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Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe. AKA, The BEST Rolls Ever!

This Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe is SO delicious & easy to make! Round out your meal w/ a delicious line-up of soups, stews, & salads everyone will love. Gluten free, vegetarian, low FODMAP option.

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I’m not kidding when I say these are the BEST gluten free rolls ever.

If you’ve ever eaten in a Brazilian restaurant, you’ve probably had this Brazilian Cheese Bread before.

Or maybe you’ve even made them yourself…

But, if you haven’t tried these rolls, don’t take my word for how delicious they are. Because, I’m sharing my Brazilian Cheese Bread recipe so you can make them today.

And, you can be rest assured they are 100% authentic, because I got the recipe from my Brazilian friend, Fernanda.

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.

What is Brazilian cheese bread made of?

The ingredients in this Brazilian Cheese Bread recipe are quite simple.

  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Tapioca FLour

You probably have all of these ingredients on hand, especially if you follow a gluten free diet. But, if you’re new to gluten free baking, you’ll want to buy a bag of tapioca flour, and make this Brazilian Cheese Bread ASAP!

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You can find tapioca flour in most stores, or order it on-line at Amazon or my favorite discount grocery store, Thrive Market.

What do you use tapioca flour for?

Don’t worry. I’m SO confident you’ll love this Brazilian Cheese Bread SO much, you’ll eventually use up all your tapioca flour. But, if you’re looking for other ways to use tapioca flour, it’s one of the ingredients in my Easy 3-Ingredient Gluten Free Flour Blend.

Here are some favorite recipes to use it in…

What to serve with Brazilian Cheese Bread…

Of course, while you may be tempted to eat this Brazilian Cheese Bread all by itself (no judgement from me!), the sensible thing would be to serve it alongside your favorite soup, chili, or salad. Here are some yummy recipe ideas…

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Easy Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe

This Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe is SO delicious & easy to make! Serve with your favorite soup or salad for a nourishing meal everyone will love!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 1/2 cups tapioca flour
  • 3/4 cup grated cheese of choice, such as cheddar, mozarella, gouda, cotija
  • 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, such as high oleic sunflower oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 1-12 unit muffin pan. Or, line a baking sheet or muffin pan with silicon baking cups.
  • OPTION 1: Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well combined. Or, OPTION 2: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until well combined.
  • Pour the batter into the greased muffin tin or silicon baking liners. Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until puffed up and light golden-brown.


Low FODMAP Option: Swap regular milk for lactose free milk.
Tips: Use any variety of cheese you have on hand.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 50mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 137IU | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Brazilian, Gluten Free, Low FODMAP Option, Vegetarian
Keyword pao de quejo
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  2. 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.

    1. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

    1. 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!

  7. 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.

  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!

    1. 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. 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!

    1. 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!

  10. Karin Anderson (Karin's Bäckerei)

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

  11. 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

  12. 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. ,:)

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