Pancakes just don’t get easier than this. These pancakes are a wonderful morning staple for the home during pumpkin season. Eat these with a cup of hot coffee with pumpkin cream and thank me later.

❤️ Why You’ll Love Sourdough Discard Pumpkin Pancakes

These use TWO cups of sourdough discard. Yes, two. So if you have a big jar of sourdough discard in the back of your fridge that you want to get rid of but are finding that most discard recipes only call for 1/2 a cup and you want more, then this is the recipe for you. There is no addition of flour to this recipe, just 6 simple ingredients to start your morning on a cozy foot.

🍲 Ingredients

Sourdough Discard – This is just inactive sourdough starter that hasn’t been fed. It is equal parts flour and water that has already risen and fallen and now can be added to a multitude of recipes.

Flour – All-purpose flour which I have learned is not only a kitchen staple, but a kitchen necessity.

Pumpkin Puree – Organic Pumpkin Puree is the way to go for this one. This recipe uses half of a can, but you can easily use the whole can if you like extra pumpkin flavor.

👩‍🍳 How to Make Sourdough Discard Pumpkin Pancakes

Mix together all your ingredients. Let the batter rest 5-10 minutes. Melt 1 TBS of butter in a cast iron pan over medium high heat. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into the pan & when it starts to bubble, flip it and cook it for an additional 2-3 minutes. Eat warm with butter ✨

🪄 Tips and Tricks

  • After you add your baking soda, the batter with be very airy and fluffy, let it rest for 10 minutes after mixing so that your first batch of pancakes won’t be full of holes.
  • These are best cooked in a cast iron pan.

🗒 Variations

Adding chocolate chips is an easy way to make these pumpkin pancakes a special treat.

  • Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes

🗒 Substitutions

Because there are minimal ingredients to this recipe, there is not much that can be substituted. But you can switch the cinnamon for pumpkin pie spice, or apple pie spice. You can also switch out the brown sugar for granulated sugar or honey.

  • cinnamon – pumpkin or apple pie spice
  • brown sugar – granulated sugar or honey

🗒 Best Served With

  • Maple syrup for breakfast

👝 How to Store Leftovers

Store whatever pancakes you have leftover in a Ziplock bag in the freezer for up to 6 months. When you’re ready to eat them just throw them in a toaster or in a 350 degree oven until they are fully thawed and warmed through.

🤔 Common Questions

What if I don’t have two cups of starter on hand?

If you have anything more than one cup of starter, just use what you have. The pancakes would be a bit fluffier and there wouldn’t be as many, but you could absolutely make it work.

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5 from 4 votes

Sourdough Discard Pumpkin Pancakes

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The easiest breakfast you'll make this fall, and it has potential to use up all your sourdough discard.
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Resting time:5 minutes
Total Time:20 minutes


  • cast iron pan
  • Spatula


  • 2 cups sourdough discard
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 TBS brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 TBS butter


  • Preheat a large cast iron pan over medium high heat.
  • In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients
  • Initially, the batter will be fluffy because of the baking soda. Let the batter rest and settle for 15 minutes.
  • Melt 1 TBS of butter in the cast iron pan. Scoop 1/4 cup of batter into the pan and leave it alone. When the top of the batter starts to bubble, about 5 minutes, flip it over and cook on the other side for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Transfer to a plate and melt another TBS of butter into the pan repeating these steps until all of the batter is gone.
  • Serve with cinnamon butter and a drizzle of maple syrup.


Calories: 107kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6629IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pancakes, Sourdough Discard
Servings: 6
Calories: 107kcal
Cost: $5

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  1. 5 stars
    These have been made twice in our household, once with cinnamon and once with pumpkin pie spice. My 2.5 year old preferred the cinnamon but they were both delicious

  2. 5 stars
    Soo tasty!! My two year old had three servings. I switched the butter for coconut oil 1:1 and added a scoop of vanilla protein powder and it was great. Easy to mix up and made more than I was expecting which is always a plus!

  3. 5 stars
    These are very yummy! All five children them with butter and dandelion syrup 🙂