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Vegan Chipotle Cream Sauce

This creamy vegan “yumm” sauce recipe—inspired by one of our favorite Portland haunts—is smoky, savory, loaded with protein and good on EVERYTHING.


vegan cashew chipotle cream sauce in a bowl yumm sauce with a spoon

A Copycat Recipe for Fellow Yumm Sauce Fanatics

If you’re part of the uninitiated, let us welcome you to the official yumm sauce fan club. This creamy, chipotle-spiked chickpea-based sauce is the ultimate vegan dressing. We drizzle it over our quinoa bowls like there’s no tomorrow, but we also use it as we would any other condiment. Slather some on a sandwich, or dip veggies in it—the possibilities are endless.

ingredients laid out for vegan cashew chipotle cream sauce garbanzo beans, edamame, almond flour, garlic, lemon juice

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The Ultimate, Vegan, Make-Everything-Taste-Good Sauce.

There’s no limit to what you can do with this easy yumm sauce recipe, and the magic starts with simple, easy-to-find vegan ingredients:

  • Almond flour
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Edamame, cooked
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Olive oil
  • Lemons
  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Curry powder
  • Oregano
ingredients in a blender pitcher for vegan cashew chipotle cream sauce
creamy vegan cashew chipotle cream sauce in a blender

How To Make Yumm Sauce at Home

Dump all of the yumm sauce ingredients listed above into a food processor and blend! But seriously, that’s just about all you need to do. We do have a few tips for you, to make sure that your vegan yumm sauce turns out perfectly:

  1. Peel your garbanzo beans. A little fussy, yes, but WORTH IT. Do it for hummus, too. Drain and rinse the garbanzo beans, and then just sort of rub the beans between your fingers to loosen the thin outer peel. That peel will make your yumm sauce grainy, and removing it ensures a lovely, creamy sauce.
  2. Make a double batch! Yumm sauce keeps for two weeks in the fridge, so we love to make a big batch and keep it around as a quick and healthy way add tons of flavor to everything from salads to sandwiches.
  3. Do blend it for a long time. Edamame and garbanzos will become nice and creamy—promise!—but it takes a little time. Be patient, and stop when you need to to scrape down the sides of your food processor as you blend the sauce into creamy vegan goodness.
vegan cashew chipotle cream sauce in a blender with a spoonful

Our Favorite Homemade Sauces

For health AND for flavor, homemade beats store-bought every time. These three vegan sauce recipes are our very faves:

vegan cashew chipotle cream sauce in a bowl yumm sauce with a spoon

Getting Saucy!

What is it about homemade yumm sauce that makes us feel so, well, SAUCY. It’s probably the fact that we pour it on everything and therefore everything we eat tastes extremely delicious. If you mix up a batch, let us know how you like it! Snap a photo and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

Vegan Chipotle Cream Sauce

  • Serves: 16
  • Prep Time:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  0 min
  • Calories: 108


  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and peeled
  • ⅓ cup shelled edamame, cooked
  • ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ½ teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt


  1. In the base of a food processor, combine the almond flour, chickpeas, edamame, nutritional yeast, olive oil, ¾ cup water, lemon juice, chipotle peppers, cilantro, garlic, curry powder, oregano, and salt. Process until smooth and creamy, 10 to15 minutes.

  2. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Note: Makes 2 ½ cups

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories108
  • Protein4 g
  • Carbohydrates7 g
  • Total Fat7 g
  • Dietary Fiber2 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • sodium7 mg
  • Total Sugars1 g

Vegan Chipotle Cream Sauce

Questions & Reviews

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  • Valarie

    I’m allergic to almonds; is there a good substitution for the almond flour in this sauce? Sometimes I use tiger nut flour as an almond flour replacement in baking but wasn’t sure if that would be good in this recipe.

    That should work fine, hope you enjoy Valarie!

  • Jenn

    This is definitely out of the norm for me and I was a tad skeptical but was won over! Loved this recipe! Thanks!

    That's great Jenn!