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Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread


Pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) is a popular snack and breakfast food in Brazil. This fun treat also pairs well with soups and stews and is best served fresh out of the oven. While Pão de Queijo is usually gluten free, it is not typically vegan as it contains dairy and egg. With a few modifications, this recipe allows all members of the Lemond Nutrition community to enjoy. 

Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread


2 cups tapioca starch

1 cup cooked Russet potatoes

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon black pepper

¼ teaspoon ground turmeric

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

½ cup boiling water

1/3 cup olive oil

3 tablespoons non-dairy milk


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Boil or microwave potato until it is soft and can be mashed with a fork.

3. Combine tapioca starch, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and nutritional yeast in a large bowl.

4. In a separate bowl, combine water, olive oil, and non-dairy milk. Add liquid to tapioca mixture and stir.

5. Add cooked potato and stir until ingredients are well incorporated.

6. Using your hands, knead the dough until smooth. Roll into balls and bake for 30-35 minutes.

7. Allow bread to cool a few minutes before eating.

Note: This recipe is allergy friendly and vegan

Original recipe adapted from: https://saltedplains.com/vegan-brazilian-cheese-bread-gluten-free/

Lorin Cheung
Lorin Cheung

Lorin Cheung is a dietetic intern with Iowa State University.  Lorin's career goal is to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and work to correct health disparities within the United States. Growing up in a low income community in New York, she experienced firsthand the detrimental effects of both the lack of proper nutrition education and the lack of access to nutritious foods. Lorin believes that nutrition has the power to not only influence our physical health, but our mental health as well. With the knowledge she has received from higher education, she intends to work with the most vulnerable populations in society, such as minority groups and children. Lorin's favorite activities include cooking, hiking, yoga, and attending sporting events.

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