20 Amazing Vegan Sourdough Discard Recipes

Sourdough discard refers to the portion of the sourdough starter that has been removed.

If you are already familiar with how sourdough starters work, you will understand how wasteful it can feel to throw this away.

20 Amazing Vegan Sourdough Discard Recipes

Make the most out of this part of your starter with these vegan sourdough discard recipes!

1. Sourdough Discard Crackers

Making your own crackers may seem like a chore as it’s so easy to pick up a packet at the store. But are store-bought crackers infused with the tangy sourdough flavors that this recipe contains?

This simple recipe will change your mind as it only takes 10 minutes to prep!

Top the crackers with any number of ingredients such as sesame seeds, black pepper, or rosemary for a delicious and healthy treat.

2. Sourdough Discard Focaccia Recipe

Focaccia is one of the most popular Italian bread, similar to the texture of pizza but much thicker.

This recipe, however, is much thinner and lighter than traditional focaccia as it’s combined with sourdough discard.

The flavors are light and herby, using a little rosemary, olive oil, and salt on the top of the baked bread. Use whichever herbs you like to make your ideal brunch-ready dish.

3. Sourdough Discard Naan

Who doesn’t love naan bread with a huge dollop of mango chutney? If you’ve made a delicious meal but think it could do with something extra, making your own sourdough naan is the best solution.

Although this recipe is vegan, (see also: 20 Amazing Vegan Recipes With Miso)the naan comes out light and fluffy.

Spiced with cilantro seeds and cumin, authentic tastes of India can be found in every bite. Finishing off the naan is warm garlic oil with plenty of fresh cilantro on top.

4. Sourdough Discard Soft Rotis

Rotis is a traditional flatbread found in the Indian subcontinent. They are light and fluffy making them ideal to scoop up a mouthful of curry.

Using your sourdough discard, you can put a delicious sour twist onto these flatbreads for your next curry night.

With four simple ingredients, you can make a roti quickly before serving up your dinner. If you’re feeling adventurous you can add herbs and spices to the batter to spice things up.

5. Vegan Sourdough Discard Banana Bread

Baking with sourdough doesn’t have to be a chore, this one-bowl recipe is really simple and the results are delicious.

Everyone loves banana bread and everyone loves sourdough, so why not combine the two to get a tasty sweet treat?

Only a few simple ingredients are needed to make banana bread and you can easily swap out wheat flour for a gluten-free option. Add in some chocolate chips or nuts for good measure and enjoy.

6. Sourdough English Muffins

English muffins are great to include in a brunch spread. Serve them with any number of toppings such as avocado or fake bacon for a Saturday morning treat.

Rather than throwing away your sourdough discard, you can save it for this purpose.

You will need to rest the discard with a few of the ingredients, so prepare this a day in advance to avoid disappointment.

7. Sourdough Pumpkin Bread

Move over banana bread because pumpkin bread is here! As much as we all love banana bread, it can be nice to have a change.

When you’re ready for some fall-inspired baking, this pumpkin sourdough recipe is the first thing you’ll want to make.

To make things a little easier, you can use ready-made pumpkin puree along with classic fall spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Top the loaf off with some pumpkin seeds to decorate.

8. Vegan Sourdough Discard Cookies

This recipe is inspired by a famous British baker, Edd Kimbers. As sourdough and cookies are not really seen in your local bakery, we understand the reservations.

However, the sourdough discard adds a subtle tangy flavor that you’ll absolutely love.

There is quite a long chilling time required for these cookies, so you’ll have to bear that in mind if you have some young kitchen helpers that are eagerly awaiting their share of the goods.

9. Sourdough Vegan Pancakes

Everyone has that one pancake recipe they know by heart. This light and fluffy sourdough pancake batter could be yours!

Taking just five minutes to prepare, you’ll have some delicious vegan pancakes in no time.

Serve with your favorite assortment of toppings, whether that be sweet or savory, and enjoy. We suggest some maple syrup and plenty of fresh berries.

10. Vegan Sourdough Discard Pizza Crackers

Pizza crackers are exactly what they sound like, crackers that taste like pizza due to the perfect combination of herbs.

Making your own crackers is much healthier than eating a load of chips, so if you’re having company over or a movie night this is a great alternative.

Packed with chili flakes, thyme, oregano, basil, and sea salt flakes, these crackers will be your new favorite. To make it feel like a pizza party, dip the crackers in some fresh salsa and enjoy.

11. Sourdough Discard Pizza Dough Recipe

Sourdough pizza has taken the world by storm, so it’s only right that someone kindly made a vegan version.

If you aren’t sure what to do with your sourdough discard, make a tasty pizza for a comforting midweek meal that is simple to make.

The dough will need to rest for up to six hours so you can stick it in the refrigerator before work and come home to a dough that is ready to be cooked.

Garlic and rosemary are added to the dough to increase the flavor profile before rolling it out.

12. Vegan Sourdough Waffles

Are you team pancakes or waffles? No matter your preference, sometimes you fancy a crispy waffle.

Using your sourdough discard you can create the most insane waffles ever, perfect for brunch, breakfast, or dessert.

However, you will need a waffle iron for this recipe.

13. Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls From Discard

Finding good vegan cinnamon rolls can be a challenge, so making your own is a good solution. Sticky, sweet, and full of cinnamon they are one of the best afternoon treats.

Even though these are vegan they will still have that fantastic flakiness. Cover with the maple vanilla glaze and you’ll be fighting people off your creation!

14. Buttery Sourdough Discard Biscuits

Buttery, flaky biscuits warm from the oven are a real treat. When combined with sourdough then you know you’ve made the right choice as the slightly tangy flavor really makes the biscuit pop.

Make sure to rest the dough properly to get the most out of it. To go the extra mile you can soak the pre-cooked biscuits in melted butter, making them even richer and packed full of flavor.

15. Vegan Blueberry Sourdough Muffins

Blueberry muffins are a staple in the bakery world. They always hit the spot. If you thought that they couldn’t really get any better, then try adding sourdough to the mix.

Light and fluffy with plenty of juicy blueberries inside, these muffins are the best weekend breakfast.

16. Sourdough Discard Vegan Chocolate Cake

Many of the recipes we’ve included here have been savory, but sourdough can also be used in sweet treats too.

A great chocolate cake is always handy to have for when unexpected guests come over or there is a celebration you need to prepare for.

This recipe takes a zero-waste approach to baking, so most of the ingredients will probably already be in your pantry.

It’s a simple recipe but the tangy sourdough flavors mixed with the sweetness of the vanilla are unmatched.

17. Vegan Sourdough Brownies

Sourdough can be put into almost anything, including brownies. These fudgy, gooey, crispy brownies have the ultimate consistency and texture.

With a flaky meringue-like top, you wouldn’t even be able to tell that they are vegan.

18. Sourdough Vegan Breakfast Scone

A breakfast scone is essentially the same as a normal scone, they are just less sweet which means they can make for a good breakfast food.

This recipe couldn’t be easier to make and it’s super cost-effective too. These can be eaten with some vegan butter or dipped in hummus for breakfast or lunch.

19. Sourdough Cheese Crackers

Although cheesy, these crackers are still completely vegan. The cheese part comes from nutritional yeast which is a fantastic vegan alternative to have handy.

Using a little of the discard, flour, and salt you’ll have a great cracker dough that is extremely moreish.

20. Sourdough Soft Pretzels

Vegan pretzels are versatile snacks that can be dipped into almost anything.

To make the pretzels you need a little patience to get the dough into the right shape, but once you’ve got the hang of it you’ll be a pro in no time.

This is a great recipe to get kids involved in as they can have fun with the dough and make a bunch of different shapes that won’t affect the taste of the pretzel.

The Bottom Line

We hope this has given you all the inspiration you need to get on and make a delicious sourdough treat and make use of that pesky discard!

20 Amazing Vegan Sourdough Discard Recipes

20 Amazing Vegan Sourdough Discard Recipes

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