Jus Rol Pain Au Chocolat – Vegan Heaven

There are some things that you just accept as a vegan, and for me one of those things was that I would never spend a rainy morning with the papers dipping a warm Pain Au Chocolat into a coffee ever again. 

I told myself I didn’t mind and it was a small price to pay, but when I heard a rumour that Jus Rol did a range of bake them yourself pastries that were accidentally vegan I just had to investigate. I couldn’t believe it, but my research all came back the same. Vegan. 

Oh praise to the high heaven! 

So when I woke up this morning and it was raining I decided it was perfect Pain Au Chocolat weather and I was going to treat myself. I stopped off at the big sainsburies at the end of my morning run and found them in the chilled section. The range included croissants and cinnamon rolls which are both vegan too (I will be trying these at another date).

I got them home and got straight onto ‘cooking’ them. 

They come in a box and inside the box is a tube and a packet for the chocolate.

Opening the tube is pretty straight forward and then you unroll the pastry, separating the individual pastries by cutting along the perforated edge.

Then you put two pieces of chocolate at each end.

And roll from each end into the middle.

Then you place on a baking tray with the crease at the bottom and if you want a golden glaze (who doesn’t want a golden glaze?) you brush soya milk on the outside.

Pop in the oven at 200c for 12 minutes and go hug your cat.

As you hug your cat enjoy your ordinary house being transformed into a French patisserie as the sweet aroma of baking envelops your home. 

After 12 minutes take them out the oven.

Enjoy warm, with coffee.

The only down side is that they don’t keep well so you need to eat them with at least one other person or you’re in danger of polishing off six on your own. I shared with Andy who agreed they were utterly delicious!  


Vegan Stuffed Marrow Recipe

If you’re looking for a lovely Sunday evening tea, a delicious summer supper or something easy to serve to guests, look no further than the lowly marrow. 

I whooped with joy when I saw marrows for sale in tesco, as they aren’t available all year round and therefore are even more of a treat. Also there are some incredible wild mushrooms available right now too which gives this dish an earthy, meaty kick.

If you are looking for a healthier or cheaper version of this recipe go for green lentils instead of the soya mince and omit the white sauce, but I was going for pure Sunday evening decadence with this.

Ingredients (serves 2)

One large marrow 

1 packet of Tesco Free From Soya Mince 

Olive oil

2 teaspoons of Bisto granules

1/4 tube Tomato purée

1 leek

200g mushrooms

Half a jar of Tesco Free From White Sauce 

Liquid smoke (optional)


Cut marrow in half and drizzle with olive oil and bake in oven at 180 for 20 minutes

Meanwhile fry tomato purée, leek, chopped mushrooms and soya mince in pan with olive oil, Bisto granules and a splash of liquid smoke.

Once marrow is heated through scoop out seeds and fill with mince mixture, cover with white sauce and season with basil if desired. 

Return to the oven for a further 30 minutes.

And there you have it, a ridiculously simple, delicious and easy vegan meal.