Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  15
  • Protein  0 g
  • Carbohydrates  4 g
  • Fat  0 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  1261 mg
  • Potassium  990 mg
  • Phosphorus  0 mg
  • Calcium  0 mg
  • Fiber  0 g

Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder

There are many foods that are restricted for those with kidney disease and on dialysis, but thanks to DaVita renal dietitian Mary from Kansas, her recipe for Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder has put foods such as biscuits, tortillas, pancakes and waffles back on your menu.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Mary from Kansas.

Portions: 6     Serving size: approximately 1 tablespoon per recipe (varies depending on number of servings and other ingredients)


  • 1/4 cup cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda


    1. Sift together cream of tartar and baking soda using a fine strainer.
    2. Store in an airtight jar or baggie at room temperature until ready to use.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

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Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • This baking powder recipe uses a 2-to-1 ratio of cream of tartar to baking soda. To replace one tablespoon of commercial baking powder in a recipe, use 2 teaspoons cream of tartar and 1 teaspoon baking soda.
  • You can use this mixture in the same proportion as commercial baking powder when making cakes, quick breads, muffins, tortillas, pancakes and waffles.
  • Cream of tartar is the potassium acid salt of tartaric acid, which is a by-product of wine making. One teaspoon contains 495 mg potassium. When using cream of tartar with baking soda to replace phosphorus-containing baking powder, be aware the potassium content of food will be higher but phosphorus is much lower.

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Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder

lizzie1 says:


too much sodium for this baking powder I will blowup like a balloon, Dietitian comment: Keep in mind the one serving is then used to make a recipe with multiple servings. So if you made a[INVALID] recipe that makes 48[INVALID]s, the baking powder will add only 26 mg sodium to each[INVALID].

Jun. 24, 2014, 10:09 AM - Inappropriate review?

Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder

plattsmouth501 says:


This is great! Now I can make pancakes and muffins for my husband. After reading all of the other comments, I think I will wait until he gets started on his pd cath so the potassium isn't as much of an issue.

Mar. 22, 2014, 8:03 AM - Inappropriate review?

Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder

lwblack1051 says:


Yea, it might be low in phosphorous. But is high in potassium. And if anything is worse for us dialysis patients than phosphorous it is potassium. IF you use cream of tartar(tartaric acid) in your recipe then be very sparingly on how much of the cake/pie/bisquit that you consume. Sodium isn't the big problem everyone makes out that it is IF the patient can control their fluid intake. I am a patient and can tell you that I don't need salt/sodium to promote me to drink fluids. The very fact that we are restricted is enough to make ones thirst level go nuts...

Mar. 16, 2014, 12:34 AM - Inappropriate review?

Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder

alice314 says:


you are kidding about the sodium, oh my way to much. Dietitian comment: It depends on what you make with it. For example a quick bread that is cut into 12 slices would have 105 mg sodium from the baking powder.

Feb. 10, 2014, 12:03 PM - Inappropriate review?

Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder

Puddy70 says:


I thought this would be a great substitute until I saw the sodium content per serving; very unacceptable. Dietitian comment: Keep in mind the 1 tablespoon portion is the amount you might use in a whole recipe.

Dec. 11, 2013, 10:08 AM - Inappropriate review?

Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder

Lauriefern says:


There some who say that cream of tartar can cause nephritis of the kidneys. Dietitian comment: I am unaware of this being an issue.

Dec. 10, 2013, 6:45 AM - Inappropriate review?

Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder

jaraqueen says:


Baking powder is a good think in our kitchen,

Dec. 08, 2013, 8:26 AM - Inappropriate review?

Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder

rostandi says:


I found another option which may lessen the phosphorus and potassium, 2 part baking soda 1 part cream of tartar 1 part cornstarch

Dec. 05, 2013, 4:53 PM - Inappropriate review?

Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder

Helen5951 says:


Potassium and Sodium too high to use even tho no phosphorous! Any other way to go? What is serving size for those numbers? Perhaps I missed serving size info?? Thanks for the recipe I will pass it on! Dietitian comment: See the previous review and comment. 1 tablespoon is the amount for one recipe, which usually makes at least 10-12 servings of baked goods.

Sep. 05, 2013, 6:36 PM - Inappropriate review?

Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder

Barbara2 says:


Why would you make this? The salt content for 1 serving is 1/2 of my allowance. Moderator comment: You would not actually eat a tablespoon of this baking powder--you might make a loaf or quick bread with it and eat one slice. The main reason is to reduce phosphorus. Regular baking powder contains 300 to 1368 mg phosphorus per tablespoon and this recipe has 0 mg. In comparison, regular baking soda is also high in sodium at 1090 to 1460 mg sodium per tablespoon. You can buy low sodium baking powder with 14 mg sodium but the potassium is 1515 mg per tablespoon. I guess the other option is to avoid baked goods with baking powder.

Oct. 11, 2012, 5:41 PM - Inappropriate review?

Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder

Stanwat says:


I'm on a low potassium diet. Which is the lesser of the 3 evils, phosphorus, potassium or sodium in a recipe. Monitor response: The answer is it varies with your stage of kidney disease and lab values. High potassium can make your heart stop so that's the most dangerous, but too much sodium increases blood pressure and fluid retention and high phosphorus is bad for bones and heart.

Aug. 18, 2012, 2:20 PM - Inappropriate review?

Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder

liorzaf says:


im sorry but isnt it silly to reduce the phosphor content but adding more potassium, which is much more dangerous in the short term ? Moderator: Great question! Not all kidney diets are low potassium. For example patients who choose peritoneal dialysis or daily dialysis do not have a strict potassium restriction or may even need to add high potassium foods. This recipe would be a better choice for them as opposed to someone who needs a lower potassium diet.

Sep. 02, 2011, 6:26 AM - Inappropriate review?

Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder

scotty4 says:


I am new to using a renal diet but find this site very very helpful in keeping my husbands diet in control thanks a million sorry wrong rating should be five stars

Dec. 01, 2009, 4:05 PM - Inappropriate review?

Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder

grogg2 says:


I was very excited to find this as I like to bake a lot and I had stopped because of my husband's renal disease. Now, with this tip in hand and a few changes in my old recipes, I am back to baking for him. Thanks for a great site!

Feb. 03, 2009, 10:37 AM - Inappropriate review?

Homemade Phosphorus-Free Baking Powder



Your meal planning is excellent, and the food is delicious. Thanks for this service.

Sep. 21, 2008, 3:54 PM - Inappropriate review?

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