Gluten-Free Sourdough Discard Pancakes

These gluten-free sourdough discard pancakes are my favorite GF pancakes (ok, maybe after these chocolate-stuffed ones!). They are soft, moist, flavorful, stable, and easy to make. If you don’t have a GF sourdough starter, check out my regular GF American pancakes recipe instead.

Gluten-free sourdough pancakes on a white plate with strawberries and blueberries.

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Why You Will Love This Recipe

– Quick. No whipping egg whites, no overnight fermentation.

– Texture. Unlike many other pancakes I tried, these don’t taste dry or bitter. Instead, they are moist, fluffy, and flavorful!

– Flavor. Gentle notes of sweetness are combined with the richness of oil and milk to create a depth of flavor!

Ingredients

ingredients on a white surface.

Eggs – make sure to use room-temperature eggs. To quickly bring them to room temp, place them in a bowl with hot water for 5 minutes!

Gluten-free flour – I used my homemade gluten-free flour mix but other blends should work well, too!

Oil – sunflower, coconut, avocado, or any other oil should work great! I used sunflower oil.

Baking powder – check the package to make sure it is gluten-free!

Sourdough starter discard – fed or unfed. I know many recipes state you should use a 100% hydration starter but for this recipe, you can use any starter you’ve got!

Substitutes

To make dairy-free pancakes use plant-based milk if necessary.

Honey – you can also use maple syrup or sugar.

Oil – you can use melted butter but the pancakes will not be as fluffy and light.

To make vegan GF sourdough pancakes use bananas in place of eggs (or you can try chia eggs), plant-based milk, and maple syrup in place of honey.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1 – Mix the batter

Wet ingredients in a glass bowl.

Add the sourdough starter, eggs, milk, oil, and honey to a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.

Dry ingredients in the bowl with wet ingredients and a whisk.

Then, add the dry ingredients (preferably mix those well prior to adding, especially if adding xanthan gum separately). Whisk to combine and leave to set for 5-10 minutes (GF flour needs time to absorb liquids well).

Step 2 – Bake

Heat the pan on the stove for a few minutes. I prefer using a cast iron pan as it fries the pancakes evenly unlike the regular non-stick pan. If using a cast iron pan, you only need to preheat it on a medium fire and then take the heat down all the way. For a non-stick pan you will have to adjust the heat as you go and judge by the appearance of the pancakes.

Pancake batter on a cast iron pan.

Use 1/4 cup to scoop the pancakes onto the pan. Fry the pancakes for about 1 minute on one side (until bubbles start showing and the pancake is flippable).

Fried pancake in the pan.

Then, flip and fry for another minute on the other side. Repeat with all the pancakes and enjoy! Top with maple syrup, honey, or jam (I have a great recipe for elderberry jam!)

A piece of pancake on a fork with pancakes in the background.

Expert Tips

– If at all possible, use a cast iron pan, otherwise a non-stick griddle or skillet will do! I noticed that when I fry my pancakes in a cast iron pan they fry through evenly without me having to change the heat level halfway through baking. A non-stick pan, on the other hand, had to be adjusted all the time and I would have dark pancakes on the outside and wet on the inside from time to time!

The first pancake is the test one! You will see, based on the results, whether or not to adjust the heat levels or wait a bit longer for the pan to preheat. To check if the pan is hot enough, sprinkle a droplet or two of water onto the surface and if it sizzles and evaporates quickly, you should be good to go!

– I fry one pancake at a time to avoid them overlapping with each other. But if you make smaller ones, you can fry more at one time!

Rest the batter for at least 5-10 minutes before frying. If your pancakes are gritty, rest the batter for 20-30 minutes.

– With gluten-free flour, it is always better to use a digital scale vs cups as it is very easy to overpack flour. Every gram makes a difference when it comes to baking gluten-free!

FAQ

Can I Freeze These Pancakes?

Yes! Freeze them individually by laying them out on a piece of parchment paper first, then place them into a freezer bag or container and store them for months! To reheat, wrap the pancakes in foil and heat in the oven at 350F/175C for about 5 minutes. If you don’t wrap them, they will dry out too much.

Can I Leave These Pancakes For Overnight Fermentation?

Yes, you can. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel and store it in the refrigerator overnight.

Is Sourdough Gluten-Free?

If made with gluten-free flour, sourdough is gluten-free. Otherwise, it is not.

If you liked this recipe, please, leave a 5-star rating in the recipe card below! If you are into gluten-free sourdough as much as I am, you might also like my gluten-free sourdough banana muffins, GF sourdough pizza crust, GF sourdough chocolate chip cookies, and the 3-ingredient sourdough banana pancakes! For even more recipes, check out my gluten-free sourdough discard recipes collection!

Gluten-free sourdough discard pancakes stacked with strawberries and blueberries.

Gluten Free Sourdough Pancakes

Natasha
These gluten free pancakes are a great way to use up your starter in the morning! Plus, sourdough takes these pancakes to a new level.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Breakfast, Pancakes
Cuisine American
Servings 8 pancakes
Calories 127 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup Gluten-free sourdough starter discard fed or unfed
  • 2 tbsp milk plant-based for dairy-free
  • 2 tbsp oil any seed or vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp honey maple syrup or sugar work, too
  • ½ cup (60g) gluten-free flour I used my homemade GF flour mix
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum omit if your blend already contains it
  • ½ tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • a pinch of salt optional but helps with flavor

Instructions
 

  • Combine sourdough starter, oil, milk, eggs, and honey in a large mixing bowl and whisk until incorporated.
  • Combine GF flour, baking powder, and xanthan gum (if using) and add to the wet ingredients. Whisk to combine.
  • Preheat a frying pan for a few minutes and start frying the pancakes. Use ¼ cup to scoop the pancakes onto the pan. Fry on one side for about a minute or until bubbles show up in the middle.
  • Flip the pancake and fry for another minute on the other side. Repeat with the rest of the pancakes. Serve with some maple syrup, honey, or jam!

Notes

– If at all possible, use a cast iron pan, otherwise a non-stick griddle or skillet will do! I noticed that when I fry my pancakes in a cast iron pan they fry through evenly without me having to change the heat level halfway through baking. A non-stick pan, on the other hand, had to be adjusted all the time and I would have dark pancakes on the outside and wet on the inside from time to time!
The first pancake is the test one! You will see, based on the results, whether or not to adjust the heat levels or wait a bit longer for the pan to preheat. To check if the pan is hot enough, sprinkle a droplet or two of water onto the surface and if it sizzles and evaporates quickly, you should be good to go!
– I fry one pancake at a time to avoid them overlapping with each other. But if you make smaller ones, you can fry more at one time!
– Rest the batter for at least 5-10 minutes before frying. If your pancakes are gritty, rest the batter for 20-30 minutes.
-With gluten-free flour, it is always better to use a digital scale vs cups as it is very easy to overpack flour. Every gram makes a difference when it comes to baking gluten-free!

Nutrition

Serving: 1pancakeCalories: 127kcalCarbohydrates: 18.3gProtein: 2.7gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 0.9gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 41mgPotassium: 80mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 4.8gCalcium: 25mg
Keyword Gluten Free Sourdough Pancakes, Gluten-free sourdough discard recipes, Gluten-free sourdough starter discard pancakes
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