Learn how to make Yumm Sauce – inspired by Cafe Yumm. These vegetarian Yumm Bowls are loaded up with all the toppings and drizzled with a creamy curry & cumin spiced chickpea sauce.
It’s almost been six months since I quit my corporate job and started blogging full time. It’s definitely the best decision I ever made and I haven’t looked back, but there are a few things I miss about it…
- I miss my parking spot in downtown Portland.
- I miss my co-workers.
- I miss my favorite lunch spots.
Lunch was always the highlight of my day.
Obviously… Everyday I dream about food… all day.
The spots that I really miss the most are Cafe Yumm and the Whole Bowl. And, if you’re not native to Portland, or haven’t visited before, you probably have no idea what these places are all about.
The Whole Bowl is a food cart with a few locations around Portland. It serves up bowls of rice & beans topped with a “Tali sauce” and then loaded up with lots of toppings like sour cream, cilantro, cheese, salsa, avocado & black olives.
Cafe Yumm is essentially the same thing… but the sauces from The Whole Bowl and Cafe Yumm taste just a little bit different… I’d say that the Tali sauce at The Whole Bowl is a bit more curry forward while the Cafe Yumm sauce is a bit more smoky.
Plus, the Cafe Yumm sauce comes in a few different versions – Roasted Garlic, Chipotle and Original. I’m a huge fan of their chipotle Yumm sauce recipe! It’s got a hint of smokiness with a little bit of heat.
I also love their Jalapeno Sesame Salsa.
I’ve been working on mastering this Yumm sauce recipe for years… Many, many years… That’s because I’ve been eating it since college. Cafe Yumm! originated in my college hometown of Eugene, Oregon and I think I ate there like once a week. Seeing as I’m now in my last year of my 30’s… you can imagine I’ve eaten my fair share of Yumm bowls!
That’s why I’m so excited to share this recipe for Yumm sauce with you today! This is for all my readers who haven’t yet had the chance to experience this amazing sauce. It’s also for all my local readers who are obsessed with this sauce as I am.
But let me warn you, it’s totally addictive…
What does Yumm Sauce taste like?
It’s creamy, lemony, and garlicky with the most amazing blend of spices and a umami flavor.
There are two special ingredients that give this sauce it’s great texture and an almost cheese-sauce like quality – almond flour and nutritional yeast.
The good thing is, this recipe makes a big batch of Yumm sauce, enough for about 8 “yummy” bowls, and it will keep in the fridge for about a week.
What is Yumm Sauce made of?
Yumm Sauce recipe ingredients
- Garbanzo beans – I love making chickpeas in the instant pot
- Canola oil
- Almond flour
- Lemon juice
- Silken tofu
- Nutritional yeast
- Curry powder
- Mustard powder
- Chipotle chili powder (optional)
Yumm Bowl ingredients
- Rice or Quinoa – I love making a big batch of rice cooker rice, instant pot rice or instant pot quinoa to have on hand for Yumm bowls throughout the week.
- Beans – You can use pinto beans, red beans, or black beans. Again, I love these instant pot pinto beans or instant pot black beans.
- Black olives
- Cheddar cheese
- Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream
- Jalapeno Sesame Salsa – For topping. This is optional, but Cafe Yumm includes it on its Hot & Jazzy Bowl.
How to make Yumm Sauce
It’s super simple to make this sauce. Just add all the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.
Can you freeze Yumm Sauce?
You can freeze Yumm sauce though it may separate when thawed. Just give it a good stir, or pop it back into your blender or use an immersion blender to it process again.
What do you put Yumm sauce on?
- Top your Buddha Bowl with it for extra flavor and creaminess.
- Add a spoonful to a bowl of Sweet Potato Chili for the perfect final touch.
- Use it as a dip for veggies or air fryer chicken wings.
- Swirl it with some Jalapeno Sesame Salsa for the most amazing dip around – serve with pita bread.
- But the standard way to use it is to make a Yumm Bowl!
How to make a Yumm Bowl
- Start with a base of brown rice, white rice or quinoa. I love making my grains in the Instant Pot. Here’s my recipe for Instant Pot Quinoa and Instant Pot Rice.
- Add some beans. I generally heat up a can of drained and rinsed red beans, but you could also top these bowls with instant pot black beans or instant pot chickpeas. You could even add some sliced chicken.
- Pile on the toppings – Tomatoes, olives, avocado, jalapeno sesame salsa, cheese, cilantro, sesame seeds.
- Drizzle on the Yumm sauce to your liking. I like a lot of sauce on my bowl.
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Did you try this yumm bowl recipe?
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PS – Don’t miss my Cafe Yumm! inspired Jalapeno Sesame Salsa too!
Yumm Bowl Recipe + Cafe Yumm Sauce Recipe
- 3/4 cup canned garbanzo beans (drained & rinsed)
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup water (plus additional as needed to thin)
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (3-4 lemons)
- 1/3 cup silken tofu
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
- ½ teaspoon mustard powder
- 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (optional)
- Add ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until serving.
- To assemble place about 1 cup rice in bowl, drizzle on Yumm Sauce, then top with 1/2 cup beans, avocado, tomatoes, olives, cheese, cilantro and top with greek yogurt or sour cream. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.