Jus-Rol Pain au Chocolat {Vegan}

So I said in my last blog that I was on the hunt for vegan Pain au Chocolat as it was the only thing I really missed, well… Chris was an absolute hero and found Jus-Rol in our local Sainsburys, and you guessed it – it’s vegan! When Chris came home with this small but wonderful package I was over the bloody moon and couldn’t wait to get them in the oven!

So in the box you get a tin, which you twist to reveal the raw pastry. You unravel the pastry, which is perforated, to lay out six rectangles. You also get twelve sticks of chocolate, two for each croissant. You place the chocolate sticks on each end of the pastry and then roll each end so that they meet in the middle – they look a bit like tiny binoculars at this point! Flip them over and then bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

I let them cool slightly before tucking in but to be honest I couldn’t wait to get them in my mush! I remembered how addicted I was to these, gave myself a pat on the back for not having one for nearly three months and then ate three off the trot #sorrynotsorry. The Jus-Rol Pain au Chocolat are seriously amazing, I would say they are on par with the M&S freshly baked ones – if not better! It’s hard to believe there’s no butter in the pastry or milk in the chocolate. Good on Jus-Rol for creating such great products which are convenient, delicious and completely free from animal products.

 

 

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Accidentally Vegan

So it’s Friday night, you’ve eaten well all week but now you’re in need for some serious, not-nessassarily-good-for-you-but-you-don’t-care, treats. Well I thought my store bought treat days were over when I became vegan nearly 2 months ago but I’m pleased to share just some of my findings above. For those of you who are just starting out like me, you might find these discoveries very comforting indeed – I know I did!

There are lots of snacks available that are labelled vegan, which is great, but sometimes discovering a snack which is accidentally vegan is the best feeling! It took a little time to get used to checking the labels of things but once we realised that everything to watch out for as a vegan i.e. eggs and milk is in bold, you can quickly scan for these ingredients (NB Gelatine and meat are not usually in bold so look out for this!). Don’t be put off by the name of some products, for instance Prawn Cocktail Skips do not contain prawns and Smokey Bacon Pringles do not contain Bacon – hurrah!

We have eaten out a lot since becoming vegan so I thought it might be useful to list the choices we made in the following  chain restaurants.

  • Nandos – veggie burgers *ask for no mayo* with chips
  • Handmade Burger Co. – Tex Mex Burger, Thai Burger, chips and Oreo Milkshake *ask for vegan ice cream and milk* This restaurant has amazing choice for vegans!
  • Las Igunas – Three Mushroom Fajita and Tembleque for dessert.
  • Leon – Sweet Potato Falafel Wrap *no non-vegan sauce* hummus on the side.
  • Wetherspoons – Pasta Pomodoro

So far we haven’t found it difficult due to the surprising amount of choice and options available in restaurants these days. The only thing that I miss and haven’t been able to find a substitute for is Pain au Chocolat, ahh man the M&S freshly baked ones were my weakness! If anyone knows any vegan versions please let me know!