Friday, February 6, 2015

Homemade Teething Biscuits

So my little man is 6 and a half months old now and in the past 3 weeks has learned to crawl, sit from being on his belly, pull himself to a stand and cut his first two teeth. Needless to say things have not been boring around here! We have been dabbling in foods the past few weeks as well, which is always fun. I adore watching my babies experience new things, it reminds me of how beautiful simplicity really is. So with his gums driving him crazy, I thought how nice it would be to have teething cookies. With my daughter (who is 5 and a half), I went out and bought the boxed cookies. They were convenient and it's what all my Mommy friends gave their kids. Well, once you know better you do better right? When I look at the label now, I cringe. Here are the ingredients for the banana ones I used to buy:

Ingredients: Japonica Rice, Sugar, Sea Salt, Natural Banana Flavour, Gelatin, Turmeric.

Ingredients are listed in order of greatest quantity to least, so the first is the main ingredient with lesser amounts of the others. There are 6 ingredients in these cookies. Look at #2. Sugar. I cannot imagine giving "A" sugar, feeding his perfect little body something so addicting, something that changes behaviours and thinking, and something so unnecessary. Five years of studying and learning has taught me a lot and the choices I used to make are cringe-worthy (like Goldfish crackers...I can't believe I used to rely on that crap for "snacks")

So the other day I was in the kitchen wanting to give him something. So I researched and created and voila! Less than half an hour later I had fresh teething biscuits for my little man, with ingredients I had control over. Here's what he thought:


(I made one heart shaped one which I decided not to give him, as the bottom was a little too pointy)

Ingredients:
1 ripe organic banana
1T pure filtered water
2T organic applesauce
2 1/4 cups organic oat flour (you can just grind up oats in a food processor or high speed blender as I did)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Mash banana. Add in water and applesauce, mix together thoroughly. Add in oats and mix until well combined
3. Roll dough out and cut into smooth shapes
4. Transfer onto baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, until they start turning golden brown

They come out quite hard, but will break off, so as with any foods given to your baby, keep a close eye on him/her. The cookie gets gooey, but it's tasty (yes I tried one!) and really soothes my little man's gums. I had trialed all the ingredients separately (with at least 3 days between), which I would suggest doing to ensure your little one can tolerate each on its own before combining

Healthy eating doesn't have to be a huge inconvenience. I made these cookies in no time at all and have them stored in a glass container, which I feel should be good for a week or so. Making healthy choices for yourself and your family doesn't need to be all or nothing, just a few small changes make a big difference and open the door for the bigger changes



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