35 Soft Foods For People Who Don’t Have Teeth (Or Whatever)

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. Last week, we used confused your mouth via fusion foods

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About a year and a half ago, I suddenly found myself down a dozen teeth. You don’t realize it until you don’t have them, but teeth are pretty essential for a wide variety of activities, including: whistling, biting your nails, making “s” and “z” sounds, flashing non-horrifying smiles… and oh yeah, chewing.

For a month or so, I laid on the couch while my sister made stuffing, my Dad sliced avocados, my Mom baked strawberry rhubarb pies, and my girlfriend took a knife to every kernel of corn attached to a cob. That was lovely. But eventually, I had to return to my adult life and figure out how to feed myself. I did! And now I’m here to share.

So whether you’re nursing a mouth injury, harbor a gigantic cold sore, have an upset stomach, recently had oral surgery, or just want something to nosh on that texturally reminds you of baby food but isn’t actually baby food (because ew), here are some soft food recipes to try.


1. White Chocolate and Passionfruit Mousse


2. Magnolia Bakery Pudding

This tastes just like the real thing, you guys.

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3. Plum Cake
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4. Avocado Pie

via {Get Baked with Autostraddle}


5. Peach and Blueberry Greek Yogurt Cake


6. The Best Pumpkin Pie
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7. Chocolate Avocado Pudding

via {Get Baked with Autostraddle}


8. Salted Caramel Brownies


9. Pineapple Banana Bread


10. Apple Bread Pudding
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11. Hazelnut Layer Cake with Fig Compote and Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting


12. Vanilla and Rum Crème Brulée


13. Leche Flan

You can also make the chicken on this page, but you’ll have to cut it into bite size pieces before eating.

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14. Pichi-Pichi


15. Pavlova
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16. Panna Cotta with Orange Blossom Jelly & Blood Orange Salad


17. Basically Anything That Has Gone Through A Blender

Because blenders are basically teeth that live outside your body. So that’s cool.

Check these out: 26 Recipes With Which to Blend Your Way to a Better Life
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18. Steamed Cinnamon Honey Pears


19. Grilled Pineapple


20. Savory Crepes


21. Spinach and Goat Cheese Ravioli

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22. Not A Fancy Quiche
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23. Any variety of Mac N’ Cheese

I mean, I’ve never encountered mac n’ cheese that I couldn’t eat. Maybe there are recipes out there that put like, tiny knives in the food. I hope not.

These recipes are all tiny-knife-free: 40 Ways to Say Yes Please to Mac n’ Cheese

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24. Corn Chowder

Make the full size and freeze it in small portions. Then when you can’t cook dinner because you’re sad about not having teeth, you can eat this!

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25. Creamy Tomato Soup Shooters With Grilled Cheese Sticks

Via howsweeteats.com.

Via howsweeteats.com.


26. Bitchin’ Soup

There are many varieties.

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27. Curried Carrot, Apple, and Peanut Soup

When I first found this recipe, the blog was titled “The Law Student’s Wife,” and I felt conflicted about linking to it. Because that’s kind of an unfortunate way to identify, right? Solely in relation to the person you’re in a relationship with? Anyway, the blog has been renamed since then. So good for her, and good for all of us, because now we get this tasty soup!


28. Chilled Strawberry Soup


29. Carrot Ginger Soup

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30. Other types of soup

I mean, you get the idea.

See: 60 Winter Soups That Will Warm Your Heart, Soul, and Universe

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31. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

FYI if you toast the buns, it can make for sharp edges. So maybe skip that. And try to cut the onions small.


32. Other Crock Pot Things

Crock pots forever.

Check it: 49 Crock Pot Recipes That Keep It Slow, Low and Delicious

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33. Fresh Tomato Salad

Just dice the tomatoes small you can just swallow them whole.

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34. Green Mashed Potatoes


35. Roasted Beet Hummus

Bonus for no-teeth people: you don’t ever have to worry about staining your pearly whites with red wine, roasted beets, or artificial dyes! Hahahaha life is so great for us.

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32 Comments

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    Oh my god this is so relevant to my life right now (broken partial denture that must stay in unless I wanna go around with a big ole gap in my teeth prohibiting me from chewing my food properly). I’ve been cutting up pancakes into teeny little pieces and soggifying them in syrup to drown my sorrows and lisping my way through life.
    How does Autostraddle always know what we need?
    Thanks for the list love. I’m so happy for you that you had such a wonderful support base throughout your recovery. Wishing you the very best. <3

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    This is so helpful! My mom has lost or broke about half of her teeth in the last year and has a severely damaged jaw due to multiple chronic conditions. Coming up with recipies for her has proved to be an unexpected struggle. Thank you so much for posting this.

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    I wish I had this post two months ago when I had wisdom tooth surgery. ‘Luckily’ I’ll have another tooth surgically removed this spring so I bookmarked this page for the occasion. ILU AS.

    I also wish all the best for you & your mouth, Laura.

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    I’m here to confirm the deliciousness of avacado pie! P:

    And also to warn you all not to improvise the avacado chocolate pudding, you WILL make it too hot, and not in the fun eye watering way, in the too many tastes competing with chocolate way

    Learn from my mistakes. Follow your arrow, but also maybe the recipe.

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    How is this website so incredibly timely? I have a sore throat that is making swallowing the worst thing in my life right now…. I’m also really weak and in bed, so if you could just send over a cute human to make me all of these, that’d be great.

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    Bookmarked for when I can finally afford my dental work. After my wisdom teeth removal I developed an aversion to yogurt, hummus, and cottage cheese. This is a much happier list of ‘things you can eat when between a drug induced drawl and no teeth you sound like you’re from the Appalachians and should be blue.’

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    Wish I had this when I had lockjaw and couldn’t get my teeth close enough to chew! I was traveling for work and they had bought a meal plan that couldn’t be refunded so I ended up taking tiny bits of the sandwiches and swallowing them with the beverage like pills.

    Also good for conditions like this: oatmeal. and eggs in nearly any form.

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    Relevant and timely – just had my braces adjusted and now everybody I speak to thinks I have a lisp LOL thank you! Love it, not just 1 but 2 Filipino food in the list! But ofcourse, it’s The Laura Mandanas! Astig! ^_^ For soft foods, I also like “maja blanca” aside from mashed potatoes and soup. Now I feel hungry again, and I just had lunch. LOL Thanks for this list! ^_^

  9. 0

    This will become so helpful to me over the next few months as I am about to be without my natural teeth. To know I don’t have to live off of yogurt is a great thing.

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    I’m a 77 year young lady with c.o.p.d. and other goodies.. tons of medications have cost me numerous teeth(note I’m a gourmet cook) and with all my wisdom it’s tough to keep up new and different foods since I’ve decided thousands of dollars which I don’t have to spend on tooth replacement.. I’m. mostly confined to my bed with so. Many attacks… so no one sees me except the firemen and the 911 HUNKS who are always rescuing me. S O. I. T H A N K Y O U FOR ALL THE COMMENTS AND RECIPIES.Kathlay’N Morgaret Toronto Ontario Canada

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    Having all your teeth out is bad enough, looking to find soft diet to enjoy, thanks this page has enlightened me much, 3 months to wait for dentures I will certainly be trying these

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    I’m only 30 and had to have all my teeth pulled due to periodontal, and this made my day. I love cooking and eating so eating mush sounded like a fuckin’ nightmare. Score! Thank you ladykins!

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    I almost burst into tears while reading this. This is what I really need right now, having no molar teeth… my last wisdom tooth was taken out last week. And no one from my family and friends understand my situation. They cooked hard food or bought KFC crunchy chicken and all I can eat was the mashed potato, then they even eat it for themselves! I was so sad and emotional… Until I bumped into this article, saving me from future heartaches. Thanks! I will try these recipes the soonest!

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    I am awaiting a partial denture. I’m missing 4 molars – 2 top, 2 bottom on one side and two on the other top side. And I have an open bite in the front making those teeth useless. Thank you for these recipes.

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    just had all my upper teeth removed. Had already had lower teeth removed over a period of time, Blimey now I have to think about what I can eat,
    Thank god for this site.

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