Granola was created during the Civil War by nutrition crusader James Caleb Jackson, who baked sheets of moistened whole wheat flour, crumbled them into bits, then baked them again, creating hard little nuggets he called granula. Cereal man John Harvey Kellogg added cornmeal and oats to the formula and began marketing his own granula. When faced with legal action, Kellogg changed his product’s name to granola. Though soon eclipsed by the likes of Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies, it came back as hippie health food in the 1960s. Today granola is a breakfast staple. The two best versions, East and West, are made by the Red Truck Bakery in Warrenton, Va., and the Cottage in La Jolla, Calif.
Check Out:Red Truck Bakery; the Cottage
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