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Apr 28, 2006 01:12 AM

What was Roman Meal Cereal??

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I used to make a killer banana bread from a recipe on the box of Roman Meal Cereal. I still have the recipe, but unfortunately RMC is no longer available.

It made the best chewy, whole-grain textured banana bread. I've searched the cereal aisle in vain at every supermarket for a substitue ceareal, and tried a few, but to no avail.

Does anyone remember what RMC was made from, or know of a sutitable substitute? I've tried adding wheat bren and germ to whole wheat flour, but it's not the same. Carb Lover's BB post has fired me up to continue my search.

Hounds, can you help?

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  1. Here's a link where you can buy some.


    4 Replies
    1. re: Cpt. Wafer

      OH! OH! OH! Thank you SOooooo much! What a nice day to end the day! I can hardly wait to get some and make banana bread!

      (life's small victories!)

      1. re: toodie jane

        My pleasure. If you have time, perhaps you'd post the recipe. I enjoy a good banana bread myself.

        1. re: Cpt. Wafer


          Here it is straight off the RM recipe card: ( see my adjustments below)

          "Roman Meal Banana Nut Bread--'An old favorite with the hearty flavor of whole grains'
          (Preheat oven to 350, butter a 9x5x3" loaf pan)

          1 1/3 c a.p. flour
          3/4 c sugar
          2 t baking powder
          1/2 t salt
          2/3 c Roman Meal Cereal, instant or regular
          1/2 c chopped nuts
          1 c mashed bananas (about 2 medium bananas)
          1/2 c milk
          1/3 c vegetable oil
          2 eggs
          1 T lemon juice

          In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, measure the remaining ingredients; beat with fork to mix. Pour into dry ingredients; stir until just blended. Bake in a well-greased 9x5x3" loaf pan in a moderate oven (350) about 50 minutes or until pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack fopr 25 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on rack.

          My changes:

          Use freshly ground whole wheat pastry flour;

          sub 1/2 c honey for sugar;

          add 1/4 c non-instant milk powder (to boost protein);

          use 1 cup chopped walnuts;

          top batter before baking with raw sesame seeds and cashew halves (lightly pressed into batter)

          Hope you enjoy it!

          1. re: toodie jane

            Duly copied and pasted into my recipe folder. The honey substitution and the use of cashews sound particularly delicious to me. Thanks for taking the time to share.

    2. And while any hounds are at it- - -please tell me what happened to Wheat Hearts and Ralstons. God those cereals were great.

      Sad in Sherman Oaks,

      1. I buy Roman Meal Cream of Rye, which seems to come and go from Whole Foods and a few other similar markets.

        1. Roman Meal cereals are available off of our website

          We are working on increasing distribution through regular retail channels. We would like to better serve consumers such as you who have long enjoyed our products.

          thank you

          Steve Buckholdt
          Quality Assurance Manager
          Roman Meal Company
          Tacoma, WA.

          1. I found this online at
            He says that the original was made from the following ingredients:
            whole grain wheat, rye, bran, and flaxseed. That is what I remember and I have an old box with these ingredients listed. You can still get Roman Meal Cereal at, however, they have changed it a great deal from the original and it is nothing like what I grew up with. I too make that wonderful banana bread and the only thing I have found to substitute that comes close is whole grain rye. I think working on mixing the original ingredients until you get a close facsimile is better than what they now sell. I have been purchasing their products for years, whenever I can find them and it is now very different from the original cereal. I hope this helps you. Please let me know if you find or create a recipe.