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Gluten-Free Sourdough Pancakes (with no added flour)

Gluten-free sourdough pancakes made with no additional flour! Using sourdough discard and a few basic ingredients, you can make the easiest pancakes that are low-carb and big on sourdough flavor. You won’t believe how moist, soft and flavorful these pancakes are!

Gluten-free sourdough pancakes made with no additional flour! Using sourdough discard and a few basic ingredients, you can make the easiest pancakes that are low-carb and big on sourdough flavor. You won’t believe how moist, soft and flavorful these pancakes are!

If you belong to any of the following camps, this crazy simple recipe for sourdough pancakes is for you:

  1. You’re out of flour 
  2. You don’t want to wait the 8 recommended hours for your pancake batter to ferment in the refrigerator because you want pancakes MEOW!
  3. “Fun” is your middle name.
  4. You’re a human on planet earth.

True story: I ran out of flour because my gluten-free sourdough starter ate it all. 

But I wanted to make pancakes and there my sourdough starter was, all full and ready to be used

…so I put on my thinking cap and I whipped up a batch of sourdough pancakes using sourdough discard only and no additional flour. Cue the bells, whistles, and parade!

All you need is sourdough discard, an egg, butter/ghee/oil, baking powder and baking soda. THAT’S it!

The result? Pancakes that actually taste like sourdough, are nice and squishy, not at all fluffy, soft and chewy, but did I mention not fluffy?

Just thought I would set the proper expectation.

Actually, these pancakes remind me of 50’s diner-style flapjacks…you know the ones that are actually flat instead of fluffy? That’s these. But gluten-free. And tasting all sourdough like.

I smear them with almond butter and fold them up like a pancake burrito. Fun fact.

Let’s make them.

Instant Sourdough Pancakes with sourdough discard only. No added flour, no need to let the batter rest overnight

How to Make Sourdough Pancakes with No Added Flour:  

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg and ghee until well-combined. Stir in the sourdough discard until combined.

Sprinkle the baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt over the mixture and stir well. The batter should instantly grow and become very bubbly.

How to make sourdough pancakes with no additional flour - discard only!

Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat and add just enough coconut oil to coat the surface, about 1 tablespoon.

Measure out ¼ cup of batter and pour it onto the hot skillet. Allow it to cook until sides have firmed up and lots and lots of bubbles have risen to the top. 

How to make sourdough pancakes with no additional flour - discard only!

Carefully flip and cook another 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Repeat for remaining pancake batter.

Easy Instant Sourdough Pancakes - no additional flour or waiting for the batter to sit overnight

Top pancakes with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Are Sourdough Pancakes Low-Carb?

Because sourdough discard is fermented, the bacteria and yeast have consumed much of the carbohydrate. For that reason, replacing flour and liquid with sourdough discard in any type of recipe will yield a result that is lower in carbohydrate than its non-sourdough counterpart. 

That said, according to my google research, these pancakes have about a third of the carbohydrate (and calories) than regular pancakes since they are made using nothing but the discard with no extra flour. 

But What If I Want To Use Flour?

So all of this is great and lovely…but what if you want sourdough pancakes that ARE fluffy and do use flour? Follow my recipe for Fluffy Gluten-Free Sourdough Pancakes. BOOM, you’re all set!

Gluten-Free Sourdough Pancakes made with no added flour - no waiting for the batter to sit overnight!

So to review, these pancakes are:

  • Basically carb-less. Just kidding, they aren’t
  • Moist and full of air pockets
  • Hold together REALLY nicely 
  • Perfect for making pancake tacos/burritos using your favorite pancake toppings as stuffers
  • Spongy, chewy, not fluffy, tastes like sourdough, good

More Healthy Pancake Recipes:

Sourdough Pancakes made with sourdough discard only and no added flour. No waiting for the pancake batter to sit overnight!

What are you waiting for? Go attack your sourdough discard like a wild banshee!

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Gluten-free sourdough pancakes made with no additional flour! Using sourdough discard and a few basic ingredients, you can make the easiest pancakes that are low-carb and big on sourdough flavor. You won’t believe how moist, soft and flavorful these pancakes are!

Gluten-Free Sourdough Pancakes (discard only!)

Yield: 8 pancakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Sourdough pancakes made with sourdough discard only - no added flour!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg and ghee (or coconut oil)until well-combined. Stir in the sourdough discard (aka unfed sourdough starter) until combined.
  2. Sprinkle the baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt over the mixture and stir well. The batter should instantly grow and become very bubbly.
  3. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat and add just enough coconut oil to coat the surface, about 1 tablespoon.
  4. Measure out ¼ cup of batter and pour it onto the hot skillet. Allow it to cook until sides have firmed up and lots and lots of bubbles have risen to the top.
  5. Carefully flip and cook another 30 seconds to 1 minute. Repeat for remaining pancake batter.
  6. Top pancakes with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 of 8 pancakes
Amount Per Serving Calories 79Total Fat 4gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 10gSugar 1gProtein 2g
Gluten-Free Sourdough Pancakes made with sourdough discard only - no added flour! Dairy-free, easy to make and delicious. No waiting for the batter to sit!

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Karen

Friday 9th of April 2021

Thank you! I'm just starting the sourdough process (still in it's infancy, catching the wild yeast) and wanted to do something with the discard rather than "discard" but didn't want to add flour. Being "beginner" starter not a whole lot of fluff but very delicious! I added cinnamon to the batter and put blueberries in some of the cakes. Look forward to trying again once my starter has developed more!

Julia

Saturday 10th of April 2021

Hi Karen!

Welcome to the lovely land of sourdough! Yes, as it matures, your goodies will turn out fluffier and more complex in flavor :) Love the blueberries and cinnamon! xoxoxo

Mary

Saturday 6th of February 2021

I love this! I am always looking for recipes that use only activated start with no added flour. These were the fluffiest and lightest sourdough pancakes we have tried yet.

Julia

Sunday 7th of February 2021

I'm so happy you like them, Mary!! They're my favorite pancakes I've made, lol :D

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