- Alyssa Workman
This savory dairy free Brazilian rosemary cheese bread is crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and will instantly make your mouth water!
If you love Costco as much as I do you’ve possibly been introduced to Brazilian cheese bread in the form of Brazi Bites. Brazilian cheese bread is naturally gluten free, as it’s made with tapioca flour, but this rosemary Brazilian cheese bread is even more special because it’s dairy free as well! I also used one of my favorite savory herbs, rosemary, to add an irresistible fresh element to this Brazilian cheese bread!
How are they dairy free, you ask?
Well, I used unsweetened almond milk instead of dairy and nutritional yeast instead of cheese! Nutritional yeast is a vegan food that comes in the form of powder or flakes that has a unique cheesy/nutty flavor and TONS of vitamins.
This dairy free rosemary Brazilian cheese bread is a simple combination of ingredients thrown in the oven for about 16 minutes. As always, with any food that is put in the oven you’ll need to spray the pan so the bites don’t stick!
Let’s talk about cooking spray
Probably something that you don’t pay much attention to! I’ve been there, too.
Have you ever looked at the ingredients of your cooking spray? You’ll likely find junk in there that you can’t pronounce. Maybe you argue that it’s such a small amount so it’s not a big deal. But, how often do you use cooking spray, friends?
Here are some ingredients you may find in traditional cooking sprays:
- Canola oil
- Soy lecithin
- Rosemary extract
What’s concerning about traditional cooking spray ingredients?
Canola oil: We’ve talked before about how canola oil has to be deodorized before it’s even able to be sold and how during this process it’s refined and bleached with harmful chemicals and high heat. This greatly compromises the quality of the oil.
You would be much better off choosing a cooking spray with avocado or olive oil as the base.
Soy lecithin: A waste product after refining soybean oil; likely contains pesticides left over from growing/refining soybean oil.
Isobutane & propane: Yes, I said propane - the same propane you are using for your gas grill. These are propellants (chemicals) used to drive the fluid out of the can.
There’s an easy fix for your cooking spray!
I use Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Spray because I can get a 2-pack for under $6 at Costco. Guess how many ingredients it has?! (drumroll... one!) Look for cooking sprays with only one ingredient and without any propellants or additives! It'll surprise you how easily you can find these once you know what you're looking for (Costco, Target, Walmart, Kroger, etc. all have one-ingredient cooking sprays).
How do these hold up as leftovers?
Since the texture changes quite a bit, it's not recommended as the best option to eat this Brazilian cheese bread as leftovers. If you do eat them for leftovers, I recommend popping them back in the oven for 5ish minutes or the second best option would be microwaving them.
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
1 pasture raised egg
¼ cup olive oil
⅔ cup unsweetened almond milk
2 cups tapioca flour
2 tsp rosemary, finely chopped
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Using a hand mixer, mix together on low to medium speed until all ingredients are combined, scraping the sides as necessary, about 1 minute.
Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray.
Pour batter into muffin tins, filling each one about ¾ of the way full (about 1 Tbsp of batter per cheese bread bite).
Bake for about 16 minutes, or until the top of the bread starts to split/crack.