Quick + Easy Sourdough Discard Pancakes

Last Updated on May 30, 2023 by Gabby Hatten

It’s time to make room in my fridge before ordering groceries, and that means we have some sourdough discard to use! So let’s talk about sourdough discard pancakes, a magical creation that turns what might be considered waste into a scrumptious breakfast treat. If you’re a sourdough baker, you’re probably familiar with the bittersweet moment of discarding a portion of your starter during the feeding process. But fear not! With a few simple ingredients and a sprinkle of creativity, you can transform that sourdough discard into a stack of tangy pancakes that will leave your taste buds craving for more.

Understanding Sourdough Discard

Before we dive into the pancake-making process, let’s take a moment to explore what sourdough discard actually is. Sourdough discard refers to the portion of your sourdough starter that is removed and discarded before feeding. It is necessary to maintain the balance and health of your starter, but that doesn’t mean it has to go to waste. Instead, it can be repurposed into a myriad of delightful recipes, with pancakes being one of the most popular choices.

The Magic Behind Sourdough Discard Pancakes

What makes sourdough discard pancakes so special? The answer lies in the unique flavor and texture imparted by the sourdough starter. The fermentation process of the sourdough gives the pancakes a distinct tanginess and a subtle complexity that elevates them from ordinary pancakes to extraordinary ones. Additionally, the sourdough discard adds a lovely lightness to the final product, making each bite a delectable experience.

Crafting Your Sourdough Discard Pancakes

Now that we understand the allure of sourdough discard pancakes, let’s get down to business and learn how to make them. We’ll walk you through the basic recipe, including the essential ingredients and step-by-step instructions. Feel free to get creative and experiment with different flavors and add-ins to customize your pancakes to your liking.

Toppings and Accompaniments

No pancake is complete without its perfect toppings. In this section, we’ll explore a variety of delectable options to complement your sourdough discard pancakes. From classic choices like maple syrup and fresh berries to more adventurous combinations like lemon curd and whipped cream, the possibilities are endless. Get ready to take your pancakes to new heights!

(I like to make a stack of plain ones and freeze for easy weekday breakfasts)

In conclusion, sourdough discard pancakes are not only a wonderful solution to reduce food waste but also a delightful culinary adventure that will tantalize your taste buds. Embrace the magic of transforming something discarded into a scrumptious breakfast staple. So, dust off your cast iron skillet, grab your sourdough discard, and embark on this delicious journey—one pancake flip at a time.

sourdough discard pancakes

Easy Sourdough Discard Pancakes

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 cast iron skillet
  • 1 glass mixing bowl
  • 1 whisk


  • 2 cups sourdough discard
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil can use avocado as well
  • 1 pinch Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp raw honey


  • pre-heat your cast iron skillet before making batter
  • while skillet is pre-heating, add all ingredients (minus baking soda) to glass bowl
  • combine with whisk until batter is smooth, then incorporate baking soda.
  • add a spoon full of coconut oil to your skillet.
  • once your skillet is sizzling, you can pour the batter via spoon or ladle.
  • once you see bubbles throughout, it's time to flip!
  • cook the underside for roughly 30 seconds, then repeat until batter is gone (:

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Gabby Hatten
Gabby Hatten
Hello there, I'm Gabby! I am a mother of three, married to my wonderful husband Marco, and I have a deep passion for simple living, vintage homes, and cooking everything from scratch! Although I grew up in Las Vegas, my husband's military service brought us to the east coast, where we have now made coastal North Carolina our home. While I didn't grow up on a farm, I have always been fascinated by that lifestyle and have dedicated my adult life to learning and embracing those skills, which I am excited to share with all of you!

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