Yum Sauce & Rice Bowls

I grew up in Oregon. Oregon has this fabulous place called Cafe Yumm. They serve rice bowls drizzled with this wonderful sauce (cleverly called Yumm Sauce). You can buy it in their stores or even order it online. Being that I don’t live near a store, I’ve been trying to replicate the sauce for some time. Now I’m not sure if this recipe tastes the same (it’s been a while since I’ve had the real thing) but it still tastes fantastic. IMG_2341 I modified my recipe from the folks over at Peas and Thank You. The key ingredient is nutritional yeast, which gives the sauce a sort of cheesy flavor. This is inactive yeast, which you can find at health food stores, or fancy grocery stores like Whole Foods, Sprouts or Market of Choice (depending on where you live). I have printable version of the recipe is at the bottom of the post.
In addition to making the classic rice bowls, we’ve also put the sauce on salad, pork and practically everything else. I seriously love this stuff!
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil (I used Canola)
  • 1/2 cup Slivered Almonds,
  • 1/2 cup Chickpeas (aka Garbanzo Beans), drained
  • 2/3 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast (this is the key ingredient!)
  • 2 Tbs Lemon Juice
  • 3 cloves Minced Garlic (about 2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Fresh Cilantro, Minced
  1. Combine oil, almonds, chickpeas, water and blend in food processor until relatively smooth.


    My poor little hand blender is just about at capacity!

  2. Add remaining ingredients (yeast, lemon juice, garlic, salt, curry powder, oregano & cilantro) and blend again until smooth.

    Nutritional Yeast Flakes. This is what makes the sauce, so it’s definitely worth an extra trip to the health food store.


    My little hand blender doesn’t get it super smooth, but it works well enough. I actually like a little texture to it.

Sauce can keep for about 1 week in the fridge, if sauce thickens add small amount of water.


Clearly, I’m not a tidy cook!

Makes 3 cups

Rice Bowl
Layer the following: IMG_2339
    • Brown Rice
    • Black Beans
    • Salsa
    • Diced Tomato
    • Shredded Cheese
    • Sour Cream
    • Olives
    • Avocado
    • Cilantro

Drizzle with Yum Sauce


Layer Ingredients…


… And smother (I said drizzle, but let’s be honest here) it with sauce and top with some cheese.

Here’s the printable file for this recipe: Yum Sauce and Rice Bowls

I’m pretty sure I could eat this about 4 days a week. It’s SOO good! Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Yum Sauce & Rice Bowls

  1. You are making my mouth water! I guess I’ll go across the street and get a Yumm bowl for dinner (too bad I was reading this while eating lunch leftovers)!

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