Mini Gluten Free Vegan Almond Croissant

Making a vegan almond croissant doesn't have to be daunting. With Schär's gluten-free puff pastry dough and a simple almond cream recipe, you can enjoy these delightful French pastries in no time.
vegan almond croissant with coffee

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Sometimes, you need to bake something extraordinary for your gluten—and dairy-free loved ones or guests but don’t have enough time. 

Guess what? Grab a box of Schär puff pastry dough and make a gluten free mini vegan almond croissant.

hot vegan almond croissant

These heavenly bites are filled with rich almond cream and another layer of almond cream covered with almond slices. They’re perfect for brunches, dessert tables, or a cozy afternoon tea snack. 

You can serve them on any occasion, and trust me; this bite-sized dessert will have you or your guests reaching for seconds or thirds—who’s counting?

What You’ll Need For Vegan Almond Croissant

First, let’s have a look at the croissants’ base: the dough. Schär’s frozen puff pastry dough is fine but not perfect (it cracks!), but it doesn’t matter since we’ll fill and cover it with almond cream and almond slices.

It’s vegan, gluten free, and easy to work with. No more hours spent making dough from scratch—all you have to do is thaw, roll, and bake!

schar vegan puff pastry

Almond Cream or Frangipane?

The heart of any good almond croissant is the almond cream or frangipane. They might seem pretty similar at first glance—both have rich, nutty almond flavors, but frangipane has something added to them.

Almond cream is a smooth blend of dairy-free butter and sugar, vegan double cream (which replaces eggs), and finely ground almonds. 

It’s often used as a filling in baked goods like croissants and Danish pastries, where its creamy texture stands out without competing with other flavors.

served almond croissant

Frangipane, on the other hand, steps things up a notch. It includes all the components of almond cream plus the pastry cream. The added custard gives frangipane a softer texture once baked, making it the go-to choice for filling desserts like tarts and galettes.

Mix 20% of the vegan pastry cream with the almond cream if you use frangipane.

Here’s the list of what you need to bake these mouth-watering mini vegan almond croissants:

a bite of vegan almond croissant

SUBSTITUTION TABLE

Original IngredientsSubstitute With
All Purpose GF flourRice Flour, fine
Surewhip Heavy Cream, DF/GFAlpro whipping cream, DF/GF
Naturli Vegan BlockViolife Vegan Butter, Flora+ Vegan Butter

Steps to Make Mini Vegan Almond Croissants

STEP 1 – Making the Almond Cream
  • Cream the vegan butter and sugar using an electric mixer in a bowl. 
  • Add the double cream in two batches, making sure the cream is absorbed before adding the other half. Mix until the mixture is smooth. 
  • Incorporate the almond powder and gluten free flour at low speed or with a spatula until well combined.
STEP 2 – Assembling & Baking the Mini Vegan Almond
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Roll out the vegan puff pastry dough on a lightly floured surface or baking paper. Cut the dough roll into six long triangles—think mini croissant size.
  • Roll up each triangle from the wide end to the tip to form the mini croissants. Place the mini croissants on a baking tray lined with parchment paper, then bake for 12-15 minutes until golden. Let them cool.
  • Make the vanilla syrup by boiling the water, sugar, and vanilla powder or extract.
  • Using a serrated knife, cut the croissants open lengthwise. Brush or dip them with lukewarm vanilla syrup, then let them drain for a few minutes on a rack.
  • Transfer the almond cream into a piping bag. Fill the croissants with one tablespoon of almond cream in the middle.
  • Pipe about a tablespoon of almond cream on top of the filled mini croissants, then press the piped almond cream onto the sliced almonds or almond flakes.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the almonds are golden and crispy.
vegan almond croissant with coffee

Mini Gluten Free Vegan Almond Croissant

By Bakefree
These mini gluten free and vegan almond croissants are easy to make. They're made from Schär's ready-made puff pastry dough and a simple almond cream recipe.
Note: Use the unit converter if needed. This recipe is measured by weight (metric) for accuracy.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 12 mini almond croissants

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 rolls Schar puff pastry (250 g per roll) gluten free and vegan
  • 100 g almond flakes/slivers
  • powdered sugar, as needed for dusting

Almond Cream

  • 100 g dairy free butter softened
  • 100 g sugar
  • 3 g salt
  • 100 g almonds flour
  • 20 g gluten free flour
  • 50 g dairy free double cream or heavy/whipping cream
  • 10 g vanilla extract or 1 vanilla pod optional

Vanilla Syrup

  • 100 g water
  • 50 g sugar
  • 10 g vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Almond Cream

  • First, cream the vegan butter, salt, and sugar in a bowl using an electric mixer.
  • Next, add the double cream in two batches, ensuring that the cream is fully absorbed before adding the second half. Mix until the mixture is smooth.
  • Finally, at a low speed or using a spatula, blend in the almond powder and gluten free flour until well combined.

Vanilla Syrup

  • Boil the water with the sugar then add the vanilla. Once the sugar has completely dissolved, remove it from the heat and set it aside.

Assembling & Baking the Mini Vegan Almond Croissants

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F 190°C.
  • Roll out the vegan puff pastry dough on a lightly floured surface or baking paper. Cut the dough roll into six long triangles.
  • Roll up each triangle from the wide end to the tip to form the mini croissants. Place the mini croissants on a baking tray lined with parchment paper then bake for 12-15 minutes until golden. Let them cool.
  • Using a serrated knife cut the croissants open lengthwise. Brush or dip them with lukewarm vanilla syrup, then let them drain for a few minutes on a rack.
  • Transfer the almond cream into a piping bag. Fill the croissants with one tablespoon of almond cream in the middle.
  • Pipe about a tablespoon of almond cream on top of the filled mini croissants then press the piped almond cream onto the sliced almonds or almond flakes.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 375°F 190°C for 12-15 minutes or until the almonds are golden and crispy. Let cool then sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.
Keyword gluten free croissant, vegan almond cream
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2 thoughts on “Mini Gluten Free Vegan Almond Croissant”

  1. 5 stars
    these croissants are vEeeery delicious! And these are even easier and faster to cook with this ready-made dough. I love all his pastry so very much!!!

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