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Today’s Featured Recipe: Gluten Free Treat – Pão de Queijo

It’s featured recipe time.  This one comes from my friend who used to blog at an international recipe site called Molly Mel.   Regina is a fabulous cook and many of her recipes are Brazilian in nature.  Most are easy to do and look just delicious.

Brazilian Gluten Free Treat - Pão de Queijo - Cheese RollsRegina submitted this gluten free treat called Pão de Queijo.  She says it is hard to describe in words but very tasty. 

Basically these are cheese balls, or cheese buns, but gluten free. 

Regina says they are very popular in Brazil and that all of her American friends who I know and have tried it just love it.   They say it’s impossible to eat just one!

Brazilian Gluten Free Treat - Pão de Queijo - Cheese RollsPretty good recommendation I’d say.  And with gluten free cooking all the rage right now, they are sure to be popular with your health conscious friends too.

Pictures and recipe used with permission my friend Regina from Molly Mel.

Yield: 50

Brazilian Gluten Free Treat - Pão de Queijo

Brazilian Gluten Free Treat - Pão de Queijo

These delicious little balls of tapioca, eggs and mozzarella are easy to make and super tasty.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 17 ounces cassava flour - (also known as sour tapioca starch )
  • 3 eggs
  • 7 ounces mozzarella cheese
  • 3 1/2 ounces Parmesan cheese


  1. Prepare the oven to 350°F.
  2. Bring the milk to a boil and cook over medium heat.
  3. Place the tapioca flour in a large bowl and pour the milk (while still hot) over it, and mix everything together with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add one egg at a time to the dough being sure to mix well.
  5. Add the cheeses and knead until the mixture is not sticking to the hand anymore.
  6. Roll into ping-pong size balls and space them about two inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes or until they are lightly golden.
  8. Pão de queijo is better served warm, but cold is delicious, too.
  9. Best served the day you make it but them can be frozen. They can go straight from the freezer to the oven.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 64Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 208mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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