Spiced Rose Petal Granola
Roses are tri-dhosic, meaning they are great for vatas, pittas, and kaphas. They are bitter, pungent, astringent and sweet. They have a cooling energy and support our plasma, blood, marrow, nerve and reproductive tissue. They don’t stop there! They make a great decongestant, carminative, anti-inflammatory, laxative and they are antioxidants, rich in vitamins C, A, B3, D, and E. Roses are a nervine which means they support our nervous system and can support our mental and emotional well-being. They can be used for depression, anxiety and irritability. They have a special place in women’s health, easing PMS symptoms and even aids in infertility.
Roses are ancient symbols of love and beauty. Their beauty and aroma cultivates a connection between our heart and mind allowing us to have more compassion, love and deep feelings towards our self and one another. The rose was sacred to many goddesses, including Isis and Aphrodite and is often used as the symbol of Virgin Mary. I use rose in many of my homemade beauty products and it can be used to cook with as well. Read more about the benefits of rose on our blog post!
To begin, preheat the oven to 300 F, set out one large or two small rimmed baking sheets and soak your flaxseeds.
Combine the oats, nuts, seeds, salt, spices, dried fruit, and half of the rose petals in a large mixing bowl.
Heat the ghee in a small saucepan over low heat and stir in the maple. Turn off hot, and whisk in the rose water.
When thoroughly combined, pour the liquid mixture, including your flaxseeds over the oat mixture and stir until everything is well coated. spread into a thin layer onto your rimmed baking sheet(s).
Bake, 40 minutes, stirring at least once halfway through and rotating the pan once, top to bottom. Cook until the granola is toasty and deeply golden.
Remove from the oven and press down on the granola with a metal spatula. Let cool completely, sprinkle with the remaining dried rose petals, then store in an airtight container at room temperature.