358 Instagram posts.
3 new products.
2 new eBooks.
Needless to say, 2017 was a full and busy year for Minimalist Baker. Because of that, it felt like the year flew by. Literally. Before we cheers to a new year, let’s pour a drink and recap the highlights of 2017, shall we?
First of all, we couldn’t have done it without you – our readers. Thank you all for your continued support. You all make it possible for us to love our day jobs and continue bringing you valuable content every week.
If you’re curious as to how or why we started this blog and how it changed out lives forever (read: sit in our pajamas all day, testing cookie recipes), check out this post. It intros the story of how John and I decided to make this blog our full-time thing. More on that later*. But first, top recipes!
Our top 10 most reviewed, highest-rated recipes of 2017 were: 1. Noodle-Free Pad Thai // 2. Marinated Peanut Tempeh // 3. Dark Chocolate Hemp Seed Energy Bites // 4. Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Granola // 5. Sweet Potato Cauliflower Curry // 6. Tahini Chocolate Banana Soft Serve // 7. Vegan Gluten Free Crackers // 8. Easy Green Curry Paste // 9. Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Romesco // 10. 1-Pot Vegan Minestrone
Such a good mix of savory and sweet! I think you all are getting super into savory things here on Minimalist Baker, so expect much more of that in 2018 (starting with a sugar-free / no-sugar-added January!).
This year we launched two new courses!
In August, we launched the NEW Food Photography School, which is an entirely video-based course that teaches you everything you need to know about taking amazing food photos. We also added a separate artificial lighting course that’s been rocking my world lately. Not having to take photos between the hours of 11am-2pm has been a revelation this winter! If you’re dabbling in food photography or have been taking photos for a while now and are ready to go pro, this is the course for you! Sign up here.
We also launched Food Video School this year, which contains 100+ video lessons that show you step-by-step how to make amazing food videos and set your brand apart! If you’re new to food videography or ready to up your video game, this is the course for you! It’s crazy how much growth we’ve seen just because of food videos. Sign up here today!
In 2017, we launched an updated version of 31 Meals ebook – which is now entirely plant-based! 31 meals is a meal planner that provides 31 easy, plant-based (mostly gluten-free) dinner recipes + 5 bonus dessert recipes, grocery lists, and meal plans for four weeks. That’s right – dinner is on us for a WHOLE month! If you’re short on time for prepping and planning or want to try out plant-based eating but don’t know where to start, this is the book for you! Get your copy here!
We also recently released our FREE Minimalist Baker Fan Favorites ebook (cover above), which includes 20 of our most loved, highly-rated recipes on the site! Expect everything from breakfasts to entrées and desserts. If you’re new to Minimalist Baker or have been around for a while and want to familiarize yourself with our classics, check it out!
We still have our print cookbook, Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking, which so many of you own and love (thanks for all the amazing reviews and feedback!). If you’re hungry for more Minimalist Baker recipes (or looking to gift someone a plant-based cookbook), get your copy here!
How to Start a Food Blog
Last year around this time, we introduced a FREE email course called How to Start a Food Blog Email Course. And SO many of you signed up and loved it that we decided to launch it again!
If you’ve ever been interested in trying out this blogging thing (like we did*), this is the place to start. Simply sign up here for our FREE. Our How to Start a Food Blog Email Course walks you through step-by-step how to step up your very own food blog, covering everything from hosting basics to themes, website tools, and even monetization. What are you waiting for? It’s free! Sign up today.
What to Expect in 2018
In 2018, expect more of what we’re doing but better! We are always trying to improve what we do here, including site functionality, speed, recipe quality and simplicity, and ways to engage all of you.
In 2017, I focused a lot on plant-based gluten-free recipes, so expect plenty more in that arena. In addition, I’m excited to add more grain-free, nut-free, and sugar-free recipes for those of you who continue to request alternatives.
Thank you so much for all of your support and love this year. We hope you enjoyed making our recipes as much as we enjoyed creating them.
Happy New Year, friends! See you in 2018.