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Wannabe Yummy Sauce Recipe

Have you ever ate a sauce so good that you want to pour it on everything? That is how I feel about Cafe Yumm’s delicious sauce.  Cafe Yumm is a mostly vegetarian casual restaurant located in Eugene, Oregon founded by Mark and Mary Ann Beauchamp. I never heard of them before, but my friends keep raving about how good this bean sauce is on everything.  I finally tried it myself and was blow away by the incredible flavors.  It’s rich and creamy with a bit of tang.  Not to mention, the umami flavors.  As for its nutrition, it’s on par with hummus but with more protein and vitamin b. It’s pretty much the restaurant’s calling card.  So much so that, they even sell a commercial bottle of their sauce in grocery stores within the Pacific Northwest.  While that’s convenient, why buy when you can make it yourself.  Besides, I prefer to know what’s in my food when I’m cooking at home.

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The Yummy Sauce Recipe was inspired by Cafe Yumm! and this recipe.

Makes 1 1/2 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of sunflower oil
  • 1/4 cup of almond flour
  • 1/4 cup of filtered water
  • 1/4 cup of chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon of curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried cilantro
  • dash of cumin

Equipment:

  • Food Processor
  • Measuring Spoons and Cups

Instructions:

  • Step 1 – Add the sunflower oil, almond flour, chickpeas, water, and lemon juice into the food processor. Blend all the wet ingredients until everything is well incorporated.
  • Step 2 – Add cumin, curry powder, oregano, cilantro, and nutritional yeast and blend for a couple of minutes or until the entire mixture is smooth and creamy.
  • Step 3 - The sauce is ready to be devoured.  However, if you can resist the temptation, the sauce will be even better if you put it in the refrigerator for 2 hours.  For even better results, let it sit overnight.  This lets all the flavors to really sink in and blend together.  For leftover sauce, keep covered in the refrigerator. It lasts for 7-10 days. The portion size of this recipe can easily be increased or decreased, just double or half the amount of ingredients.

That’s pretty simple right? The number uses for this sauce is endless. You can spread it on a gyro, put it on top of a salad, add a bit to your soup, even straight up take a sip, or whatever you like. I know many of you will want to throw this sauce on everything.  Trust me I did that too, but don’t get too crazy with eating too much.  It’s healthy but it still has a bit of calories and fat. One of my personal favorites is to eat this awesome sauce with the original “yumm bowl” that includes black beans, avocado, jasmine rice, tomatoes, avocado, olives and cilantro. Give it a go and let me know how it goes.

 

Having a Ball

Not all days are going to be good.  Today is one of those days.

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A lot of things can and do go wrong.

I woke up today and broke my favorite cereal bowl before breakfast even began.

I drove 5 miles today and got a 3 inch nail stuck in new tires that I bought.

I got to work 2 hours late getting my tires replaced.

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Everyone has days like this.  The good thing is that most other days are great.  And there’s nothing better than the comforts of making and eating peanut butter dough balls.  It’s soft, sweet, and gooey peanut butter goodness. I should be guilty eating this stuff, but I don’t.

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I’ve been researching different pb cookie dough ball recipes online, from friends and family, and in cookbooks.  Trust me there are too many recipes to count.  I’ve tried a bunch of them.  Through tweaking and testing with different test batches, I’ve made it my own.  I think I’ve stumbled onto something good and I’m sticking with it.

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls Recipe

The incredible sweet and creamy taste of peanut butter and chocolate chips combined in cookie dough.
Serves: Makes 16 to 20 PB and Chocolate Chip Dough Balls
Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Recipe Instructions
  • In a mixing bowl, put the sugar, butter, and peanut butter together, mix on high speed for 4 minutes, or until the mixture is nice and fluffy.
  • Next, mix in salt and vanilla, continue mixing until these two ingredients are evenly incorporated
  • After that, use your kitchen mixer with the setting on low and slowly begin to add flour, two tablespoon at a time, and mixing until the flour is thoroughly combined.
  • At this point, it is time to add in those delicious chocolate chips in the mixer and and continue mixing
  • After incorporating chocolate chips, take the dough out and form 1 to 1.5 inch diameter balls by rolling the mixture in the palms of your hands
  • You can serve these right away or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to about a week
  • The other alternative is freezing the dough balls and this can last for up to 3 months

Take the time to share this wonderful recipe with someone you love.  They will thank you for it!