Rose Petal Granola

Rose Petal Granola Recipe


One of the things I wanted to do for QUITOKEETO was include a short list of recipes. Little recipes related to products in the shop, highlighting how I actually use them in my own kitchen. Somehow, in the flurry of the past week of box building, label printing, and tape tangling, I forgot to post one of my favorites - a rose petal granola. So, I thought I'd share it here. It's a variation on the granola in Super Natural Every Day, made with rose petals, walnuts, currants, and black pepper.

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I make this granola with these rose petals or(!) with rose petals I leave to dry completely in a sunny spot on a parchment-lined baking sheet. It takes just a few days. But If you go this route, be sure to make them from unsprayed roses or rose petals. And keep in mind, it's fun to mix up the color of the petals and that sort of thing.

Rose Petal Granola
Rose Petal Granola

For those of you interested in getting a shop update - we're hoping to make the roses (and a number of the other items) available again early next week. The quantities will still be limited (it's just the nature of some of these items and how they're made/harvested). I suspect some of the items will be quick to go, but if you're on the QK mailing list, you'll be notified. We'll leave the shop open until the items sell through. So, just a heads up on that front, and a couple snapshots of the first boxes going on the truck :).

Hope you're all having a great week! xo -h

 
 
 
 

Rose Petal Granola

4 cups / 14 oz / 400 g rolled oats

1 1/2 cups / 6 oz / 170 g walnut halves

1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

2/3 cup / 3 oz / 85 g dried currants
dried petals from a dozen (or so) small roses


1/2 cup / 4 oz unsalted butter

1/2 cup / 120 ml honey
1/2 teaspoon rose water
1 egg white (large egg), optional

Preheat the oven to 300 F / 150 C degrees with racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven. Set out two rimmed baking sheets.

Combine the oats, walnuts, salt, pepper, currants and half of the rose petals in a large mixing bowl. Heat the butter in a small saucepan over low heat and stir in the honey. Remove from heat and whisk in the rose water. When thoroughly combined, pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir until everything is well coated, at least 30 seconds. If you like a clumpier granola, stir in the egg white. Divide the mixture equally between the two baking sheets and spread into a thin layer.

Bake, stirring a couple times along the way, for about 35 to 40 minutes, or until the granola is toasty and deeply golden. You may want to rotate the pan once, top to bottom, to ensure even baking.

Remove from the oven and press down on the granola with a metal spatula-you'll get more clumps this way. Let cool completely, sprinkle with the remaining dried rose petals, then store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Makes about 7 cups.

Prep time: 5 min - Cook time: 40 min

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Full-Flavored Life
June 19, 2012

How beautiful!!

 

dervla @ The Curator
June 19, 2012

yayyy can't wait till the shop is open again. I won't be late this time!

 

I'm looking forward to the opening of your shop too! I have a ton of roses in my garden this year, so I'll be trying this recipe soon.

 

Geraldine Saucier
June 19, 2012

I can't wait to make this granola. The rose petals make the granola look very colorful and lovely.

 

Hannah
June 19, 2012

I love rose petals in the kitchen - and wow, they are so pretty in the granola! I imagine the flavour is really interesting there, too. I don't have rosewater on hand but am going to try it with vanilla instead.

All those boxes! Like Christmas :)

 

Sneh | Cook Republic
June 19, 2012

I love using rose petals in my cooking. I have done rose petal ice cream, rose petal buttercake and rose petal jam .. granola would be a delight if speckled with rose petals. Must try it soon! Thnx for the inspiration :-)

 

Averie @ Averie Cooks
June 19, 2012

congrats on the shop progress!

and just the title of this recipe makes me want to make it! rose.petal.anything.

 

Caz
June 19, 2012

I've never used rose petals in cooking before. What a lovely idea and they look so pretty too. :)

 

Nicole
June 19, 2012

Everyone has been commenting on how out of control the wild roses are in Fairbanks this year. What a good way to put them to use.

 

Washington mom
June 19, 2012

How do you keep the dried rose petals from burning when baking?

 

This is so clever! I imagine the granola turns out so fragrant and earthy with the rose pedals. I love the idea of using rose pedals in granola and cannot wait to try it out. Congrats again on your new shop!

 

Mike
June 19, 2012

Next time I'm going to visit my mum I'll make sure to grab some roses from her garden and I will give this recipe a try.

 

chika
June 20, 2012

hi heidi, i think i spied this on the shop page for those gorgeous jars of rose petal and was intrigued! and it's funny i spent last week craving granola, and seem to keep bumping into granola recipes/tweets all the time! this one of yours looks lovely too. thanks for sharing!

 

Joy
June 20, 2012

Mmmm looks positively yummy!

 

Sophie
June 20, 2012

Gorgeous! This is a very grown-up granola recipe.

Edible flowers are quite hard to come by in the UK, in fact I actually bought home some lavender from Bi-rite in San Francisco in April because I hadn't been able to get any. What a good excuse to plant some roses in my new garden (then I can make rose petal harissa as well as granola).

 

Belinda @zomppa
June 20, 2012

My kind of rose petal for sure!!

 

Sasha
June 20, 2012

rose petals certainly have the ability to make food seem more magical.

i am planning to make granola today to replenish my supply and i wish i had some rose petals on hand. however, i will certainly add some pepper and keep the rose petals in mind next time i replenish.

 

celia
June 20, 2012

This sounds/looks wonderful ! I love cooking with flowers, it's so magical:)

 

I know rose petals can be controversial (love 'em or hate 'em). But I love them. And I love making granola. Do you see where I'm going with this?! Can't wait to test out this fun summer recipe ... I imagine dried strawberries would be quite dreamy too!

 

Emma Galloway
June 20, 2012

Brilliant. Just brilliant Heidi.

 

DessertForTwo
June 20, 2012

What a wonderful flavor combination for granola!

 

Leah
June 20, 2012

so pretty

 

Bev @ Bev Cooks
June 20, 2012

As always, I'd snort this up so fast...

 

Innovative? A fragrant feeding? ...romantic? Now you can have your roses and eat them too! :)

 

turningkitchentables
June 20, 2012

Amazing news!Where is going to be opened the first shop? Any chance to have one in Europe too?
Good luck! I'm sure it'll be an super success!
tkt

 

gluttonforlife
June 20, 2012

I love your granola recipe, but find that any raisins or currants seem to get really overcooked (hard and even burnt)—should I be adding them later?

 

How pretty- bet I'd enjoy this.

 

Red Star to Lone Sta
June 20, 2012

I've been reading your blog since before my kids were born, and the oldest one is almost six. Just wanted to say thank you and good job :)

 

dolly
June 20, 2012

My delightful quitokeeto box arrived yesterday, I'm using the roses to recreate a lovely condiment I had--a dry rose petal chutney with coriander, cumin and red pepper. Those roses are pretty persistent and don't want to break up in the mortar and pestle though!!

 

Maria
June 20, 2012

Congratulations on the shop project!! Yours was the first "food blog" I ever visited and I was smitten and inspired at the same time! I would like to ask your permission to post a link on my blogroll. Thank you, bon courage and good luck with everything you do!

 

simple sustenance
June 20, 2012

Love everything with roses! The granola looks delicious.

 

Jeff Stone
June 20, 2012

Heidi,
You have an amazing blog with great recipes, and love your pictures, and adventures of your travels.

 

Deb
June 20, 2012

A most extraordinary recipe for breakfast!
Served with creamy yoghurt and a vase of baby roses, a perfect way to begin the day.

 

Skylor
June 20, 2012

Rose petals sound amazing. I would like to eat this the day after I get married!

 

Primordial Soup
June 20, 2012

Wow.

I pride myself on culinary creativity, but confess that flower petals on anything beyond jam or cake decorating has never been in the realm of possibility for me - until now that is!

 

I had never used rose petals in cooking. But this recipe sounds delicous and looks so pretty I want to try!

 

gina @ cateror
June 20, 2012

What a beautiful idea (literally!) In addition to looking totally yummy, this would look beautiful in a glass jar, and make a great "hostess" gift for a party, too. Thanks for the inspiration!

 

Tori (@eatori)
June 20, 2012

What a gorgeous idea - perfect for special occasion breakfasts; surely there'll be a huge rush for mother's day and Valentines?

 

Eileen
June 20, 2012

Wow--what an interesting addition! I never know quite how to use rose or other floral flavorings in cooking--thanks for the great idea!

 

Marie-Ora
June 20, 2012

Wow, oh wow - what an amazing combination. This has to qualify as the most original, interesting granola to date!

 

Sweet Faery
June 20, 2012

I love cooking with flowers and this is a beautiful idea!

 

Anagha
June 20, 2012

In Indian cooking we use a lot of flowers, fragrant and others. I have made this before but not with the oats just the nuts...almost like a peanut brittle with almonds walnut , dries rose petals, adn a few saffron threads

 

Fabiola@notjustbaked
June 20, 2012

This looks and sounds beautifully delicious. The rosy colored petals give a freshness to the granola that I imagine I will fall in love with! Luckily I grow my own high quality roses, and now they will be put to good use!

 

Minnesota Red
June 20, 2012

I would need to be convinced that something like this could taste good and not like Chanel no. 5...

 

autumn
June 20, 2012

Who knew granola could be elegant? This is so lovely!

 

Tammie
June 20, 2012

this looked so good
and
i have been collecting wild roses the past couple of weeks, so i immediately made it. Quite wonderful.
thank you~

 

What a fancy way to make granola! Yum!

 

Lee
June 21, 2012

My quitokeeto box arrived on Tuesday. Needless to say, the packaging was beautiful,as were the beautiful little glasses inside. Congrats on a wonderful project and hopefully more to come. Cheers!


HS: Thanks Lee! Hope you enjoy them :)

 

greenthyme
June 21, 2012

This looks so charming. I'm thinking of what a beautiful gift this would make for people in pretty little glass jars. How lovely.

 

Vespa Woolf
June 21, 2012

As always, your photos are gorgeous. Can't wait to try this granola! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

 

Saeriu
June 21, 2012

I bet this smells dreamy while baking...I'll have to try it this weekend!

 

Indy
June 21, 2012

@Minnesota Red, Roses and rosewater have been used in cooking for centuries - have you ever tried turkish delight for example? Greek almond shortbreads are another treat using rosewater as well as nougat & baklava. Other flavours that combine beautifully with roses are cinnamon, chocolate... actually, have a look at this link http://blog.foodpairing.com/2012/02/valentin-foodpairing-roses.html .. yummm - I'm off to make granola xxx

 

Agnes
June 21, 2012

Made the granola yesterday. It's lovely. I really enjoy the faint floral notes and it has so many emotional connotations as well (adventurous, exotic, old fashioned, summer etc.), contributing to a very satisfying taste experience. Goes very well with a strawberry smoothie or just plain yoghurt. Unusual and interesting recipe.

 

Sarah @ Fresh Living
June 22, 2012

This looks beautiful! What a great idea - I'm excited to try it this weekend.

 

Kate
June 22, 2012

I will echo the comments I read and say how excited I was to receive my Quitokeeto package in the mail. I am so excited to use the dried roses I ordered. I happened upon this recipe today which also uses rose petals:
http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/12563/Rose-Scented-Berry-Tart-With-an-Almond-Shortbread-Crust.html
I am wondering if I can use the dried petals in lieu of fresh? Are dried rose petals like other dried spices that are stronger when dried? Thanks!

 

Alaina
June 22, 2012

I have just started using roses in my own cooking. This granola looks absolutely gorgeous. It makes me smile. I will have to try it. Thank you!

 

What a lovely recipe. All the best for your new shop venture, Heidi!

 

Love the idea of rosy granola. I've been loving your rose scented rhubarb syrup - I wonder how it would be swapped in here for part of the honey?

 

Natashia@foodonpaper
June 22, 2012

Oh wow, what an amazing granola! Love this idea..

 

I am so thrilled to see this and QK you cannot imagine. Gerard and Alex so deserve it for all the beautiful work they do. It is amazing to see the beautiful roses here and to see Montreal and L'Orignal. I'm going to visit Gerard in Gaspe in August and I can't wait to see where it all happens. So awesome Heidi.


HS: Have an amazing trip Oana! Would love to see where the magic happens someday.

 

Janet
June 23, 2012

I would never have thought of rose petal granola - but the idea is so fresh and romantic. Can't wait to try it out! Thanks.

 

Chrissy
June 24, 2012

This looks delicious :) (but i would leave the egg out)

 

You have such great food ideas! I love reading about all these things you come up with! This especially sounds amazing.

 

samira
June 25, 2012

What a lovely recipe.
I love reading about all these things you come up with! This especially sounds amazing.

 

The Culinistas
June 25, 2012

After becoming obsessed with the flavor of rose macarons this looks like a much easier way to get the subtle, delicate rose fragrance into my cooking. I bet the granola would be a great topping for vanilla ice cream!

 

Laura@FoodSnobSTL
June 25, 2012

just stunning, as always!

 

kathy mcgregor
June 26, 2012

I tried to print the lemon verbena pie recipe BUT there's NO print box on the site!!??? So all I get to print are all the comments........

HS: Hi Kathy - the lemon verbena recipe lives on Nikole's site - you can certainly cut and paste the text into a word doc, or something equivalent. Hope this helps.

 

Jennifer
June 26, 2012

Beautiful! I wanted to buy the rose petals from QUITOKEETO specifically to try in granola because I have been making one with rose water but wanted a more visual cue for the taste. Can't wait to try this! (p.s. any thoughts on what types of home dried roses seem to have the most flavor?)

HS: Hi Jennifer - I get the sense that darker petals have deeper flavor, but each variety seems different as well....

 

Kim
June 29, 2012

Fabuloso! I made this recipe along with your rhubarb rose water syrup for a breakfast at work and what a hit! For some extra love, after the granola was done, I added some cacao nibs.

Heaven = Rose Petal Granola mixed in with some really creamy goat or sheep milk yogurt and a drizzle of the Rhubarb Rose syrup.

 

Barbara Mugnai
June 30, 2012

This is simply amazing! And your pics very inspiring!
Best Regards fron Italy

Mug

 

So what do the rose petals add nutritionally? Or is it just for plating/show?


HS: Hi Dennis - They're mostly pretty and fragrant/flavorful, but it's my understanding that the petal are also a rice source of vitamin C and other phytonutrients. Not sure about what sorts of quantities would make a significant nutritional impact offhand though.

 

Merry
July 1, 2012

Sounds and looks way too good to eat! I doubt I'll be able to try this any time soon as roses really struggle here in the Middle Eastern heat (today's top temperature was 48C), but will definitely remember to bring some rose-petals back from my summer holidays in rural Turkey. Actually, I tasted some amazing home-made rose-petal jam a couple of years ago and the fragrance and taste was totally sublime.

 

Nicole
July 2, 2012

I made this for some co-workers, as I left my job last week, and added in some chopped dark chocolate- it was heavenly! Such a special gift, especially jarred with lovely homemade labels. They were very well received.