Rose Petal Granola with Pecan and Cacao Nibs

Rose Petal Granola with Pecan and Cacao NibsRose Petal Granola with Pecan and Cacao NibsI am a person driven by routine. I’ve more or less eaten the same breakfast for the last few years – the mundane egg accompanied by a piece of fruit or bowl of yoghurt. It’s not the most inspired of breakfasts. Rather, it’s a breakfast filled with convenience and ease. A breakfast I can thoughtlessly prepare whilst I, still bleary eyed, shake the lingering effects of sleep from my body.

Rose Petal Granola with Pecan and Cacao Nibs

 Recently though, I have ventured into new and undiscovered breakfast territory. Granola. The idea of topping my morning bowl of yoghurt with something textural, nutty, crisp and oat-y seemed rather appealing. So I made a batch. And loved it. I may have discovered a replacement for my bland, habitual breakfast. Rose Petal Granola with Pecan and Cacao Nibs

Rose Petal Granola with Pecan and Cacao NibsRose Petal Granola with Pecan and Cacao NibsRose Petal Granola with Pecan and Cacao Nibs


Rose Petal Granola with Pecan and Cacao Nibs makes for a perfect and robust breakfast. Toasted oats, currants, pecans and cacao nibs form the base of this granola – giving it a delicious, nutty crunch and hearty texture. The sweetness comes from a mixture of melted butter, vanilla and honey, whilst the addition of dried rose petals adds a further floral-y sweet tone. A smidgen of rosewater helps unite all the flavours in this granola into a wonderful blend that just bursts in a mouthful. Rose Petal Granola with Pecan and Cacao Nibs

Rose Petal Granola with Pecan and Cacao NibsRose Petal Granola with Pecan and Cacao Nibs

The recipe is inspired and tweaked to my personal taste preferences from 101 cookbooks. This is a granola from which I could never tire. It has given me a new appreciation for the ritual of breakfast – an important reminder to take time to pause and introduce myself to the many different aromas, textures and flavours that could be considered breakfast.

 Every morning this week, I have sat down to a bowl of this sweet, floral and nutty breakfast. I cannot get enough. Serve plain, sprinkled over a thick yoghurt or stir it in with a cup of nut milk – either way, it is the perfect breakfast to start off your morning.  

Rose Petal Granola with Pecan and Cacao Nibs
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Rose Petal Granola with Pecan and Cacao Nibs has become my breakfast of choice – it’s easy, it’s convenient and it’s almost too delicious. It makes a large batch, so it’s ideal if you face a busy week ahead. The recipe is like a blank canvas, you can easily change the ingredients up. Play around and be creative, or choose to leave well enough alone.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 6 cups
  • 2 ½ cups / 9.6 oz. / 260 g rolled oats
  • 1 ½ cups /6.3 oz. / 180 g pecan halves
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ⅔ cup / 2.5 oz. / 70 g cacao nibs
  • ¾ cup / 3 oz. / 85 g dried currants
  • 3 tbsp. dried rose petals
  • ½ cup / 4 oz. / 115 unsalted butter
  • ½ cup / 6.2 oz. / 175 g honey
  • 1 tsp rose water
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
  1. Preheat the oven to 150 C / 350 F. Line two baking trays with parchment.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, pecan halves, salt, cacao nibs, currants and rose petals. Melt the butter and honey together in a small saucepan over a low heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the rose water and vanilla extract. Pour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture and stir until well combined. Stir in the egg white then spread the mixture in a thin layer divided between the two lined baking trays.
  3. Bake, rotating trays and stirring a couple of times through baking, for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the granola is toasted and golden brown.
  4. Remove from the oven and press down on the granola with a spatula, so that it forms clumps once it cools. Let the granola cool completely, before separating. Serve or store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Rose Petal Granola with Pecan and Cacao Nibs


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  • Reply Gin January 21, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    I never thought of rose petal granola! Sounds delicious, especially with a nice tart yogurt. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Kathy @Pllayin with my Food January 17, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Now I know what to do with my large quantity of dried rose petals that I purchased recently!

  • Reply Omar @ Lands & Flavors January 16, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Looks yummy, Thalia! I think flowers are so underused in cooking and baking–they add such a lovely, delicate note.

  • Reply Anna @ Sunny side ups January 16, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    As soon as I saw this granola recipe, I knew it would soon become a regular at my house! Looks absolutely delicious, and I know my family will be in love with it too! Pinned! 🙂

  • Reply Gwen @ Delightful Adventures January 16, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    I love that you added cacao nibs to your granola! (I love them) Going to try this next time I make granola 🙂 Great photos!

  • Reply Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron January 14, 2015 at 11:51 am

    WOW!!! Stunning photos and what a fun recipe! I love that there are rose petals in this granola, I’m SO intrigued! Pinned 🙂

  • Reply Howie January 14, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Very cool, never made something like this, but it looks quick, easy and healthy. Will have to give it a go!
    Btw. we are all driven by routine, habits and all that. Don’t worry 😉
    Btw. theres a great book about that: “The Power Of Habit – Charles Duhigg”
    Just in case you’d like to change more habits 😉

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  • Reply Jill @ Sew French January 13, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Hi Thalia, I love making my own granola and cereal too! I’m going to give your recipe a go when I make my next batch. I like the idea of using egg white, honey and butter! Loving the cocoa nibs too! Thanks!

  • Reply Kim | Mom, Can I Have That? January 13, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Thalia- I have also been using rose water and chocolate in my kitchen experiments this month – although I have not used actual dried rose petals. What a pretty addition to this granola – genius. Your photography is always so beautifully/thoughtfully laid out and executed. Again, lovely to stop here and let my eyes and mind unwind… -Kim

  • Reply Raymund January 11, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I had that issue as well before where I had the same breakfast over and over again but it all changed when I listed all the options I can have and make sure get them on a weekly basis in the supermarket. Looks like I will add this granola to that list 🙂

  • Reply Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods January 11, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    I go through phases where I want a only hot breakfast or only a cold one. This would be perfect with my greek yogurt. I love the contrast of creamy and crunchy together. Looks Delicious!

  • Reply Daniela January 11, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    What a great way to start the day. Can’t wait to try it.

  • Reply Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish January 11, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    This is the perfect bite to start the day. Love the rose pedals! And can’t get over your blog’s new look!!!

  • Reply Shiran @ pretty. simple. sweet. January 11, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    All my favorite ingredients are in this granola! I want to make all your wonderful recipes!

  • Reply Sugar et al. January 11, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    What lovely flavours Thalia! I cannot have enough of rose flavoured goodies and this one is just terrific!

  • Reply Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking January 11, 2015 at 8:19 am

    I’m definitely a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast too! I ate the same cereal for close to 6 years. 6 years! I finally started branching out in the past few years, but my first meal always involves some sort of protein, fruit & veg. I can’t keep granola in the house anymore — I’m way too addicted! Love this version of yours! 🙂 Pinned!

  • Reply Judit + Corina | Glamorous Bite January 11, 2015 at 7:39 am

    What a delicious and beautiful granola, Thalia! Perfect way to start the morning “Thalia Style” 🙂

  • Reply Savita @ ChefDeHome January 11, 2015 at 6:57 am

    A perfect granola makes breakfast super delicious! Rose petals in granola, what an awesome idea, Thalia! loving the photos!

  • Reply Ash-foodfashionparty January 11, 2015 at 4:30 am

    Totally a routine person like you. Love the same stuff every single day.
    Granola with all fancy additives, why not?…would love it every morning.

  • Reply Katie @ Recipe for Perfection January 11, 2015 at 2:38 am

    I just love your photography! Such beautiful and even light. And the granola looks delicious, too!

  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity January 10, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I hear you! My weekday breakfast usually consists of a smoothie with fruit and spinach. I’ve actually never made granola, but this looks really tempting. I think it’s time that I do. Thanks for the inspiration Thalia!

  • Reply Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog January 10, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I would never have thought to put rose petals in granola, but after seeing your flavor combination I can totally see how that would work! It sounds so delicate and fantastic!

  • Reply Ami@NaiveCookCooks January 10, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Thalia love the creative use of rose petals in granola!! Your pics are gorgeous as always!

  • Reply Nichole January 10, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    I bought cacao nibs just before the holidays envisioning using them in something indulgent but healthy; I’m pretty sure this recipe is exactly the reason I grabbed them. Cannot wait to give this a go!! If I had rose petals I’d be in the kitchen right now stirring some up ~ but I want to experience this just as presented.

  • Reply kate / vegukate January 10, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Oh, my breakfasts are a thing of routine too. It’s fun to step out of the comfort zone every now and then – especially when it involves granola. I have never, ever thought to put rosewater in granola, so I’m just amazed! This looks delish! 🙂

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  • Reply Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire January 10, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I love this flavor combination… I can think of no better combination than rose petal and cocoa nib in a granola. And your photos are breathtaking!

  • Reply Valeria January 10, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    This recipe sounds heavenly! Do you think it would be possible to omit the egg white?

    • Reply thalia January 10, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      The egg white acts as an agent to clump the granola together. It can easily be omitted but you will have a finer granola with more stray oats.

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen January 10, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Gorgeous photos Thalia (as always). This granola looks amazing! I’ve never made anything like it before, but it makes me want to! Love the addition of the rose petals!

  • Reply Traci | Vanilla And Bean January 10, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Lovely recipe, Thalia from the rose water to the honey, nibs and pecans. Granola is a staple in our home, and I’m always trying new combinations so I’m excited to give this a go! Thank you, Thalia!

  • Reply Donna January 10, 2015 at 5:20 am

    Dried rose petal is an interesting mix! I love cocao nibs in my breakfast smoothies. Love your updated website. 🙂

  • Reply Beth January 10, 2015 at 12:33 am

    Hi, Thalia. Thanks for the reminder to stop and smell…and, of course, eat the roses! They are a powerful herb and adding them in the form of petals and water to one’s breakfast infuses magic into one’s day. And, as I happened to have the The Faeries’ Guide to Green Magick From the Garden on my desk when I read your post, I felt compelled to share the authors’ notes on this particular flower: …The rose invokes the energy of patience, love and trust and the ability to sit for a time in the dark and stillness without the need to know everything. According to authors Jamie Wood and Lisa Steinke, it’s the herb to call on when there is a need to trust in the mystery of life rather than rushing at top speed looking for answers. The rose bolsters us in the knowing that it’s in these moments of mystery that anything is possible…mmmm. Delicious.

  • Reply Annie @ The Garlic Diaries January 9, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Yum! I see people use cacao nibs a lot, but I have never actually tried them before. What a clever idea for breakfast!

  • Reply Liz @ Floating Kitchen January 9, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    This is so heavenly! Rose petals are such a genius idea. Love it!

  • Reply Karrie@Tasty Ever After January 9, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Love it and this almost looks too pretty to eat! I will be getting some dried rose petals soon to try this recipe.

  • Reply Jen @ Baked by an Introvert January 9, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I’ve never used rose petals. It sounds absolutely wonderful in this granola though!

  • Reply Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures January 9, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Looks delicious! Every once in a while you need to change things up!

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice January 9, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Wow rose petal granola?! I’m impressed, Thalia! This sounds so delicious and unique!

  • Reply Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom January 9, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Well, I am a person driven by routine too and have eaten the same breakfast for the past few years as well . . but now I can jazz up my greek yogurt, fruit and granola with this! This is the most beautiful granola I have ever seen . . and granola ain’t that pretty. . simply gorgeous! Happy Friday!

  • Reply Dini @ giramuk's kitchen January 9, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I love homemade granola and haven’t made it in ages! Being a big fan of rose water this is ingenious! Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this? I love it Thalia

  • Reply Nora @ Savory Nothings January 9, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I am just the same Thalia – only it’s porridge every morning for me because I need something warming after having to leave my warm bed behind. Gorgeous granola recipe – and the pictures are just as beautiful!

  • Reply anna @ annamayeveryday January 9, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I love granola and make it a lot, such a great thing to have sitting in a jar. Never tried it with rose petals though, such an unusual idea!

  • Reply Gourmet Getaways January 9, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Mmmm…I wanted to start snacking when I saw this. Pecan, cacao nibs and granola, plus rose petals! A jar of distinct flavours! Nice recipe, Thalia!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  • Reply Sweet and Savoury Pursuits January 9, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Great recipe Thalia. I think the addition of rose petals to granola makes it perfect for a romantic breakfast!

  • Reply Jen L | Tartine and apron strings January 9, 2015 at 3:00 am

    Lovely, as usual, my friend! I’ll take breakfast anytime of the day. Seriously.

  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout January 9, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Gorgeous and classy recipe, as always 🙂

  • Reply The Blonde Chef January 9, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Love how ladylike this granola seems! I just can’t imagine how delicious this would be on top of my favorite yogurt! Awesome recipe, Thalia!

  • Reply Mira January 8, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    I love granola, but always seem to be making the same kinds 🙂 This sounds and looks amazing! Love it! Will definitely try it! Pinned!

  • Reply January 8, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    This looks delicious, Thalia! I’ve never had rose petal in anything but now I’m so intrigued. I’m going to try this soon because we have some beautiful rose bushes in our yard. Pinned!

  • Reply Anupama January 8, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I love granola! Making my own that too with died rose petals – absolutely a must try! book marked.

  • Reply Tessa | Salted Plains January 8, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    This is lovely! I can imagine that the rose petals are a wonderful compliment to the nuts and oats!

  • Reply Kimberly | Chic & Sugar January 8, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I love how you’ve made plain ‘ol granola so exotic. Perfection!

  • Reply Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ January 8, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    I always made granola with coconut oil and am now curious to taste this version made with butter. Gorgeous pics!

  • Reply Shinee January 8, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Wow, those little rose petals look so cute. Lovely granola mix, Thalia. I’d eat it every morning.

  • Reply Mandie January 8, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I’d never have thought to add rose petals to my granola! It sounds SO good! Love your photography!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog =) I find yours very elegant and lovely. Your food photography is just beautiful and simple and clean. Love it!

  • Reply Mary (The Godmother @ Goodie Godmother) January 8, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    This looks lovely! I’ve been looking for new uses for some rose petals I have, and this would be perfect! Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Meghan @ Cake 'n' Knife January 8, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Oh I would love to wake up to a large bowl of this every morning! I can’t wait to try this!

  • Reply Bec January 8, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I find I have to mix my breakfasts up otherwise I get bored and all weirdo in the mornings. Having something new and exciting (like this) gets me up and going in the morning!!! Lovely recipe and stunning images. Bec x

  • Reply Alyssa January 8, 2015 at 11:24 am

    When we lived in Bahrain, rose water was in every store. I bought a bottle and then never knew what to make with it. Now I wish I had another bottle! This looks so good! I would just snack on the granola, who needs yogurt!?

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef January 8, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I’m learning to get into a breakfast routine. Okay, it only started this morning, but fingers crossed I can continue. 🙂 Love this granola.

  • Reply Kiran @ January 8, 2015 at 5:44 am

    I love rose petals and this looks so exotic! Want it for breakfast 🙂

  • Reply Zoey @ never a dull plate January 8, 2015 at 4:05 am

    I am a person of routine when it comes to breakfast as well. I like this granola, definitely will try your recipe

  • Reply Chineka @ Savor the baking January 8, 2015 at 3:31 am

    I love the idea of adding granola to my yogurt. I’m pretty routine with my breakfast as well. Pecans and cocoa nibs make this granola a winner.

  • Reply Kathleen @ yummy crumble January 8, 2015 at 3:13 am

    The rose petals are such a beautiful idea!

  • Reply Immaculate January 8, 2015 at 2:52 am

    Who knew! Rose petals in granola. I can’t wait to give it a try!

  • Reply Abbe @ This is How I Cook January 8, 2015 at 1:08 am

    I am all over this! I just posted a chicken recipe with rosewater. For years i didn’t care for it and now I can’t get enough if it! Love cacao nibs, too! Can’t wait to make this!

  • Reply Christina @ Bake with christina January 8, 2015 at 12:58 am

    What a cool idea/flavor for granola!! It sounds SO yummy and looks perfect, pinned 🙂

  • Reply pam (Sidewalk Shoes) January 8, 2015 at 12:26 am

    I make granola every week, and eat it for breakfast every day. I would have never thought to add rose petals or cocoa nibs! I don’t have any rose petals, but I do have some cocoa nibs!

  • Reply Liz January 8, 2015 at 12:23 am

    I need to shake up my breakfast routine, too! Your granola looks like a delicious place to start!

  • Reply THE HUNGRY MUM January 7, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    such a decadent way to start the day. Just perfect.

  • Reply Susie Gall January 7, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Beautiful photo, Thalia. Beautiful recipe.

  • Reply June Burns January 7, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    What a lovely granola flavor. Rose petals are just so elegant 🙂

  • Reply Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) January 7, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    I agree! This is the perfect robust breakfast. My husband is just like you and totally adheres to the very same routine without fail.

  • Reply Kelley @ Chef Savvy January 7, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    This looks wonderful Thalia! Love the new site design as well.

  • Reply Lucy @SupergoldenBakes January 7, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Was just playing around with rose petals today – love this! Have also got some cacao nibs on order so I may give this a go. It looks delicious and I need to have some new breakfast options!

    • Reply thalia January 7, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Great minds think alike Lucy x

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High January 7, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Rose petal in granola?! That sounds absolutely wonderful. Loving the cacao nibs too!

    • Reply thalia January 7, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks Michelle! xx

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