Pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant) – easy and vegan recipe

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Mmmm pain au chocolat or chocolate croissants! As a child, I ate them regularly as my mother brought it from the baker on Saturday. Sarmed up a little so that the chocolate melts. Delicious!

But when I became vegan that was something I didn’t eat anymore, because pain au chocolat is anything but vegan. Until years later I ate back one at a vegan lunch bar for the first time. Hell Yeah, that was nice. 🙂  The only times I ate it afterward was at vegan fairs where a vegan baker was. After we set up our own stand and before the visitors came in, I always went first to the bakery to get a pain au chocolate (and vegan sausage roll).

But here in the neighborhood, there is no baker where you can buy it, so it was only at vegan fairs once in a while. Until I shared this on Instagram. One of the followers said: why don’t you make it yourself with vegan puff pastry? Genius, that I had not yet thought about it 😉

Vegan pain au chocolat – what should you pay attention to?

With this fast recipe, you don’t make your own puff pastry, but you just buy it in the store. Isn’t that clever? But check the ingredients list carefully because not all puff pastry is vegan. It may contain butter, it may seem vegan at first sight because it’s with oil, but if there is vitamin D3 in it, don’t buy it. That is almost always of animal origin.

If you find square or elongated dough that is practical, but the most ready-made puff pastry in the supermarket are round (to bake pies). This is no problem. From such a round dough you get 2 standard sized chocolate croissants and 2 small ones.

pain au chocolat - chocolate croissants - easy vegan recipe

I used chocolate pellets for this. Also for your chocolate check the ingredients because black chocolate can still contain milk powder.

So those are the only two ingredients, so let’s get started.

pain au chocolat with puff pastry
Yield: 3 people

Pain au chocolat (chocolate croissant) - easy and vegan recipe

Pain au chocolat / chocolate croissants - easy and vegan recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • ready-made vegan puff pastry
  • Chocolate


    If you have puff pastry that comes out of the freezer, you can first defrost in the refrigerator.

    Preheat the oven to 200º C / 390º F.

    Roll out the puff pastry and cut the dough in four, lengthwise.

    You put the chocolate on 1/3 and 2/3 per slice. Roll from one side to the middle to just over the chocolate. Now do the same on the other side so that you have 2 rolls together. Do this for each slice of dough. (watch the video if you prefer to see it visually)

    Turn the croissants over so that the straight piece is on top and put them on an oven grid with parchment paper. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Lets eat!

Do you also love pain au chocolat? Are you going to try it yourself? Let me know in a reaction.

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