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natural living: guilt-free dessert

you guys, i'm a sucker for dessert. it's really my worst quality, my sweet tooth. luckily i'm not too picky, and i can enjoy fake desserts, too! i wanted to share two of my absolute favorites with you.

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first up is "cookie dough dip". and you guys, if you love cookie dough, and always barely have enough leftover to actually bake the cookies, you will love this. it's meant to be eaten "raw", and filled with great ingredients like garbanzo beans... yes, i know. plus almond butter and agave as a sweetener. but don't be intimidated, you can use peanut butter and brown sugar if you want. i could eat an entire batch in one sitting, and knowing what's in it [or what's not in it, more like] makes it that much more tempting!

find the full recipe on Chocolate Covered Katie

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my second fave? "black bean brownies". yep, you read that right. you can tell these aren't your regular old gooey fudge brownies from the betty crocker box. but that's okay. knowing what i'm eating makes it so much easier to indulge guilt-free!

find the full recipe on Fancy Little Things.

i hope you run to the store and try these right away. i wholeheartedly believe that, all things considered, you'll love both of them. a lot.

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also, there are a few new prints in the shop i wanted to show you. these aren't scripture, but they're just really great quotes, don't you think?

use happy20 to get 20% off your order this whole weekend!

oh, and i also added some bulk discount listings too. you can get 3 prints for $35 or 5 prints for $50! those are really great deals, you guys! [discounts and coupon codes cannot be used with these deals]


  1. I LOVE the "sing" print! It's beautiful!

  2. ALY!!!!!! Best post ever!!!!!!!!!!! :) Having a sweet tooth must be genetic sister! Haha! I might have to venture into baking. That is not my spiritual gift! LOL! I will be placing another order soon for those prints! :)

  3. Hi Aly!
    Just came across your blog and so happy I did! You had me at seeing your "Natural Living" tab! haha Wanted to introduce myself as your newest follower. I can't wait to read all of your natural living posts.
    Hope you'll follow along with me too! I have "Healthy Habits" posts where I talk about favorite things we do/use that are natural/organic.


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