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Sunday, March 11, 2012

the latte revival

upon moving to germany in september i sadly waved goodbye to my beloved raw lattes:( you can enjoy some of my favorite recipes herehere and here. finding quality raw nuts at a decent price was harder than i thought. remembering to soak nuts overnight for milk making in the morning, was even harder as i became more and more pregnant;) ahhh but the time has come for a revival! 

athena at eight hours old

12 days ago i gave birth to the sweetest little girl i have ever met. athena gloriella was born at 6:15 a.m. at our home, which was dimly lit with candles as the subtle sounds of worship music created an unforgettable atmosphere. when the time is right, the chronicles of her journey to earth will be posted....as well as dimitri's since that's something i never got around to. soon after her arrival....ok you got me, it was the very next morning.....my mind switched from pregnancy mode to full on mothering gear to take care of everyone and everything in my path.....because how would the world survive without me doing everything?! i had to think of a quick and easy way to nourish my two year old and myself before the midwife came over for our check up appointment, all while carrying a fresh 24 hour old baby, and taking care of my mother who had woken up sick that morning. god creates funny situations sometimes to let us know what we're capable of! if i hadn't had to "do it all" right after my baby was born, perhaps i'd be questioning my mothering/wifing skills and how i'd...well, do it all.

so i cracked some eggs in a skillet, threw some homemade sourdough blueberry muffins, fresh from the freezer for emergencies like this, into the oven to thaw, and then the light bulb lit up. how else to round out this breakfast for optimum energy, nourishment, and of course enjoyment? the latte! since i haven't kept fresh nut milks in the house for a few months, the basics to my glass of magic needed to be altered just a bit. i now keep homemade kefir in my fridge on the regular, so that obviously needed to make a star appearance. for dimitri to enjoy this concoction as much as i would, it definitely had to have a chocolatey flavor. and so the most amazing latte was born, as i danced around the kitchen with the most amazing children i know, on the morning after the most amazing day of my life:)

dimitri and i just guzzled down this latte this afternoon. unfortunately we did it so fast, i didn't get any photos of it! i did however steal some photos of the new princess around here, so you can enjoy those instead;)

                cuddling in daddy's arms

when my husband tasted this, he described the flavors as "something you would get at a coffee shop," hence the name.....

bath time with grandma

1 1/2 c raw milk or coconut milk (i prefer the raw milk, but on the weeks i can't make it out to the farmer, organic canned coconut milk will yield the  same rich creaminess)
1/4 c kefir
1 handful spinach
1 handful ice
2 dates
2 tbs roasted sunflower seed butter
2 tbs cocoa powder
1 tbs maca powder (optional)
1 tbs coconut oil (optional)
1 tbs raw honey
1 tsp bee pollen (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract
dash sea salt

*throw everything except ice in the blender and blend on high until everything is smooth and creamy like a proper latter should be;)

*add ice and blend again.

*pour in your favorite starbucks thermos and pretend like your trendy.


  1. I'm really interested in "drinking" in little Athena!

    Love Yiayia! and I wil take seconds on Dimitri!

  2. Oh my, what a beautiful miracle you have there!!!
    Peace and Raw Health,

  3. You always come up with the best concoctions, Eleni! And by the way you are super mom.