Easy Sourdough Starter Pancakes

posted by Andrea | 10/30/2019

easy sourdough starter pancakes

I’ve been diligently feeding, growing, nurturing, and baking with one or more sourdough starters since May of 2019 (oh my word, it feels like 100 years though!) and I’m always looking for new uses for my starter (which is why I love today’s sourdough starter pancake recipe so much!)

I’ll admit… at this point in my life, I’m not hugely excited about sourdough bread.

I’ve given it a valiant effort over the past 5-6 months (seriously, it feels like SO much longer than that) but the whole process of making sourdough bread just feels “too much” for me right now — especially since my kids don’t even like it! 

loaf of sourdough bread

Can you believe they didn’t even like my sourdough cinnamon rolls?? (They were GOOD, in my opinion!)

sourdough cinnamon rolls

I’ve given up (at least for now) on the idea of sourdough bread…

However, my stubborn and strong-willed self just cannot let my starters die because I know how much effort went into “growing” them in the first place! 

I currently have 2 starters — a whole-grain Kamut starter and an all-purpose starter — alive and well in my refrigerator. Of course, in order to keep them alive and well, I need to do something with them every week… and since I’m not making bread, I had to come up with another use for the starter.

sourdough starter

sourdough starters

That’s where my SUPER SIMPLE recipe for Sourdough Starter Pancakes comes into play! 

As stated, this recipe is specifically for the STARTER — and you can pull the starter straight from the refrigerator if you want. It’s one of the best uses for sourdough starter I’ve found since I started my sourdough journey… and I’ve tried a lot! 

sourdough starter pancakes

I use a full 3 cups of starter to make a big batch of pancake batter that lasts our family 2 mornings. If you don’t have that much starter or don’t need that many pancakes, the recipe measurements are extremely easy to cut in half or into thirds. 

And if you don’t have a sourdough starter but still want to give this recipe a try, I’ve included options for you too!

Whatever the case, our kids LOVE these sourdough pancakes!

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Yield: 20 pancakes

Easy Sourdough Starter Pancakes

Easy Sourdough Starter Pancakes

If you need a way to use up a bunch of sourdough starter, these pancakes are a deliciously simple option! Our kids LOVE them; I hope yours will too!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 c. sourdough starter (can be taken directly from the fridge or used at room temperature)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 T. melted butter or oil
  • 3 T. maple syrup, honey, or sugar
  • 1/2 Tbl. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Instructions

  1. Measure sourdough starter into a large bowl
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well
  3. Drop batter onto hot griddle or frying pan
  4. Add optional chocolate chips or blueberries
  5. Flip when batter is bubbly and fry until both sides are done
  6. Enjoy with butter and maple syrup

Notes

If you don't have sourdough starter, simply substitute with 2 c. flour and 2 c. water or milk. Then replace the baking soda with 1 t. baking powder and 1 t. baking soda.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

2 pancakes

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 217 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 65mg Sodium: 189mg Carbohydrates: 34g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 6g
Nutritional information is approximate and does not account for additional ingredients or added toppings.

ingredients for sourdough starter pancakes

sourdough starter pancakes batter

sourdough starter pancakes

sourdough starter pancakes

sourdough starter pancakes

I believe I’ve made this exact recipe once a week for the last 3 to 4 months, and the pancakes are devoured every time! 

They have just the right hint of sourdough taste without being too overpowering for the kids’ preferences. 

NOTE: this is the fabulous 8-cup ” batter bowl” I use to mix up most of my pancake batters. It’s super convenient because it has measurements on the sides and it has a tight-fitting lid too. 

sourdough starter pancakes

When it comes to baking fresh, whole grain bread, I’ll stick with my tried-and-true recipe and use my sourdough starters for pancakes!

More Pancake Recipes: 

If you’re not into sourdough but love pancakes, you should definitely try my Whole Grain Oat pancakes, my Baked Puff Pancakes, or my original recipe for “Perfect Pancakes“!

What are your favorite ways to use up sourdough starter? 

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  1. Karen Rueger

    11/11/2019

    I’m amazed at how much the sourdough flavor disapears! My family also does not like the flavor of sourdough but I have so much discard that I just keep in the fridge. Thanks for this recipe! (Wow- when I added that baking soda it bubbled up like a science fair volcano! So fun!)

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes! That’s why we like these pancakes so much!
    Enjoy the recipe — and next time, let your kids watch the “science experiment” — that’s always my kids’ favorite part!

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  2. Clare

    10/30/2019

    Iโ€™ve had similar frustrations with sourdough too. It is a lot of work and so disappointing when the end product doesnโ€™t work out. Did you know you can freeze the starter to store it for extended periods? Iโ€™ve read this in a few different books although havenโ€™t tried it myself.

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    Andrea Reply:

    I did know about freezing, but I sort of “forgot”. I might have to take a longer break over the holidays ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Susanne

    10/30/2019

    One of our family favorites is the Overnight Sourdough Waffles from King Arthur Flour.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Sounds good — I’ll have to look those up!

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  4. Diana Still

    10/30/2019

    Yum! I had a starter for awhile and it allowed me to make dairy and egg free pancakes that were surprisingly delicious! I bet yours with the dairy and eggs are even better ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t need the allergen-free pancakes anymore, so I let my starter go. It was just too much. But if I need it again, I’ll buy the San Francisco starter from Cultures for Health. It also made delicious, crispy, almost cheesy-tasting crackers.

    Good effort on yours!

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    Andrea Reply:

    interesting — so cool that you could do without the eggs by using sourdough.
    And yes, if my starter ever dies (or if I purposely kill it) I would buy a new one before going through all the work of making my own again ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Ashley

    10/30/2019

    Love this! I make crepes frequently because of a recipe straight from the starter. We really enjoy pancakes too so looking forward to using this. Do you have a similar waffle recipe?

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, the waffles are so similar! I use 2 eggs instead of 3, and use 1 t. soda, 1 t. powder, 1/2 t. salt

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    Ashley Reply:

    Fantastic! Thank you for your reply!!

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  6. Annette Silveira

    10/30/2019

    Have you done a post on creating a sourdough starter and keeping it going? I know I can find information online but your experience with it would be interesting too.

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    Andrea Reply:

    no sorry — I am not experienced enough to write about that. But you’re right, there are TONS of resources online for sourdough!

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  7. JoAnn C.

    10/30/2019

    bakerbettie.com refers to this article about sour dough starter that I found helpful. https://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2015/05/01/putting-sourdough-starter-hold

    Hope this helps you, Andrea.

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    Andrea Reply:

    thanks so much JoAnn!
    I know most of my issue is that I’m trying to make the bread with freshly ground whole grain flour, so it’s just not the same as baking with light and fluffy all-purpose flour.
    I’ll have to check out your link though ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Stel

    10/30/2019

    Oooh Andrea!!

    Sympathy ๐Ÿ˜€
    I attended a two-day sourdough workshop recently – which I loved! – but will return to my valiant attempts after the exams. It is a fascinating science, and we were taught to calculate the recipe working backwards from the required number of loaves, formulating a batch with a spoon of original starter every time.
    I haven’t been too successful at home! My starters died twice ๐Ÿ™
    For now, back to yeast until there’s more time.
    Well done with the pancakes!

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — thanks ๐Ÿ™‚
    A sourdough workshop sounds fun!
    and yes, yeast bread for the win over here too!

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