The Best Rolls Ever and a Roundup of Healthy Soups, Stews, and Salads!

Brazilian Cheese PuffsThese rolls, well, technically “puffs”,  truly are the best ever!

If you’ve ever eaten in a Brazilian restaurant before, you might of had these rolls.

Or maybe you’ve even made them yourself…

But, if you haven’t tried these rolls, you don’t have to take my word for it, because I’m sharing my recipe {courtesy of my Brazilian friend Fernanda} with you today.

Of course I’m a sucker for them because they are naturally gluten-free, but even the most die hard gluten lover will have a hard time eating just one of these rolls.

The ingredients are pretty simple, but for those of you who don’t normally eat gluten-free, you’ll want to purchase a bag of tapioca flour, such as Bob’s Red Mill.  Tapioca flour is pretty easy to find in most health food or gourmet stores.  In San Diego you can find it at Jimbos, Whole Foods, and Sprouts, or you can order it on-line off the Bob’s Red Mill Store or on Amazon.

Don’t worry.

I’m SO confident you’ll love these rolls so much that you’ll eventually use up all your tapioca flour.

Here’s the recipe…

Pao de Queijo {Courtesy of Fernanda}

Brazilian Cheese Puffs
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves: 12
  • 1½ cups tapioca flour
  • ¾ cup grated cheese of choice, such as cheddar, mozarella, gouda, cotija
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil, such as high oleic sunflower oil
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 1-12 unit muffin pan. Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well combined. Pour the batter into the greased pan and bake for approximately 20 minutes until puffed up and light golden-brown.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Puff

Gather your ingredients…eggs, cheese, tapioca flour…

Whisk away…

Brazilian Cheese Puffs - so easy to make, and a family favorite for serving w/ soup or salad {gluten-free}Enjoy some piping hot puffs, fresh out of the oven!

Let’s not stop here though…

You need something to go with these rolls, right?

A nice, HEALTHY soup, stew or salad…

Because, let’s face it, as delicious as these rolls are, they’re not exactly “health food”.

So, courtesy of several of my favorite bloggers recipes, and my new obsession, Pinterest, I’m sharing a delicious round-up of some yummy meals to serve aside these rolls.

Here they are…




All of these recipes are gluten-free {or can be adapted to be gluten-free}, plus many are vegetarian or vegan.

You can find all of these recipes, and many more, on my Pinterest Boards: Healthy Recipes to Make, Delicious Recipes I’ve Made, Recipes for My New Slow Cooker, and Healthy Savory Bites-Shared

And before I go, I’ll share a travel photo with you from Pinterest: Places I’ve Traveled To

It’s not quite Brazil, but the closest I’ve been…

Manuel Antonio Costa Rica

Have you had Brazilian Cheese Puffs before?  If not, have I convinced you to make a batch? Have you discovered Pinterest yet?  I’m exploring some different recipe formatting ideas.  What do you think of the Ziplist format?  Do you like being able to print and save recipes from blogs?

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  1. i love food that is naturally gluten free and yummy! deliciousness! totally bookmarked. 🙂 (btw, i totally fed my students corn chex mix today and were LOVING it; i was like “see, gluten free can taste good!” hahaha. and thanks for the linkup, you rock. ,:)

  2. Thanks EA for including a recipe of mine!!
    These rolls look amazing! I’m pretty sure I tried them when dining at a recent Brazilian steakhouse.
    I just love pinterest!! It’s addicting though!

  3. Ok those puffs are awesome and I’ve never made them, but you know I’m gonna, like later tonight. Thank You for including me in your roundup EA! Also, Yes, I’ve discovered pinterest and if I”m not tweeting/facebooking or yoga-ing I’m probably Pin-ning. That’s my new one liner. hahah. Happy you found me there! xoxo

  4. Karin Anderson (Karin's Bäckerei) says:

    I made Pão de Queijo, they are really good. I would recommend using a popover pan, instead of a muffin pan.

  5. These cheese puffs sounds phenomenal and I can imagine how good they would be dipped into a hearty bowl of soup or stew. Thanks so much for including my butternut stew recipe.

  6. Ooh I can totally imagine myself enjoying these puffs! Great roundup. Have a wonderful weekend EA.

  7. What an awesome round up! I plan to leisurely peruse all these recipe over the next few weeks. And these rolls remind me of a cheese bread that my Columbian cousin-in-law says she misses most from home -can’t wait to try these out and give her a taste!

    • Thanks Deanna! I hope you do get some leisure time to check out the recipes. That word doesn’t seem to be in my vocabulary these days 🙂 Can’t wait to make your kale salad with pistachio nuts!

  8. Those rolls look heavenly: definitely worth a trip to the health food store for good tapioca flour! If i was photographing those I doubt there would be as many left in the basket 😀 I will be baking these very soon. Stupid question but do they freeze well? And, if so, reheat from frozen? PS Thanks for including my Laksa in your ‘best ever soup’ category – nice surprise for me!

    • You’re most welcome Kellie-You’re butternut squash and tofu curry laksa looks amazing! Hmm…not sure about freezing the rolls as I’ve never tried this. I’ve never had any leftovers to experiment with 🙂 WIll have to try that next time!

  9. No…I have never been to a Brazilian restaurant! Although I would love too…I’m crazy about ethnic dishes. These rolls look so light and decedent have convinced me to try them…Alghough I am not big baker (and you may notice that by the recipes on my blog)…maybe you can just mail me some? 🙂

    LoVE pnetrest and I have pinned many of your finds!
    What is a Ziplist format ??

    • WIsh I could mail you some Teri but you must eat them fresh and piping hot out of the oven! ZIplist is a recipe formatting system that you can use via the web or on mobile devices to create and save recipes and shopping lists. There is also a worpress plugin you can use to format your recipes to be printer ready or to store on your own ziplist. It’s pretty cool!

  10. I like the list of foods to go with this recipe as much as the recipe! Can’t wait to try them. I’ve never heard of them before.

  11. The puffs look and sound wonderful! I have never used tapioca flour, but now it’s going on my list!

  12. Those do look like the best rolls ever!!
    Great soup, stew, and salad recipes =)

  13. I’m 100% convinced on the cheese puffs which meet my G free and no electric mixer requirements. On the fence about Pinterest, do I need another “thing”? Great recipe round up.

    • Lol! These really are easy to make which is why they are an easy accompaniment to other dishes. Pinterest-You certainly don’t need another thing {I know I didn’t}, but so fun to be on it!

  14. those rolls look gorgeous.. and thats a great round up. esp the salads!. i love so many of jeanette’s creations!

  15. these rolls look absolutely amazing! i will definitely have to give ’em a try soon. YUM!

  16. Are they puffy and airy in texture? They look wonderful! I haven’t tried Pinterest before, I don’t think there is an android version?

  17. I’ve never heard of these before! But with the name cheese-puffs, I doubt you could go wrong. Thanks for the recipe. I have actually never baked with tapioca flour. Currently I’m looking for recipes which involve corn flour….any suggestions? I bought some for a recipe but only used about a tablespoon!

  18. I love to try this cheese puffs, it looks soft .

  19. Oh what a fun, and easy recipe, those rolls/puffs look fantastic:-) Yay for Pinterest, it is my new addiction:-) I love being able to print recipes from blogs, so happy I found the app for my blog:-) Hugs, Terra

  20. Hi Spicy! I made these a few weeks back for my family, and when I invited them for dinner again, the only request was these puffs! I had planned another side for my cioppino and vegan chili, but was persuaded to make these instead!
    Thanks! your recipes are great!

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  22. Your weekly menu arrived in my email box at a moment when I needed some inspiration. I haven’t tried that many gluten free baked goods where I enjoyed tasty success after much effort, so, after reading the ingredient list and easy steps, I am definitely going to make some of these tonight to go accompany the Ginger spiced Carrot soup. I live in Oklahoma…and our spring weather has been a crazy mix of hot and sunny weekends, like book-ends…followed with cold, damp and rainy work week days. This soup, salad and bread combo is a the perfect meal for tonight.

    • Hi Sharon! Thanks so much for your e-mail, and happy to send a little dinner inspiration your way 🙂 We have been having strange weather here too lately, including a little drizzle this morning, and kind of chilly. Soup sounds good to me too, and I hope you enjoy the rolls as much as my family and I do!

  23. The Brazilian Cheese Puffs are delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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