Sauce · Tofu · Vegetarian

Homemade Yumm! Sauce



This is the yummy recipe I promised you!

If you have never lived in Oregon or visited Oregon, you may not be familiar with the chain of restaurants called Cafe Yumm!  They have a wide variety of menu items, including Yumm! Bowls, my favorite, and a lot of them are topped with their signature Yumm! Sauce.  This stuff is really unique, I wasn’t totally sold my first time (but I think that was also because I was really turned off by their red salsa and now I order my bowls without that).

Anyways, the summer that I lived back in California I craved these ALL THE TIME and they were no where in sight.  I wish I would have found this recipe sooner because it would have alleviated all of my cravings!

This sauce took approximately 5 minutes to make and left me wondering WHY I have waited so long to try this recipe!  I have seen some Yumm! Sauce copy cat recipes floating around for a while now but I have yet to take the time to actually try one.  My bad.

This one is actually from the cook book More Peas, Thank You, that I have made a handful of recipes out of.

Best thing about this recipe, I can make the Yumm! Bowls at home and not spend around $7 on a meal. Woohoo!

Homemade Yumm! Sauce

Recipe adapted from this one


  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/4 c. cashews
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1/4 c. chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 c. nutritional yeast
  • 2 1/2 T. lemon juice
  • 1 t. minced garlic
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 3/4 t. curry powder
  • 1/2 t. dried oregano


  1. In a high speed blender or food processor, combine oil, almonds, water and chickpeas. Blend until relatively smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  3. Transfer to a jar and refrigerate until serving.

This recipe has the disclaimer to use within 7-10 days, so I think that would be a good idea.  I don’t know what happens after that amount of time, but I have a feeling I might find out since I likely won’t use all of mine up before then.

I’ll let you know if anything funky happens.

To make the bowls, layer rice, beans, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, olives, and cilantro and top with Yumm! Sauce.  You could also add some chicken or tofu.

When I first made this sauce it was super runny (see picture above) but it has thickened with its time in the refrigerator.

Hope you enjoy 🙂


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