Baking Pantry Staples

In my kitchen I have two pantry sections, one for baking and the other for cooking.

In this post, I’ll cover my baking pantry. When I open my cabinet doors, I find cake mix, biscuit mix, self rising flour, cornbread mix, brownie mix, frosting, muffin mix, and cookie mix. Each of these prepackaged mixes are usually for a one time baking experience. Yep, it’s convenient but you usually pay more for less product and creates more trash for the land field. Instead, you can spend a couple extra minutes following a recipe and using those measuring spoons and cups you’ve got buried somewhere in your kitchen drawers.   

Here’s my list of the most versatile must haves in your baking pantry:
Apple cider vinegar

Baking soda



Cocoa powder

Coconut oil

Coffee (beans or grounds)



Cream of tarter

Extracts (vanilla, lemon, almond, etc)

Flour (All purpose, Wheat, Almond, etc.)

Fruit (canned or dried)
Graham crackers



Liqueur (hazelnut, anise, etc.)

Maple syrup


Nuts (Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans, etc.)

Popcorn kernels

Poppy seeds

Raw Sugar (white sugar or Sucanat)


Tea (leaves or bags) 

Many baking recipes call for self rising flour, baking powder, self rising cornmeal, and brown sugar but these can easily be substituted by ingredients from my must haves list.

Here are my favorite substitution recipes:                                                                                           

Baking powder (1 teaspoon) = ½ teaspoon of cream of tartar with ¼ teaspoon baking soda and ¼ teaspoon cornstarch
Self rising flour (1 cup) = 1 cup all-purpose flour with ½ teaspoon salt, ¾ teaspoon of cream of tartar and ½ teaspoon baking soda

Self rising corn meal (1 cup) = 1 cup corn meal with ½ teaspoon salt,

1 ½ teaspoon of cream of tartar and ¾ teaspoon baking soda

Powdered sugar (1 cup) = 1 cup raw sugar with 1 teaspoon cornstarch ground fine in a blender

Brown sugar (1 cup) = 1 cup sugar with 3 tablespoon molasses

Unsweetened chocolate square (1 ounce) = 3 tablespoons cocoa powder with 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Semisweet chocolate chips (1 ounce) = 3 tablespoons cocoa powder with 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 3 tablespoons raw sugar

 I haven’t made my own chocolate chips or squares yet but this recipe looks great:  

If you have any to add to this list, feel free to share them. Thanks!

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