Sourdough starter requires feeding every single day. In order to properly feed a sourdough starter we must first remove a portion of the starter that is in our sourdough crock. This portion that we remove is called sourdough discard, and if I’m being honest, it hurts my heart to toss it in the compost bin. Wouldn’t it be great if we could cook it into something amazing? Well guess what? YOU CAN! How about making sourdough pancakes using your sourdough discard?
Cooking with sourdough has become more than just a hobby. It is a way of life. Not only is sourdough good for you because it helps promote a healthy gut, but it is good for you because it lacks all of those nasty chemicals added to store-bought or packaged products that keep it from spoiling too quickly. Knowing where our food comes from is important to me. I may not be able to avoid store-bought products completely, but small changes add up to a lot. Making changes where I can is more beneficial than making none just because I can’t avoid it completely. And besides… cooking with sourdough makes me feel old-fashioned ON PURPOSE!
Sourdough pancakes are super yummy and so much healthier than frozen pancakes or even a box of pancake mix. I used to keep frozen pancakes in my freezer for my girls because it was so easy for them to wake up before school and pop them in the microwave for breakfast. I can still do that, but now I just cook them myself before freezing them! I also try to keep fresh fruit and whipped cream available for them rather than sugary syrup, although I will admit that a warm sourdough pancake with butter and warm maple syrup sounds amazing right about now. There are so many delicious recipes you can make with your sourdough discard, but sourdough pancakes may be a favorite of ours for sure!
Sourdough Pancakes Using Your Sourdough Discard
- 1/2 Cup Sourdough Starter Discard
- 1 Cup Milk Can also substitute using Almond Milk or Oat Milk.
- 1.5 Cups All Purpose Flour I prefer organic.
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 Stick Melted Unsalted Butter
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tbsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp White Granulated Sugar Sugar is optional, but it does help to activate the sourdough starter to give your pancakes a little more fluff.
- 1 tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract Optional
- Sift all of your dry ingredients into a mixing bowl
- Add all of your other ingredients and stir by hand until well combined and a smooth pancake batter is achieved.
- Spray your skillet or griddle with a non-stick cooking spray, or use butter so that the pancakes don't stick to the skillet.
- Pour approximately 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of batter onto a preheated skillet and let it sit until bubbles form all over the top of the pancake. Flip the pancake and let it cook until you have the desired color and it is cooked all the way through. Cook pancakes on medium heat or lower depending on how hot your stove gets.