This Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe, aka Pao de Queijo, is a hit every time I make it! Whether you’re following a gluten-free diet or not-I promise you will love these little cheese puffs of deliciousness! Get the recipe and my favorite soup, salad, and chili recipes to serve with your cheese puffs. The recipe is gluten-free, grain-free, vegetarian, and with a low FODMAP option.

Close up shot of Brazilian Cheese Bread on a floured wooden board.

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

If you’ve eaten in a Brazilian steak house, you’ve probably had these Brazilian cheese balls before. Or maybe you’ve bought them frozen from the grocery store and popped them in the oven when the cheese bread craving hits. Been there, done that ๐Ÿ™‚

But, if you haven’t tried making this typical Brazilian snack before, check out my recipe and make your own Brazilian cheese bread today-it’s seriously so easy with my blender method. And it’s the perfect side dish to serve with soup, salad, or chili (see recipe ideas at the end of this post).

Note: While some Brazilian Cheese Bread recipes are made similarly to Cream Puffs, you can rest assured my recipe is authentic because it comes from my Brazilian friend, Fernanda.

Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe Ingredients

Square up close photo of gluten-free flour spilling out of a glass jar.

You need a few simple ingredients to make Brazilian cheese rolls. Of course, these ingredients are probably 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 starch, and make this Brazilian Cheese Bread recipe ASAP! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Tapioca Starch. I keep a bag of Bob’s Red Mill tapioca starch (also known as tapioca flour) on hand for all my gluten-free baking and use it in my easy 3-Ingredient gluten-free flour blend. It’s readily available at Whole Foods and Jimbo’s Naturally (if you live in San Diego). You can also buy tapioca starch online at Amazon or Thrive Market. Alternatively, you can use sour cassava flour or cassava starch in this Brazilian cheese bread recipe.
  • Cheese. Parmesan cheese is one of the cheeses used to make Brazilian cheese puffs. I combine it with various kinds of cheese, usually using whatever I have on hand, including sharp cheddar, mozzarella, gouda, Gruyere, queso fresco, or Monterrey jack cheese. So have fun experimenting with your cheese of choice for the most delicious flavor.
  • Milk. I typically use 2% milk. If you’re following a low FODMAP diet for IBS, use lactose-free milk.
  • Eggs. 2 large eggs.
  • Vegetable Oil. I usually use expeller-pressed high-oleic sunflower oil in this recipe, as it has a mild taste and is rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Avocado oil is another good choice. I haven’t tried making this Brazilian cheese bread recipe with olive oil, as it has a stronger taste. If you try it, let me know!
  • Baking Powder & Salt

*See the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full pรฃo de queijo recipe.

Brazilian Cheese Bread Rolls nestled in a white and orange towel.

How to Make Easy Brazilian Cheese Bread

As I mentioned earlier, this is an incredibly easy recipe. In addition to the ingredients above, you’ll need the following kitchen equipment and supplies: Muffin tin or mini muffin tins, silicon muffin cups, baking sheet, measuring cups and spoons, and a blender or a medium bowl and whisk.

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until well combined. Or, place all ingredients in a medium or large bowl and mix them with a whisk or electric hand beater.
  2. Pour batter into 10-12 regular-sized silicon muffin cups on a baking tray. Alternatively, you can pour the batter into well-greased muffin tins or a mini muffin pan, yielding more Brazilian cheese bread puffs.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until your cheese balls are puffed up and light golden brown.
  4. Enjoy right away, hot out of the oven. If you have leftover Brazilian cheese puffs, store them at room temperature in an airtight container or Ziplock bag for a few days. Fair warning though-it’s hard to keep them that long at my house!

What to serve with Brazilian Cheese Bread

Now that you know how easy this Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe is to make, I hope I’ve tempted you to make a batch of these crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, cheesy puffs ASAP! As delicious as these little breads are all by themself (no judgment from me!), the sensible thing would be to serve it alongside your favorite soup, chili, or salad. So here are some yummy gluten-free soup & salad recipes to enjoy alongside your cheese bread.

Close up shot of Brazilian Cheese Bread on a floured wooden board.

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!
4.54 from 30 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Ingredient Swaps & Substitutions:
  • Use any variety of cheeses you have on hand including sharp cheddar, Gruyere, Monterrey jack, mozzarella, gouda, or queso fresco.
  • Sour cassava flour or cassava starch can be used in place of the tapioca starch/flour.
  • Avocado oil can be used instead of high-oleic sunflower oil.
Low FODMAP Option: Swap regular milk for lactose-free milk.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 0.003g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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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41 Comments

  1. Can these be made a day ahead? If so, do you think they would be better placed in a storage container and left out, rather than refrigerated? Thanks!

    1. EA Stewart says:

      Hi Audrey. Great question! I have kept leftovers on a plate covered with aluminum foil and popped them briefly in the microwave to reheat. Another option is to make the batter ahead of time, then bake them right before eating. I hope this helps!

  2. Cristina Morrison says:

    Hi I am from Brazil and I love this food

  3. Cristina Morrison says:

    I am make now very good

  4. Elizabeth says:

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

  5. 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. The Spicy RD says:

      Hi Sharon! Thanks so much for your e-mail, and happy to send a little dinner inspiration your way ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

  6. Fran Moore says:

    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!

  7. The Spicy RD says:

    Thanks Raquel ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. The Spicy RD says:

    Thanks Lisa! Glad you like the roundup ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. The Spicy RD says:

    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. Gina (The Candid RD) says:

    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!

  11. 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?

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Super puffy and cheesy, chewy inside Kristen! They’re fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. amy @ fearless homemaker says:

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

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Amy! I definitely need to add some of your fabulous soups to my round-up!

  13. Richa@HobbyandMore says:

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

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Richa! Agreed-Jeanette has some fabulous recipes on her website!

  14. Lauren Slayton says:

    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. The Spicy RD says:

      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!

  15. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

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

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Andrea! Yes, you definitely need to get a bag of tapioca flour!

  16. 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.

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Maureen! Yes, I’m loving all the recipes too,and can’t wait to make them all!

  17. kellie@foodtoglow says:

    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 ๐Ÿ˜€ 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. The Spicy RD says:

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚ WIll have to try that next time!

  18. 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. The Spicy RD says:

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to make your kale salad with pistachio nuts!

  19. foodwanderings says:

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

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Shulie-Hope you try making them, and have a wonderful weekend as well!

  20. Cookin' Canuck says:

    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.

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Your welcome ๐Ÿ™‚ I think there might be some double dipping going on here!

  21. Karin Anderson (Karin's Bรคckerei) says:

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

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Karin! Guess I need to buy a popover pan ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your suggestion!

  22. Jen (A Girl and Her Carrot) says:

    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
    Jen

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Happy Pin-ning Jen ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me now how the puffs turn out!

  23. Kristen @ swanky dietitian says:

    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.
    Yum!!
    I just love pinterest!! It’s addicting though!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      You’re so welcome Kristen ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to make your coconut chicken curry!

  24. juniakk @ mis pensamientos says:

    i love food that is naturally gluten free and yummy! deliciousness! totally bookmarked. ๐Ÿ™‚ (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. ,:)

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      My pleasure Junia-love all your clean, healthy recipes!