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.

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Rose Petal Granola

5 from 2 votes

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

  • 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
  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.

Makes about 7 cups.

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.


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.


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

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.


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….


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!


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.


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)


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.


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..


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!


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.


@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 .. yummm – I’m off to make granola xxx


I bet this smells dreamy while baking…I’ll have to try it this weekend!


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

Vespa Woolf

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


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 🙂


What a fancy way to make granola! Yum!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

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


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


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

Minnesota Red

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!


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


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

Sweet Faery

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


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


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

Tori (@eatori)

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!

gina @ cateror

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

Martha @ Weekend Doings

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!

Primordial Soup

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


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


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

Jeff Stone

Love everything with roses! The granola looks delicious.

simple sustenance

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!


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!!


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 🙂

Red Star to Lone Sta

How pretty- bet I’d enjoy this.

jamie @ green beans & grapefruit

How pretty- bet I’d enjoy this.

jamie @ green beans & grapefruit

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?


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!


Innovative? A fragrant feeding? …romantic? Now you can have your roses and eat them too! 🙂

Ruthie @ the tasty tRuth

As always, I’d snort this up so fast…

Bev @ Bev Cooks

so pretty


What a wonderful flavor combination for granola!


Brilliant. Just brilliant Heidi.

Emma Galloway

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!

A Plum By Any Other Name

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


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.


My kind of rose petal for sure!!

Belinda @zomppa

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).


Mmmm looks positively yummy!


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!


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.


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!

Julia {The Roasted Root}

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

Washington mom

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.


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


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

Averie @ Averie Cooks

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 🙂

Sneh | Cook Republic

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 🙂


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

Geraldine Saucier

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.

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best

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

dervla @ The Curator

How beautiful!!

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