Vegan Brazilian Cheese Bread

This gluten free and vegan Brazilian cheese bread makes a fantastic snack or appetizer. These cheeseballs are best enjoyed fresh out of the oven when warm.
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Pão de Queijo or Brazilian cheese bread, is a famous snack in Brazil and worldwide for its unique chewy-cheesy flavor. This vegan Brazilian cheese bread is as good as the original cheese balls recipe.

Also known as Brazilian cheeseballs, it originated in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. It is traditionally made with fermented cassava flour or Polvilho and Minas cheese, which makes it a crunchy-chewy and flavorful bite-sized snack. It’s perfect for breakfast or as a snack any time of the day.

cheeseballs on the basket

Why You Must Try This Vegan Brazilian Cheese Bread Snack

It doesn’t matter if you’re vegan or not; this recipe is a must-try and as delicious as the regular one. These small cheesy snacks are also naturally gluten free because they are made from tapioca flour derived from cassava root. Therefore, everyone can eat this delicious treat regardless of their diet.

What makes these vegan Brazilian cheese bread special

  • Oat milk and tapioca flour work well. It’s because there is little difference in taste between dairy and plant milk. 
  • Garlic powder adds more flavor than just cheese.  
  • It uses Just Egg, the best egg replacement available on the market. Other liquid egg replacement brands will work, but the taste may differ.
  • The recipe used vegan grated cheese that melts and blends well with the dough.
cheesy texture

Key Ingredients And Substitutes

The original recipe’s primary ingredients are cassava flour, eggs, and cheese. For the vegan Brazilian cheese bread, these are the main ingredients to maintain similar texture and flavor:

  • Tapioca Flour – is made from cassava root and gives the cheeseballs their signature chewy texture.
  • Oddly Good Grated Vegan Cheese – melts fast and contains healthy fats.
  • Just Egg –  a plant-based egg from mung beans contains a protein that scrambles and tastes like eggs. 
  • Garlic powder – adds depth to the flavor. However, if you’re not a fan of garlic, skip it.
  • Oat milk – barista oat milk is best for its high-fat content compared to regular one.
cheeseballs snacks

Step By Step Instructions

STEP 1
  • Boil the oat milk and olive oil on medium heat. Remove from heat immediately.
  • Combine tapioca, salt, and garlic powder in a mixing bowl. Slowly pour the hot milk and olive oil mixture into the dry ingredients. You may taste the dough to adjust the seasonings.
STEP 2
  • Mix until a smooth but firm dough forms. Add the Just Egg and grated vegan cheese, then mix well until the cheese blends with the dough. 
  • You should be able to form a ball of dough when mixed well. 
  • Not all tapioca flour brands are the same. Add more flour if it’s too wet; likewise, add more liquid if it’s too dry.
STEP 3
  • Coat your hands with some oil to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands. Likewise, use gloves.
  • Roll the dough between your palms into small, bite-sized balls, then place them on the prepared oven tray with parchment paper or silicon mat.
  • Rest the dough for at least 20 minutes before baking. Freeze if you don’t need them yet. 
STEP 4
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes in a preheated 190°C (375°F) oven or until the cheeseballs puffs and lightly golden. Serve warm.
Baked vegan Brazilian cheese bread
vegan Brazilian cheese bread tasting

Vegan Brazilian Cheese Bread

By Bakefree
This gluten free and vegan Brazilian cheese bread makes a fantastic snack or appetizer. These cheeseballs are best enjoyed warm and fresh from the oven.
Note: Use the unit converter if needed. This recipe is measured by weight (metric) for accuracy.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
30 minutes
Course Appetizer, savory, Snack
Cuisine Brazilian
Servings 50 Mini Balls (20 g)

Equipment

  • Digital scale
  • silicon spatula
  • mixing bowl

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Boil the oat milk and olive oil on medium heat. Remove from heat immediately.
  • Combine tapioca, salt, and garlic powder in a mixing bowl. Slowly pour the hot milk and olive oil mixture into the dry ingredients. You may taste the dough to adjust the seasonings.
  • Mix until a smooth but firm dough forms. Add the Just Egg and grated vegan cheese, then mix well until the cheese blends with the dough.
  • You should be able to form a ball of dough when mixed well.
  • Not all tapioca flour brands are the same. Add more flour if it's too wet; likewise, add more liquid if it's too dry.
  • Coat your hands with some oil to prevent the cheese ball dough from sticking to your hands.
  • Roll the dough between your palms into small, bite-sized balls, then place them on the prepared oven tray with parchment paper or silicon mat.
  • Rest the dough for at least 20 minutes before baking. Freeze if you don’t need them yet.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes in a preheated 190°C (375°F) oven or until the cheeseballs puffs and lightly golden. Serve warm.

Video

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Notes

  • Freezing the cheese balls is the best way to store them. Thaw in the fridge for 20 minutes before baking.
Keyword vegan appetizer, vegan savory snack
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