Homemade Baking Powder Substitute – grain-free, corn-free, aluminum-free

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Homemade Baking Powder Substitute Recipe - Grain-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?

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:

Salad Dressings
Homemade Chocolate Chips
Homemade White Chocolate Chips
Homemade Hair Spray
Acne Cream
Hand and Body Cream
Homemade Glass Cleaner
Homemade Shower Cleaner
and more

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 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.

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.

Lesson learned.

Why I Started Making My Own Homemade 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.

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Homemade Baking Powder (grain-free, aluminum-free)

Serves 1 cup     adjust servings

This Aluminum and Corn-free Baking Powder Substitute helps ditch toxins, plus it's allergy-friendly and grain-free too.



  1. Blend all ingredients with a whisk to mix well.
  2. Use as you would regular baking powder.
  3. Store in a tightly-closed container to prevent moisture from entering and causing the ingredients to begin to react.


2 reviews

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. What is the importance of adding the arrowroot or tapioca flour? Other recipes that I have seen online only include baking soda and cream of tartar. Please advise. Tks!

    • Good question. I read that the purpose of the starch is to absorb any liquid to prevent a reaction between the acid and the base. I am thinking this over and not totally sure how that works since when you add them altogether it would start reacting, so maybe in reality it’s just for heft to make measuring more easy.

  2. Thanks for posting this and I would love if you know a good substitute for cream of tartart bc I can’t eat that, but baking soda and arrowroot are fine.

  3. Pat Carter says:

    what would be a safe starting point for a cake that calls for 1 tsp baking soda. 1/2 cup buttermilk. two eggs
    1 cup coca cola. allergies, wheat, corn, soy, oats.

  4. Yea! So happy I stumbled upon this! Corn popped up on my recent allergy test, so this is a great thing! Awesome! Thanks so much! Plus, when I clicked on the arrowroot link I noticed that you can use it in place of cornstarch. You just made my life easier. I love baking too and the thought of not being able to make something breaks my heart. You made my day with this 🙂