From: Independent / Undefined
Introduced in 1863

Granula (with a "U") is considered to be the first ready-to-eat breakfast cereal ever created.

Unfortunately, it really wasn't ready-to-eat. The tough and tasteless cereal had to be soaked in milk overnight before it could be chewed.

Granula was the creation of Dr. James Caleb Jackson. The doctor operated the Jackson Sanatorium in Dansville, NY where he treated patients with hydrotherapy (known then as "the water cure"), exercise and healthy foods, all in a smoke-free and booze-free environment.

Jackson took it upon himself to come up with fresh, new healthy food and drink options for his patients. His recipe for the world's first cold breakfast cereal went something like this:

Granula Recipe
  • Graham flour (aka wheat flour)
  • water
Mix the Graham flour with the water. Bake this mixture until it becomes as hard as a brick.

Break the brick pieces into smaller pieces and bake them once more.

To serve, soak the Granula overnight or until soft enough to attempt chewing. Enjoy!

Dr. Jackson formed the Our Home Granula Company to sell his new cereal. The cereal was marketed along with another Jackson creation, Somo coffee substitute. An ad in the doctor's own magazine, The American Water Cure Journal and Health Reform Magazine, read "Eat Granula, Drink Somo."

Note From Mr. Breakfast:
The image shown of Granula cereal is a thing I slapped together from a picture of Dr. Jackson and an old shot of his sanatorium. It's in no way a recreation. I've been unable to track down any images of Granula cereal. If you have or know of any images, please post a note below. Thanks!

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Comments About This Cereal
What do you think of Granula?

Overall Average Rating = 5 (out of 5)

By Ballino

Granula sounds like an old time movie monster. Like from a Godzilla movie.

Comment submitted: 8/31/2013 (#13594)

By wokman

Thanks. We are doing a project about early products and nutrition in school and this will be helpful.

Comment submitted: 12/6/2011 (#5902)

By nekocatmews

Okay... if you want pictures, I recommend that you ask the Dansville historical society. They even have a flyer.

Comment submitted: 9/30/2011 (#5385)

By George Custer

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I remember breaking every tooth in my mouth eating this. Good times indeed...

Comment submitted: 6/9/2011 (#5055)

By Abraham Lincoln

Cereal Rating (out of 5):

I remember this from when I was a kid!

Comment submitted: 1/6/2010 (#1162)

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