Feb 12, 2014

Homemade Baking Powder (without any cornstarch!!)


How To Make Baking Powder

Ryan and I have been grain-free for over a year now and can’t even imagine going back to eating grains. We both feel better than we ever have and really don’t feel like we’re missing out on much at all.

I’ve been concerned about the aluminum in baking powder for years (one of the reasons I like making my own deodorant), so I always would buy the baking powder that said “aluminum-free”.

Now that we are grain-free though, we can’t even buy the aluminum-free baking powder because it has cornstarch (and yes, corn is a grain, not a vegetable).

Baking powder is something that we use often in our grain-free baked dishes so I wanted to share with you how to easily make it yourself!

It’s actually really (REALLY) easy to make and only takes two ingredients. You can add a little cornstarch to your homemade baking powder if you would like to, but it works great without the cornstarch as well.

Baking soda – Sodium bicarbonate, referred to as “baking soda” is primarily used in cooking (baking), as a leavening agent. It reacts with acidic components in batters, releasing carbon dioxide, which causes expansion of the batter and forms the characteristic texture and grain in pancakes, cakes, quick breads, soda bread, and other baked and fried foods. Acidic compounds that induce this reaction include phosphates, cream of tartar, lemon juice, yogurt, buttermilk, cocoa, vinegar, etc. Sodium bicarbonate can be substituted for baking powder provided sufficient acid reagent is also added to the recipe. (Source)

Cream Of Tartar – Potassium bitartrate, also known as potassium hydrogen tartrate, is a byproduct of winemaking. In cooking it is known as cream of tartar.

More foods you can make yourself:

Make your own peanut butter!

Make your own mayonnaise!

Make your own beef jerky!

Make your own vanilla extract!

Make your own butter & buttermilk!

Also, if you’re interest in grain-free, gluten-free, or paleo recipes, here’s a Pinterest board to follow that should be helpful!! 🙂

Follow Rachel Holland SurvivingTheStores.com’s board Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, OR Paleo Recipes! on Pinterest.

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  1. Just curious ,what do you use baking powder for when you eat grain free.

    • There are grain free alternative flours like almond, coconut, etc, for making breads, cookies and such, baking powder may be needed as a leavener for some recipes.

  2. This is awesome! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Which brand of Cream of Tartar do you use? Both links take you to Baking Soda.

  4. Do you use this teaspoon for teaspoon?


  5. Thank u so much for this. Going to a church function where many people cannot eat wheat or corn. Making black bean chocolate cake and did not want to go to the nearest store and not find what I needed. My Kroger, my nearest store, used to carry many items for GF and allergen free foods but has decided selling clothes is more important.

  6. I am also curious about measuring this: is it 1:1 same as “store bought” baking powder?

  7. This is a great idea. When you make something yourself, you control what goes into it. I like to know what I’m eating!

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