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Vegan Pão De Queijo Veggiekins Blog

Vegan Pão De Queijo

  • Author: Remy
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 35 pieces 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Vegan Pão De Queijo is fluffy Brazilian cheese bread with potato, tapiocoa, and nutritional yeast for a cheesy party food or appetizer.


  • 12 gold potatoes*
  • 1/2 cup reserved potato boiling water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened plant milk (I used oat milk)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups sour manioc flour or tapioca starch*
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 1/3 cup grated vegan cheese


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and bring a large pot of water to a boil. Peel and chop potatoes into smaller chunks, then boil until fork tender (roughly 8-10 minutes). Drain and set aside, reserving 1/2 cup of the boiling water.
  2. Pour the reserved water into a bowl and whisk along with plant milk and olive oil.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients, then add the liquid ingredients to the bowl and mix. If using vegan cheese, fold it into the dough. Start with a spatula and then work the dough using your hands. It may be a little dry at first but just compact the dough and pack it tightly.
  4. Line your baking tray with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat and roll tablespoon sized balls of dough. Pack them tightly and space out evenly on your baking tray, leaving at least 1″ between each ball of dough.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the bottom of the bread is golden brown and small cracks start to form on the surface. Enjoy!


  • Please use gold potatoes only, I did not have as much success with other potato varieties. You want to end up with 1 cup of mashed potato.
  • You cannot substitute this flour. Sour manioc is slightly different from tapioca starch/flour in flavour but either will work.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Snacks, bread
  • Method: Boiling, baking
  • Cuisine: Brazilian

Keywords: Brazilian, carnaval, Pão de queijo, snacks, entertaining, bread, baking, gluten free, tapioca, grain free