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), a single spoon or 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.
What to expect?
Simple recipes that even the novice cook can approach. Always delicious, often sweet, never complicated.
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 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 Pancakes, Oreo Cookie Pancakes, Pumpkin French Toast Bake, Almond Meal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Gluten Free Black Bean Brownies, Gluten Free Vegan Breakfast Cookies, and My Favorite Green Smoothie
Top blogger resources:
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:
- We are legitimate minimalists. We don’t spend money on shit we don’t need or value.
- We use miles to cover the expense of airplane tickets and some of our lodging expenses. John writes about it at Go Miles, Go!
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