Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Frozen Waffles for a Teething Babe.

Teething is rough on poor little gums. Offer your kiddo a little relief by letting them gnaw on some  yummy frozen waffles.

I've heard over and over again how great frozen waffles are for teething but I didn't want to just hand the kiddo a "Rhymes with Leggo" *wink* So I decided to make and freeze my own. I scoured Pinterest for a healthy waffle batter recipe and found a great one for Vegan Applesauce waffles by the never homemaker.

I doubled the recipe and tweeked it a smidge by substituting 1/2 the flour for whole wheat flour and tossing in a little vanilla and cinnamon. I figured a little extra flavor would be welcome since they would not be slathered in butter and syrup.

So here's what my version ended up looking like:

  • 1 C. All purpose flour
  • 1C. Whole wheat flour
  • 2Tbls. Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1C. (natural or homemade) Applesauce
  • 1C. Almond milk
  • 1tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1/2tsp. Cinnamon

1. Preheat your waffle maker. We have this baller Waffle Stick Maker which is PERFECT for this. The waffle sticks are the perfect size for Calvin to hold and chew on. A regular waffle maker totally works too but if you have kids you might want to consider a waffle stick maker just because they're super fun! They have apparently discontinued our particular model but there are a bunch out there, some less than $20.

2.  In a med. bowl mix together all the ingredients. You want it thin enough to spread but not so thin it runs everywhere. And a few lumps never hurt anyone so don't worry about those.

3. Spray your waffle iron with non-stick spray (even if it's a non-stick waffle maker), pour the batter in and cook.

Your baby wont care if they're not perfect.

4. Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.

5. Put on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper and pop those suckers in the freezer for an hour or two.

6. Once frozen, throw them in a zip top bag and store in the freezer until baby is ready for one.

So nice and cold on the gums.

There ya go!

 I feel like it goes without saying that you need to watch your kiddo when you give him something to chew on like this. Don't want them ripping off to big a piece and choking. Just covering my butt.

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