“Where did you go….Maaaaaax? OH MY! (Max grins – a very proud moment of autonomy for him) How did you get up there?!?! Oh dear. Climbing, now, oh boy. Well…you are good at climbing. So there’s the bright side. That’s fun…on top of teething too. Well, you’re an official toddler, now aren’t you? Where does the time go?”
That’s me, talking to myself as I chase around Max, now 14 months old. He’s quite the handful now that he’s at that ‘Curious George’ phase of life. Figuring everything out (“How does this work? Can I eat that? Oooh, shiny! LET’s GO….RUN! Then I’ll eat stuff off the floor when the mommy lady turns around..and…Oh..I bet I can get up there..that’ll totally freak mom out!”). It’s funny though, I admit. It kind of reminds me of me. I still get distracted by shiny things, so you know…I totally get it. I’m of like mind with my fourteen month old.
You now understand the lack of usual, standard, excessive posting on my part. Chasing baby means I haven’t had a whole lot of time to write and photograph, etc. I have however, been spending these last few days perfecting a few recipes for my tiny tots. Now that I’ve finally used the fruit purees that were in my freezer after he outgrew them, I was cleaning out my pantry and noticed I still had a box of baby oatmeal. Max was never really a fan of baby food. He’s a fan of frittatas and specialty pasta with peas. He’s been on table food since he got his first two teeth and hasn’t really been a fan of the packaged toddler food that Trey once loved.
Did I mention Max isn’t just teething? Plain old teething.. I can handle that, no problem. We’ve been doing teething since he was 6 months old. But these teeth are different..(insert ominous music here)..his first molars. Yeah, that’s not very fun at all. However, these cookie biscuits definitely distract both of us for a few minutes here and there inbetween milk and park and zoo trips and Tylenol and frozen teething treats…these biscuit cookies ‘for baby’ come in very handy in my life. I started making these when he was about 8 months old, though it took a couple of trials and errors to make them perfect. They’re very soft by nature. However, when toasted, they get a very rough crunchy exterior, perfect for teething, while still maintaining a soft interior.
Yep, they’re so tasty that I eat them too. They’re actually quite delicious, honestly. I’m not sure that you’d serve them to only adults. However, I bet if you did, they’d all be asking for the recipe. They just might be a little off-put if you tell them there is baby cereal in them.
They’re my son’s favorite “cookie” they’re sweet biscuits flavored with banana, vanilla, peanut butter (or other nut butter of your choice) and nutmeg. They’re delicious with berries and cream for a quick shortcake. Packed with vitamins from the cereal, which is always a bonus. You can use something other than white flour if you’d like. You can also adjust the sugar level to your liking. It all depends on how sweet the banana is and how sweet your tot likes things and how you like them to like things (the moms know what I’m saying, here).
Banana Biter Biscuits
- 1 cup flour
- 3 cups baby oatmeal cereal
- 1 tsp. Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1 stick butter
- 1 overripe banana
- 1 Tbsp. nut butter (almond, hazelnut, peanut, etc)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup sugar (adjust to mom’s liking)
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking pans with parchment paper.
Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baby oatmeal, baking powder and baking soda) in a medium bowl and set aside.
In medium saucepan over medium heat, melt one stick of butter and add in the banana. Whisk until smooth. Add in one tablespoon of nut-butter (any kind) and the vanilla extract and nutmeg. Whisk to merge ingredients evenly and remove from heat to cool. Bring to room temperature and add egg, sugar and cream. Whip with electric mixer with whisk attachment until light and smooth.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in three additions, mixing after each addition.
Place spoonfuls (large enough to not choke – about 4 inches in diameter) on parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake until golden brown (about 25 minutes).
For Teething Toddlers: I recommend toasting these. These biscuits are very soft and crumbly and perfect for baby’s just starting table foods. However if you toast them lightly in the toaster oven, they have a very hard exterior, that’s fabulous for teethers on the go, while still maintaining a soft interior.