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The Original Yumm Bowl

Mary-CharlesMary-Charles Rasbach

Eugene, Oregon might be famous for three things: the University of Oregon, Nike footwear, and Café Yumm. This is a make-at-home version of famed Café Yumm’s signature dish: their original Yumm Bowl. A positively addicting vegetarian entree, this bowl is guaranteed to win you over to vegetarian delights even if you’ve never been able to stomach rice and beans before, thanks to the unique, rich, and tangy sauce.

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Enough sauce for 8 servings

The Original Yumm Bowl by Café Yumm, Eugene, Oregon
Enough sauce for 8 servings
The Original Yumm Bowl by Café Yumm, Eugene, Oregon
Enough sauce for 8 servings


For the Yumm Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup grape seed or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup almond meal or finely chopped almonds
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup cooked garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 cup cooked soybeans or 1/3 cup tofu
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
For the original Yumm Bowl:
  • Brown rice, cooked
  • Black beans, cooked
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salsa
  • Diced fresh tomato
  • Sliced fresh avocado
  • Sliced black olives
  • Sour cream
  • Fresh cilantro sprigs
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For the Yumm Sauce:

  • 1

    In a small measuring cup, mix together the water and lemon juice. In a separate small measuring cup, measure out the appropriate amount of oil. Set both aside.

  • 2

    In a blender or food processor, process the almonds, nutritional yeast, garbanzo beans, soybeans or tofu, garlic, salt, curry, oregano, and cilantro together until almost fully ground, about 15 seconds.

  • 3

    Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula. With the machine running, add lemon juice-water mixture in steady stream through feed tube. Scrape down bowl and continue to process for 1 minute. With the machine running, add the oil mixture in a steady stream through feed tube; continue to process until the sauce is smooth and creamy, about 15 seconds, scraping down bowl as needed.

  • 4

    Transfer the sauce to a clean bottle or jar, cover, and refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to blend.

To assemble the Yumm Bowl:

  • 1

    Place a scoop of brown rice in an individual-sized serving bowl, then layer a scoop of black beans over the rice. Drizzle the rice and beans with a desired amount of Yumm Sauce, then sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese over the rice.

  • 2

    Spoon a dollop of salsa in the middle of the bowl, then spoon the tomato, avocado, and olives around the perimeter. Place a dollop of sour cream in the center of the bowl, garnish with some cilantro sprigs, and serve.

Recipe Notes

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Careful not to go too overboard with the Yumm Sauce! The prepared sauce from Café Yumm has 70 calories and 7 grams of fat per tablespoon!

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  • Nora by ,

    I was actually pretty surprised how much this sauce resembles YUMM Sauce. But it is it pretty dang close to the real deal, and down here in CA, I'll take what I can get.

    I was lazy and just threw all of the ingredients together into my bullet blender (instead of blending stuff separately per the recipes instruction), and then I had delicious YUMM sauce in under a minute!

    Even though I used store bought almond meal (that was a pretty fine powder) this sauce was still a tad grainy and my sauce came out with a tiny tiny bit more curry flavor than regular YUMM sauce, but I actually quite liked the little extra curry flavor.

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