Carmel Bank is a professional recipe developer, food writer, food photographer and author of Muffin Mama, a food blog celebrating creative and healthy muffins. A graduate of New York University, she holds a master’s degree in applied linguistics from University of Liverpool and a master of business administration from Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. Carmel lives in New York with her husband and three sons.
My obsession began the morning my first-born son entered tumultuous toddlerhood. On this particular day, my little Michael rejected a spoon of banana puree, pushing my hand away like an angry teenager.
I then and there recognized that I would have to find portable, protein-packed nourishment that Michael could feed himself…
And so it began. As I whipped up batches in less than ten minutes, I found a way to ward off tantrums. Twenty minutes later, I had discovered a gold mine. The muffin was my solution- for any mother who’s pressed for time and agonises over weekly meal planning. The recipes call for two mixing bowls and some utensils.
As I stocked our freezer with mini meals, I relished the joy of hosting thematic playdates with muffins that brought smiles to children and made adults feel like kids again.
My mantra became: “a muffin for all moments.” My independent toddler was gobbling up French Toast muffins for breakfast, cheeseburger muffins for lunch, and Thai turkey meatloaf muffins for dinner. For snacks, he happily munched on cheesy broccoli corn or peanut butter and jelly muffins.
When my younger son, Joey, approached 18 months, I experienced yet another round of muffin fever. Now, after several years of muffin-making, playdates, and hunger-inspired tantrums, I’ve decided to start this blog to share my tried and true recipes. I hope I can provide some solace and sustenance. Enjoy!