Many people cut off crusts, prefer sandwiches without them or have children that don’t like them. But don’t throw away you crusts as they can be made into delicious cinnamon sticks! These can be yummy desert treats or snacks at a party. 

Studies have found that crusts contain a higher level of the antioxidant, pronyl-lysine, than the rest of the bread[1]. This antioxidant has cancer prevention and anti-ageing properties, so saving your bread crusts will have added benefits!

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Although this recipe is written for 6 handfuls of bread crusts, any portion is fine, just make sure you adjust recipe accordingly. Stale bread crusts would work better as they do not soak up as much better so it can be more evenly distributed, however any bread will still be yummy. This recipe can also be used with left over bread, rather than just crusts, simply cut into 3cm width slices.





6 handfuls of bread crusts

2 tbsp (60g)  butter

5 tbsp sugar

1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Melt butter and drizzle over bread crusts, tossing the bread crusts with your hands
  2. Sprinkle 4 tbsp of sugar and the cinnamon and mix until evenly distributed
  3. Spread out on a baking tray and bake in a preheated oven (180°C) until golden brown
  4. While hot, sprinkle over the remaining 1tbsp of sugar



  1. Harris, K (2014, October 29) Are bread crusts more nutritious? Retrieved from:
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