The Crunchy Cookie

Equal parts deliciousness and hippiness

In my hometown of Eugene, Oregon, there is a place called Café Yumm!  Café Yumm! serves delicious bowls of rice, beans, and assorted toppings with something called Yumm! Sauce™, which is like liquid crack if crack were made from deliciousness and not, you know, ammonia.  How much do I love Yumm! Sauce?  I love it so much that my best friend overnighted me a bottle for my birthday (love you, Liz!) and it was the best gift ever.  But now, I’m out and longing for a fix.  So I perused the Web and found this great recipe.  As you read through it, notice how many things in here are actually good for you: chickpeas are a good source of fiber, almonds are a heart-healthy source of protein, etc.  Yumm! Sauce is egg-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free.  It liberates pretty much everything (ba-dum shee!).  I’ve made some minor changes to the recipe, and I owe a great debt to MalySheff on Recipezaar.  Enjoy!

Yummy Sauce

Yields 4 cups


  • 1/2 cup canola oil (preferably cold pressed)
  • 1/2 cup almonds (for a creamier sauce, use almond flour)
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast (available at Whole Foods and other health food stores)
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas or garbanzo beans, cooked
  • 1/4 cup soybeans, cooked
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice (fresh is best)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried cilantro


  1. In a blender or food processor, blend the oil and almonds or almond flour until smooth.
  2. Add all other ingredients and puree until smooth and creamy.
  3. Cover and let sit in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours, but at least one hour.
  4. Serve on brown rice and black beans with salsa, avocado, and sour cream for a delicious, Café Yumm!-like experience!