If you love snacking ... and making sourdough ... then you're going to love these sourdough snacks you can make from scratch to nourish you and your family at any time of day!
From sourdough discard crackers to dip in your favorite hummus to sourdough muffins (both sweet and savory), pizza bombs and sourdough pinwheels, there's sure to be a sourdough snack here to suit every taste, no matter how fussy!
As a mom with 3 boys who love to eat, having good quality snacks on hand is so important. I love that I can use my sourdough starter (and sourdough starter discard) to add extra goodness to the foods they know and love.
Should I Use Sourdough Discard or Sourdough Starter?
For most sourdough snacks recipes, you can use either sourdough discard or sourdough starter - it won't make too much difference to the final outcome.
Most of the time, it's suggested to use discard as a way to use up the unfed portion of your sourdough starter that would otherwise be thrown away.
As a lot of these sourdough recipes are considered "quick sourdough recipes", they will use other types of leavening, so you could use discard or active starter - whatever you had on hand.
If you're new to sourdough, you might find these beginner sourdough resources useful:
- Making a Sourdough Starter From Scratch
- Beginner's Guide to Sourdough Bread
- Do I Have To Discard my Sourdough Starter?
Can I Freeze Sourdough Snacks?
Yes! You absolutely can freeze most of these sourdough snacks (I've added a note in the description of the snacks that don't freeze well).
To freeze these snacks easily, I will either allow them to cool and then place them individually into ziploc bags and then into the freezer or snap freeze them on a tray and then add them to a large ziploc bag.
I like individual bags to make it easier to grab single serve snacks for lunches or to throw in my bag when I'm heading out the door. But freezing things in bulk works if we are going to use them at home.
Savory Sourdough Snacks
I love having a selection of savory sourdough snacks on hand (especially in the freezer) as it makes packing school lunches really easy! I can grab a couple of sourdough pinwheels or zucchini muffins and pop them in the kiddos lunch boxes at the start of the day and know that they are eating well, even at school.
The great thing about savory sourdough snacks is that most of them freeze really well (probably the popovers are the only thing I wouldn't freeze). This makes it even easier to have made from scratch snacks on hand when you need them.
Sourdough Zucchini Muffins
Sourdough zucchini muffins are a great way to use not only your sourdough starter, but also excess zucchinis! With the added flavor of cheddar cheese and chives, these muffins are a great sourdough snack!
Sourdough Pizza Rolls
This recipe was born from having too much sourdough pizza dough ... and hungry kids that want pizza now! With all the flavor of your fave pizza toppings, these little sourdough snacks freeze really well for quick grab and go snacks!
Sourdough Cheese Waffles
These savory sourdough cheese waffles are such a great snack. They can be made ahead and frozen for days when you just need to be able to grab something quick and easy. They are so fast to make though, you'll be able to make a batch in under 30 minutes!
This sourdough recipe is always on repeat in my kitchen. I love the make a batch for easy weekday lunches and we can change the fillings if we like, to use up what we have on hand. I'm sure your family will love them too!
Sourdough Pizza Pockets
These are another creative way to use sourdough pizza dough - sourdough pizza pockets! They are fantastic for freezing too! Dip them in your fave sauce.
Sourdough Cheese Muffins
Brimming with golden cheese and fresh herbs, these sourdough cheese muffins make the perfect savory sourdough snack!
These sourdough popovers are the ultimate "quick sourdough snack" and can be on the table in just 30 minutes! Served warm, spread with butter and jam, they are the perfect snack for hungry tummies. This is one sourdough snack that doesn't freeze well due to the egg. They are best eaten straight away.
Sourdough pretzels are a fantastic snack, whether they're eaten plain or dipped into something delicious. And the best thing about making them yourself, is that you know exactly what's in them!
Sourdough Discard Bagels
Bagels are a great choice when it comes to snacking. You can choose to dip them in Homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning before you bake them, or make flavored sourdough bagels like cinnamon raisin sourdough bagels or pumpkin sourdough bagels. My boys love bagels spread with whipped honey cinnamon butter!
Sourdough Pigs in Blankets
Sourdough pigs in blankets are such a fun snack! You can dip them in your choice of sauce and make them bigger or smaller depending on your kids (or your taste).
Sourdough Sandwich Bread
I've included Sourdough Sandwich Bread in my sourdough snacks post because this bread makes the best peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!
Sourdough Brioche Buns
These sourdough brioche buns are so good filled with swiss cheese and leg ham (maybe a little mayo and mustard if you like). Wrap them up and freeze them for easy snacks on the go!
Sourdough crostini make a lovely snack - especially when you pair it with a hearty dip like hummus or whipped ricotta! These also make a great accompaniment to a flask of warm soup on a cold winter's day.
Sourdough croutons might not be what you think about when you think snacks, but honestly, my kids eat these like potato chips and corn chips - by the handful! I love having a jar of these, seasoned with fresh herbs from the garden, on the kitchen counter so they can grab some whenever they fancy!
Sourdough Discard Crackers
With a tonne of choice, you are going to love having sourdough crackers on hand for snacks. Dip them, smear them or just eat them as they are! You can choose from sourdough crackers with rosemary and parmesan cheese, seedy sourdough crackers or even vegan sourdough crackers!
Fried Sourdough Pizza Dough
Another great use for leftover pizza dough - fried sourdough pizza dough. This quick and easy sourdough snack is a cinch to pull together and will feed a crowd in just a few minutes! My kids love eating this savory sourdough snack dipped in marinara sauce.
Sweet Sourdough Snacks
Sweet sourdough snacks might not seem as nutritious as savory sourdough snacks, but never fear, there's still loads of goodness in these sweet delights!
When I'm using a sweet sourdough recipe as a "snack" rather than a treat, I will usually leave off the frosting or icing to cut down on the sugar content. This makes me feel better about serving some of these as snacks, rather than keeping them as treats!
I think the best thing about these sweet sourdough snack recipes is that they are made from scratch, so even though they do contain some sugar, you know they're free from other artificial ingredients and preservatives. That's got to be a good thing!
Chocolate Chunk Sourdough Muffins
Simple sourdough muffins flavored with the goodness of buttermilk and chocolate chunks. These are snacks made in sourdough heaven!
Sourdough Discard Peanut Butter Cookies
Sourdough Brioche Blueberry Cheesecake Rolls
These sourdough brioche blueberry cheesecake rolls (or tarts if you like) are out of this world good! They freeze really well and defrost just fine at room temperature. Perfect for a morning snack on the go! The cream cheese topping isn't super sweet, which makes them great for lunchboxes too.
Sourdough Chocolate Chip Scones
Hands up if you're a sucker for a good scone? Well you're going to love these! There are a heap of flavor variations in the recipe too!
Overnight Sourdough Blueberry Muffins
This recipe gives you the goodness of sourdough fermentation in a snack sized blueberry muffin! What could be better?
Sourdough Carrot Cake Muffins
My kids gobble these up like nobody's business. Like I mentioned before, I do leave out the cream cheese frosting if they are for snacks ... or if I'm feeling nice, I just do a drizzle, rather than a big blob!
Sourdough Banana Bread
Sourdough Banana Bread is an absolute staple for snacks (and breakfast too!). It slices so easily and can be frozen as a whole loaf or individually in slices. It's great slathered in homemade cultured butter too!
Sourdough Cowboy Cookies
These make a great snack because while they're full of chocolate chips, they're full of nuts, rolled oats and sourdough starter too!
These simple to make sourdough snickerdoodles are a fun snack to include in your weekly rotation! A favorite of many for Thanksgiving, these snickerdoodles can really be eaten anytime of year!
Sourdough granola can be made using sourdough discard or active sourdough starter. It's a fantastic snack just as it is (we literally eat it straight from the jar) but it also adds a great crunchy texture to homemade yoghurt cups too. The best thing is that you can sweeten this without sugar!
Sourdough Lemon Muffins
One of the most popular recipes on The Pantry Mama blog, these tangy sourdough lemon muffins make a fantastic snack for all ages!
Sourdough Apple & Cinnamon Muffins
Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sourdough Gingerbread Cookies
Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls
I will often make sourdough cinnamon rolls as a snack, but if I am making them for the kids to eat between meals, I will leave off the vanilla cream cheese frosting. If I'm feeling nice, I'll add a glaze, but they are lovely just dusted with a little icing sugar too!
Sourdough Cinnamon Muffins
Sweet Sourdough Crackers
Sourdough Mug Cake
A simple snack for one, this sourdough mug cake will make all your sweet sourdough snack dreams come true!
Sourdough Iced Finger Buns
I love making these for my kids. I'll admit, they are a little naughty in terms of snacks, but oh they are so good!!! I love making smaller, round iced buns if they are for a little snack. They are a bit easier to eat than the longer style iced buns.