Rose Petal Granola

A variation on the granola from my book, Super Natural Every Day - this time with rose petals, walnuts, currants, and black pepper.

Rose Petal Granola

If you like making homemade food gifts for friends and family, this rose petal granola is one to bookmark. It’s pretty. The honey-butter toasted oats get nice and crunchy. The kiss of rose water nudges it into the realm of the unexpected. It's a variation on the granola in Super Natural Every Day, this version made with rose petals, walnuts, currants, and black pepper.

Rose Petal Granola

Where to Source Rose Petals

We used to sell beautiful arctic rose petals from Quebec when we were running our little online shop. It took me less time than I imagined to work my way through my personal stock, and now I find myself sourcing from a number of sources. I look for rose petals that are fragrant. They should have vibrant color, be organic, and/or not subjected to spraying or treatments. A few ways to source dried rose petals for your cooking:

  1. Make your own edible flowers: The most economic way to source edible roses (and other flowers) is to grow and dry them your self. Here’s a page all about edible flowers.
  2. Farmers’ Markets: Farmers’ markets are a great place to buy edible flowers. Ask if you don’t see them displayed. Because they are fragile, farmers often keep them in a cooler.
    rose petals drying
  3. On-line rose petal sources: I really like the organic panneer roses from Diaspora Co. as well as the organic rose petals from Toogood Botanics. Both are organically grown and retain their vibrant color and fragrance.

Rose Petal Granola

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Rose Petal Granola

5 from 2 votes

I link to favorite dried rose petal sources in the post up above.

Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Notes

Makes about 7 cups.

Serves
12
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
 
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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.

Nicole

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.

Merry

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.

Dennis Blair Fort Collins Personal Trainer

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

Barbara Mugnai

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.

Kim

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....

Jennifer

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.

kathy mcgregor

just stunning, as always!

Laura@FoodSnobSTL

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!

The Culinistas

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

samira

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

Lauren | Sweet Splendor

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

Chrissy

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.

Janet

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.

Oana from dishchronicles

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

Natashia@foodonpaper

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?

Marissa | Pinch and Swirl

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

Christina @ The Hungry Australian

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!

Alaina

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

Sarah @ Fresh Living

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.

Agnes

@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

Indy

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

Saeriu

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

Vespa Woolf

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