Review: Brazi Bites
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Feb 17 2012

Review: Brazi Bites

I love bread, carbs and cheese, so when I heard about Brazi Bites, I just knew I had to sample them.  One of the first things that I mourned when I started the gluten-free diet was bread.  Over the past 6 years, I have found many suitable replacements and have now added another product to the list.

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The Brazi Bites are gluten-free and ready to bake.  They come in 3 different varieties: cheese blend, with bacon & with fire roasted jalapenos.  I chose to bake the cheese blend for our lasagna dinner.  The directions say to bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes, so I tossed them in the oven with my lasagna.

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Are you drooling yet?

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How about now?  This is Jon’s plate from last night.  The serving size is 3 cheese bites; his plate shows 6; he actually ate 10.  Cleary he loved them!  I was also very impressed with these cheese bites!  They had a wonderful flavor, were full of cheese and a great, light texture.

More about Brazi Bites:

The story of Brazi Bites starts in Portland sometime in the summer of 2009.  It had been about 4 years since Junea moved to the U.S. to be with her husband Cameron. Feeling homesick and missing the cheese bread from her childhood she called her mother in SE Brazil and asked for their family recipe. Her mother was excited and quick to share the family secrets that made, in her words, “the perfect cheese bread”. Junea and Cameron made their first batch in their home kitchen that summer.

They tried to find ready-made cheese bread but the flavor, texture and quality never came close to their homemade recipe. They searched online and stores in Portland, Seattle and San Francisco but were always disappointed. Brazi Bites was than created so they could share their irresistable recipe with people in the Northwest and beyond.

In 2011 they set up production in a downtown Portland commercial kitchen – a place to learn from other food manufacturers and join the local food scene. Their launch was at the “Spring Beer & Wine Festival” in April where they set up a booth and put the bread in front of people for the first time. The response was overwhelming – the bread was sold out several hours before the event was over.

We still have to sample the other 2 flavors, but if they are anything like the cheese blend, they won’t last long.  I am thinking of pairing the fire roasted jalapeno with breakfast for dinner and the bacon & cheese with tomato soup.

Brazi Bites can be found in these stores and online.  The shipping is expensive if you buy them online because the product has to be shipped frozen.  Hopefully Brazi Bites will make it to more stores across the US in the very near future!

***The product reviewed in this blog was sent to us free of charge for review purchases.  The opinions stated here are are mine (and Jon’s) and have not been influenced by anyone or anything. 

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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Comments

  1. Kim B says:

    I haven’t seen these yet, Kim. Are they similar to the Chebe cheese breads? (Which are basically pao de queijo from Brazil) Where did you find them?

    • Yes, they are very similar to Chebe. There are links in the last paragraph for where to find the product. Unfortunately, they are not in many stores yet. Hopefully they will be in more soon!

  2. Melissa Hungria says:

    They look just like the Chebe cheese breads that I made recently. Hopefully they’ll be available on Amazon in their gluten-free shop!

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