Dana and John Minimalist Baker

Welcome. We’re John and Dana, a husband and wife team from Kansas City.

Dana develops the recipes, takes the photos and writes the content, and John designs and manages the technical side of the site. He’s also our blogger resources guru. We think we make a pretty good pair.

Together we created Minimalist Baker in 2012 as a space dedicated to simple, delicious recipes because we ourselves love simple food.

All recipes require just 10 ingredients or less (sometimes 7), one bowl, or 30 minutes or less to prepare. While we aren’t strictly a vegan or gluten free blog, many of the recipes are special diet-friendly and those that are are noted as such. We simply love experimenting in the kitchen and providing a wide array of recipes for our audience.

What to expect?

Simple recipes that even the novice cook can approach. Always delicious, often sweet, never complicated.

Why minimalist?

Although we both had a heart for simplicity long before this site, we started taking minimalism seriously in 2010. In preparation for a cross-country move to Portland, Oregon after our wedding, we whittled down our possessions to only what would fit in our Honda civic coupe.

Since that journey minimalism has become something much more important to us. Primarily, it’s given us the freedom to pursue what we find most meaningful in work and life by removing the distractions, obstacles and clutter that stood in our way.

Today, minimalism challenges every part of our life –  from how many shoes we own to how many ingredients we use, and we love that. Read more about our ideologies on our Minimalist FAQ page.

Why minimalist baking?

This love for simplicity has infiltrated all areas of our lives, including cooking. We don’t like recipes that require a ton of ingredients or equipment. Not only does that require more time hunched over a bowl and cleaning up messes, it translates into less time with friends, each other, and just enjoying life.

That’s why all the recipes we share are easy and practical to make.

  • We try to use as few ingredients as possible to help keep our budget and pantry in order.
  • We utilize minimal equipment, owning only the equipment and appliances we really need.
  • And most importantly, we love recipes requiring short time commitments, leaving more time to just do life and less time loading the dishwasher.

This is an approach to food we not only believe in but live out daily. And we hope you find it as appetizing as we do.

Most popular recipes:

Sweet // Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie PancakesOreo Cookie PancakesPumpkin French Toast BakeAlmond Meal Chocolate Chip CookiesGluten Free Black Bean BrowniesGluten Free Vegan Breakfast Cookies, and My Favorite Green Smoothie

Savory // Sweet Potato Parmesan GratinLight Alfredo with Cheesy CiabattaRoasted Beet HummusBetter Than Restaurant Falafel, and Creamy Brussels Sprout and Shallot Dip

Top blogger resources:

How to start a food blogFood Photography E-course,  making your WordPress site look goodwhat’s a webhost and how to pick one.

Just want to say hello?

If you’re contacting about anything business related (Advertising/Brand promotion/Product offers/etc.) email john [at] minimalistbaker.com

If you’d just like to say hello and connect with Dana, you may email her at dana [at] minimalistbaker.com


Aren’t you gluten free, vegan, etc.?

Nope! We enjoy experimenting with different recipes, but ultimately we just want to create simple, delicious recipes.

Shouldn’t you be more minimalist?


How could you use that toxic ingredient?


What camera do you use?

You can actually see everything in our camera bag!

Do you write your own recipes?

Yerp. And we generously atribute to other sites when we’ve modified a recipe.

Do you have a recipe for me (because I’m ____)?

If it’s not on the site, sorry, we probably don’t have it. We’ve improved our search features to try and help you find the recipe that might be best fit for you, which would be our suggestion for you to look.

Your recipe didn’t work, why not?!

Sorry it didn’t work out, but rest assured, we make all recipes before publishing them. Leave a comment on the post page with any modifications you made and we can see what might have gone awry.

Do you have any blogging advice?

In short, make something phenomenal.

And, if you’re like us, you’re starting out not having any idea how to do that. So, just start doing something. From there, keep learning. Don’t just keep doing the same thing over and over. Do something today better than you did yesterday. Take our food photography ecourse. Check out our university series. Buy a book about your interests on amazon. Grow, learn, get better. Hustling pays.

How do you travel so much?

Here’s the very short two-fold answer:

  1. We don’t spend money on things we don’t need. We sell things we don’t use. We decide to mindfully use our money toward activities we value.
  2. We use miles to cover the expense of airplane tickets and some of our lodging expenses. John writes about it at Go Miles, Go!

Where have you been mentioned?

Check out our Press Page!

Can I share your recipe/image/post on my site, publication, etc.?

First, thanks! We appreciate the support!

Second, we would love you to share our work, but ask you follow these guidelines:

  1. Please do not copy the recipe and repost it on your site.
  2. Link back to the original recipe as well as our site. For example [link to recipe]Vegan Brownies[/link] by [link to minimalistbaker.com]Minimalist Baker[/link].
  3. You may use one image from the recipe with a credit link to minimalistbaker.com.
  4. You may not include any of our content and subsequently charge others for its use.

If you follow these guidelines, there’s no need to ask our permission to use our recipes.

If you aim to use our images or content in another way, please inquire by emailing john [at] minimalistbaker.com

I have a question about a recipe:

If this is about a specific recipe, please leave a comment on that recipe. Although an email address is required to post a comment, it isn’t public information and is only available to us.

I have a question about a product:

Please email john [at] minimalistbaker.com.

Do you allow outside contributors?

Sorry, not at this time.

We would like to work with you on a private advertising for your site.

Please email john [at] minimalistbaker.com with details.

Do you do product giveaways?

To date, no. However, if you think you’d be an awesome fit for our site, you can email john [at] minimalistbaker.com

Do you accept sponsored posts?

We will consider sponsored posts with companies that fully align with our principles and add value to our readers. Email john [at] minimalistbaker.com with more details and to request a media kit.

Do you do professional food photography and styling?

Yes we do. We can provide references of our work upon request. We are willing to travel if expenses are paid. Please email john [at] minimalistbaker.com

Who designed your site?

John did. Although he’s a nerd, it’s nothing you couldn’t handle. He writes all about this sort of stuff in our Blogger Resources pages.

Do you have an affiliate program?

Sure do! Check out the details and apply here.

What is your comment policy?

We are always open to criticism and critique. However, we reserve the right to remove offensive, inappropriate, or spammy comments.

I have another question, whom should I contact?

Email john [at] minimalistbaker.com.

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