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Adelle Davis Invented Granola

Who Invented Granola?

Adelle Davis invented granola as we know it today (recipe below). The first use of the word Granola in the United States was in Toledo, Ohio, by Dr. Connor Harold Lacey at the Jackson Sanitarium in 1894. Lacy was credited with many of the “firsts” health and nutrition during the early twentieth century’s health movements. Lacey’s Granola was comprised of Graham flour, much like large Grape-Nuts not oats which we know granola to be today. Adelle Davis’ essential ingredients are oats, soy, bran, oil, and honey not a graham flour cereal.

Adelle Davis created granola as a snack, not as a cereal which many in the 1950s did. Adelle Davis’s authored some of the first granola recipes in the 1940s, Davis’ granola was then popularized though the 1960s with hippie movement along with Davis’ many publications. At the time, several people claim to have revived or re-invented granola however, Adelle Davis had printed, published and distributed her granola for decades.

Adelle Daivs’ very popular book  Let’s Cook It Right published in 1947, describes cooking techniques which retain both the natural flavor and the vitamin and mineral content of foods, including granola made with oats.

Davis granola, cooking techniques, heath ideas made he views on nutrition very popular on television, radio and bookstores worldwide. Davis a nutritionist, did a great job making cooking healthy. Books like Let’s Cook it Right, and Let’s Eat Right To Keep Fit among others. Recipes always have several variations, making it easy to work with.

“We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.” –Adelle Davis

Adelle Davis’ Grandaddy of Granolas

  • 5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup each of chopped almonds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, soy flour, powdered milk (preferably non-instant), and wheat germ.
  • 1 cup warmed honey
  • 1 cup oil, any kind

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Combine dry ingredients. Combine honey and oil and drizzle over the dry ingredients tossing and coating. Spread the mixture on 2 cookie sheets and bake for 30 to 45 minutes until golden. Makes up to 12 cups, depending what you add or leave out.

Adelle Davis Granola Recipe

Servings: 16 (3/4 cup)

Preparation Time: 45 minutes

The essential ingredients are oats, soy, bran, oil, and honey; adding more items, then add more oil or honey.

  • 5 c of rolled oats (Quaker, Old Fashioned)
  • 1 c soy flour
  • 1 c wheat bran (you can substitute oat bran or other)
  • 1 c wheat germ (available in supermarkets)
  • 1 c non-instant dry milk powder (optional)
  • 1 c walnuts chopped a bit (or other nuts/seeds)
  • 1 c raisins (or dried currants, blueberries, etc)
  • 1 c shredded coconut (health store for unsweetened)
  • 1 c vegetable oil (safflower or canola…)
  • 1 c honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla

The essential ingredients are oats, soy, bran, oil, and honey; adding more items, then add more oil or honey.

Cooking Instructions

Mix dry ingredients together in large bowl. Measure oil in large cup, add honey and vanilla. Pour this into the dry ingredients and stir to distribute evenly. Put into baking pan(s) leaving room to stir three times while baking at 400º for 15-20 minutes. Be careful not to over brown; taste to be sure the raw bean taste is gone. Lots of fiber in this. You may have to go to health food store for some items. Omit or substitute almost anything.