When my kiddos started sprouting teeth I immediately added teething biscuits to my shopping list. I checked all of the major grocery stores in my area, and the health food stores. None of them had grain free teething biscuits on their shelves.
The reason I wanted grain free is because the small intestine of a baby mostly produces only one carbohydrate enzyme, lactase, for digestion of the lactose in milk. It produces little to no amylase, the enzyme needed for grain digestion.
So, I had to come up with my own recipe. Now at first glance one might think that this recipe has a LOT of ingredients for something as simple as a grain free teething biscuit, let me explain. When I create a new recipe for my kiddos, I love to pack in as much nutrition as possible. This means more ingredients, but it also means more nutrients.
- Coconut flour: full of fiber
- Cinnamon, ginger and clove: flavorful, and clove has been used for teething pain in babies
- Sea salt: minerals
- Apple sauce: adds moisture to the recipe, and also a few vitamins
- Real maple syrup: trace minerals and antioxidants
- Coconut oil: healthy fats
- Molasses: significant amounts of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and selenium (according to this source)
- Egg yolks: Vitamins A&D, choline, phosphorus, protein, essential fatty acids, and so much more!
Now, on to the recipe…
Grain Free Teething Biscuits
- 1 1/2 cups Otto's Cassava Flour — where to find
- 1/2 cup coconut flour — where to find
- 1/2 tsp of each: cinnamon, ginger, clove, sea salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 2/3 cup water
- 2 Tbsp real maple syrup — where to find
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil
- 3 Tbsp unsulfured molasses — where to find
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 300°F
- In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients and whisk until combined
my daughter was helping whip these up and she snuck apple sauce in with the dry ingredients
- In another bowl combine the wet ingredients and stir until combined
- Add wet ingredients into the bowl with dry ingredients and stir to combine, it will be crumbly
- Then (take off your wedding ring) mix the dough with your hands until it sticks together
- Shape dough into small biscuits (like a large date)
- Place the biscuits onto a Silpat lined baking sheet and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until very firm. You want your teething cookies to be completely hard and dried out so that they do not break off easily in the baby's mouth
- Allow to cool (they will crack a little bit)
- Store in the freezer for a nice cool teething biscuit
- They last for months in the freezer
- Makes approximately 30-35 biscuits
Watch the video below of my 9 month old loving his biscuit!
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