Leftover Sourdough Starter Recipes: The Ultimate List

If you have a sourdough starter, you understand the need (and desire!) to use it in creative ways.

When we first started making sourdough bread, we tried putting sourdough in all sorts of things without a recipe to use up the excess starter.  While it was frugal, it didn’t necessarily always taste good! 

Since then, we’ve gotten a little better at it. It takes some practice, and trying out different recipes that were made for sourdough is a great way to learn how to incorporate it into your own creations.

While cooking is an art, baking tends to be more science based. By this, I mean that ingredients have to be added in specific proportions, otherwise the recipe doesn’t turn out correctly. Trying your hand at several of these excess sourdough recipes will begin to help you understand the formula for adding sourdough to your eats so you can try it out on your own sometime if you like.

I have put together the ultimate list of leftover sourdough starter recipes, which is full of amazing recipes to use up that starter!  It includes everything from sweet to savory, so try out some of your favorite treats with a sourdough twist!

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First and foremost, check out my favorite sourdough bread recipe! 

It is the BEST bread – all of our friends beg us to make it for them!  The recipe also has a link to how to make a sourdough bread starter!  

This recipe tends to make a super crunchy, hard crust.

It is cooked in a dutch oven, with the lid on, at a very high temperature. While it tastes amazing, it can tend to be too hard for some to bite through. Plus, we often use an electric knife to cut through it!

But don’t let that stop you. If you try it out and it is too hard, try baking the loaf at a lower temp (such as 375) and in a regular bread pan for a softer crust.

Here is how we make it!

(If you don’t have a sourdough starter, click here for an easy, no yeast, recipe.)

This dutch oven is essential for making an amazing sourdough loaf with this recipe. The crust gets hard – just like a bakery loaf. If you don’t have one, pick one up!

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If you’re totally set in the bread department, here is my ultimate list of leftover sourdough starter recipes!

There are so many amazing ways to use up that excess sourdough starter!

Adding sourdough starter gives your favorite recipes a rich complexity that you may not find in normal, white flour based recipes.

Morning Recipes

Blueberry Sourdough Muffins – Turnips 2 Tangerines

Morning Glory Sourdough Muffins – A Better Way To Thrive

Whole Wheat Sourdough Apple Cinnamon Muffins – Tasty Kitchen

Quick Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Sourdough Muffins – Cooking with Carlee

  • This is one of my favorite muffin recipes!!

Sourdough Spice Cake – Traditional Cooking School

Dangerously Addicting Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls – A Chick and Her Garden

Sourdough (raised) Doughnuts – cdkitchen

Sourdough Hot Cross Buns – Nourishing Joy

Sourdough Bagels – Full of Days

Sourdough English Muffins – A Chick and Her Garden

Perfect Sourdough Pancakes – Joy To My Heart

Sourdough Banana Pancakes – The Dutch Baker’s Daughter

Whole Grain Sourdough Waffles – Traditional Cooking School

Sourdough Coffee Cake – Turnips 2 Tangerines

Sourdough Cinnamon-Pecan Coffee Cake – Cultures For Health

Blueberry Sourdough Scones – Wild Yeast

Sourdough (cake) Donuts – Baking Sense

Sweet Bread Recipes

Stollen (German Sweet Bread) – Pizza Rossa

Sourdough Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread – What’s Cooking America

Sourdough Banana Bread – Pinch My Salt

Cranberry Orange White Chocolate Loaf – Korena In The Kitchen

French Chocolate Bread – Chocolate & Zucchini

Chocolate Cherry Sourdough Bread – NY Times Cooking

Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread – Butter For All

Sourdough Swedish Cinnamon and Cardamon Buns – Milk and Honey

Dessert Recipes

Sourdough Brownies – Common Sense Home

Sourdough Sugar Cookies – What’s Cooking America

Sourdough Cookies (can add chocolate chips!) – Common Sense Home

Sourdough Snickerdoodle Cookies – Cultured Food Life

Chocolate Sourdough Cake – The Nourishing Gourmet

Sourdough Crepes – Homesteading on Grace

Sourdough Carrot Cake – Nourishing Joy

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Savory and Bread Recipes

Sourdough Crackers – Sourdough and Olives

Spelty Sourdough Crackers – The Bojon Gourmet

Sourdough Focaccia – Flour On My Face

Oatmeal Honey Sourdough Bread – Home Joys

Sourdough Tortillas – Reformation Homestead

Sourdough Cornbread – Tasty Kitchen

Sourdough Pasta – Korena in the Kitchen

Sourdough Pie Crust – Cultures for Health

Sourdough Pizza Crust – Butter For All

Sourdough Irish Soda Bread – Turnips 2 Tangerines

Sourdough Ciabatta Bread – What’s Cooking America

Sourdough Naan Bread – Grow Forage Cook Ferment

Russian Rye Bread – Mother Earth News

Buttery Sourdough Biscuits – Joy To My Heart

Einkorn Sourdough Sandwich Bread – Beets and Bones

Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread – Joybilee Farm

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Final Thoughts on Excess Sourdough Recipes

One of the reasons that sourdough bread is so great is that it is more nutritious than normal white bread. This nutritional benefit can extend to these recipes too.

For example, while chocolate chip muffins taste great, adding oatmeal and sourdough starter to the recipe gives it a little nutritional boost (and that makes me feel better about eating them for breakfast!).

Some of sourdough’s amazing health benefits are:

  1. Sourdough is full of vitamins and minerals that regular bread doesn’t have (unless it is enriched). Sourdough contains iron, selenium, zinc, magnesium, folic acid and B vitamins!
  2. Sourdough has prebiotics and probiotics – meaning it increases your gut health. There is a big push in dietetics for foods that are good for your gut, such as yogurts, keifer and sauerkraut. This is because they increase the good bacteria in your digestive system. Check out how to make your own yogurt, how to make greek yogurt, and how to make sauerkraut for more gut healthy recipes!
  3. Sourdough has protein in it.

So, if you haven’t started making sourdough yet, get started! And if you are well versed in making sourdough bread, give some of these recipes a try!

What recipes did I miss in my ultimate list of leftover sourdough starter recipes?  Share your favorites in the comments below!

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  1. The leftover starter sourdough bread recipe sounds awesome… but when I click on the link above it just takes me back to this page….help!

    1. Hey Katrina! Thanks so much for letting me know! I fixed it now so you can check out how to make the best sourdough bread ever!!

    1. Thanks Courtney! My favorite recipe is the Chocolate Chip Sourdough Muffins!

  2. How long can you keep sourdough starter? If I don’t use it all how long can I keep it and continue to use it?

    1. Hi William! We have kept ours for LONG periods of time without using. Several months at least (but 8 months proved to be too long – as we found out the hard way!). We just keep it in a sealed container in the fridge. It is easy to start a new starter though, so its not a huge deal if you have to discard the whole starter and begin again.

    2. My sourdough starter sat in my refrigerator for YEARS without being fed. I took it out recently to see if it was still alive. After about two weeks of restoration it is now better than ever.

  3. The picture to this post has what look like pretzel hoagie rolls. I’m intrigued. Is that one of the recipes listed above? I couldn’t find it on the list but i didn’t click into all of the links.

  4. Will any sourdough started do?I always have a rye starter in my fridge but would need to adapt some if rye is not suitable, Thanks

    1. Sure! It may change the flavor of the recipes, but if you prefer the rye flavor, give it a try!

  5. This is so helpful! I love that these scraps can be repurposed! What a fun way for it to wait to be done!

  6. Thanks for sharing! I love that there is a good mix of sweet and savory items!

  7. When you split the starter each day to feed it, what do you do with the part you don’t feed. Is there anyway to use that?

    1. Hi Mona! Many of these recipes are actually made to use that part that you didn’t feed! That is your starter, and you can use it in the recipes listed here that say “discard” sourdough!

      1. How long can you keep the discard before you use it?

        1. Hi Leslie! The great thing about sourdough is that it just keeps going (if fed properly). So if you have extra discard and you don’t want to use it in a recipe right away, you can just get rid of it and you’ll have more next time you feed your starter. (If you mean how long can you keep your starter, you can keep it for a very long time if stored properly… years and years and years).

  8. Wondering if you could make fried apple pies using sour dough??

    1. Hi Sue! I’m not positive, but I would think so! I would use the sourdough pie crust recipe and see how it turns out – let me know!

    2. I have a recipe for that. I use it for empanadillas.
      Mix 250g fl, 1teaspoon salt, 30ml olive oil and 100ml boiling water. Let it cool a bit so it does not cook the starter and add 100g sourdough.
      I let it ferment 24 hours in the fridge but you can let it rise as you please.
      Roll it very thinly, at least 1 mm.
      Add the apples, close (I lightly wet the border with water and use a fork). Fry in oil.
      The key to this dough is rolling it out thinly enough, but it is very good.

  9. Hi, I’m on day 3 of my starter. I use what I remove in these recipes?

    1. Hi Jacqui! Yep! The sourdough chocolate chip muffins are my favorite!

  10. Hi! I m new to baking with sourdough can you please tell me what the consistency of the starter, butter, oil and flour is supposed to be like after it sits out for 8-12 hours? Cookie dough-like? Or different? Thanks!!

    1. Hi there! I’ve never used butter or oil in my starter. I only use flour and water. You can check out a recipe at the top of this page for how to make a starter with just flour and water. The consistency is VERY soft and sticky, not like dough. You couldn’t form it into a ball, it would just lay flat on whatever surface you put it on.

  11. Thank you for sharing!!

    1. You’re welcoming! Thanks for commenting, Michelle!

  12. I made those oatmeal chocolate chip muffins—so glad you included them in your list. They’re delicious! I appreciate having a list of recipes to help use if discard, but I’m disappointed to find that several—many?—of these here are not for discard. It does make a difference in results. I guess I’ll have to check for myself to see which might actually be useful for my discard. Despite that, this list does give me someplace to start and possibly find some good sourdough recipes as well. Thanks!

    1. Hi Carolyn! Yes you’re correct. Some of the recipes are for unfed starters, and some are for fed (discard) starters. Sorry for the goose chase for you in finding what you’re looking for! Glad you enjoyed the muffins!

  13. I was wondering if there is an easy formula to swap some sourdough starter for regular flour in my favorite recipes?

    1. Hi Melissa! If there is, I don’t know it! Maybe one of the readers has a suggestions… love to hear from anyone who knows!

      1. I read some where Eg. (1 cp of starter) 1/2 cp water. Flour 1/2 so you would subtract 1/2 from your liquids and 1/2 cp flour from your recipie.

        1. Should have finished reading comments below 😀

  14. If your starter is 100% hydration, equal parts flour and water, you can add to any recipe by replacing the flour and water amount with starter/discard. Example, 1 cup of starter replaces 1/2 cup liquid and flour. Happy baking!

  15. King Arthur Flour has a delicious recipe for sourdough discard crumpets! They are kind of a cross between a pancake and an English muffin. So good!

    1. Thanks for sharing Julie!! I’ll check it out!

  16. Thanks! That French Chocolate Bread recipe is amazing! I’ve now made it twice. On the other hand, for the first time in literally decades, I baked something inedible: the Sourdough Chocolate cake. Dry. I knew something was up when the initial sourdough sponge looked dead. And it’s not my starter, as I have used it repeatedly and had much success.

    1. Thanks for the comment John! I’ll have to try that french chocolate bread (and maybe remove the sourdough chocolate cake recipe – sounds like it was pretty bad)!

  17. I don’t believe your assertion that sourdough contains iron, selenium, etc which isn’t present in ordinary bread. Sourdough is based on the same flour which is used in fresh yeast breads and unless these minerals are added, there is no way they would arise as a result of making sourdough. Surely it’s enough that sourdough is delicious and fun to make.

    1. Hi Margaret! It sounds crazy, I agree! Here is an article from Healthline that discusses the nutritional benefits. But I agree, sourdough is delicious and fun to make!

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