Quick & Easy Sourdough Discard Waffles – Eat Now or Make-Ahead!

sourdough discard homemade waffles recipe

Sunday mornings can be a whirlwind, especially when you have a large family. The challenge to get all six of us ready for church and out the door on time is a feat that requires some strategic planning and a bit of kitchen magic. That’s why I’ve turned to preparing breakfast the night before, ensuring that the morning goes as smoothly as possible.

Homemade waffles are the hero of our Sunday mornings. To whip them up, I use my sourdough discard, which has proven to be an excellent secret ingredient. The sourdough discard not only utilizes the excess from my sourdough baking adventures but also guarantees that the waffles will be wonderfully light and fluffy – a feature my kids can’t get enough of.

The process couldn’t be simpler and takes me less than 15 minutes from start to finish. After mixing up the batter, I cook the waffles until they’re just right, allowing them to cool before neatly stacking them into the freezer. This little trick means that come Sunday morning, we have a delicious homemade breakfast that requires next to no effort.

When the kids wake up, eager for something tasty, they head straight for the kitchen, where their job is as easy as popping the pre-made waffles into the toaster. Each child then gets to top their waffle with whatever they fancy. From the classic maple syrup and butter to fresh berries and whipped cream or even something more adventurous like peanut butter and banana, the possibilities are endless and every topping a testament to their individual preferences. Our family’s favorite is homemade Marshmallow Fluff!

And if waffles aren’t quite your family’s style, you’ll be pleased to know this versatile sourdough discard recipe works equally as well for pancakes. So, whether you’re Team Waffle or Team Pancake, this recipe will bring joy and full bellies to your family’s Sunday morning routine.

Sharing the recipe with others brings me a great sense of joy, and I suspect that once you try these sourdough discard waffles (or pancakes), they will become a beloved tradition in your household as well. Here’s to a leisurely morning where the warmth of family is matched only by the warmth of freshly toasted sourdough waffles. Enjoy!

sourdough discard homemade waffles recipe

Sourdough Discard Waffles

Elevate breakfast with our Sourdough Discard Waffle Recipe. Transforming leftover sourdough discard into crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside waffles, this recipe offers a deliciously sustainable twist on a classic favorite. Quick and easy to make, it's a perfect way to start your day with minimal effort and maximum flavor.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 5 inch waffles


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sourdough starter/discard
  • 1 lg egg
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
  • dash of cinnamon (optional)


  • Preheat your waffle maker and spray with cooking spray.
  • Mix wet ingredients: sourdough discard, egg, honey, milk, melted butter and vanilla in bowl.
  • Add dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and dash of cinnamon. Mix until combined.
  • Ladle some batter into your waffle maker (or alternatively, use a griddle to make pancakes instead of waffles) and cook accordingly.
  • Serve your hot waffles with butter and syrup or your favorite topping.
  • Freeze leftovers in an air-tight container or Ziplock bag and reheat in the toaster or oven for a quick breakfast!


sourdough discard homemade waffles recipe
Keyword Pancakes, Sourdough Discard, Waffles

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