Conan loves teething biscuits, but the store-bought ones are expensive and full of sugar (even the organic ones) so I thought I'd try making some of my own. It was quick and easy and they turned out great! I had fun experimenting with a few different shapes. Here's the first batch, ready to go in the oven:
Conan really likes them. I think the donut shape is the best, he can get an excellent grip on it for optimal gnawing as well as banging on the high chair tray.
If you're interested, here's the recipe I used:
1 c. flour
1 c. baby rice cereal (dry)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3 tbsp. oil
1/2-3/4 c. apple juice
Mix the flour, cereal & cinnamon together, then gradually stir in the oil. Add the juice little by little, mixing as you go, until the dough comes together. I think I used about 2/3 c. For traditional "cracker" shapes, roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut as desired. For the donuts I rolled a "snake" out of a handful of dough and then looped them around and pinched the ends together.
The recipe says to bake at 425 for 15 minutes. I found that the thin cracker shapes were done in that amount of time, but the thicker donuts and fingers were still a bit rubbery. So I turned the heat down to 350 and baked them for another 40 minutes until they were good and hard.
I like that this recipe uses the rice cereal, which is iron & vitamin fortified. Conan doesn't really care for it when it's just mixed up into pasty cereal. So this is a good way for him to eat it and get that extra nutrition. The apple juice and the cinnamon add just a hint of sweet & spicy flavor. Yummy!
In the end, of course, they turn into a sticky gluey mess all over his face. But as long as there's also a big smile on his face I don't mind the mess at all. :)