Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a chemical leavening agent used in baking (but not only). This basically means that it makes baked goods rise by creating air bubbles when mixed and baked.

There are a few baking soda substitutes that can have a better and more natural effect. Actually, there is a baking soda substitute for every use of baking soda. But we’ll get to that in a while.

Ancient Egyptians were the first people known to use a rudimentary version of baking soda called Natron. Since it’s discovery the name may have changed but it uses have not. It has been used for thousands of years as a cleaning product for both home and body.

Here’s a list of Baking Soda Substitutes You Can Use

Baking Soda Substitutes

Using Yeast as a Baking Soda Substitute

Yeast is an amazing substitute for baking soda. Just like baking soda, it helps baked goods rise. It’s 100% natural and contains 27% Fiber, 0% Cholesterol, 50% Protein and it’s rich in Vitamin C, Calcium, and Iron. This natural baking soda substitute is also recommended by most doctors and nutritionists. Using yeast as a substitute also means you don’t get that bitter flavor baking soda and powder tend to add. And it’s also pretty loved by most bread makers and chefs.

Using Potassium Biocarbonate as a Baking Soda Substitute

Potassium Bicarbonate is another excellent baking soda substitute you can use. It’s often recommended for people with sodium intake, circulatory or heart problems.

If you’re baking cookies, for instance, you can substitute the same amount of potassium bicarbonate that you would normally use for baking soda. You should be aware that if your recipe calls for one of the acidic liquids (sour cream, vinegar, yogurt, buttermilk, molasses, and citrus fruits and juices), you may want to replace those liquids with plain whole milk or water. Otherwise, this baking soda substitute will not properly work.

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Baking Powder as a Baking Soda Substitute?

You can always use Baking Powder if you find yourself without baking soda, but keep in mind that baking soda is much more effective so using 3 times more baking powder is needed. Essentially, baking powder does the same thing as baking soda but it’s not an actual substitute. Baking powder is basically baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) already mixed with an acid (usually cream of tartar). Therefore, baking powder on its own is used in baked goods that do not already contain an acid. It works in the same way baking soda does, by creating air bubbles which cause the batter to rise.

It’s pretty easy to find Double Acting Baking Powder but you can also DIY. For one teaspoon of baking powder, combine 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch.

Orange-Applesauce Date Cake Recipe

(A divine recipe for vegetarians or people with diabetes.) This easy lunchbox cake is moist and delicious—and even better the next day. The applesauce replaces both eggs and fat.

Serves: 9

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes

Cook Time: 25- 30 minutes


  • 1 cup smooth unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda or a baking soda substitute
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup oat flour (oatmeal ground in a dry blender or electric coffee mill) or barley flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar *
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (not regular whole-wheat flour)*
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates

*Editors note:


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place applesauce, lemon juice, and water in a small saucepan over medium heat and warm slowly.
  3. Add orange peel. Mix pastry flour, brown sugar, oat or barley flour, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and allspice in a medium bowl.
  4. Stir baking soda into applesauce mixture (it will foam up). Pour immediately into the flour mixture and stir briefly but thoroughly.
  5. Add dates and mix briefly. Scoop the batter into a non-stick 9″×9″ cake pan, smooth the top, and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to 325°F and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until it tests done with a cake tester. Transfer to a rack and cool completely.
  7. Make 2 evenly spaced cuts through the cake vertically, then horizontally, to make 9 squares. Per serving (1/9 of cake)

• Calories: 155• Saturated Fat: 0.1 g • Cholesterol: 0 mg • Protein: 2.8 g • Carbohydrates: 37.7 g • Sugar: 22.7 g • Fiber: 4 g • Sodium: 211 mg • Calcium: 25 mg •  Iron: 1.1 mg • Vitamin C: 1.8 mg • Beta Carotene: 6 mcg • Vitamin E: 0.2 mg

(Recipe from Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes)

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