Looking for baking powder without aluminum? I've got you covered with this super simple recipe. It's so simple you just might want to keep this aluminum-free baking powder on hand for all your baking needs.
If you're concerned about aluminum in baking powder, you're not alone.
While there has not been a definitive connection between aluminum in foods like baking powder and Alzheimer's, many people are still looking to avoid aluminum in their foods, personal care products, and more.
Thinking that maybe this “make your own stuff” has gotten a bit out of hand, eh?
Yes, I do have a lot of fun doing all kinds of DIY things from pantry staples to DIY beauty to DIY home products like:
Well, read on.
Just yesterday, one of my readers was looking for a recipe for a baking powder substitute 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.
Why Make Your Own Aluminum-Free Baking Powder?
- Corn Allergies – almost all baking powder is make with cornstarch
- Avoiding GMOs – most baking powders are made with GMO corn
- Avoiding Additives – did you know that aluminum is in lots of commercial baking powders — sodium aluminum sulfate) or
- You need Baking Powder and can't get to the store – 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!)
- You just like DIYing everything :-),
- Your Baking Powder doesn't expire.
- You are on a special diet. This Homemade Baking Powder is whole30, paleo, AIP (autoimmune paleo), gluten-free, THM and more!
Before I tell you about why we chose to make our own Homemade Baking Powder, I've just got to tell you about a Baking Powder Expiration story.
My Expired Baking Powder Experience….
When I was little, cooking and baking were some of my favorite activities.
Mostly baking :).
One day I had a friend over and we decided to bake a cake. It smelled lovely and we were eagerly awaiting sitting down and enjoying the cake.
We took the cake out of the oven, and let it cool, but then got a not-so-nice surprise.
The cake, was hard. As in — very hard.
So hard, and flat, that we ended up tossing it around the house like a frisbee. At one point it even struck my shin, and it hurt.
I don't recall when we figured out the cause of the problem, but the reason for the frisbee cake was expired baking powder.
Why I Started Making My Own Homemade Aluminum-free Baking Powder
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.
Oh, and 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!
Anyhow, I found that there are several baking powder substitutes, but this recipe for Homemade Baking Powder is the one that I use the most. It's shelf-stable and can be made ahead in bulk, which is a huge plus.
Recipe Substitutions for Homemade Baking Powder
- You can use organic tapioca flour / starch instead of arrowroot, or, if you are not avoiding corn, organic cornstarch may be substituted.
Aluminum-free Baking Powder (grain free, paleo)
- Blend all ingredients with a whisk to mix well.
- Use as you would regular baking powder.
- Store in a tightly-closed container to prevent moisture from entering and causing the ingredients to begin to react.
Other Homemade Pantry Staples you can make in addition to Homemade Baking Powder:
– 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
Will you be trying this Homemade Aluminum-free Baking Powder?