Brazilian Cheese Buns 

These delicious, fluffy yet chewy little buns, called Pao de Queijo, make a fun treat for children and adults alike and are a great accompaniment to a hot soup on a cold day. They are naturally gluten-free as they are made from tapioca flour not wheat. Tapioca is a starch produced from the roots of the cassava plant which is native to Brazil. This recipe comes together so quickly as all the ingredients get combined in a blender and then poured into muffin cups.

10 child-size portions
Preparation Time
5 minutes
Cooking Time
Common Allergens
milk, egg
Equipment List
Muffin tins, preferably small/mini size
1/4 cup
olive oil
½ cup
1 ¼ cups
tapioca flour
1/3 cup
cheese (e.g. crumbled feta or grated cheddar)
½ tsp

1.    Preheat oven to 400°F and lightly grease the muffin tin(s).
2.    Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.
3.    Pour the batter into the muffin cups, leaving a small amount of room at the top of each cup. If using large muffin cups, fill only half full.
4.    Bake for 15-20 minutes until puffed and golden. Cool for a few minutes then serve warm. 


Source: Nicole Fetterly, RD

Brazilian cheese buns
Brazilian Cheese Buns