Baby rusks

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An easy baby food recipe for healthy rusks. Perfect for babies who are teething or wanting to feed themselves.

Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour + cooling time Difficulty rating: Easy
Servings: 30

Age recommendation: Baby rusks are a great finger good for babies from 8 months of age


  • 1 loaf of wholemeal bread


  1. Preheat oven to 150°C.
  2. Cut the crust off the loaf.
  3. Slice the loaf into 2 cm fingers – cut first into slices with a serrated knife and then into fingers.
  4. Lay the bread fingers out on a baking tray – the fingers should not be overlapping.
  5. Place in the oven for at least an hour until bread fingers come out as hard rusks.
  6. Cool rusks and store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.


  • Dip rusks in fruit or vegetable purees and give to baby to chew on.
  • If your baby is closer to 12 months, place a couple of different flavoured purees in brightly coloured plastic bowls and show your baby how to dip the rusk in a small amount of puree and eat it. This will help to develop your baby’s hand-eye coordination and will also be an activity they are sure to enjoy, especially if you engage in the activity with them.
  • Take a couple of rusks in a small container when you go out as some healthy baby fast food.
  • Contribute rusks to your next parents group for the babies to eat – they’re sure to be a hit.

Nutritional content

Nutritional analysis per 25 gram serve:

 Energy 216.07 kJ
51.64 cal
 Protein 2.57 g
 Total fat 0.56 g
 Saturated fat 0.07 g
 Carbohydrates 8.31 g
 Total sugars 0.89 g
 Fibre 1.42 g
 Sodium 100.33 mg
 Cholesterol 0.00 mg
 Potassium 51.33 mg
 Calcium 22.87 mg
 Iron 0.44 mg
 Zinc 0.30 mg


  1. Queensland Health. Introduction to Solids. 2008. [cited 1 October 2012]. Available from: (URL Link)
  2. AusNut. Nutrient Database. 2007. [cited 27 April 2012]. Available from: (URL Link)
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Date Created: October 18, 2012 Date Modified: March 14, 2013