Posted by: Emily | December 4, 2008

Yummmmmmmmmmmmm Sauce

Some of you know about it, some of you probably think that I’m crazy to be this obsessed with a sauce, others are allergic to nuts and can’t enjoy (sorry Marie!). Cafe Yumm is a restaurant that was started in Eugene and is spreading across Oregon. Their signature dish is the Yumm bowl which is rice, beans, some other stuff and YUMM SAUCE. I was pretty convinced that this sauce had crack in it because it is totally addictive. While I was in law school in Eugene I would crave Yumm bowls and went there at least twice a week. Usually more. I found the recipe online, probably stolen by an employee, but it doesn’t mention crack as an ingredient. Strange…

After what was hopefully my last turkey lunch (SO sick of turkey!), I trekked to Whole Paycheck to find almond flour and nutritional yeast. It turns out both of these ingredients are insanely expensive so I decided to splurge only on the nutritional yeast (I know, it sounds gross but it is essential to the sauce) and use some slivered almonds I had instead of almond flour. Here is the recipe I used.

1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup almonds (for a creamier sauce use almond flour)
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 cup chickpeas or garbanzo beans
1/4 cup soybeans, cooked (from a can, not edamame)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice
1-2 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried cilantro

Blend everything together in a food processor or blender. Cover and let sit in refrigerator overnight (or a couple hours if you can’t wait). Don’t cover too tightly because it may expand with the yeast.

I made it last night and then realized this morning that I totally forgot to add the oil. Strange because I usually look forward to adding the fat to any recipe, so I had to put everything back in the blender to add some oil.

and…THE VERDICT IS IN. It smells and tastes like Yumm sauce! There is something a little off, maybe the texture with the almonds instead of the almond flour? But wow. Totally brought me back to the good ‘ol days.

This sauce is great with rice and beans, chili, vegetables, salad dressing, and basically on everything!



  1. I am def. going to try this one! Sounds de-lish! 🙂

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