Yumm Sauce Recipe Imitation

First of all, if you don’t know what the amazing Yumm Sauce is, you’ll have to check last week’s post for details.  It is a magical liquid that makes young and old alike beg for bowls of brown rice and beans–seriously!

Now I like to support our local Cafe Yumm just because I believe in their business and want to contribute, but some of you live across the country and will never be able to experience the wonder of Yumm Sauce for yourselves.   Hence, the reason for today’s recipe imitation.

This recipe comes from the site Chick Chat, written by a local mom right here in Eugene.  I can take no credit whatsoever for the following recipe or its authenticity, but I hope it’s as delicious as the real thing!

Original Yumm Sauce:
1/2 cup oil (she recommends canola oil)
1/2 cup almonds
1/3 cup nutritional yeast (available in bulk at health food stores)
1/3 cup garbanzo beans – drained (you can use a bit more)
1/4 cup soybeans (or use 1/2 cup silken tofu if needed)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp curry powder

Blend nuts, beans and oil in food processor. Then blend in yeast and liquids one at a time. Puree until smooth. Voila!

Although this sauce does contain nuts which can be an allergen for little ones, it’s otherwise a wonderfully safe and healthy food.  It’s free of eggs, wheat, gluten, and sugar.  Plus, you don’t have to worry about cholesterol since there are no animal based ingredients.  You can take Yumm Sauce beyond the rice bowl to use as a dressing, dip, soup topping, sandwich spread, or a meat marinade.  Enjoy!  (and thanks to Chick Chat.com again for the recipe!)

Why is this a Thrifty Green Thursday post?  Because eating meatless meals saves you time, saves the planet and saves you money.  Plus, it’s great to get kids hooked on rice and beans since they provide a complete protein and are packed with fiber.  If you make the sauce yourself, you’ll have loads of family meals that cost just a few cents per serving!

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  1. this sounds really good–i’ll have to pass it along to my friends whose kids are on the gf/cf diet

  2. I can’t wait to try this! Any thoughts on how long this sauce will keep in the fridge?

  3. Sounds delicious – I’ll definitely be trying it. Also wondering how long it keeps in the fridge?

  4. Thanks for posting this; I can’t wait to try it! I live in TX and there aren’t any Cafe Yumms here.

  5. Kellie,
    Our authentic Yumm Sauce from the cafe keeps for up to six weeks. I’m not sure how long the homemade version would last but I’d give it at least a month. I’d also love to hear if anyone has tried freezing it with any success. If so, I’d make up some monster batches and happily stow them in the freezer for the months to come.

  6. Thanks for posting this great gluten-free recipe! I’ll have to try it. I love some good beans and rice, but sometimes they need something extra to spice them up, and this sauce sounds like just the thing!

  7. This sounds like a great recipe! Thanks for sharing it. We’ll try it out soon and see if it becomes a part of our permanent rotation 🙂

  8. Just a note: you actually want nutritional yeast, not brewer’s yeast. One person put up the wrong ingredient, and unfortunately that has been copied all over the internet!

  9. Thanks, I will try it sometime this week. Is all the Ingredients can be found at a normal grocey or some you have to go to a health food store

  10. I am totally hooked! Yumm sauce is the best and goes great on almost anything.

  11. thanks.
    i love yumm sauce but have had to stop buying it because they reduced it to 6 oz, for over 5 dollars! i am very excited to try this!

  12. I made the sauce exactly like you said and because of the yeast it keeps rising and is not the smooth liquidy sauce I love…do you think it is because you have the wrong yeast on the recipe?! Thanks!!

  13. Carly, yes, I think you need to use nutritional yeast. . . . I changed the recipe to indicate this. It should look like yellow powder or flakes–the stuff people put on popcorn. I made this recipe with nutritional yeast (because I always have it around) and it turned out very well!

  14. It IS as delicious as the real thing! Thank you thank you!

  15. yeah!! thanks so much. We live in southern california and the huge tub we bought while up in Eugene is long gone and I’ve been craving it so much! Can’t wait to try it!

  16. I have my sister in Eugene bring Yumm sauce every christmas! She freezes it – puts it in a insulated bag and packs it in her suitcase. I can’t wait to try this recipe – We live southern california also and are totally addicted to the real thing – Hoping this is a true replacement for our jones !

  17. I moved from Eugene one year ago, and finally just made this Yumm sauce. Thank goodness for this fantastic recipe, I missed Cafe Yumm so much and this will help cure the much needed fix. I wish Cafe Yumm would become a national franchise so everyone could know the yummy goodness of Yumm sauce! Thanks for the recipe – you saved my life 🙂

  18. After visiting my in-laws in Eugene this past summer and having Yumm bowls, I knew I had to re-create it for myself in Iowa. I googled “yumm sauce recipe”, found the green baby guide and have been a devoted fan ever since! I’m making them tonight. Thanks.

  19. RE: Freezing

    I forgot to buy nutritional yeast, but the sauce i made without it froze just fine. ever few months i make a large batch and pour 2-3 servings of sauce into small plastic bags, then toss them in the freezer. today i’m determined to add the yeast, but freezing and thawing yeast should be no problem- it’s like hibernation for them. yeast can stay frozen for years and then come back to life when warmed.

    *also some stores have grinders for almond butter. i have a cheap blender and found that grinding my almonds in the store makes a smoother sauce than throwing chunks of almond into my blender.

  20. I wish I had seen this earlier…I just bought two large bottles ($24.00) and FedEx’d to my daughter ($31.00) in Las Vegas. We will definitely be trying this out! Thanks so much.

  21. To make an authentic Yumm Bowl Deluxe, use the following:

    On the bottom: Brown or jasmine rice, Yumm sauce, red and black beans, salsa.

    On the top: shredded cheese, chopped tomato, sour cream, sliced black olives, sliced avocado, chopped fresh cilantro.


  22. Monica Kressman says

    I made the yumm sauce and now am trying to figure out what to put it on. I am fresh out of the mexican ingredients listed in comment #21 so I will try this next week, but I was wondering if this would be good as a sauce for pasta? (sorta like macaroni and cheese?) as I wanted something hot and simple to make for lunch. Any other suggestions? This is my second time attempting to make something with nutritional yeast. The first time was putting it on popcorn with butter and I couldn’t really get into that.
    Why is it called yumm sauce, any relation to yum yum sauce? (trying to learn the history or inspiration behind this dish to better understand how it is used). Thanks!

  23. Yumm Sauce can go on anything! You can use it as a salad dressing, mix it into pasta or use it as a sandwich spread. As for the history of the name, I know the sauce was developed by a local mother right here in my hometown of Eugene, Oregon. She was influenced by Asian cooking and the flavors of the deep south as her parents came from those areas. The result of that cultural blend is an amazing concoction that makes my children gobble up brown rice and beans. At first, I thought the yumm bowl sounded rather too healthy to taste good, but after my first bite I was a total believer!

  24. It’s also good on cous cous and roasted vegetables. It’s very versatile!

  25. I moved to Peru about 8 months ago and I can not tell you how much I am craving Cafe Yumm. I used to live in Eugene and Bend and I miss it!! So I have a dilema… I can not find Nutritional Yeast here at all… can I get away without using this… or what can I use instead???

  26. SCORE. just moved from eugene to las vegas. this will come in handy.

  27. Sarah Smith says

    This is one thing I crave more then anything from my 24 years in Oregon. I live in Austin and know that a cafe yumm would do well here. Now I can feed my craving any time!!!! from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!!!

  28. My grandson likes rice and beans. However, he has a life threatening allergy to peanuts and tree nuts. What about substituting sun flower seeds or pumpkin seeds. Would that totally mess up the way it should taste?

  29. I think pumpkin seeds would work fine in the recipe–or maybe add a tablespoon of tahini (sesame seed paste). You could probably also just leave the almonds out altogether; I’m sure it would still taste good. I feel like sunflower seeds have a too-strong taste for this recipe, but I could be wrong. Good luck!

  30. My husband and I have made this with many substitutions, we leave out the soy beans and just up the garbanzo beans and if we don’t have almonds we use 1tablespoons tahini, as mentioned above. Especially if we add roasted red peppers or extra garlic for extra flavor, to even out thickness, when needed. It is wonderful and you can do so much with it.

  31. Does this taste authentic? The sauces I ve tried don’t taste like yummy sauce:(

  32. Meant Yumm sauce;)

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