients that all teething biscuits seem to have: oats, banana and coconut oil.
Now, for me, chia is a tough subject to talk about (as you can read in this blog post) so do make sure to at least be informed before choosing to use it in baking.
20. Cinnamon sweet potato biscuits by themessybunmum.co.uk
Even though labeled as biscuits for BLW, these ones look crunchy enough to count as teething ones.
The sweet potato and cinnamon combination is a winner everytime, and the butter really brings it together.
If you don’t have self-raising flour (it’s a British thing), simply add baking powder to plain/all-purpose flour and you’re good to go!
21. Jowar/sorghum flour teething biscuits by mylittlemoppet.com
This is another gluten free and vegan recipe.
It uses sorghum flour and enriches the dough with sesame seeds.
If you haven’t heard about sorghum, it’s the fifth most important cereal crop in the whole world mainly because its tolerance to draught.
22. Baby cakes by familyfeedbag.com
These ones look more like small cakes rather than biscuits, and that’s because they contain egg and baking soda, which give them a nice rise once baked.
If you don’t have canola oil, you can definitely substitute with a different oil.
You could argue again that since you can actually take a bite they might not be teething biscuits per se, however for me the egg is an added source of protein and for a child who probably doesn’t eat much because of teething, these mini cakes could save a day when nothing else is eaten much.
23. Wholemeal baby biscotti by wildandwisdom.com
This was a recipe I resonated much with, especially since I believe Italians to be great cooks and we should all be inspired by their cuisine.
However, I would replace the fruit juice in this biscotti recipe with something else: water or even milk. Juices tend to not have much fruit fibre left and tend to be high in free sugars.
The dried fruit and mixed spice bring great flavour to these and make me think of gingerbread and Christmas somehow.
So this was my collection of 23 recipes for teething biscuits, cookies, rusks and biscotti. I’m sure that there’s something in this list that you can cook for your little one.
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