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Vegan Yum Sauce

This Vegan Yum Sauce is my take on the sauce made popular at Cafe Yumm. It’s ultra-creamy, full of flavor, and has 10 grams of protein in just 2 tablespoons!

This Vegan Yum Sauce if my take on the sauce made popular at Cafe Yumm. It's creamy, full of flavor, and has a healthy dose of protein!

My sister’s best known dinner recipe is dino nuggets. As in, the frozen dinosaur shaped chicken nugget-flavored product. But when I was visiting her in Hawaii this summer, she offered to make this vegan yum sauce to go on our veggie buddha bowls and I was, as the kids say, shook. After standing over the blender throwing in the most random assortment of ingredients—chickpeas, tofu, nutritional yeast, and the like—the result was the creamiest, richest sauce that paired perfectly with our sweet potato and kale vegetable bowls.

She picked up the recipe in Portland, inspired by the infamous Yumm Sauce at Cafe Yumm. But for us folk who can’t get our hands on the real stuff, this Vegan Yum Sauce packs in all that flavor with a quick blitz of the blender!

This Vegan Yum Sauce if my take on the sauce made popular at Cafe Yumm. It's creamy, full of flavor, and has a healthy dose of protein!

Ingredients in yumm sauce

The main ingredients in this Vegan Yum Sauce are chickpeas, nutritional yeast, silken tofu, almonds, coconut milk, and curry powder. Together they create a sauce that is so dreamy and creamy while also being insanely healthy.

This Vegan Yum Sauce if my take on the sauce made popular at Cafe Yumm. It's creamy, full of flavor, and has a healthy dose of protein!

This sauce is great on these Buddha bowls, which is how I served it at a Return to Sender dinner party a few weeks back to celebrate their new collection of fair trade home goods. Check out the video of our dinner party (along with a sneak peak at our new kitchen renovation)!

This Vegan Yum Sauce if my take on the sauce made popular at Cafe Yumm. It's creamy, full of flavor, and has a healthy dose of protein!

Hungry for more dips and sauces? Try these!

Hidden Spinach Guacamole
Black Bean Dip

Romesco Sauce
Babaga-hummus (Babaganoush + Hummus)
Feta Tzatziki Sauce

This Vegan Yum Sauce if my take on the sauce made popular at Cafe Yumm. It's creamy, full of flavor, and has a healthy dose of protein!
This Vegan Yum Sauce if my take on the sauce made popular at Cafe Yumm. It's creamy, full of flavor, and has a healthy dose of protein!

Vegan Yum Sauce

This Vegan Yum Sauce is my take on the sauce made popular at Cafe Yumm. It’s creamy, full of flavor, and has a healthy dose of protein.
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Course: Dips, Sauces, and Salsas
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cafe yumm sauce, tali sauce, vegan yumm sauce, yumm sauce
Diet: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Vegan, Vegetarian
Time: 15 minutes or less, 30 minutes or less, 45 minutes or less
Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 135kcal
Author: Sarah Bond
4.34 from 3 votes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup canned chickpeas 100 g, keep juice from the can
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast 50 g
  • 1/2 cup silken tofu 100 g
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk 100 g
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds 40 g
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice 30 mL
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup chickpea juice

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Add all ingredients except chickpea juice to a blender. Blitz until smooth, slowly adding chickpea juice until you reach a thick, pourable consistency.

NUTRITION

Serving: 2Tbsp | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.4g | Protein: 10.2g | Fat: 6.4g | Saturated Fat: 3.4g | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 5.5g | Sugar: 0.8g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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  1. Dan says:

    Just made my first patch of yum sauce! Holy cow is it good!! I put it over salad, quinoa and tuna and it was insanely good, though it really doesn’t matter what you put it on. It’s even great straight off the finger.

    1. Sarah says:

      Awesome, so happy to hear Dan! 😀

  2. Sadie says:

    How long does this keep?

    1. Sarah says:

      About 1 week in the fridge 🙂

  3. Shelly Galvin says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I wonder if there is a replacement for the tofu for those who don’t eat soy. Any ideas?
    Thanks!!

    1. Sarah says:

      Hi Shelly! Oof that’s a good question. I would probably just substitute it for more chickpeas and coconut milk (an extra 1/4 cup of each). I haven’t tried this, but the tofu doesn’t add much to the flavor so you should be fine without it!

  4. Amy says:

    Chickpea juice? Is this the juice in the can with the chickpeas?

  5. Dorene Null says:

    Isn’t there some oil in it?

    1. Sarah says:

      Not in this version! 😀 The coconut milk adds the necessary fat to make it creamy.

  6. Laura says:

    I’ve been trying to find the perfect yum sauce, and this is it! I replaced the lemon and salt for umi plum vinegar. Thank you!!!!

    1. Sarah says:

      Yay! So happy to hear, Laura! 😀

  7. Sam says:

    Just an FYI, cafe yumm does have spots located in Portland, but it’s definitely a Eugene, OR creation and a decades long institution of that college city two hours south. Just giving credit where credits due. Cheers.

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks so much for the tip, Sam!

  8. Corinne says:

    Absolutely fabulous! This recipe allows for flexibility (i.e.- ran out of tofu doubled the garbanzos instead, etc.) and still comes out great every time. Feels very rich and decadent. It’s a new staple!5 stars

    1. Sarah says:

      YAY! So happy to hear, enjoy! 😀

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