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. WOW – I had never read the back of the baking powder container. I knew about the aluminum, so switched to a different brand, but hadn’t thought about GMO corn. How do you find out if a company uses GMO products?
    Thank you for sharing what you have learned.

  2. Adrienne, thank you so much for sharing this. You are absolutely correct…trying to avoid corn is crazy difficult! People don’t realize that corn is in about everything that they eat…and if it isn’t corn, it’s soy :( At any rate, if you noted that using gluten free Baking soda and Cream of Tarter, this would also be a gluten free Baking Powder, which making your own is so much more cost-effective when you consider a bag of Gluten Free Baking Powder runs about $6.00 at health food stores!
    I would like to invite you to share your recipe in our ‘Made From Scratch’ Monday linky. I know my readers would appreciate this post tremendously!

  3. I used to make this and then forgot all about it! Thanks for sharing at Scratch Cookin’ Tuesday!

  4. Great idea to avoid any extra GMO’s. I do find, though, that now that we’re consuming way less grains, we do less baking, and use much less baking powder! Just curious, my homemade baking powder is always really lumpy. Is this pretty lumpy too?

  5. Great recipe for a much healthier version of this traditional leavening!

  6. I’m so glad I found your blog! I’ve already switched to non-aluminum deodorant. I had no idea there was an alternative to baking powder. Thank you so much for sharing on Sundae Scoop!


  7. Thanks for the recipe! Doesn’t most baking soda contain aluminum? It was a challenge to find aluminum free – I found red mill.

    • Red Mill’s isn’t aluminum free anymore – they are redoing their labels. It is, from my understanding, a miniscule amount compared to that in regular baking powder.

  8. Thank you for this post! I wasn’t aware that baking powder could be contain GMOs until this morning, and I needed a quick work-around because we are 100% GMO free (or try REALLY hard to be!).

  9. This is a great idea. I do use Rumford’s GMO- and Aluminum-Free Baking Powder. But I’m confused as this recipe calls for baking soda, and I’ve heard that baking soda contains aluminum, too. Do you know of a soda that doesn’t contain aluminum? I’d be very interested to find out!

    • From what I’ve read, the aluminum in soda is minimal. Bob’s Red Mill used to have one that was Al free, but they recently changed their label as it’s not true any longer (or wasn’t in the first place). Sorry.

  10. Alicia Milan says:

    I’m actually allergic to cream of tartar … it’s made from fermented grapes, so atleast 2 types of sulfites .. if it’s bleached then that’s 3 types of sulfites in it :(

  11. 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.

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

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

  14. 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!

  15. 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…