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Overnight Sourdough Waffles

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Overnight sourdough waffles are a delicious and easy breakfast that uses your leftover sourdough starter discard. Fluffy, tender, and with just the right amount of sourdough flavor, these will be your family’s new favorite breakfast food!

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Nothing beats a great breakfast! These sourdough waffles are a great weekend treat, but are great for a weeknight dinner as well!

When your sourdough starter is new and not yet strong enough to bake bread, these waffles are a great way to use up your discard. BUT these waffles are so amazing, you will continue to make these waffles for years to come.

white platter piled with homemade sourdough waffles, green striped kitchen towel beside platter

Sourdough Waffles

These waffles are one of my favorite ways to use my sourdough starter discard. With just a few quick preparations in the evening, and then a little work in the morning, you can have a great tasting breakfast ready in no time!

I love the complex flavor these waffles have, with just the right amount of sourdough tang that pairs perfectly with maple syrup!

Check out 10+ easy sourdough discard recipes.

white plate with two sourdough waffles on top, smeared in butter. Fork beside the waffles

How to make these waffles

These waffles are an easy use of your sourdough discard! For the full recipe, please scroll down to the recipe card below, but here is a quick overview of the recipe.

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, buttermilk, and sourdough starter discard.
  2. Cover and allow to sit on the counter overnight (or 8-12 hours).
  3. In the morning, mix together the eggs and melted butter in a small bowl.
  4. Mix the egg mixture into the starter mixture, just until combined.
  5. Whisk in the salt, baking soda, and vanilla.
  6. Preheat your waffle iron.
  7. Cook according to your waffle iron instructions, repeating until all the batter is gone.
  8. Enjoy!
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What kind of sourdough starter do I need for this recipe?

This recipe uses 100% hydration sourdough starter, which means a starter that is fed equal amounts of flour and water by weight. This recipe also uses discard, which is starter that has not been fed recently. To learn more about sourdough starters, read How to Feed Your Sourdough Starter.

This waffle recipe will work with any 100% hydration starter, even if you feed your starter with whole wheat, rye, or spelt flour.

image showing two plates packed with sourdough waffles with butter and syrup

Kids in the kitchen: How your kids can help you bake

Inviting your kids to help you in the kitchen is one of my favorite things to do. Not only are you carving out meaningful one on one time with them, but its a great time to reinforce math skills, teach them confidence in their abilities and get them interested in the food you are making and eating. 

Basically, the more they help you in the kitchen, the better eaters they will be! Here are some age appropriate ways kids can help you make these sourdough waffles.

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you measure out the ingredients and set the table.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can do everything above, crack the eggs, and whisk the batter together. They can also help you pour the batter into the waffle iron.
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can do all the above steps.

Please remember these are guidelines! All steps should be demonstrated and supervised. To learn more about how to bake with your kids, read the article “Kids in the Kitchen: How to Cook and Bake With Your Kids“.

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overhead view of plate of sourdough waffles with butter and syrup. Fork and knife beside plate.

Overnight Sourdough Waffles

Overnight sourdough waffles are a delicious and easy breakfast that uses your leftover sourdough starter discard. Fluffy, tender, and with just the right amount of sourdough flavor, these will be your family's new favorite breakfast food!
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Course: Family Breakfast Recipes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy breakfast, overnight waffles, sourdough discard recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 368kcal
Author: Jenni - The Gingered Whisk


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla


  • In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, buttermilk and sourdough starter.
  • Cover and let sit overnight (or 8-12 hours).
  • In a small bowl, mix together the eggs, melted butter.
  • Mix in the liquid with the sponge.
  • Whisk in the salt, baking soda, spices, vanilla and toasted pecans.
  • Preheat your waffle iron.
  • Cook according to your waffle iron's directions.
  • Top with butter and maple syrup and Enjoy!


This waffle batter needs to sit overnight


Serving: 1g | Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 742mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g
Apple Pie Sourdough Waffles


  1. korenainthekitchen.com says:

    Gah, I love the fall flavours in these waffles! So yummy.

    Also, I'm guessing by the fact that you said "baby belly" that he/she hasn't arrived yet… Sending you good birthing vibes when the time comes! 🙂

  2. Just the name of your waffles~ Sourdough Apple Pie Waffles~ makes me want to make them:) They scream Fall:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  3. Congrats on the new baby! Love apple pie so I'm sure that I'd love these waffles.

  4. Oh my! Those sound lovely! I need to try them and top them with the Apple Pie Jam I made. Double yum!

  5. Haha, I take a lot of my photos kneeling down on the floor next to the patio door – it's where all the light is. Have to watch the cat doesn't stick her face in the food though…

    Your waffles sound sensational. My stomach actually did an excited little 'eee autumn!' somersault when I read the ingredients list. Ohhh, this time of year is the best.

    Hope you're well. 🙂

  6. They look delicious from the pictures you have (I'd rather eat than take pictures myself!) Nice job!

  7. These are so great! I love waking up on a weekend morning to waffle batter almost ready. Our nieces and nephews have sampled multiple waffle recipes of mine and these win, hands down. I no longer bother with other recipes.

  8. Waffles are one of my favorite things to enjoy for breakfast. So glad I found this recipe to use my sourdough starter!

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