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Gluten-Free Sobao, A Cantabrian Treat

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Gluten-free Sobaos, also lovingly called Sobaditos, are fluffy balls of bread dough with an intense sweet butter flavor. They are perfect for dipping in a glass of milk for breakfast or as a Sunday snack.

Traditional Sobaditos Pasiegos from Cantabria, made with the original recipe is very difficult to find. I always buy them when I travel to the Pas Valley, but today I tried to make them at home and I have to confess that I am quite proud of how they turned out!

Back to its roots 

This rural sweet has been made in villages across Cantabria, Spain for more than 100 years. The traditional recipe did not call for sugar. Sugar was introduced into this recipe in the 19th century when it ceased to be a luxury item. I have substituted the sugar with a mixture of date paste and honey which is a great combo when we want to make healthier versions of sweet-tasting desserts like this one.

Something else that makes this recipe stand out is this vanilla-flavored Oat Flour a staple that I’ve been using in my dessert recipes for a long time now: Great for Cookies, Crepes, Pancakes… and so on. The vanilla flavor is spectacular and gives it that perfect sweet touch that is sure to leave you craving for more. 

“Did you know that the word “sobadito” comes from the fact that the original dough was painstakingly kneaded by the Pasiega women and was definitely a labor of love? 


Quality Milk and Butter 

Sobaditos made in Cantabria have the added bonus of being made with the best quality milk and butter, from cows in the Pasiega area, which gives this product its high-fat content. 

“Sobaos Pasiegos have had the Protected Geographical Indication from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since 2004”

It’s important to pay attention to the quality of ingredients you are cooking with if you want to get the best results. Choose organic milk and butter from grass-fed cows to ensure you keep the intense yellow color of the dough and its buttery flavor intact. 

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Gluten-Free Sobao

Course Tags Breakfast, Snack
Keyword sobadito, sobadito sin gluten, sobao



  1. Beat the butter together with the date paste until you get a rich creamy mixture. Then add in the honey and lemon and mix again.

  2. Beat in the eggs one at a time until it integrates well into the batter.

  3. Add the flours and leavening.

  4. Place the dough in a  silicone mold and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 180°C.

  5. Remove from the oven and let cool.

  6. Once it is cool remove the dough from the mold and cut it into small “sobaditos” (small rectangular pieces).



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