Monday, October 29, 2012

Homemade Teething Cookies

Mommy loves to make food for my little Lina<3, as it is the only way, I know what is exactly in the food. Lina<3 likes to eat it as well (when you are not refusing your foods).
Found this teething biscuits recipes that looked interesting for Lina<3 to try. 
Instead of the infant cereal, these can also be made with oats, ground in the food processor to a coarse flour.
1 cup whole wheat, all-purpose, barley or oat flour
1 cup dry infant rice or oat cereal
1 very ripe banana, mashed until smooth
2 Tbsp. canola or olive oil
Preheat oven to 375˚F. 
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour and cereal. In a small bowl, stir together the banana, oil and about 2 Tbsp. water; add to the dry ingredients and stir until you have a soft dough, adding a bit more water or flour as needed until the dough comes together and is not too sticky. (It will depend largely on the size of the banana, and how juicy it is.)
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out about 1/4-inch thick and cut into smooth shapes (circles or sticks, without pointy edges – squish them a bit with your fingers). Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes, or until golden. Cool completely and store extras in an airtight container.
Of course, Mommy did not follow the recipe to the tee and doubled the recipe.
Mommy used:
2 cups organic whole wheat, all purpose flour 
2 cups organic whole grain oatmeal cereal
2 ripe bananas
4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
then:
Preheat oven to 375˚F. 
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour and cereal. In a small bowl, stir together the banana, oil and about 4 tbsp. water; add to the dry ingredients and stir until you have a soft dough, adding a bit more water or flour as needed until the dough comes together and is not too sticky. (It will depend largely on the size of the banana, and how juicy it is.)
then:
Mommy did not want to do anything fancy with the rolling and cutting out shapes; decided to stick with the simple circle shapes which is also easier and less cleanup. Once the dough comes together by kneading it, I rolled it into a log, (first picture below) and cut (or separated) into 1/4 thick pieces and rolled it into a ball (second picture below) and flatten with my fingers (third picture below), used flour, if the dough sticks to hands (it is like making burgers-once all the meat is mixed well, make a ball, and flatten). Placed onto a baking sheet with parchment paper (if you want to use an ungreased, then that’s fine too)
Put into oven for about 10 minutes, depending on the size of the cookie that is made, or until golden color. I stuck to small sizes, as it will be perfect for Lina’s<3 little hands. I burnt the first dozen because the size of the cookies were too small, and did not need to be in the oven for long (longer than 10minutes). Transfer to cooling rack, like the picture below, and store after cooling.
The verdict from my little Lina<3:
You stared it for a while before knowing what to do with it (first picture below). Mommy broke off small pieces to put into your mouth, then you got the idea. You started to eat it by yourself and stuffed all the small pieces into your mouth lol, greedy little girl (last picture below) You like it. Yay!
Please note to always watch your child when eating this cookie or any other food(s) due to potential choking hazards and consult doctor about theses ingredients before trying it, if you have any questions.  Please comment if there are other homemade teething cookies that you had tried before and might be good for Lina<3 to try. Thank you.
Note to Lina<3: I hope that last picture at the end of the post will not make you upset or embarrass when you are older and looking at this blog. Mommy loves you and hope that you continue to enjoy Mommy’s home cooking.

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