Easy Sourdough Waffles (Made with Discard or Fed Starter)

These sourdough waffles are quick and easy to make, even on the busiest of days. You’ll fall in love with the light and fluffy interior while the outsides stay crisp. Not to mention they’ll save you money and are better for your health! If you or your family loves Kellogg’s Eggo Waffles, this recipe will be a hit!

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Sometimes the thought of homemade waffles can feel intimidating which is why I’ve created this simple recipe. From start to finish, it only takes 17 minutes. It’ll give you the ability to whip up a delicious, wholesome breakfast from scratch without taking an hour. If mornings are often overwhelming or short on time, make a batch over the weekend and freeze them. This will give you a healthy budget-friendly breakfast in minutes.

Recipe Inspiration

You know those Eggo waffles from the freezer section at grocery stores? Well those things were my favorite growing up. I loved eating them for breakfast before school. My love for Eggos inspired my easy sourdough waffle recipe.

This recipe quick and easy recipe is made of wholesome ingredients for a healthy breakfast. With sourdough starter for gut health and honey instead of processed sugar, they’re so much better for your body. As that’s not enough, this recipe will also cut your grocery bill. It’s a frugal way to enjoy morning waffles.

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Sourdough Discard or Fed Starter for This Recipe

For this quick and easy sourdough waffle recipe you can use either sourdough discard or fed starter. I’ve personally used both fed starter and discard, both turn out great. If you’re not sure what the difference is, visit my past blog, How to Make a Sourdough Starter (Guide for Beginners), to learn more or create your own starter from scratch.

a bowl of batter with a whisk
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Sourdough Waffles Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter (fed or discard)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk (dairy or dairy-free)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

How to Make Sourdough Waffles

  1. Preheat your waffle iron or maker.
  2. In the meantime, in a mixing bowl, whisk together honey, sourdough starter, vanilla, and milk just until combined.
  3. Add salt, baking powder, and flour to the wet ingredients and whisk again just until combined (avoid over mixing the batter).
  4. When the waffle iron or maker is completely preheated, lightly grease the cooking surfaces with butter.
  5. Add batter to the iron/maker 3/4th the way full (avoid overfilling).
  6. Cook about 3-4 minutes or until the waffle easily comes out of the iron/maker and is golden brown.
  7. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!
waffle cooking in a waffle maker
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Best Cooking Method for Waffles

There are many cooking vessels for waffles. From cast iron stovetop varieties to mini waffle makers. They all work about the same so it’s personally up to you . Right now I’m using 2 mini waffles makers my mom got me when I moved into my first apartment. Although in the near future I’d love to invest in a cast iron version.

Tips for the Best Sourdough Waffles

  • Always let your waffle iron/maker heat up properly for crispy waffles
  • Avoid over mixing sourdough waffle batter, it’ll make your waffles dense and chewy
  • Add chocolate chips to your batter for a delicious twist
  • If you’re all about savory flavors, serve these sourdough waffles with bacon (this is my husband and I’s favorite!)

Storing Homemade Sourdough Waffles

If you’ve got extra waffles either store them in an air-tight glass container in your refrigerator for 2-3 days or freeze them. For freezing instructions read the section below. If you have leftover batter it can be stored in an air tight container in your fridge for up to 2 days.

Freezing Sourdough Waffles

To freeze these sourdough waffles, cook them as my recipe tells you to then let them cool down to room temperature. This should only take 10-15 minutes. After cooling down, line them up about 1/2 inch apart on a parchment lined sheet pan and freeze for 1 hour. After this initial freeze, place them in a glass freezer-safe container with parchment between each one.

Another option is to wrap them in saran wrap individually and store them in a freezer storage bag. These sourdough waffles will last up to 3 months in your freezer.

Reheating Frozen Sourdough Waffles

When you’re ready to enjoy a frozen homemade waffle, take one out of the freezer, unwrap it/take off parchment paper, and slip it straight into a toaster oven. If you don’t have a toaster, you can place them on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes at 425 degrees or until hot.

plate with bacon and a waffle with syrup
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Our Favorite Waffle Toppings

  • Raw maple syrup
  • Chocolate chips (mixed into the batter)
  • Homemade blueberry compote
  • Strawberry slices
  • Peach Slices
  • Bacon (you read that right!)

Recipe FAQs

  • Can I use this recipe for pancakes also? Yes you can, although I use my Homemade Sourdough Pancakes recipe for our pancakes!
  • Can I freeze homemade waffles? Definitely! These waffles freeze wonderfully, read the section included above for freezing information.
  • Can I use coconut oil instead of butter? Yes! Coconut oil is a great substitute for greasing the maker/iron.
  • Are sourdough waffles healthy? This recipe is! With 7 wholesome ingredients you’re not adding any additives, colorings, or junk into your body. The sourdough provides good bacteria to help with gut health.
  • Can I use sourdough discard for these waffles? Yes! This recipe is a great use for sourdough discard.
  • Why are my waffles dense and chewy? This happens when you over mix/over work the batter. Next time whisk or stir just until combined and they’ll be light and airy!
  • Why aren’t my waffles crispy on the outside? This happens when your waffle maker or iron isn’t preheated before adding batter. Next time let the waffle maker/iron heat up properly before you start cooking. They’ll be nice and crisp!
  • Can I cook these waffles on a cast iron waffle maker? Yes! That’s a great way to cook these waffles.

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Easy Sourdough Waffles

Molly LaFontaine of Plum Branch Home
These sourdough waffles are quick and easy to make, even on the busiest of days. You'll fall in love with the light and fluffy interior while the outsides stay crisp. Not to mention they'll save you money and are better for your health!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Belgian
Servings 6 small waffles (Eggo-Sized)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter fed or discard
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk dairy or dairy-free
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your waffle iron or maker.
  • In the meantime, in a mixing bowl, whisk together honey, sourdough starter, vanilla, and milk just until combined.
  • Add salt, baking powder, and flour to the wet ingredients and whisk again just until combined (avoid over mixing the batter).
  • When the waffle iron or maker is completely preheated, lightly grease the cooking surfaces with butter.
  • Add batter to the iron/maker 3/4th the way full (avoid overfilling).
  • Cook about 2-3 minutes or until the waffle easily comes out of the iron/maker and is golden brown.
  • Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These are so so delicious and easy to make!!!
    You could eat these with out a syrup on them, that’s how good they are. But they are delicious with maple syrup or a fruit compote.

    1. I am so happy you enjoyed this recipe!! I completely agree, they’re just as amazing when plain as they are with toppings! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for such a yummy and easy to make recipe!! I had a bunch of starter I needed to use up so I decided to make a large batch of waffles to freeze. Never made sourdough waffles before, and I stumbled across this recipe. I will never use another recipe for waffles! This one is SO good and SO simple! I ended up making 5 batches I think. I made some exactly as written. I then made variations by adding chocolate chips, banana, and brown sugar. The kiddo ate 2 straight off the waffle iron without butter or syrup, they are just that good!

    1. You are so welcome! I’m overjoyed to hear you love this recipe as much as we do! The addition of chocolate chips, bananas, and brown sugar sounds amazing! Thank you so much for your kind words!