Unconventional Baker is creating delicious alternative dessert recipes and videos
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Welcome to the Unconventional Baker Patreon page!

Hi, I'm Audrey. I started Unconventional Baker with the aim of sharing desserts and treats that anyone can enjoy and that are free from many health-sensitive ingredients such as gluten, dairy, eggs, and refined sugars, etc. I aim to keep all my recipes as simple and wholesome as possible, and of course absolutely delicious and fun too!

One of the reasons I share free recipes on my site is for the people out there who struggle with food allergies, intolerances, or have a specific diet they follow for health or personal reasons. It’s hard to explain to a small child why they can’t have a birthday cake like everyone else because of their autoimmune condition! Or attend a social gathering where you turn down the killer dessert someone has made because they don’t align with your personal health goals or because you're a vegan, or on a gluten-free / grain-free / dairy-free diet, etc.

By offering alternative recipes, it allows people to take part in the social aspect of sharing food with those they love. When I get messages like:

"I’m so grateful to have stumbled upon your website! I also have a food website... but have become sort of frustrated because due to health issues I’ve been forced into a refined sugar free, grain free, gluten free, no highly processed foods diet and it’s been a struggle. In many senses I’ve lost my ways in the kitchen. I want to indulge on occasion and feel defeated because I just don’t know how to cook for myself anymore. It’s been a learning process, but your recipes are giving me something to look forward to! Thank you!"

"My aunt in Germany used to mail us a Christmas package every year filled with cookies and treats that she had made. We lost her just a few years ago, but thinking of those packages and cookies always makes me smile! My favorite cookies were the ones that were these almond crescents. They would just melt in your mouth, with nutty goodness. My sister has since found a recipe that “replicates” here cookies, only I’m gluten free now and cannot partake. So grateful for those memories from childhood!"

"I can’t believe your blog! What a find for me! Feeding my children is a chore. I have a son that just finished chemo, a daughter with candida and another son with Crohn’s. I thought delicious treats were lost to us forever! Last year was tough and homemade goodies did go a long way for morale, but we are OVER the few treats I could whip up. You have helped bring hope for yummy treats back into our home! Thank you!"

"I am excited to find your blog and website. I am gluten intolerant and am in the process of healing so your site is a goldmine. I am also a coordinator for a community cooking club that celebrates more fruits, veggies and whole grains in our meals. I look forward to receiving your newsletter!"


That makes it all worth it, because from messages and feedback like this I know it’s enhanced people’s quality of life.

My goal is to reach more people so that there can be more happy moments like those above. With a little bit of help these recipes can get out to people who may not have heard about them before, and offer options to those who feel like they're stuck just doing without.

How You Can Help:

Running a blog of this magnitude means there are a lot of costs and a lot of work involved. My blog currently brings in a small amount of income which supports me and my small team financially very minimally. It mostly goes to cover the many expenses involved, such as hiring technical assistance, paying for monthly software and web hosting expenses, ongoing technical maintenance, etc. Oddly enough, the more people that visit your blog the more expensive things get (i.e. web hosting costs rise to support more people using the website, email costs rise to support having a growing list of subscribers to send recipe updates to, etc.)

Moreover, the internet landscape is always changing and evolving, and currently the way to reach people most effectively is through videos -- which is something that social media networks and Google are prioritizing. And so videos (like the one at the top of this page) have been the latest new venture on the blog.

The videos so far have had an amazing reception and the feedback has been that they've been helping people feel more comfortable with the recipes, essentially making the recipes more approachable. Here are a few of the types of notes I've been receiving about them so far:

"Your pics are amazing but I love your videos: they make me think I can do it! Or at least try it!"

"Thank you so much for doing these videos! Really helpful!! Another yummy recipe 💗"

"I love this new format!!!! Your photos and videos are amazing!"

In addition to these short 60 second snapshot recipe videos, I would also LOVE to be able to release longer and more in-depth videos that show the nuances of recipes, share tips, and so on in the future. But I don't quite have the funding for something like that at the moment.

For the moment in order to support the current videos I've reluctantly (and hopefully very temporarily) turned on more ads on the site to cover this current video project initially until it gets off the ground. However, I feel like this isn't a long-term solution, as I'd really like to maintain a quality user experience for anyone who visits the site. This is where you can help!

With even the most minimal contribution from the community currently using and enjoying the website, so much more can happen and fast!

Here are my current goals and aspirations for the blog for the near future:

1. Cover current video expenses
Which will enable Unconventional Baker to continue producing at least 1 new recipe per week, thereby encouraging and inspiring more people to give these recipes a try and to feel more comfortable and confident in the kitchen.

2. Make more videos
Right now there is only one new short video per week, but I'd love to increase that to two or three and down the road even have the option to do longer and more thorough / instructive videos.

3. Share more recipes
I would love to highlight and feature some of the outstanding recipe creators in the alternative baking community to accommodate all of the needs and preferences that exist, as well as share a larger variety of recipes. The more options there are to choose from, the more everyone wins ;)

4. Expand teaching resources
I have plans to create more high quality, explicit instructional content for those who want to learn even more about alternative baking and recipe creation.

5. Remove all ads from the site and make the website even more easy and fast to navigate.
Dreaming big here, but wouldn't that be amazing! :)

Any and all support, no matter how small each month, is greatly appreciated and will help towards achieving the goals outlined above. If you're in, click the "become a patron" button to see the different ways you can get involved.

Thanks so much for reading and for all your support, and of course: happy baking!

x Audrey
Tiers
Video Connoisseur 🎥
$3 or more per month
At this level you can vote on which video you'd love to see next most out of a list of potential recipes. Voting takes place here on the 15th of every month for the following month's videos (in a special poll created for patrons only).


Thanks for your support! 

Video Superstar ⭐️
$5 or more per month
In addition to voting on upcoming videos, you will also have the ability to suggest recipe videos for next month's poll. 


Thanks for your support! 

Mover and Shaker 🌟
$10 or more per month
In addition to having the ability to vote on and suggest future recipe videos, you will also be able to participate in monthly private blog feedback discussions here on Patreon, started on the 5th of every month. 


Thanks for your support! 

Cookie Monster 🍪
$25 or more per month
In addition to the perks of all previous rewards, you’ll also have a dedicated private space to make recipe suggestions each month. These suggestions will be considered for future blog content. 


Thanks for your support! 

Video VIP 😎
$50 or more per month
In addition to all previous reward perks, your name / initials / nickname will be credited in next month's recipe videos as a special thank you for your support of this project. 


Thanks for your support!

Goals
7 of 35 patrons
Music! I'd like to be able to cover the current costs involved in making one new dessert recipe video per week that I will share freely on the blog, YouTube, etc. My first mini goal towards this is to have funding to cover the music for 4 videos a month.
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Welcome to the Unconventional Baker Patreon page!

Hi, I'm Audrey. I started Unconventional Baker with the aim of sharing desserts and treats that anyone can enjoy and that are free from many health-sensitive ingredients such as gluten, dairy, eggs, and refined sugars, etc. I aim to keep all my recipes as simple and wholesome as possible, and of course absolutely delicious and fun too!

One of the reasons I share free recipes on my site is for the people out there who struggle with food allergies, intolerances, or have a specific diet they follow for health or personal reasons. It’s hard to explain to a small child why they can’t have a birthday cake like everyone else because of their autoimmune condition! Or attend a social gathering where you turn down the killer dessert someone has made because they don’t align with your personal health goals or because you're a vegan, or on a gluten-free / grain-free / dairy-free diet, etc.

By offering alternative recipes, it allows people to take part in the social aspect of sharing food with those they love. When I get messages like:

"I’m so grateful to have stumbled upon your website! I also have a food website... but have become sort of frustrated because due to health issues I’ve been forced into a refined sugar free, grain free, gluten free, no highly processed foods diet and it’s been a struggle. In many senses I’ve lost my ways in the kitchen. I want to indulge on occasion and feel defeated because I just don’t know how to cook for myself anymore. It’s been a learning process, but your recipes are giving me something to look forward to! Thank you!"

"My aunt in Germany used to mail us a Christmas package every year filled with cookies and treats that she had made. We lost her just a few years ago, but thinking of those packages and cookies always makes me smile! My favorite cookies were the ones that were these almond crescents. They would just melt in your mouth, with nutty goodness. My sister has since found a recipe that “replicates” here cookies, only I’m gluten free now and cannot partake. So grateful for those memories from childhood!"

"I can’t believe your blog! What a find for me! Feeding my children is a chore. I have a son that just finished chemo, a daughter with candida and another son with Crohn’s. I thought delicious treats were lost to us forever! Last year was tough and homemade goodies did go a long way for morale, but we are OVER the few treats I could whip up. You have helped bring hope for yummy treats back into our home! Thank you!"

"I am excited to find your blog and website. I am gluten intolerant and am in the process of healing so your site is a goldmine. I am also a coordinator for a community cooking club that celebrates more fruits, veggies and whole grains in our meals. I look forward to receiving your newsletter!"


That makes it all worth it, because from messages and feedback like this I know it’s enhanced people’s quality of life.

My goal is to reach more people so that there can be more happy moments like those above. With a little bit of help these recipes can get out to people who may not have heard about them before, and offer options to those who feel like they're stuck just doing without.

How You Can Help:

Running a blog of this magnitude means there are a lot of costs and a lot of work involved. My blog currently brings in a small amount of income which supports me and my small team financially very minimally. It mostly goes to cover the many expenses involved, such as hiring technical assistance, paying for monthly software and web hosting expenses, ongoing technical maintenance, etc. Oddly enough, the more people that visit your blog the more expensive things get (i.e. web hosting costs rise to support more people using the website, email costs rise to support having a growing list of subscribers to send recipe updates to, etc.)

Moreover, the internet landscape is always changing and evolving, and currently the way to reach people most effectively is through videos -- which is something that social media networks and Google are prioritizing. And so videos (like the one at the top of this page) have been the latest new venture on the blog.

The videos so far have had an amazing reception and the feedback has been that they've been helping people feel more comfortable with the recipes, essentially making the recipes more approachable. Here are a few of the types of notes I've been receiving about them so far:

"Your pics are amazing but I love your videos: they make me think I can do it! Or at least try it!"

"Thank you so much for doing these videos! Really helpful!! Another yummy recipe 💗"

"I love this new format!!!! Your photos and videos are amazing!"

In addition to these short 60 second snapshot recipe videos, I would also LOVE to be able to release longer and more in-depth videos that show the nuances of recipes, share tips, and so on in the future. But I don't quite have the funding for something like that at the moment.

For the moment in order to support the current videos I've reluctantly (and hopefully very temporarily) turned on more ads on the site to cover this current video project initially until it gets off the ground. However, I feel like this isn't a long-term solution, as I'd really like to maintain a quality user experience for anyone who visits the site. This is where you can help!

With even the most minimal contribution from the community currently using and enjoying the website, so much more can happen and fast!

Here are my current goals and aspirations for the blog for the near future:

1. Cover current video expenses
Which will enable Unconventional Baker to continue producing at least 1 new recipe per week, thereby encouraging and inspiring more people to give these recipes a try and to feel more comfortable and confident in the kitchen.

2. Make more videos
Right now there is only one new short video per week, but I'd love to increase that to two or three and down the road even have the option to do longer and more thorough / instructive videos.

3. Share more recipes
I would love to highlight and feature some of the outstanding recipe creators in the alternative baking community to accommodate all of the needs and preferences that exist, as well as share a larger variety of recipes. The more options there are to choose from, the more everyone wins ;)

4. Expand teaching resources
I have plans to create more high quality, explicit instructional content for those who want to learn even more about alternative baking and recipe creation.

5. Remove all ads from the site and make the website even more easy and fast to navigate.
Dreaming big here, but wouldn't that be amazing! :)

Any and all support, no matter how small each month, is greatly appreciated and will help towards achieving the goals outlined above. If you're in, click the "become a patron" button to see the different ways you can get involved.

Thanks so much for reading and for all your support, and of course: happy baking!

x Audrey

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Tiers
Video Connoisseur 🎥
$3 or more per month
At this level you can vote on which video you'd love to see next most out of a list of potential recipes. Voting takes place here on the 15th of every month for the following month's videos (in a special poll created for patrons only).


Thanks for your support! 

Video Superstar ⭐️
$5 or more per month
In addition to voting on upcoming videos, you will also have the ability to suggest recipe videos for next month's poll. 


Thanks for your support! 

Mover and Shaker 🌟
$10 or more per month
In addition to having the ability to vote on and suggest future recipe videos, you will also be able to participate in monthly private blog feedback discussions here on Patreon, started on the 5th of every month. 


Thanks for your support! 

Cookie Monster 🍪
$25 or more per month
In addition to the perks of all previous rewards, you’ll also have a dedicated private space to make recipe suggestions each month. These suggestions will be considered for future blog content. 


Thanks for your support! 

Video VIP 😎
$50 or more per month
In addition to all previous reward perks, your name / initials / nickname will be credited in next month's recipe videos as a special thank you for your support of this project. 


Thanks for your support!