Aluminum and Corn-Free Baking Powder (grain free)

Homemade Baking Powder Recipe - Aluminum Free Baking Powder - Corn Free Baking Powder

Looking for a recipe for homemade baking powder?  No?  Maybe you should be!

Thinking that maybe this “make your own stuff” has gotten a bit out of hand, eh? Well, read on.

Just yesterday, one of my readers was looking for a recipe for baking powder due to special dietary needs.

So I dug out this recipe and am sharing it with her — and with all of you — today.

In one sense, I guess this shows how far I am willing to go to modify a special needs diet, but it also shows how easy it can be to do so. Whether you:

  • are allergic to corn
  • are trying to avoid genetically modified (GMO) corn (most baking powders are made with GMO corn)
  • are trying to avoid additives like aluminum (did you know that aluminum is in lots of commercial baking powders — sodium aluminum sulfate) or
  • have run out of baking powder, or yours has expired (mine once did this when I was very young.  I ended up using the resulting “cake” as a frisbee.  I’m not kidding!)
  • just like making your own everything :-),

I present to you today my latest addition to my “make your own” collection — I don’t always make my own baking powder, but I have.

And when I don’t, I use non-GMO, aluminum free Rumford Baking Powder.

However, there was a time during our path towards health (that we are still on, ahem) when my oldest son and I underwent IgG food allergy testing.

Both of us turned up as being sensitive to corn and so we need to remove it from our diets for three months.

Ever tried to take corn out of your diet for three months?  How about for three days?  It isn’t easy. Now, avoiding tortilla chips, popcorn and plain corn is hard enough.

But even for this family that strictly avoids corn syrup, if you really get into the nitty-gritty of ingredient labels, you will find that corn is in everything.

Well, one of the surprises that I got when I went into my cupboard to look for the offending ingredient on every label was that baking powder contains corn.

I was not willing to give up baking, so I went hunting for a baking powder substitute. So here is one of the mainstays in my special diets recipe repertoire.

One of our family’s favorite low carb recipes that calls for a good amount of baking powder is my Oat Bran Muffins.  You just might want to give them a try with your new homemade baking powder substitute!

Other Homemade Pantry Staples you can make yourself:

Best Cinnamon Sugar (and no sugar) Ever
– Vegetable Broth Mix | All Purpose Seasoning
– Homemade Vanilla Liquid Stevia –  Homemade Rice Milk
Powdered Egg Replacer (like Ener-G)
Easiest Coconut Milk 

Do you have a favorite “Make Your Own” recipe to share?
Or something you’ve been wanting a DIY version of?

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  1. I have been reading all of your great posts for the last month, with all of your great energy and people sharing ways they do things. It’s all fantastic. This weekend my 5 year old asked me, “mommy, if it’s bad for us, why would they make it?” – how does a parent answer that? We are the only mammal on the earth that purposely makes food and products that can harm our own kind. I am just wondering, if everyone on this site, and similar sites, banned together, would it not be enough to get the food co’s and farmers to do the RIGHT THING? We really all have to resort to being experts at making every. single. thing. ourselves??
    You are all great at it, I can tell from the posts. But, just why should we have to? : / Shouldn’t we rally? Or has everyone just given up on that?

    • Good point. We are smart but with our intelligence we are killing ourselves. Or maybe it’s with our stupidity. I think give up is quite what is going on. On multiple levels.

  2. how can i use 1/2cp of cream of tarter if it only comes in 1oz containers?

  3. how can i add 1/2 cup of cream of tarter if it only comes in 1oz containers?

  4. Baking soda and squeezed lime juice will do he same effect. My mom used to bake cakes and this is all she used. Works perfect!

    • does this mean if a recipe calls for baking powder, your mom used baking soda and lime juice? If yes, would you share the conversion or ratio?

  5. Hi Adrienne!

    I am going to make this for sure! But I am curious about the cream of tartar; should it be organic? I don’t actually know what cream of tartar is…

  6. I have been using cream of tartar, baking soda, and arrowroot for over a year, ever since I found out I was allergic to corn and cane sugar, mostly in homemade bread. thank you for the recipe. the recipe will help when I am converting a recipe.