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Dairy Free Brazilian Cheese Breads Recipe

This dairy free Pão de Queijo recipe is SO easy! Also known as Brazilian Cheese Bread, or Brazi Bites, they are naturally gluten-free and grain free because they are made with tapioca flour!

This recipe is super simple. Add all the ingredients to your blender in order, and then blend until smooth. It takes less than 5 minutes.

Pour the batter into a greased mini-muffin tin and bake it until the un-cheesy breads puff up and are golden. There is a delicate crisp crust, with a chewy inside.

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This recipe is also more budget friendly than traditional Brazilian cheese bread because cheese is the most expensive ingredient in them.

I do want to note; tapioca flour is different from the cassava flour all the paleo bloggers are using (even though tapioca is cassava). This recipe won’t work with cassava flour!

The tapioca flour is labeled interchangeably as tapioca starch, and often has both tapioca flour and tapioca starch on the package. I’ve used Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Starch, and also tapioca flour from my local international food store (it is in the Asian section, by the rice flours).

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If you have celiac, or are making this recipe for someone who is, be wary of using the flour from your international store since it is difficult to track it’s processing and packaging to ensure it is truly gluten-free.

My good friend Kristi first introduced me to Brazilian cheese breads. She is the kind of person who randomly stops by unannounced with a plate of monster cookies or a bag of homemade caramel popcorn (I love that about her).

When I was first married and started eating gluten-free, she started looking for goodies she could share with me.

Kristi is my favorite kind of person. I try to be the person who pops over with warm giant gluten free chocolate chip cookies in hand, just like her.

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I’m eternally indebted to Kristi for introducing me to Pão de Queijo. It was a recipe that she often made for her family because her husband had lived in Brazil for a while, and since it was made with tapioca flour and was naturally gluten free, she could share it with me too!

About two years ago my toddler started having problems with dairy. About the same time my family went dairy-free, we started having regular Sunday dinners with Kristi’s family.

My sister’s family would often come too. Some Sundays we’d have eighteen people or more!

I’d usually bring dessert, since it is the trickiest thing to make gluten free and dairy free. Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Pie was one of my go-to desserts, everyone loved it!

Kristi would make a Brazilian-inspired meal of beans and rice, topped with bacon and fresh tomatoes. It was an easy and budget-friendly way to feed our entire crowd.

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It may sound simple, but Kristi makes the best beans and rice I’ve ever had!

She would also make a big batch of Pão de Queijo.

Over the past year, I’ve worked on perfecting my dairy free Brazilian cheese bread recipe, so that my daughter could enjoy some Pão de Queijo too.

Now when we gather for Sunday dinner, I’ll make a big batch of dairy free Pão de Queijo.

I can never make enough! It always disappears quickly, with someone fighting over the last roll.

Also, be sure to try Pan de Bono – Colombian cheese bread!

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Dairy Free Brazilian Cheese Breads Recipe

Brianna Hobbs
Make any dinner special with Dairy Free Brazilian Cheese Breads, also known as Pão de Queijo. Naturally gluten free and grain free, the batter is made in the blender and is ready in minutes making it the perfect addition to weeknight meals.
4 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Cuisine Gluten Free
Servings 24 1 mini muffin
Calories 66 kcal


  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 cup Oil
  • 2/3 cup Dairy Free Milk of Choice (I usually use almond milk or flax milk.)
  • 1 1/2 cups Tapioca Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Nutritional Yeast Flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and lightly grease the indentations of a mini muffin pan with cooking spray.
  • Add all of the ingredients to your blender, in the order given.
  • Blend on low speed until smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides and blend again to incorporate any tapioca flour that sticks to the sides.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the 24 compartments of your mini muffin pan. Each muffin will be nearly full.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the Pão de Queijo are puffed, crisp, and barely golden. If you under-bake them they will deflate when they come out of the oven.
  • Cool slightly and enjoy.


  • I often double this recipe.
  • These Pão de Queijo can also be baked in a regular muffin pan, but the cooking time will need to be extended. Fill each muffin about 3/4 full and bake for 18-22 minutes, or until the tops are crisp.


Calories: 66kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSodium: 98mgFiber: 1g
Keyword Appetizers, Baked, Baking, Bread, Dairy Free, Family Meals and Snacks, Gluten Free, Gluten Free Baking, Party Food, Snacks
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