Homemade Teething Biscuits Recipe

Teething biscuits … kinda old school, eh? I know my mom used the famous Zwieback Toast when I was teething. And, just like most store-bought teething biscuits, I’m sure they contained high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean oil (!), not to mention refined flour and synthetic additives.

I think these ingredients should be illegal to serve to children. Even the “organic” varieties use enriched flours, rancid vegetable oils, and dry milk.

So, as my kids started teething (here’s how to tell if they are), be sure to try these effective and natural teething remedies. But, if you’re like me, you also wanted to give them a nutritious biscuit for them to chew on. Teething biscuits can soothe gums, and they’re also great practice for eating solid foods (aka baby-led weaning).

Note: these biscuits aren’t really made for “eating” per se but rather tasting and gnawing.

A couple thoughts on teething biscuits ingredients

I used a combination of rolled and steel cut oats as my flour base to make it gluten free. I would assume you could replace the oats with sprouted flours from millet, spelt, and brown rice.

I included maple syrup as my sweetener but you could replace with apple sauce, dates or none at all. Since babies won’t be chowing down on these, I’m OK with the added sweetener. (You gotta give them some incentive to gnaw on!) Plus, maple syrup does contain some trace minerals and is a healthier alternative.

I used organic, unrefined coconut oil since it can withstand high heat and is made up of medium-chain fatty acids (particularly the antimicrobial lauric acid) similar to breast milk.

I made without eggs since some babies react to the whites under 1 year of age.

homemade teething biscuits ingredients

Here are a couple of recipes that I’ve adapted:

Apple teething biscuits recipe

  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • 1 c. steel cut oats (grind oats in blender till they’re a flour consistency)
  • 1 c. organic apple sauce (be sure it’s thick or drain any liquid part)
  • 2 TB maple syrup
  • 2 TB coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp each of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

Mix dry ingredients. Add in syrup and melted oil. Form date-like shapes and put on greased baking sheet or parchment paper.

Bake at 350F for 30-45 minutes, depending on your oven. Flip them halfway through so that you have a nice golden crisp on both sides of biscuit.

Store in uncovered dish for at least 24 hours which will harden them further. You can also put in freezer and serve cold for extra teething relief! (A hard texture is good so that they don’t break apart while baby is gnawing.)

homemade teething biscuits before baking pumpkin banana apple

Banana teething biscuits recipe

  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • 1 c. steel cut oats (grind oats in blender till they’re a flour consistency)
  • 1 c. of mashed ripe bananas (no added sweetener is needed if bananas are ripe)
  • 2 TB coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp each of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

Mix dry ingredients. Add in mashed bananas nd melted oil. Form date-like shapes and put on greased baking sheet or parchment paper.

Bake at 350F for 30-45 minutes, depending on your oven. Flip them halfway through so that you have a nice golden crisp on both sides of biscuit.

Store in uncovered dish for at least 24 hours which will harden them further. You can also put in freezer and serve cold for extra teething relief!

Store bought teething biscuits are filled with junk - corn syrup, soybean oil (!), etc. Here's an all natural teething biscuits recipe that kids love.

Pumpkin teething biscuits

  • 1 c. rolled oats
  • 1 c. steel cut oats (grind oats in blender till they’re a flour consistency)
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree
  • 2 TB maple syrup
  • 2 TB coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp each of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

Mix dry ingredients. Add in pumpkin and melted oil. Form date-like shapes and put on greased baking sheet or parchment paper.

Bake at 350F for 30-45 minutes, depending on your oven. Flip them halfway through so that you have a nice golden crisp on both sides of biscuit.

Store in uncovered dish for at least 24 hours which will harden them further. You can also put in freezer and serve cold for extra teething relief!

Pumpkin teething biscuits ingredients before mixing
Pumpkin teething biscuits ingredients before mixing

Another way to enjoy

When I made these for my daughter, my older son loved to eat them as hard cookies 🙂 I drizzled raw honey on top and he enjoyed them well enough. (Hey, he doesn’t get many baked goods so you take what you can get 🙂 Papa Natural thought they tasted a little “bland” but that’s good for a teething biscuit. And, he still ate his biscuit. These would be good as a type of scone and dipped in a hot chocolate.

How about you?

Did you give your baby teething biscuits? Share with us in the comments below!

Sources:

  • http://www.coconut-oil-central.com/coconut-oil-breastfeeding.html
  • http://planetgreen.discovery.com/food-health/green-sweetener-stevia-agave.html

 

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  1. I haven’t tried the biscuit recipe, but I’d try raw honey rather than maple syrup. In addition to the dozens of other benefits it brings its also naturally anti flammatory, which might also help relieve the teething pain.

  2. I tried the pumpkin recipe as subbed coconut flour for the steel oats. Is that ok? The dough was really dry and didn’t hold together well. I am baking just 9 now and we’ll see. Thanks!

  3. I didn’t see an answer to this question and have the same one. Do you grind both types of oats to make flour or just the steel cut ones as you describe in your recipe?

  4. Not just any coconut oil has the lauric acid, MCT oil is the one, but it has a laxative affect on adults. We do a low carb, ketogenic diet. I don’t have oats and my son has a banana allergy! Do you think coconut flour would work well, for the pumpkin biscuits?

    • The coconut flour did not work for me at all!!! Sadly, bc I love that stuff! It was way too crumbly and I even added more pumpkin. Perhaps adding half the coconut flour. So half cup instead of whole. That might help. Please post if you try and get it to work.

  5. Hi! Mine seem kind of mushy. Is there something I can do to help them harden?

  6. Mine turned out like dry oatmeal cookies and seem like a choking hazard for my eight month old. Are these for older babies? More like toddlers?

  7. Hi, I noticed you said to grind up the steel cut oats into a flour, but do you grind up the rolled oats into a flour as well?

  8. Hi there could you tell us how to substitute with dates?

  9. How do you feel about using essential oils for the ginger and such?

  10. can you sub baby cereal for oats and flour?
    i have lots of it and baby girl love to chew

  11. Hi! Is there an oil other than coconut oil that you would suggest using? I’m very allergic to coconut and my baby is only 9 months, so I think I’d like to hold off on introducing, just in case.

    • Sure. You could use a sustainable palm oil or butter.

  12. I made these and they are very soft. I live in a very humid climate and leaving things out on the counter makes them go soft, I opted to leave in the fridge for 24 hours; however they remained soft. I did then try leaving them on the counter and they got even softer. What can I add more of or remove to account for the humidity.

    • After you have baked the cookies till light golden, then turn the oven off, and leave the cookies in the oven for half the day, without opening the oven, that will dry them out for you. Then put then in an air-tight container ( glass jar with tight lid), so they stay dry. 🙂 I hope that works for you, that is my suggestion. The only other thing you can do, is put them I’m a food dehydrator. 🙂

  13. Can I use Breast milk in place of coconut oil?

    • Breastmilk isn’t an exact replacement of coconut oil since breastmilk contains water and coconut oil is just fat, but go ahead and try it and let us know!

  14. Thank you for the recipe! Do you need to grind the rolled oats as well? Also, if you wanted to add peanut butter, how much would you use/ anything you would reduce in amount? (I have no common sense when it comes to cooking and have to follow recipes to the letter!). Thanks!

    • What I would do, if I was you, is replace the oil, with the peanut butter that you want to add. 🙂 Give that a try. 🙂

  15. Just about to make these now. Can’t wait to see my little boys reaction as it’ll be his first teething biscuit 🙂 He’s 10 months already. Feel guilty that it’s taken me all this time to give him any.

    • Oh good! Let me know how he likes them 🙂

  16. Perfect!!! Thank you! My 10 month old is kind of bored of purée or ripe fruits. He wants to bite bite bite. And I saw the teething biscuits at wholefoods very good ingredients but they had a few other not so very good. I thought there’s gotta be a recipe I can make my own biscuits and booom back to mamanatural I follow your blog since I was pregnant. Thanks again for all the advice!!!

  17. I made the banana biscuits and I forgot to sprinkle the baking powder.

    Are the biscuits supposed to be rock hard? They were just taken out from the oven and they had been that hard.

    • Yep, they’re supposed to be hard — good for baby to gnaw on. You don’t want them to break up in baby’s mouth too easily.

  18. My mother just gave us whole peeled carrots – quick, easy and tasty! Worked for all three of us.

    • That is an awesome idea! Peeled CarPeeledI like it.

  19. I made the Pumpkin Teething Biscuits, but substituted some leftover puree I had for the pumpkin. Since my baby recently decided to quit spoons and only eat finger food, I needed a way to use up the purees I made just last week. On hand I had sweet potato and apple; spinach, strawberry and mango; and kale and berries. I just thawed a few frozen cubes and mixed them together til I had a cup then followed the rest of the recipe.
    The biscuits turned out delicious and most importantly, my teething baby old loves them. This is a great recipe to use up leftover purees. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Great recipe. I substituted a cup of coconut flour and a cup of sprouted super flour for the oats and they turned out perfectly. My 16 month old recently discovered crackers and asks for them all the time. Now I can give him something I know is healthy and wholesome. Thank you!

  21. Hello! How long do these stay good for? Can I make ahead and freeze them? Thank you!

    • Yes, absolutely. They last for at least a week at room temperature and longer in fridge. They don’t contain ingredients that are as susceptible to mold.

  22. Mine turned out REALLY spikey! Did I do something wrong? Also, I baked mine for 15 extra mins and they are still really soft in the center.

  23. In the video you say 3 tablespoon coconut oil, on the website you list 1/4 cup which is 4 tablespoons in the basic recipe using applesauce, and the remaining recipes you use 2 tablespoons. I am a little confused about how much coconut oil to use.

  24. The basic recipe above is different than that of the video. (Written recipe calls for maple syrup and a bit more coconut oil). Mine were very moist. Next time I will follow recipe from the video to see if the bicuits are harder. Thanks for the idea.

  25. What kind of coconut oil do you prefer? Where do you purchase it as well? I can’t wait to make my daughter home made biscuits. Thank you.

    Also thanks for responding to my questions about vaccines. My daughter Ashley is still vaccine free at 8 months but it is a big divider between my husband his family and me. Thanks to your blog he sees there are thoughtful, conscious people choosing not to submit their children to EVERY VACCINE on the to DO list for school. I am sincerely grateful to have your information as back up to protect Ashley from rounds of chemicals I would rather not inject in her.

  26. Can I use blackstrap molasses inplace of the brown rice syrup?
    I know that is good for iron…

    • Hi! Be careful with black strap molasses. It can have botulism just like honey and it is not recommended for babies under one. Botulism unfortunately does not cook out.

  27. This is awesome! I’ve been shopping for organic, gluten free teething biscuits and they all have added sugar! I was wondering if you could make these out of rice flour or baby rice cereal? I’m a little leary of oats, since I personally am gluten free and avoid oats. Any advice on subbing with rice?

    • If you have a Trader Joes near you they have gluten free oats. Oats are gluten free naturally but tend to be processed in plants that also process wheat or other gluten products. Traders Joes oats are gluten free. They are all I use now and I love them!

    • I would be a little concerned about rice cereal because of the arsnic they are finding in rice. that’s why I’m looking for different teething biscuits.

  28. This is EXACTLY the recipe I was looking for! Yay! And, I have a Griffin too! Though these will be for baby Grant 🙂

  29. why not use actual spice in place of the extract?

  30. I wouldn’t use brown rice syrup because of the arsenic. I would like to try these with applesauce though.

    • Apples have arsnic in them as well. Everything you eat has chemicals you wouldn’t dare ingest in large amounts. It occurs in such small amounts that it does not cause any harm.

  31. I had a mommy bring these to a baby wearing / breast feeding group and they were delish! Thanks for the recipe!

  32. I haven’t taken these out of the oven yet but they were really really dry as a batter (hard to ball up when putting them on the pan) – is that normal?

  33. I thought babies weren’t supposed to have grains until they were 18 months…

  34. sounds like you added an extra tb of coconut oil by accident! Maybe try that. I am going to try these also.

  35. I made the basic recipe. Can we also grind up the rolled oats?

  36. Thank you for this great recipe. My daughter hasn’t started on solids yet. Is this okay to give her? Should I mill the rolled oats also?

  37. Why did mine spread like a cookie? They crumbled

  38. Finally a healthy recipe for teething biscuits :). I will be trying these once my baby is 6 months :).

  39. I made the biscuits as outlined on the video but it’s been 24 hours + and they are still not rock hard. I even used less apple sauce. Any ideas?

    • I would keep out for longer. Try 48 hours and see if that hardens them up. Did you use extra oil by chance?

  40. what could i substitute for the coconut oil, olive or safflower?

    • great biscuits, the baby loved them. DB

      • Oh good! Thanks for sharing. I found Griffin liked the pumpkin the best as they were the “hardest.”

    • Grape seed oil, organic butter (melted) and even Peanut oil is a good substitute if baby has no allergies.

  41. Hi Genevieve,
    I have just discovered your video-blog and wanted to congratulated for the amazing way you have to live your life.
    I am a Catalan mum from Barcelona, living in London for the last 3 years and I have a little monkey of 5 months. I also started to write a blog recently ( in Catalan, but I added google translator to be more international, HA!) so as you can see I have just started my journey as a mum and as a blogger.
    http://unamamaalavidamoderna.blogspot.com/
    Best,
    MamaModerna

  42. this is EXACTLY the type of teething biscuit i was after!!! are you a weston price fan? i am and this is perfect for how hubs and i eat and the way we feed huxley. many, many thanks!!!!

    • Hi Ashley,
      Oh good! Yes, I like WAPF. I disagree with a few of their interpretations but overall they’ve done incredible work in raising consumer awareness. Hope Huxley likes them!!!! Griff liked the pumpkin and banana ones best.

  43. These recipes look amazing! can’t wait to try them out 🙂

    • Hi Jackie! Thanks. Let me know how they work out.

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