I'm in the Activities department at The Arbors, which is a senior living facility that specializes in Alzheimers and dementia. I love being with the residents and encouraging their artistic side to come out. This month, I've started doing "Erika's Food Creations" on Saturday afternoons and ther esidents get to help me make a recipe and then we all taste test what we've made. They really seem to enjoy it and I love coming up with new recipes to try out.
I recently found a recipe on Pinterest and I tweaked it to make it easy to eat for the residents. We made "Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars." While the residents, their guests, and I were eating them, we started coming up with more alternatives that I'd like to try out in the future.
Here's the recipe that I came up with - SO easy!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup white chocolate chips
2 bags marshmallows
large cookie sheet or sheet pan
- Cover a sheet pan with aluminum foil and spray generously with pan spray.
- Use the microwave to melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips and then mix in the peanut butter. The heat of the melted chocolate should make it easy to melt and mix in the peanut butter.
- Pour marshmallows into a mixing bowl and then pour chocolate-peanut butter mixure over it and mix together.
- Spread out on sheet pan.
- Melt white chocolate chips in microwave and then use a spoon or fork to drizzle white chocolate over the sheet pan.
- Put in fridge to cool and set up for about an hour. Cut and serve.
Alternative options the residents and I came up with:
- Break up some graham crackers and place on bottom of sheet pan before pouring the chocolate-peanut butter-marshmallow mixture on. It's like peanut butter s'mores!
- Use chunky peanut butter in the mixture instead of creamy peanut butter.
- One resident thought that adding some molasses in the mix would be a good idea.
- Sprinkle slivered or sliced almonds on top.
What kinds of alternatives can YOU think of?