20 Best Gluten-Free Sourdough Discard Recipes - Natasha's Home (2024)

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This post contains all the recipes you need for using gluten-free sourdough discard, along with the resources on how to make your own gluten-free sourdough starter and sourdough bread!

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  • Discard vs Mature Starter
  • One Secret To Professional Gluten-Free Baking
  • Fried Starter
  • Crumpets
  • Flatbread (Naan)
  • 3-Ingredients Banana Pancakes
  • Banana Muffins With Pecans
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Fluffy Pancakes
  • Pizza Crust
  • English Muffins
  • Banana Bread
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Bagels
  • Challah
  • Hamburger Buns
  • Cornbread
  • Christmas cookies
  • Snickerdoodles
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Did you start making your first gluten-free sourdough starter? Good job! As you know, you need to discard sourdough starter regularly. In order to avoid waste, you can incorporate sourdough discard into recipes like the ones below!

Discard vs Mature Starter

One thing I would like to mention is that sourdough discard is different from a mature starter. Discard is an unfed starter that you get rid of right before feeding it. A mature starter is a bubbling and rising starter at its highest peak. A mature starter is used for making gluten-free sourdough bread, while discard is added to recipes that don’t rely on the wild yeast to raise the dough. Sometimes you will see me use discard along with commercial yeast, that is because discard doesn’t have the same rising and fermenting abilities as a mature starter.

If you don't want to have to discard your starter daily, just keep in the refrigerator and feed once a week, or you can also freeze your starter, or dehydrate it for later use.

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One Secret To Professional Gluten-Free Baking

There are a few things that professional bakers do that set them apart from hobby bakers. One of those things is the consistency of quality results. And as gluten-free flour behaves so differently from regular all-purpose flour, it takes time and effort to learn to bake and cook with it well. However, If I could recommend one thing to speed up the learning process and significantly improve the consistency of great results for you, I would recommend you get a 9$ digital scale.

Most of us are familiar with cups and spoons which require the spoon & level method, yet, when it comes to GF baking, cups & spoons are often the reason why bread and desserts don't turn out the way they should. Plus, using a scale will save you time and decrease the number of dishes to wash. If you are serious about gluten-free baking, I am sure you would want to give a digital scale a chance!

Without further ado, let’s get into the list of the best gluten-free sourdough discard recipes!

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Fried Starter

To start this round-up off, I first want to introduce you to the fastest and easiest way to use up surdough discard. Just fry it up on the stove!

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This is another extremely simple recipe to make with gluten-free starter discard. All you need is 4 ingredients and 20 minutes of time!

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Flatbread (Naan)

This delicious gluten-free sourdough flatbread is incredibly flexible, soft, and moist. You can make it right away using sourdough discard or leave it for a longer fermentation.

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3-Ingredients Banana Pancakes

If you have a laying around banana, then all you will need is an egg and some sourdough discard. Great breakfast idea for when you are in a hurry! These pancakes are naturally sweet from the sweetness of the banana used.

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Banana Muffins With Pecans

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Another reason to bake a whole batch of chocolate chip cookies! These cookies are soft and don't fall apart when you bite into them. Great treat!

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Fluffy Pancakes

Probably one of the most popular ways to use up sourdough discard! Make a batch of delicious gluten free pancakes for breakfast to enjoy with your family.

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Pizza Crust

This is the best gluten-free sourdough pizza crust recipe because it is not only easy to handle but it is also full of flavor and easy to customize!

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English Muffins

These gluten-free sourdough English muffins are soft, flavorful, and easy to make! A great make-ahead breakfast recipe. You can freeze these muffins for up to 3 months!

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Banana Bread

This delicious gluten-free sourdough banana bread is soft, fluffy, and full of flavor! This recipe is a great way to use up your starter discard and share a delicious dessert with your family.

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Cinnamon Rolls

These gluten-free sourdough cinnamon rolls are incredibly soft, moist, and flavorful! They stay just as soft and fluffy the next day after baking. An indulgent way to use up your starter discard!

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Dinner Rolls

While these rolls rely on the sourdough starter to give them a rise, if your starter is strong, this recipe will work with unfed discard as well. I have made sourdough bread with unfed discard and still got a good rise and an open crumb! These rolls are fluffy, soft, moist, and freeze well.

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Soft Pretzels

These gluten-free sourdough soft pretzels are soft, chewy, and full of flavor. They go great with some basic cheese sauce and make for a meal on a lazy day!


These bagels can be made with gluten-free all-purpose flour. They are crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside! Add flavor by topping with seeds, dried onions, or cheese.

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Gluten-free sourdough challah is a braided brioche bread that is slightly sweet and sour. I am using both psyllium husk and xanthan gum to create the softest texture, although you can omit one or the other if necessary!

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Hamburger Buns

These hamburger buns are on the denser side because they are made without xanthan gum. They rely on psyllium husk for structure and thus have a more bread-like texture. If you like rather super fluffy and soft buns, check out my sourdough dinner rolls above! They are made with both psyllium husk and xanthan gum to give them that soft and fluffy texture.

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This delicious gluten-free sourdough discard cornbread is easy to make, ready within an hour, and goes great with soups and stews! You can also serve it with some butter and honey as a side for your morning coffee.

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Christmas cookies

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These gluten-free butter cut-out cookies are made with some starter discard which doesn't impact either their texture or flavor! A great way to use up the starter and make a festive dessert.

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These Snickerdoodles are great both for Christmas and simply to go with a cup of afternoon tea!

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Linzer cookies

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Linzer cookies are easier thank you think! You don't even need to have special cookie cutters to make these delicious little finger desserts.

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15 Gluten-Free Sourdough Discard Recipes

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Here you will find everything from crumpets to elaborate bakes. You can make pretty much anything with a gluten-free starter discard!

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Prep Time 1 hour hr

Total Time 1 hour hr

Course Bread

Cuisine American, European

Servings 15 recipes

Calories 300 kcal


  • Gluten-free starter discard
  • In case you are making bread or rolls, use instant yeast as well
  • The rest of the ingredients specific to the recipe you choose


  • You can start gathering starter discard ahead of time as some recipes need quite a bit of it!

  • If you are super short on time, I recommend goign with crumpets, pancakes, or muffins.

  • If you want to be creative and you have some time, try cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, and pizza!

  • Try as many recipes as you can to find a favorite!


Make sure your starer is not moldy. If it is, don't try to save any of it, just toss it!


Serving: 1recipeCalories: 300kcal

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