Friends, I am struggling to find the words for this post. My heart is heavy after saying a tearful goodbye to my wonderful Mother in Law this past month.
We are numb and heartbroken, but thankful we were able to spend quality time with her during those last few days. The stories shared among family and friends the past couple weeks have reassured us of the kind, easy-going, warm person she was.
I am fortunate to have many fond memories of my mother in law, but her baked goods are ones I treasure most. She had a knack for getting cookies perfectly browned on the bottom while still retaining their chewy centers and her banana cake was a downright dream. Anything I bake, no matter how good it turns out, won’t hold a candle to what she could whip up in the kitchen.
These crispy rice bars are healthy, packed with protein, and nothing like the kind of treats Jay’s mom would send home. But damn they’re good. Brown rice syrup and almond butter are used as binders and I added a healthy dose of hemp hearts for added texture. They are refined sugar free, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and perfect for getting a quick chocolate fix.
Although these bars don’t come close to resembling the cookies and cakes my mother in law would share, I’m still reminded of her when I make them. Food was just one the interests we shared that made our bond strong and while our recipes and techniques varied wildly, I’m grateful for the wisdom she left with me.