How to make Homemade Cafe Yumm Sauce, the best knockoff you will ever taste!

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Last year about this time, as we were packing up to move from Vancouver to the peninsula, there was a small cafe being built close to our neighborhood Costco. Because it was close to Costco, is really the only reason I noticed it at all. Even the name did not entice me to investigate it much further, but do keep in mind we were so busy. So I did not give it another thought until reading about this sauce at Mel's Kitchen Cafe

I know without a doubt that when Mel says something is delicious, I listen up good! She has the perfect audience to cook for, a hungry family. Good food always comes out of a kitchen when we cook for our loved ones. At that point, I remembered that little cafe being built close to the house, and it all clicked. So I made this sauce, and you should too because it goes on just about everything.

Knockoff Cafe Yumm Sauce, make it yourself! And enjoy!
Knockoff Cafe Yumm Sauce. Served as a dip for fresh vegetables.

There is a bit of an unusual list of ingredients, but trust me (or for sure, trust Mel!) they all come together beautifully. Plus it gave me the opportunity to use nutritional yeast, which I have been wanting to cook with for a long time. Nutritional yeast is a bit salty, cheesy and delicious. I would encourage you to give it a try, it packs a great deal of flavor and does not taste yeasty at all. 

Traditionally this is a sauce spooned over a Yum Bowl, which consists of rice, beans, and assorted vegetables. But don't stop there, it is great as a dip, sandwich spread and even spooned over eggs. You won't have to think too hard about different ways to enjoy this sauce, it is so good, fresh ideas will just spring forth, I promise!

Knockoff Cafe Yumm, Yumm Sauce. Easy and so good! Better than take out, this is homemade.
Knockoff Cafe Yumm Sauce. 

Knockoff Cafe Yumm Sauce
adapted from: Mel's Kitchen Cafe

1/2 c whole almonds
1/2 c oil - we used avocado oil, you want a light flavored oil
1 c garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained well
1/2 c water
1/2 c coconut milk (from a can)
1/2 c fresh lemon juice - 2 or 3 lemons depending on size
2-3 garlic cloves
1 t salt 
fresh ground pepper
1 t sweet curry powder 
1 t dried oregano
1/4 c fresh cilantro leaves
1/3 c nutritional yeast

Combine almonds, oil, beans, and water in a blender jar. Blend until smooth this may take 2-3 minutes. Stop and scrape down the sides of the blender jar as needed. 

Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate until needed. Makes about 3 cups of Yumm Sauce.

Note:  We enjoyed this the first time on the same day as it was made. It is delicious freshly prepared and stays delicious as it relaxes in your refrigerator. We enjoyed it a couple days later over leftovers, again, delicious. And late in the week as a dip with vegetables. Again, totally delicious, just so you know. 

To make a Yumm Bowl:

cooked rice
chopped vegetables, such as bell peppers, grated carrots, diced tomatoes. Pickled red onions and olives are also really good in a Yumm Bowl. 
cooked chicken if desired
additional fresh cilantro

Start with a layer of rice, add beans then top with lots of vegetables. Spoon on some sauce, add salsa if you like and commence the enjoyment of delicious food!

PS, Yumm Sauce is also a delicious dip for tortilla chips...

UPDATE: Look what I found at our local Organic Co-op! (Yes but that is 6.99 for an 8-ounce jar)


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  1. I've been wanting to make bowls for my workday lunches as a change from salads. I'm definitely going to try this sauce! Not sure what sweet curry powder is, or whether it's what I think of as plain old curry powder, but I borrowed some nutritional yeast from my daughter and haven't used it in anything yet.

    1. I hope you try this sauce, the sweet curry is "regular" instead of a hot curry powder that many enjoy. We loved it and it really is delicious just about anywhere you enjoy it. Thanks for visiting.

  2. Sounds really good, I think my daughter and her husband would love this.

    1. Thanks for visiting, you will enjoy this sauce...I was amazed at the interesting flavors and how they come together perfectly.

  3. Oh that sounds good. I had never heard of Cafe Yumm before (yes, I live under a rock!), but I like everything that's in that sauce and the bowl looks good too.

    1. My rock house must be close to your own! I only knew because of the new construction, thanks for visiting.

  4. I haven't used nutritional yeast either, but I've heard a lot of good things. Thanks for sharing on the #WasteLessWednesday Blog Hop!

  5. I can't wait to try your Yum Sauce, this looks fantastic! Happy Valentine Day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome talent with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  6. I love Cafe Yumm!! Thanks for sharing on the What's for Dinner link up!

  7. So, I made this in a double batch and dehydrated it in my dehydrator along with black beans, brown rice, and pico de gallo, assembled a few portions of it and then soaked it in cold water for 2 hours for an AMAZING trail lunch. This is just absolutely so flavorful and delicious! I've never been to a Cafe Yumm, but why would I need to! Thanks for this recipe.


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