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Rose Hip Christmas Truffles

When I was a child my grandfather sprinkled Rose Hip powder over his yoghurt to treat hip osteoarthritis. Rose hips are rich in C-vitamin, they actually have a higher content than citrus fruits and they also have anti-inflammatory properties. Now the rose hip powder is back in my life. These truffles taste quite different (not as sweet) than the other truffles that we’ve made. David first claimed that he preferred  chocolate and chili truffles. But after watching him open the fridge to “just try one more” every 15-minutes since I made these, I’m starting to believe that rose hip powder also contains some kind of addictive substance.

Rosehip sweets
Rose Hip Christmas Truffles
Makes around 15-20

100 g raw cashew nuts
100 g dried unsulphured apricots
4 tbsp ground rose hip powder
2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil, room temperature
1 tsp ground ginger
0,5 tsp vanilla extract or ground vanilla
0,5 tsp ground cayenne
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Rolling mixture
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp rose hip powder

Start by mixing the nuts in a food processor until finely chopped (be careful nut to run them to long). Then add the rest of the ingredients and pulse for about 1 minute or until it forms up like a ball. Remove the knife blades from the food processor. Place the mixture in the fridge for about 10 minutes. Then form 15 – 20 small round truffles with your hands; they should be half the size of a golf ball. Roll the truffles in the rolling mixture and place in the fridge for 20 minutes before serving.


Snowy rose hips just outside our window in the centre of stockholm

Snowy rose hips just outside our window in the centre of stockholm


  1. Sonya
    Posted 16 Dec ’09 at 00:53 | #

    What a fun way to use rose hip powder!!
    It sounds really good.

  2. Posted 20 Dec ’09 at 19:09 | #

    These sound like a healthy fabulous treat! I love your blog. The photos and recipes are wonderful. I love the clean, bright colors. Very cheerful, welcoming and sophisticated at the same time.

  3. Posted 20 Dec ’09 at 19:10 | #

    BTW: I would love to start adding rose hip powder to my recipes, great idea. Yummy flavor twist too! I remember taking chewable vitamin C’s as a kid and they had rose hips in them……they were soooooo good!

  4. Posted 20 Dec ’09 at 23:20 | #

    Very interesting!They looks so much like chocolate truffles. I have never heard of rose hip powder but it does sound delicious!

  5. Posted 23 Dec ’09 at 04:01 | #

    Well, they did look good! and so I decided to try to make them. The biggest challenge was locating “rose hip powder” which is simply not used in North America (or so it would seem). I ended up buying dried organic rose hips and grinding them to a powder in a small grinder I use for spices. After that, my blender wasn’t really powerful enough to make the mix very smooth so it was a bit crumbly. However, I was able to make balls and they are really very good! At this time of year it is really delightful to have a treat that you feel healthier for eating – thanks for the post!!

    • Posted 23 Dec ’09 at 20:39 | #

      Hilary, what an adventure! We are so impressed by how far you went to try our rose hip truffles that we decided to send you a bag of Rose Hip powder. Merry Christmas!
      /David & Luise

      • Posted 30 Dec ’09 at 02:56 | #

        Thank you so much! I shared them with an appreciative family over the holidays. They were a popular addition to the usual treats.
        All the best for the New Year!

  6. Posted 1 Nov ’11 at 03:24 | #

    these sound so interesting. I love drinking rose hips tea, so i will definitely be giving this recipe a go !

  7. Posted 12 Oct ’12 at 00:10 | #

    Included a link to this post, hope that’s ok. Thank’s for sharing :)

  8. mina
    Posted 24 Nov ’12 at 23:56 | #

    Hello! Aren’t I lucky that I found this wonderful recipe of yours while I am visiting Sweden and am in Stockholm for the whole week on a much needed holiday! Where would I be able to buy this rose hip powder? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Incidentally, I found some rose hip juice in the supermarket today when we went for the first time. I have never seen this anywhere else and it was delicious!

    • Posted 25 Nov ’12 at 08:25 | #

      Hi Mina,

      Welcome to Stockholm! You can buy Rosehip powder in most supermarket and health food stores. It’s called nyponpulver or nyponmjöl in Swedish. Good luck!

  9. mina
    Posted 26 Nov ’12 at 00:50 | #

    Thank you Luise! I am really loving it here. Stockholm is gorgeous and the people so friendly! I will definitely be coming back. :) I shall have a look at the supermarket tomorrow.

  10. Emily Meegan
    Posted 2 Feb ’13 at 02:49 | #

    Do I have to wait until Christmas? I will track down rose
    hip powder (or a recipe to make rose hip powder from the gorgeous
    rosa rugosa hips that grow here) and make these.

  11. elisabeth
    Posted 2 Apr ’13 at 12:18 | #

    Do you think the coconut oil is essential for those truffles? Or could I leave them out or subsitute it with almond butter, normal butter or any oil? Love your recipes!

    • Posted 2 Apr ’13 at 12:23 | #

      Hi Elisabeth, you can leave it out and then place in the fridge to set before serving.

  12. Kay
    Posted 27 Dec ’13 at 20:00 | #

    I am wanting to try this. I got rose hip powder at my local health food store. It is from Starwest Botanicals. (www.starwest-botanicals.com)

  13. Posted 30 Dec ’13 at 22:29 | #

    I’m really excited to try this recipe again as the first batch went very very quickly between me and my husband. Also, instead of grinding up some larger pieces of dried rosehip in a mortal and pestle, this time I have proper rosehip powder from Mountain Rose Herbs! (an online distributor for us American followers) http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/bulkherb/r.php

    Thank you for your awesome recipes!

  14. Anna B
    Posted 7 Feb ’14 at 17:50 | #

    I think that these could be called Rose Hip Valentine Truffles… or Rose Hip Decadent Truffles… or Rose Hip Summer Truffles so that they could be special any time of year! Cape Cod is covered with rose hips in late summer and we just never take advantage of this healthy and delicious fruit. Most folks here don’t even know that they’re edible! – Thank you for sharing, A.B.

  15. Posted 6 May ’14 at 20:31 | #

    I just made these again for a dinner party. Usually I use chili powder, but this time I had cayenne. And… I actually found the cayenne a bit too spicy. So I think I’ll continue to substitute chili powder; it lets the other flavors come through a bit more. Still a favorite recipe. :)

  16. Shannon
    Posted 5 Mar ’16 at 22:56 | #

    This is a great healthy recipe with a distinct middle eastern flair. I subbed the cashews with soaked and dehydrated almonds. Writing this one down as it will become a staple in my household. Thank you:)

  17. Alyssa
    Posted 3 Jan ’17 at 18:32 | #

    I made these for Xmas treats this year To share with friends. I thoroughly enjoy the creativeness you guys bring to these sweet recipes. Thanks for making the world and our bellies and bodies a happier place. I’m also excited to incorporate more rosehip in my diet!

  18. Patrizia
    Posted 5 Feb ’18 at 17:38 | #

    Wow, I didn’t expect them to be so delicious!I was a little “afraid” of the rosehip powder, I only use it in my herbal tea. But I really like the taste. I think next time I’ll add a pinch of salt to set off the sweetness. Thanks again for a great recipe!

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