A wonderful and versatile companion to have, rose can be enjoyed in tea, infused into oil for body care products, or you can eat it in your granola. Either way, roses don’t have to be in a bouquet to add loving comfort to your heart, mind, and soul.
Rose petals are loaded with anti-oxidants. They are anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic and can help with digestive upsets, inflammation, and so much more. It’s pretty amazing how much love and nourishment plants will offer when we give them a chance. Try adding a little rose into your life – it’s especially delicious in this simple strawberry oatmeal granola!
Although granola has a reputation for being “healthy”, most store bought varieties are made with corn syrup, sugar, hydrogenated oils, unnatural flavors (despite the term “natural”), etc, etc. It is SO simple to make your own with ingredients that nourish, rather than harm your body.
I went nut-less with this recipe to keep the flavor sweet and delicate, more like a treat – think oatmeal crumb topping… mmmm. Rose adds a light floral flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of maple syrup and tartness of freeze-dried strawberries. Add a little chocolate and you’ve created a synergistic love blend – an ideal Valentine’s Day breakfast!
- 4 cups gluten free quick oats
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp freeze-dried strawberry powder
- 1/2 cup organic dried rose petals
- 1 tsp himalayan salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup Vermont maple syrup
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 coconut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Combine the oats, coconut, 1/2 cup of strawberry powder, rose petals, and salt.
- In a separate bowl add the melted coconut oil, coconut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla.
- Pour into the dry mix and stir until well combined – I found mixing with your fingers work best!
- Bake at 275. Use a spatula to flip large amounts at time (helps keep those yummy clusters) every 15 minutes until dry. This will take about an hour.
- Sprinkle the additional 2 tbls of strawberry powder over the mix – add extra rose petals if you wish! Allow to cool completely before adding the chocolate chips.
My favorite way to eat this granola, or any, is in a banana breakfast bowl. It makes an excellent replacement for boxed cereal – you’ll never look back! Combine sliced banana’s, a handful of berries, granola, nuts, seeds, etc and top with almond milk!