Fluffy Sourdough Pancakes (THM-E)


These pancakes (or waffles) are delicious and fluffy with no taste of sourdough in them. They are quick and easy to make and we usually double the recipe for our family because everyone loves them.

As I’m typing this up, we just happen to have our motorhome parked right beside International House of Pancakes. As I ate my stack of these fluffy pancakes topped with a creamy Strawberry Cashew Sauce, I was aware that IHOP really has nothing over me. =) These pancakes are delicious, filling, and nutritious and will promote health rather than break it down because of being loaded with sugar and white flour.

The reason these are a solid E even with the whole wheat flour and the addition of honey is because of the work of the sour dough. When left for 7 hours to ferment, it works similiar to when grains are sprouted. And the “sugar” in the honey is eaten up by the sourdough. (This recipe works well with refrigerated starter and doesn’t have to be as active as what you use for bread dough. However, for best results, make sure your refrigerated starter is fed at least once a week.)



Pictured above: [Fluffy Sourdough Pancakes | http://www.themullettfamily.com/recipes/fluffy-sourdough-pancakes-thm-e/] with the Strawberry Cashew Sauce and THM approved syrup.

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21 Responses

  1. Elva Miller says:

    Hi Cindy, This is Elva. I would love to do the sourdough thing but need a starter. Did you make yours and would you care to share? Am coming to a dead end in finding how to start it. Thanks and May God Bless you and your family with a wonderful day.

  2. Cindy Mullett says:

    Hi, Elva! Yes, I have a recipe for the starter. I will probably add a link up in the pancake recipe as well. Here it is: http://www.themullettfamily.com/recipes/sour-dough-starter/

    Hope this helps!

  3. Hanna says:

    My pancakes are gooey in the centre. Does this mean my starter wasn’t thick enough?

  4. Cindy Mullett says:

    Hanna, I’m not sure if it was from the starter being too runny because they haven’t ever been gooey for us. But we usually use our starter directly from the fridge {and I know some people have it setting out} so I don’t know if that would make a difference or not. I would also make sure the skillet is not turned up too high as this causes the outside to get done while leaving the inside still gooey. I hope this helps!

  5. Shelah says:

    Hello, looking forward to making these! Could you please tell me what “(THM-E)” stands for? Thank you!

  6. Cindy Mullett says:

    Hi Shelah! Yes, THM stands for Trim Healthy Mama which is a pretty popular weight-loss lifestyle book written by two sisters. The basic idea is to separate your fats and your carbs into different meals, so you are not consuming both fuels at the same time. An S meal is a fats meal, and an E meal is a carbs meal. The plan also recommends eating plenty of protein with each meal.

    So this labeling helps those who are following the THM lifestyle know whether it is a fats meal or a carbs meal. 🙂

  7. Rachel says:

    Could I use almond milk in place of the cashew?

  8. Cindy Mullett says:

    Hi, Rachel! Yes, you should be able to use almond milk. Cashews give the creamiest results, so for foods like soups, homemade ice cream, puddings, etc. you will want to use cashew milk, but for something like pancakes, almond milk should work great!

  9. Hillary says:

    Hi Cindy! Have you ever tried, or heard of, making a sour dough starter with brown rice flour or oat flour?

  10. Cindy Mullett says:

    Hi, Hillary! I’ve haven’t personally tried it, but I have heard of people using a completely gluten free combination of flours for sourdough starter. I just don’t know much about it. 🙂

  11. Stephanie says:

    These were amazing!!! We added blueberries to ours and it was perfect. What kind of vinegar did you use in the original recipe? I used apple cider vinegar and they came out great, but was wondering if white vinegar would have changed the taste?

  12. Cindy Mullett says:

    Hi Stephanie. I’m glad you enjoyed them! Either apple cider or white vinegar should work fine. I don’t think it would alter the taste. Just make sure your baking soda is incorporated well so you don’t get bites of too much soda. And your starter also won’t taste as sour if you’ve fed it within a week.

  13. Grace says:

    Hello! I just made these as waffles and they are DELICIOUS! I was wondering though, what is the serving size. For my waffle iron, it made about 18 waffles. Thanks!

  14. Brucene Mc Neil says:

    haven’t tried the pancakes yet but need starter receipe

  15. Brianna Mullett says:

    Hi Brucene! Here’s the link on how to make your own sour dough starter: http://www.themullettfamily.com/recipes/sour-dough-starter/

  16. Kathy Keeley says:

    Hi Cindy,
    I have been making your english muffins and pancakes for quite a while now. We love them but the last few batches of muffins and pancakes seem to be much flatter and I can’t figure out what makes the difference. Any ideas for me? I just tested by baking soda and it is still good. We still like them but do like them better when they puff up a little better. Thanks!

  17. Duane & Cindy says:

    Hi Kathy. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipes. (And I’m assuming you’re talking about the Sourdough Pancake recipe.) It sounds to me like your starter needs a bit of a boost. I would leave a bit set out at room temperature for a day or two and feed it every few hours. This should help make it more active. Using a bit of rye flour in the feedings will also help. Even using 1/3 rye for a few feedings will be sufficient. Here’s to fluffy pancakes again! =)

  18. Katie says:

    I made these this morning as waffles and I am so impressed! they are beautiful!

  19. Liz Harrington says:

    How many pancakes would be a THM E serving?

  20. Kris says:

    Does the recipe really call for 3 tablespoons of vinegar? Or is it supposed to be 3 teaspoons? My pancakes had a bad flavor to them. Used whole wheat flour, almond milk, and apple cider vinegar for the main ingredients. Any ideas? If I eliminated the vinegar, would the pancakes be flat?

  21. Cindy says:

    Hi Kris. I believe this amount is correct. We’d have to make the recipe again to double check that it’s not an error, but it is for 5 cups of ingredients. The vinegar helps create a fluffy texture just as sour/buttermilk does in traditional recipes. It is also very important to make sure the baking soda is well incorporated in this recipe so you don’t get sour bites coming from the soda. I hope this helps.

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