Did you know that graham crackers were invented in a cult? It’s true.
These mild dessert crackers were invented in the early 1800s by a Presbyterian minister named Sylvester Graham.
He and his followers were strict vegetarians who believed that a life without white flour, sugar and spices was the way to heaven. Graham also believed in complete abstinence and thought that bland food prevented sexual impulses. But like all total abstinence cults, his followers eventually died off or quit the group. It’s very hard to keep young people in a religion like that. Obviously.
The graham crackers that we eat now are a far cry from Graham’s original recipe.
His crackers were unsweetened biscuits made of unbleached flour with bran and wheat germ added. Bleck! But the graham crackers we are going to make today taste just like the classic Nabisco graham cracker that we are used to. This recipe comes from Carolyn at All Day I Dream About Food. Her recipe has the same delicious honey sweetened flavor but with only 1g net carb per cookie.