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Gluten-Free Waffle Pão de Queijo

Just when one thinks that there is nothing else new that could possibly be invented, humanity’s endless creativity proves one wrong… Oh, yes!  Ready?  I have already shared here both the traditional Brazilian cheese rolls recipe and its quick version… I have also made it with a bit of Mediterranean flair… Well, today we’ll be presenting it its newest form: Gluten-Free Waffle Pão de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Bread made into Waffles)!!! How cool is that?

Brazilian Cheese Rolls -- Classic and with Mediterranean Flair

For pão de queijo lovers like me, it is exciting news! We can now sample Brazil’s most famous and beloved bread in a new way… I just hate the fact that I was not the genius behind this newest recipe — which is already a hit in Brazil.  I found different recipes from time to time on the Internet and have adapted the recipe to share with you– because for you, always the best…. I hope waffle pão de queijo becomes a hit in America as well.

Waffle pão de queijo is quicker to make than the quick baked pão de queijo. Can you believe that only takes 3-5 minutes for them to cook?  They are also naturally gluten-free because they are made from tapioca flour — which is widely available under different brand names both online and at local supermarkets.  It is cheesy and soft… Man, waffle pão de queijo is the bomb!  My whole family is hooked on waffle pão de queijo!

Waffle Pão de Queijo -- Brazilian Cheese Bread Met Waffles (Naturally gluten-free and ready in 5 minutes)!!!

It can be served for breakfast or brunch, or as a snack.  For breakfast and brunch (savory), you can eat waffle pão de queijo fresh from the waffle iron and spread with a little butter, or topped with maple syrup and accompanied by bacon, breakfast sausage, PERFECT fried eggs, fruit and jams (American style)…. Or for snack time (sweet), you can eat them drizzled on top with homemade dulce de leche sauce  and chopped roasted cashew nuts, or guava paste sauce (Brazilian style).   It is really up to you!

There is only one problem: my family and I cannot stop eating it… Yep! We have become addicted to waffle pão de queijo… Good luck to you! 🙂


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Waffle Pão de Queijo
A new way to make our famous Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo)!
Votes: 6
Rating: 4.5
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Votes: 6
Rating: 4.5
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  1. Blend all the ingredients together in a blender until obtaining a homogeneous mixture. Heat the waffle iron. Lightly brush it (both top and bottom) with oil, or spray with cooking spray. Then, fill the waffle iron with blended mixture and close the waffle iron. Let cook for about 3 minutes (soft, my favorite way) to 5 minutes (well toasted). Remove from the waffle iron and serve immediately. Waffle pão de queijo can be enjoyed fresh from the waffle iron and spread with butter, or drizzled on top with maple syrup and accompanied by bacon, sausage links, fried eggs, and fruit (breakfast/brunch). Or, they can be served drizzled with dulce de leche sauce and chopped roasted cashew nuts or guava paste sauce (snack). Enjoy!
  2. NOTE: Any mixture leftovers can be poured into a clean, airtight plastic container and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Recipe Notes

Tapioca flour is available under different brands both online and at local supermarkets. It is naturally gluten-free!!!



Waffle Pão de Queijo -- Brazilian Cheese Bread Met Waffles (Naturally gluten-free and ready in 5 minutes)!!!

55 Responses to Gluten-Free Waffle Pão de Queijo

  1. The Café Sucre Farine January 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    I could most definitely eat these for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. Very delicious looking!

  2. Marty Musser January 13, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    This looks so delicious. I can’t believe the idea never occurred to me either! I always just use the box mix to make my pao de quijo (it’s just too easy to resist!). Is there a way I could use the boxed stuff for this? Would I need to adapt the normal dough preparation so it’s more like a waffle batter?
    I’ve been anonymously enjoying your blog for months now and have SO many of your recipes pinned. Thanks for writing, I love your blog!

    • Denise Browning January 13, 2014 at 5:58 pm #

      Thank you, Marty, for enjoying my blog and sharing my recipes. I do appreciate a lot…
      Yes, you can use the pao de queijo mix to make waffles but you would have to adapt the recipe for sure. The batter for pao de queijo is not as diluted as for waffles. I do not use a mix to make mine, so this adaptation below is my attempt to help you. You might try a different way if you wish. For now, I’d suggest the following: If you use YOKI pao de queijo mix, the instructions ask for 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of water. Since Yoki mix already contains tapioca starch, cheese and dry whole milk, you can try to make your waffles blending together 1 cup of the pao de queijo mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup water (or milk), 1/4 cup oil, a pinch salt, and 1/4 to 1/2 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese. Then, follow the other steps stated in my recipe. Please, let me know how your waffles turned out. Have a great week!

  3. Amy (Savory Moments) January 13, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

    This looks delicious — I love the idea of a savory waffle and the plate of food looks truly wonderful! I’d love to have it 🙂

    • Denise Browning January 13, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

      Hey, Amy…Thanks! I hope you try these waffles one day.

  4. Lail | With A Spin January 14, 2014 at 2:49 am #

    Oh, these waffles will be an instant hit at my home. Not sure if I have ever mentioned to you that we had a Brazilian nanny for a very short period of time and she introduced us to pao de quijo. Now, I make sure I make and have few stored in the freezer as the daughter absolutely loves them.

    I am hoping to try these this weekend and let you know the outcome.

    • Denise Browning January 14, 2014 at 10:00 am #

      Hi, Lail! Thanks so much for stopping by. Since your daughter loves pao de queijo, I hope you make these waffles for her. It is as tasty as the pao de queijo but much more simpler and quicker to make. xx

  5. Sugar et al January 14, 2014 at 5:07 am #

    When I saw the lovely pictures, I couldn’t imagine the recipe will be this simple. You are amazing! I will love this for breakfast but the dulce de leche combo sounds mind blowing to me.

    • Denise Browning January 14, 2014 at 9:57 am #

      Thanks a lot, my sweet friend! In Brazil, we love to combine cheese with fruit (just like Italians do) and also cheese and dulce de leche (it would be similar to a dulce de leche cheesecake but in a much simpler way). These waffles are made with the same batter that we make one of the versions of Brazilian cheese bread but they were transformed in waffles. 🙂 For me, it is a quicker way to devour one of my fav breads that are sometimes filled with dulce de leche. 🙂 xx

  6. Shashi @ January 14, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    waffles with Parmesan in the mix are simply BRILLIANT! I completely understand your family not wanting to stop eating these! GORGEOUS photos Denise!

    • Denise Browning January 14, 2014 at 9:53 am #

      Thanks so much, Shashi! See you in a sec…Wishing a wonderful week!

  7. Rebecca January 14, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    Nossa! Sounds incredible! My husband is a pao de queijo nut! I’m sure he’ll LOVE these!

    • Denise Browning January 14, 2014 at 9:52 am #

      Hi, Rebecca! I hope you make these waffles for your husband one day. My husband loved this new way to make pao de queijo… It is much simpler and super quick to cook yet it is still delicious! Have a blessed week!!!

  8. Deb January 14, 2014 at 4:18 pm #

    Savory waffles! Yes! This means waffles for dinner as well as weekend brunch! Thank you for the introduction to these splendid treats!

  9. [email protected] January 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

    Oh my gosh, Denise….I wish I had thought of this, too! What a perfect blend of sweet and savory….and a great idea for breakfast and brunch! : )

    • Denise Browning January 15, 2014 at 7:08 am #

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Anne! Enjoy this breakfast/brunch!!!!

  10. Liz January 14, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    I’d actually pick a savory waffle over a sweet one! These look scrumptious!!!

  11. [email protected] is How I Cook January 14, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    i can think of so many ways to enjoy these. Now i’m going to find some tapioca flour. Great waffle, Denise!

  12. Adele January 14, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    Ola, voce ja tentou fazer o bolo pao de queijo? e a panqueca pao de queijo? OMG ! … a minha receita eu uso somente um ovo(mais economica do que a sua ha ha ha ) e 1/2 colher das de cha de fermento em po. Como eu achava a massa muito liquida com um so cup de polvilho doce…eu resolvi testar com 1 1/4 cups e achei que ficou perfeito…para meu gosto e claro!

    Obrigada pela nova descoberta de como fazer do nosso famoso pao de queijo uma delicia internacionalmente amado por todos aqueles que comem pela primeira vez !!! meu marido ama pao de queijo…


    • Denise Browning January 15, 2014 at 7:08 am #

      Adele: Obrigada pela visita. Eu nunca ouvi falar do bolo pao de queijo. Adoraria experimentar! Da pancake e sanduiche sim. Eu nao quis colocar fermento em po no meu pra ficar mais autentico e parecido com a massa rapida de pao de queijo, entao o segundo ovo faz o trabalho do fermento. Haha. Os waffles sairam perfeitos. Eu ja nem posso estar fazendo muito porque os ponteiros da minha balanca sobem que eh uma beleza. 🙂 Meu marido tambem ama pao de queijo e as minhas filhas tb. Uma boa semana pra voce! xx

  13. Raymund January 15, 2014 at 2:44 am #

    Those waffles plus load of bacon and a hefty maple syrup is what I call breakfast made in heaven!

  14. Karen (Back Road Journal) January 15, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    Your waffles sound so good. Is tapioca flour and tapioca starch the same thing?

    • Denise Browning January 15, 2014 at 8:52 am #

      Hi, Karen! Yes, tapioca flour and tapioca starch are exactly the same (have a similar texture to cornstarch). Different brands name their product under tapioca flour while others, under tapioca starch. xx

  15. Daniela January 15, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Wow, this is an amazing looking and creative new way to prepare waffles.
    I’m sure it’ s going to make it to our ” best of goodies” list at home :))

    • Denise Browning January 15, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

      Enjoy, Daniela! This is gluten-free and super quick to make (and delicious too)!!!

  16. Juliana January 15, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

    No….my first thought was no…waffles pao de quiejo? Only Denise can come up with this kind of recipe…looks delicious and I sure would love to try this…

    Hope you are having a great week my dear 😀

    • Denise Browning January 15, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

      Thanks, Juliana! It has been a busy week so far but I cannot complain about it… xx

  17. Amira January 15, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    Very nice, I’ve never tried gluten free recipes before and was planning to start on some and see if it will improve our health or not… and now I have a delicious recipe to start with. 🙂

    • Denise Browning January 15, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

      Thanks, Amira! I think you will enjoy these waffles…They are as delicious as the ones that are not GF.

  18. [email protected] Riffs January 15, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    Wow! These look terrific! I’ll eat them any time of the day, any meal. Or for any snack. 😉 Good stuff – thanks.

  19. Ash-foodfashionparty January 18, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    I love sweet and savory waffles. I have never heard or tried it, quite intrigued.
    The use of only tapioca flour sounds quite tasty, I can’t wait to try this one out Denise.

    • Denise Browning January 18, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

      You won’t regret for trying these waffle recipe, Ash! It is a family fave!!!

  20. Jesse January 19, 2014 at 12:07 am #

    How dare you interrupt my diet with this! 😛

    • Denise Browning January 19, 2014 at 7:33 am #

      LOL… So sorry, Jesse!!!!! It might break your diet but it’ll put a huge smile on your face. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!!!! Have a happy Sunday!

  21. Mi Vida en un Dulce January 21, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    Denise, this recipe is very, very interesting. I could not imagine to make waffle like pao de queijo

  22. Nami | Just One Cookbook February 11, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    I love Pao de Queijo and these waffle version is AWESOME! I’d also love to try guava paste sauce with these waffles too.

    • Denise Browning February 11, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

      Thanks a lot, Nami! Happy that you stopped by and also find out that you enjoy pao de queijo. I hope you enjoy its new version as a waffle. xx

  23. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs February 17, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Pao de queijo in waffle form?? Girl, this is brilliant! What a perfect breakfast, I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to stop eating this either ;–) x

    • Denise Browning February 17, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

      Thanks, Consuelo! I hope you try this recipe one day…There is only one problem: it is addictive! 🙂

  24. Little Cooking Tips February 20, 2014 at 3:34 am #

    Another DELICIOUS recipe from a wonderful person!:) Thank you Denise, they really look amazing!!!

    • Denise Browning February 20, 2014 at 7:07 am #

      Thank you for always stopping by and all the support. Have a wonderful day!

  25. Anna February 6, 2016 at 3:49 pm #

    Just wanted to leave a review to say these worked out perfectly. Amazing to find a gluten-free waffle that makes a really truly crispy and fluffy waffle!

    • Denise Browning February 7, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

      Hi, Anna! Thank you for stopping by. I am so happy to hear you enjoyed this GF recipe. Wishing you an awesome week!

  26. katie May 16, 2016 at 3:25 pm #

    Hello Denise, I stumbled upon your website when I was looking for English instructions to use the Yoki mix, but making waffles is a way better idea than balls lol. I wanted to write to confirm that these waffles are amazing!!! I plan on freezing the ones I don’t eat, they look like they will freeze well. And I followed your instructions using one package and kept the liquid ratios the same except I added less oil. The package mix came out to about 2.5 cup mix, so I added about 1.5 cup water, 5 eggs, and a 1/2 cup of oil. I also used a belgian waffle maker, came out perfect. Golden and crispy on the outside, gooey cheese flavor center. Didn’t add more cheese because I was too lazy to run to the market, but I’m sure if I added cheese it would’ve come out even more amazing. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    • Denise Browning May 17, 2016 at 7:35 am #

      Hi, Katie! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a feedback. I am so glad you enjoyed these waffles. It is good to have more than one to way to make things that we love like pao de queijo, don’t you think? 😉

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