Updated: Mar 20
“Pão de queijo” or Brazilian Cheese Bread is part of every Brazilian memory. It is something so popular, that even being created in Minas Gerais (a state in Brazil known for its dairy production) in XVIII, you can basically find them in very place in Brazil.
Basically, the recipe is made of tapioca starch, eggs, oils, milk and of course cheese and it is crispy outside and delicious soft inside! Yum! But what it is interesting is that most Brazilians who live abroad (like me) complain they can’t find frozen “pão de queijo”, which became the most common version of this yumminess in Brazil. Blame on the food industry, that transformed something you can make from scratch and for sure, much healthier!
That’s of the reasons I created a recipe which takes no more than 30 minutes total, that you make from scratch and also with fresh, health ingredients and gluten-free!
Oh, and one more thing! Since this snack is made of tapioca (equals only carbs!) I like to add some chia seeds, to add more fiber and, more protein and good fat.
Let’s try it?
Ingredients for 24 balls (I use a mini muffin tray):
2 cups Tapioca Flour (Tapioca Starch) (Here in US I like to use the one from Bob's Red Mill)
1 cup coconut milk (the beverage one or other non-dairy-soy milk)
1 cup parmesan cheese (choose a good quality one)
½ cup olive oil
Pink Himalayan salt to taste
2 tablespoons chia seeds
How to make:
Pre-heat the oven to 350º. Blend all the ingredients in a blender. Grease the muffin tray with a little bit of olive oil. Pour the mixture into the muffin cups, around 2/3 of each.
Take to the oven for amount 20-25 minutes or until they get firm on the top.
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