Almond Croissants – the makeover edition

Almond Croissants makeover

I once read in a book that there is no such thing as a coincidence. The story went that when something or someone repeatedly crossed your path there was a cosmic reason behind it.

The author continued on to explain that you should not just dismiss these occurrences as coincidence, but actively pursue them to determine how it could change the path of your life.

Almond Croissants makeover

Of course the people in this book, if I remember correctly, could also see energy and eventually crossed into another astral plane, but that’s neither here nor there at the moment…

Now it’s no secret that I love a bit of mad-scientist recipe development, and that one of my favourite things to do is give a makeover to traditional not-so-healthy desserts. So when I recently asked readers what treats they wished were healthy, the answers immediately started my head spinning and my pencil scribbling.

Almond Croissants makeover

Funny thing is, although I’m not really a croissant person and had never eaten an almond version in my life, one of the comments that stuck out most to me was from Emma saying she missed Almond Croissants.

From that point on I couldn’t stop thinking about them and then, coincidentally – or entirely not coincidentally but cosmically destined, I started noticing Almond Croissants everywhere.

Almond Croissants makeover

About the same time, I was entirely stuck on what to make for the July Sweet Adventures Blog Hop – ‘Sweet Surprise’ theme. I wanted to tackle a Checkerboard or a Pinata Cake, or even a Crookie, but there was no reason to bake a huge cake and absolutely no reason to wrap an oreo in puff pastry.

Almond Croissants makeover

Then it hit me, Almond Croissants have almond cream inside them, how perfect for a ‘sweet surprise inside’ themed dessert. I could make them over, with no dairy, and no refined sugar – or even fructose – and I could eat.them.for.breakfast.

I could hear the French accented cries already, “don’t mess with zee almond croisssssant…“, but as usual I went along my merry mad-science way, final product set firmly in my sights.

Almond Croissants makeover

I love it when a plan comes together – or should I say when the planets align – either way, we had Almond Croissants for breakfast. Oh, one more thing, yesterday morning a few hours after making these I realised it was Bastille Day. Coincidence? I think not.

Sweet Adventures Blog Hop - July Sweet Surprise InsideThis post is part of the July Sweet Adventures Blog Hop – Sweet Surprise – hosted by guest hostess Love Swah.

SABH is a monthly blog hop brought to you by Dining With a Stud, The Capers of the Kitchen Crusader, and me – 84th & 3rd.

Make sure to check out all the other creations that have been linked-up below!


  1. says

    Croissants… without butter?! Amazing! You know these would kill me but they look absolutely delicious, I wish I could try them!

  2. says

    Luvly! Oui, I would love an almond croissant or even two. I think everyone should do some mad-scientist recipe developing from time to time.

    • JJ says

      While puff pastry usually has butter most filo is only flour/water or sometimes a bit of oil – the one I use says sunflower oil the package, there is very little fat in it. :)

  3. says

    They look AMAZING! Thanks so much for following up on my suggestion (and for the mention). I’m going to have to try these beauties, I’m sure I can do something for the 1 egg. Glad I could be of inspiration :)

  4. Cookingly Yours says

    croissants without butter? and not milk in cream filling? very interesting. wiht what can I substitute ‘rice syrup’? no idead what it is. thanks for the great recipe.

  5. says

    Hi JJ! I love this simple croissants using filo pastry! I’ve never made it before and am excited to give this a try. I like the sound of orange syrup and almond cream filling combination – fancy yet easy to make. Can’t wait to try!

  6. says

    I love what you have done here, and I would happily devour a ton of them. They are healthy right? :p

    But my inner Frenchie says… “don’t mess with zee almond croisssssant…“ :p

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