What It Is
Baking powder is just baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) mixed with some type of acid. The combination creates carbon dioxide (CO2), and acts as a leavening agent in baking. Using baking powder in your Paleo baked goods can help make them moist and chewy, giving it that texture that reminds you of the cakes/cookies/brownies you had as a kid.
Homemade Is Always Better
Although there’s nothing wrong with mixing baking soda with some form of acid, most commercial baking powders add non-Paleo ingredients to their products, including cornstarch and aluminum. If you come a cross a recipe that calls for baking powder, you’re better off making your own.
How To Make Baking Powder
It’s actually quite simple to make homemade baking powder. Simply mix 1 part baking soda with 2 parts cream of tartar and use immediately.
For example to make 1 teaspoon of baking powder, combine 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with 1/2 teaspoon of cream of tartar then use your newly made baking powder to whip up a batch of Chocolate Cake Paleo Donuts or one of the recipes listed below.