Homemade Apple Teething Biscuits
Teething can be a very difficult time both for babies and their mothers. Most babies start teething around 7 months, and aside from a variety of teething implements such as teething rings, cold cloths, or even amber necklaces, you can help your baby through this with some delicious homemade teething biscuits, as chewing will help with the itching.
The great thing about making your own teething biscuits is that you can tailor it to fit your child's specific dietary needs and/or preferred tastes.
This recipe makes a really delicious loaf as well, so it can be enjoyed by older kids and adults, too!
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups sifted unbleached flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 tablespoons milk (substitute with almond or rice milk for a dairy-free option)
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 2 large apples finely chopped (use good baking apples)
- Preheat the oven at 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf tin.
- Combine oil, sugar, and vanilla essence. Cream until light and fluffy.
- Add the egg and beat well. In the meantime, sift together flour, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.
- Add milk, raisins, apples, nuts, and dry ingredients to mixture and stir only until flour is well dampened.
- Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes.
- Remove from oven, cool in loaf tin for 20 minutes, then remove.
- Once the loaf is completely cool, cut the loaf into 1-inch-thick slices. In the meantime, preheat the oven again to 200 – 250 degrees F.
- Cut the slices into sticks.
- Place the sticks onto a baking sheet and allow them to bake for approximately 2 hours or until they become hard and crunchy.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Please do not feed this to babies below the age of 6 months or before they start solids. Your baby should be able to self-feed first.
- The loaf will turn out fairly crumbly, so do not give it to babies under 8 months old.
- Raisins are not suitable for younger babies, so do not include them in the recipe if you're giving it to them.
- Always ensure that your baby is totally sitting upright when eating.
Have you considered making your own teething biscuits or other baby foods? What recipes have you tried that have worked well for your little one?