Small Batch Sourdough Pancakes

September  8, 2019
5 Ratings
Photo by weshook
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Makes 3-4 pancakes, or one large
Author Notes

Day 1. I've decided to try to keep my sourdough starter on the counter for a week; this requires me to feed it daily which means I also have starter to discard daily. I hate having to discard that starter. So I am going to try to find ways to use the starter every day. Luckily, I keep my starter small. I started with an ounce of flour and an ounce of water. Each day, I save 1 to 1 1/2 ounces to feed. When I made these pancakes, I had the starter up to 4 1/2 ounces and only saved about 1 ounce which left me with approximately 3 1/2 ounces.

Variations: sub melted butter for the oil, milk for the non-dairy milk, use part whole wheat, corn meal, buckwheat for part of the flour. —weshook

What You'll Need
  • 3 1/2 ounces sourdough starter (I would guess about 2/3 cup)
  • 2 ounces flour (1/2 cup)
  • scant 1/8 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 ounces non-dairy milk (1/2 cup)
  • vegan margarine or oil for cooking
  1. Heat your favorite pancake-making pan over medium low heat (or whatever heat you usually use for pancakes); I prefer my cast iron skillet. I used a small one for these since I was only making small pancakes.
  2. In a small bowl (2-cup), stir together all the ingredients.
  3. Add a small amount of vegan margarine or oil to the pan to coat. Ladle batter into the pan (I used a 1/3 cup measure and made about 3 small pancakes). Flip when the edges start to look dry and a few bubbles pop and leave holes. remove from pan when the top springs back when lightly touched. Repeat.

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8 Reviews

Christina October 2, 2022
I'm not sure what went wrong here but these turned out extremely flat. There was virtually no rise. They tasted fine but were just dense.
Christina May 22, 2022
I'm not sure what I did wrong but I got no lift on these. They were flat as...well...pancakes. They tasted good though.
Maya August 8, 2021
Best vegan pancake so far! It is light, fluffy and tastes great. I have been looking for a vegan pancake and so far they have been heavy and dense. Thanks for this great recipe.
Mellybelly January 19, 2021
The best sourdough discard pancakes I’ve made so far! I used half buckwheat and added blueberries. Thank you for the great recipe!
Kim W. May 20, 2020
Loved it! This recipe is a simple and delicious way to make use of sourdough discard! I love that it doesn’t require a ton of sugar and comes together quickly. I look forward to mixing in a little spelt or buckwheat next time.
Melissa F. May 17, 2020
Absolutely delicious! Thanks for the great recipe. Saving this for future pancake breakfasts!
weshook May 19, 2020
Thank you! I'm glad you liked them.
Melissa F. May 17, 2020
Absolutely delicious! Thanks for the great recipe. Saving this for future pancake breakfasts 😊