John and Dana

Minimalist Baker is an online community devoted to simple cooking.

Born out of a passion for easy-to-make, delicious food, all recipes either require 10 ingredients or less, 1 bowl or 1 pot, or 30 minutes or less to prepare. Many are vegan and/or gluten-free as well.

The authors are a wife-husband team, Dana and John, situated in Portland, Oregon. (Visiting? Check out our Dining Guide!)

The Recipes

You may notice most of our recipes are special-diet friendly, specifically vegan. This happened for three reasons:

1. Dana is lactose intolerant and enjoys a mostly vegan diet

2. John ate vegetarian and vegan for several years in college

3. We love getting more plants into our diet

Because of her dairy sensitivity, Dana has been experimenting with dairy-free and egg-free baking for years. She found it such an accomplishment to create recipes that taste just as good as the original while remaining entirely plant-based that it became her passion.

And because many of our readers and friends are gluten sensitive, we also adapt many recipes to be gluten free as well.

The Journey Here

While this has never been a strictly vegan or gluten-free blog, most new recipes fall into these two categories. This is simply because we enjoy eating and cooking this way and love making food everyone can enjoy.

We don’t subscribe to any one diet, but vegan cooking and baking has become the focus for this blog with our top priority always being on simple, delicious food.

In short, we love proving that diet-friendly recipes don’t have to be complicated and can still be ridiculously delicious.

About Dana

Dana is the recipe developer, content creator, and food photographer behind Minimalist Baker. She has been blogging in some form since 2010 and developed a deep love for recipe experimentation and food photography in the process. She is the author of 31 Meals Cookbook and co-creator of The Food Photography School and the Essentials of Building a Great Food Blog Course. She’s also an exercise enthusiast, green smoothie addict, and aspiring wine and coffee aficionado. Her achilles heel is an almond milk latte.

About John

John handles all-things technical, design, branding, and product development. He writes blogging tips and creates tutorials on our Blogger Resources page. He’s also an airline miles-earning badass, lover of the finer things in life (i.e. wine, craft coffee and San Pellegrino), and traveler extraordinaire. Follow him on Twitter, Snapchat (jshltz) and Instagram.

Favorite Recipes

If you’re new to Minimalist Baker, check out these five favorite recipes – a mix of savory and sweet:

Top Cooking Resources

Simple Kitchen Essentials (what’s in our kitchen)

Juicing without a Juicer // No Churn Ice Cream // Sushi without a Mat

How to Make a Flax Egg // How to Make Coconut Whipped Cream // How to Make Almond Milk // How to Make Vegan Parmesan Cheese // How to Make Vegan Chocolate Ganache Frosting // How to Make Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting // DIY Gluten Free Flour Blend // How to Make Date Caramel

Top Technical Resources

Check out all of our blogging tips and tutorials on our Blogger Resources page.

Food Photography School

How to start a food blog // Making your WordPress site look good // What’s a webhost and how to pick one

Everything in Our Camera Bag // Lighting Equipment Recommendations


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