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Sourdough Discard Pancakes

If you've jumped on the sourdough bandwagon, you're in good company. It's been on my to-do list for ages, but I had no ideas how much you can waste by maintaining and feeding your starter, you seriously could waste a lot of precious flour - so, I've been experimenting with discard recipes to save my coveted flour. Discard recipes like these sourdough discard pancakes.

If you know me, you know that pancakes are a Sunday staple in our house. We can't get enough of them. So while I'm trying to reduce my food waste, why not use sourdough starter?

First off, sourdough starter - what is it?

Sourdough starter just needs flour, water, time, and a lot of patience. Basically, you are making and growing wild yeast and bacteria, meaning no other leavening agents like yeast, baking powder, or soda we necessary. It's a part of the bread making process called the per-ferment. I'm no expert, but there are tons of blogs that help guide you through it, like King Arthur Flour.

Why do you discard your starter?

When you feed your starter, you discard about half of it and replace it with fresh water flour in equal parts. We do this to keep the volume manageable, but also to make sure your little yeasty friends have plenty to eat. If you don't discard, you risk some of them dying due to not enough food to go around.

What else can I use my sourdough discard for?

FRIENDS! Stop throwing out your sourdough discard. Keep it in a separate container in the fridge and use it to make: pizza dough, pancakes, bagels, and SOURDOUGH DISCARD PANCAKES. You won't regret it. Drizzle them with syrup, peanut butter and butter and dive in, head first.

Also, try my Sourdough Discard Crackers, they're delicious.

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Sourdough Discard Pancakes

Author: Micah Siva

Total time: 15 min

Serves: 2


  • 200g sourdough discard (mine is 50% rye, 50% all purpose)

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tsp maple syrup or honey

  • 2 tsp vanilla

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • Oil, for cooking


  1. Combine sourdough discard, baking soda, egg, syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon in a bowl. Whisk until smooth.

  2. Heat oil or butter in a pan over medium-low heat.

  3. Cook pancakes until the top begins to bubble, flip, and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.

  4. Enjoy!

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