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Ecuadorian Pan de Yuca Recipe

Ecuadorian Pan de Yuca Recipe

Pan de Yuca is an Ecuadorian bread ​​with a chewy texture and a cheesy flavor, made with cassava flour, shaped into small round dough balls. It is a versatile snack that can be enjoyed throughout the day; popular in Ecuador as a breakfast food, afternoon snack or side dish for larger meals.

The flour used to make Pan de Yuca is made from ground yuca (cassava) root.

Origin & Cultural Significance

The traditional process of fermenting and grating cassava roots gives rise to the yuca flour comes from the indigenous communities of Ecuador.

As European colonizers brought dairy products to Ecuador, these ingredients were merged with the indigenous practice of using yuca flour, resulting in the cheesy bread enjoyed today.

In some areas of Ecuador, this bread may feature additional ingredients such as herbs or spices. 

A similar bread, Pandebono, is made in Colombia using yuca flour, cheese and eggs.

Pan de Yuca

Ecuadorian Pan de Yuca Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Pan de Yuca is an Ecuadorian bread ​​with a chewy texture and a cheesy flavor, made with cassava flour.


  • Yuca flour - 2 cups
  • Fresh cheese (grated) - 1 cup
  • Eggs - 2
  • Butter (melted) - 1/2 cup
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease a baking sheet.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the yuca flour, grated cheese, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and add them to the yuca flour mixture.
  4. Pour in the melted butter and knead the mixture until it forms a smooth dough.
  5. Take small portions of the dough and shape them into small balls.
  6. Place the dough balls on the greased baking sheet, leaving some space between each.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the tops turn golden brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 373Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 123mgSodium: 559mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 10g

Nutrition is provided and calculated by Nutritionix. It is for general information purposes and is only a rough estimation.

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