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A Very Vegan Holiday

The holidays are a time of fun, festivities, and most importantly, food!  Everyone can agree that it’s incredibly simple to lose track of the millions of calories on your plate during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, you name it!  This forgetfulness is only amplified when dessert time rolls around (calling all you butter-lovers).  With cakes, pies, ice cream and more, the battle is inevitably lost between your willpower and taste buds.  You indulge in the buttery goodness that defines the holiday season, only to wake up with an unwelcome food hangover.

Imagine avoiding post-holiday food woes by simply substituting healthier ingredients in your dessert creations.  Make the most of coconut oil, coconut milk, almond butter, dairy free chocolate chips – in other words, get rid of all dairy – and voilá!  Without knowing it, you’ve baked a completely vegan, and all-around healthier dessert!

We’ve rounded up our top 7 favorite vegan dessert recipes to save you and all your foodie friends and family from the dangers of holiday eating!

1. Paleo Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Paleo Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Because pumpkin season certainly does not end with Halloween, check out this recipe.

(Ingredients: pumpkin, bananas, coconut sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, sea salt, coconut milk, syrup, and vanilla beans.)

2. Vegan & Gluten Free Apple Pie

Vegan & Gluten Free Apple Pie

Make a vegan version of this holiday staple and enjoy with a creamy scoop of vanilla coconut ice cream!

(Ingredients: almond meal, rice flour or sorghum flour, tapioca starch flour, arrowroot powder, unrefined sugar, sea salt, xanthum gum, coconut oil, non-dairy milk, lemon juice, maple syrup, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ground allspice, and apples.)

3. Avocado Cocao Mousse

Avocado Cacao Mousse

Who would have thought avocado and dessert go hand in hand? Avocado has the perfect consistency to enhance any vegan chocolate mousse!

(Ingredients: avocados, raw coconut nectar, raw cacao powder, vanilla extract, salt, fruits, and nuts)

4. Vegan Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Vegan Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Girl Scout cookies turned vegan cupcakes? We’ll take it!

(Ingredients: white spelt flour, coconut sugar, white sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, water, oil, vanilla extract, white vinegar, vegan buttery spread, confectioner’s sugar, and almond milk.)

5. No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecakes

No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecakes

The picture says it all. No bake, no fuss.

(Ingredients: crushed oreo cookies, coconut oil, cashews, lemon, coconut milk, maple syrup or agave nectar, peanut butter, semi-sweet dairy-free chocolate chips, and vegan-friendly dark chocolate PB cups.)

6. Eggless, Vegan Banana Bread

Vegan Banana Bread

Your holiday guests are sure to go bananas over this simple, yet extra healthy dessert! Warm them up and drizzle some chocolate glaze for the perfect combination.

(Ingredients: bananas, whole wheat flour, coconut oil or sunflower oil, brown sugar or cane sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda, optional salt, and optional sunflower seeds.)

7. Vegan Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie

Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie

Finally, our favorite recipe of all! For only 387 calories per serving, this pie is a creamy, chocolatey, coconutty, graham crackery version of heaven.

(Ingredients: vegan or gluten free graham cracker crumbs, coconut oil, Mae Ploy coconut milk, dairy-free chocolate chips, sucanat, and organic cornstarch)


9 Thoughts We All Have About Food According to

We searched through Whisper and found some of the funniest, most common, everyday thoughts that everyone has when it comes to food. Lets be real here… we know you’re all thinking the same things too.

1. To trust or not to trust?


2. Food > Boys


3. I’ll take the salad minus the lettuce


4. If Buddy the Elf can do it, so can you!


5. 1+1 makes 2, right?


6. Real word problems


7. Are you really going to call your best friend Bae?


8. Don’t forget about the lettuce and tomato! #Veggiesarehealthy


9. Does anyone eat the pineapple part anyways?


Be honest, we all know you think about these things too! And even if you don’t…well now you do! With all of this food talk making you hungry, it’s the perfect time to go order a yummy meal off!

12 So-Good-They’re-Spooky Halloween Party Recipes

Are you planning on throwing the best Halloween party in Ann Arbor this year? We have the perfect recipes that are so scrumptious they may scare your guests!

1. Ghostly Graveyard Recipe

Beware the cemetery!

These grave cookies are so good they could be the death of you!

2. Scary Cerebrum

Ewww, brains!

Eat this shrimp cocktail at your own risk!

3. Crescent Mummy Dogs

King Tut's got nothing on these guys

This recipe is so good, you’ll have to keep it under wraps!

4. Pecan-Caramel Spiders

The best insects to invade your home

These creepy crawlers are too yummy to resist! 

5. Halloween Eye of Newt

Eye am looking at you

These deviled eggs may look like they’ve been taken over by evil but they definitely don’t taste like it!

6. Vampire Blood Tomato Soup with Muenster Sammies

Maybe Dracula was onto something...

This soup and sandwich combo is scary delicious!

7. Wicked Witch Cupcakes

Hocus pocus this recipe requires focus

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble… these cupcakes are a recipe for danger!

8. Spooky Fingers

Snatch them before they snatch you

These chocolate covered pretzels are hauntingly rich!

9. Spider-web Dip with Bat Tortilla Chips

In case you get stuck near the snacks

You will be so tangled up in this dip, you won’t be able to stop eating!

10. Bittersweet Chocolate Cookies

No skin and bones here

These skeleton cookies will definitely cause a fright!

11. Frozen “Boo”-nana Pops

Not ghastly, just ghostly

Freeze your fears and try this sweet treat!

12. Halloween Ghost Cookie Stacks

Friendlier than Casper

Boo-st your Halloween popularity with these eerie sugar cookies.

Or, if you’re too busy before the party or lazy to cook in general, check out EatBlue for takeout and delivery treats just in time for Halloween!

Get our App!

The laws of the universe used to be where you could only get exclusive EatBlue deals if you had computer access. Things have changed! Whether you are headed to the library or staggering home from the bars, get discounted food all over Ann Arbor with the EatBlue app! It’s easy to use, and just to prove it we’ll give you a quick walk through!

  1. Open the EatBlue app.
  2. Click local deals.
  3. Choose a restaurant.
  4. When you approach the cashier, click what deal you want.
  5. You now have 5 minutes to present the coupon and get your discount!

The app has exclusive deals from all your favorite restaurants, like Pizza House and Mister Spots. Don’t have the app yet? Don’t worry! Download it here for iPhone and here for Droid!

Putting the Special in Specialty Pizza

Everyone loves the standard cheese, pepperoni, and sausage pizza toppings, but sometimes it’s fun to try something new and order a specialty pizza. Whether it’s a mixture of meats, variety of veggies, or something strange that you wouldn’t even expect on a pizza, restaurants around the University of Michigan have been serving up delicious combination pizzas that you won’t find just anywhere. Check out some of our favorites available on EatBlue.

 Cottage Inn – Bacon Cheddar Burger Pizza - Mild Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, Ground Beef, and Onions.

Cottage Inn – MotorCity Meatball Pizza - Meatballs, Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, topped with Parmesan Cheese & Italian Seasoning.

Jet’s Pizza – BLT Pizza - Premium Mozzarella Cheese, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Mayonnaise.

Jet’s Pizza – Jet’s 10 - Premium Mozzarella Cheese, Pepperoni, Ham, Hamburger, Italian Sausage, Bacon, Mushroom, Onions, Green Peppers, and Black Olives.

New York Pizza Depot – Mix Mushroom Pizza – Cremini, Shiitake, Portabello & White Mushrooms.

New York Pizza Depot – Shrimp Fra Diavolo Pizza – Spicy Marinara Shrimp, Fresh Garlic, Basil & Mozzarella.

New York Pizza Depot – Capricciosa Pizza – Goat Cheese, Walnuts, Cherry Tomatoes, and Roasted Red Pepper. 

Eat Healthy. Be Happy.

With the holiday season upon us, and with New Year’s resolutions just around the corner, eating healthy may be on your mind. While many delivery and takeout restaurants specialize in pizza, wings, and other foods that are not necessarily considered “healthy,” there are places at the University of Michigan that have created healthy dishes for EatBlue students who have dieting on their mind.

Interested in ordering delivery but looking for low carb, dietary, or light meal options? Check out these healthy dishes from some of your favorite restaurants in Ann Arbor:

San Fu – Steamed Chicken with Broccoli - all steamed entrees come with half a pint of no oil brown sauce.

Tropical Smoothies – Low Fat Smoothies - made with non-fat yogurt.

Lucky Kitchen – Steamed Shrimp with Mixed Vegetables - at both Central Campus and North Campus locations.


Do you consider yourself a foodie? If you do, then you are in luck! You’ve managed to stumble upon EatBlue’s food blog which is basically your one-stop site for everything food-related in Ann Arbor. If not, you’ve managed to procrastinate just enough on the internet to wind up here. Did this all start with watching Youtube videos of cats? Weird. Well, maybe after reading some of our posts you will consider yourself a foodie. Either way, welcome!

At EatBlue we love food, we practically obsess about it. We won’t, no, can’t stop talking about food once we’ve started, whether it’s pizza, Chinese, wings, sushi, BBQ, subs, Indian, pitas… you get the point. So that’s why we’ve created this super nifty blog to give you the dish on all your favorite restaurants here at the University of Michigan and to give us a place to offer up love and praise to the food gods.

Here you’ll find reviews of restaurants you know pretty well, like Pizza House and Lucky Kitchen, and some you may have never even heard of before now, like Yogurt Rush and Cloverleaf Restaurant. We’ll discuss and debate important topics such as what food is best for game day, where you should take someone to eat on a first date in Ann Arbor, and what is the meaning of life (hint: it’s food). And, of course, you’ll get all the latest news on EatBlue upcoming deals and events that save you money and keep you feeling full.

So thanks for stopping by. Leave us a comment if you have a fun topic for us to write about, if you think your life purpose is to contribute to our blog posts, or, you know, with the standard comments, questions, concerns. We don’t bite… unless you’re a juicy hamburger, then no promises.