sourdough roll-up pancakes

Sourdough Roll-Up Pancakes

Blend. Pour. Sizzle. Flip. Fill. Sourdough roll-up pancakes are fast, easy and the perfect breakfast for a special occasion, or a school morning when you want that extra protein to tide you over until lunchtime. Use a blender to whip up the batter, pour into a sizzling hot frying pan and bake until bubbly. Then flip the giant pancake to cook on the other side while you gather up the fillings: homemade jam, fresh fruit, syrup, powdered sugar and whipped cream – all delicious options. Spread your filling on the finished pancake and roll it up. Kids love these, and parents do too.

Sourdough Discard in Pancakes

Sourdough discard is excess sourdough that you discard–get rid of–as you maintain a sourdough starter. I don’t like throwing away this mixture (have you seen the price of flour these days?!), and instead find recipes to use it up in. Less food waste, more flavor and the health benefits of sourdough. When you are ready to feed your sourdough starter, discard the majority of the starter into a container and keep it refrigerated. This discard can be used in a whole bunch of delicious recipes. In this recipe, you can also use bubbly sourdough starter, which will have a much more mild sourdough flavor. I use 100% hydration sourdough discard in my discard recipes unless otherwise stated. This means that I feed my sourdough starter equal weights of flour and water. If you feed your starter different amounts, you’ll want to add a little flour or milk depending on how thick the batter is.

How to Make Sourdough Roll-Up Pancakes

Blend Up the Ingredients

These sourdough roll-up pancakes couldn’t be easier, because you combine all the ingredients together in a blender and then process until smooth. Talk about quick and easy! I love using a Vitamix to blend, but any high-powered blender will work. If you don’t have a high powdered blender, you could probably use an immersion blender or food processor in a pinch. The blender is needed to blend up the cottage cheese to a creamy consistency, which makes for really decadent roll-up pancakes. These Sourdough Roll-Up Pancakes have 6 large eggs in them (I often double this recipe as the pictures show) and a whole cup of cottage cheese. That’s a lot of protein which makes these roll-up pancakes perfect for a school morning breakfast.

Butter the Pan for Crispy Edges

I love buttering a frying pan with a stick of butter before pouring in the pancake batter. The butter crisps up the edges of the roll-up pancake and tastes buttery and delicious. Once the butter is sizzling, pour the batter in the pan and spin the skillet in a circle to spread out the pancake. It will be thicker than a crepe. When the pancake batter bubbles, flip the pancake over to cook on the other side for about 30 seconds before removing from the pan. Repeat the process, adding more butter to the pan and more roll-up pancake batter.

Roll-Up the Pancakes

Set out a bunch of toppings (ie: fresh fruit, syrup, powdered sugar, butter, jam, whipped cream) or just put out a jar of jam. Either way, the roll-up pancakes will become a new family favorite. Let everyone roll their own or roll a bunch of them up as a quick morning breakfast. I like to put some homemade jam in the center of a pancake and then roll it up. These are delicious served warm. Enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you store leftover sourdough roll-up pancakes?

Store leftover cooled pancakes in a ziplock bag on the counter for 24 hours. After 24 hours, freeze them for up to 3 months. Pull out and thaw to room temperature and/or re-heat as needed.

My sourdough discard is a couple weeks old. I’ve kept it in the refrigerator. Can I still use it?

Pour off any excess hooch. Stir up the discard and smell it. If it smells very strong and you are okay with that flavor in your pancakes, go ahead and use it. I tend to throw away discard that has been sitting in my refrigerator for over 2 weeks because I don’t like the super strong sour flavor in baked goods.

What are the best toppings to use for roll-up pancakes?

We love homemade jam that I make using this low sugar pectin. Fresh fruit and whipped cream is also amazing on these roll-up pancakes.

How are roll-up pancakes different from crepes?

Roll up pancakes are thicker and have more protein than crepes thanks to the cottage cheese and amount of eggs in them. If you want an amazing crepe recipe check out our favorite here.

sourdough roll-up pancakes

Roll-Up Sourdough Pancakes

Sourdough roll-up pancakes are fast, easy and made with 100% sourdough discard. Spread with jam, fruit, syrup, whipped cream or any topping you'd like. Roll-up and enjoy the perfect breakfast!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 pancakes


  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ cup sourdough discard see recipe notes
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil or any other neutral flavored oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • butter for the bottom of the pan


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Heat a 10-12 inch skillet over medium heat. Place a pat of butter in the bottom of the pan and let it melt. Pour about 1/4 cup batter into the pan and spin the skillet around in a circle to spread out the pancake (these will be thicker than a traditional crepe).
  • Cook the pancake until it bubbles up and is golden underneath, then flip with a wide spatula and cook the other side for about 30 more seconds.
  • Slide the pancake onto a plate and repeat with the remaining batter, buttering the pan and making sure the skillet is hot in between pancakes. I like to get two skillets going at once if I have really hungry kids or am in a time crunch.
  • Spread some homemade jam over the pancakes, roll up and enjoy! These pancakes are also delicious with syrup, butter, powdered sugar, fresh fruit, whipped cream, etc…


Sourdough Discard: This recipe is based on 100% hydration discard. If your discard was fed with a higher ratio of flour to water, you may need a little milk to the batter. If you have less flour in the discard, you’ll need to add a little extra flour.
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  1. Very very salty. If I had paid attention I would have not added the salt as cottage cheese is already salty. So I could not put a sweet filling into them. Otherwise they are good. Lots of protein.

    1. I’m sorry you thought they were salty. I make these a lot and haven’t had an issue with the 1/2 teaspoon salt that the recipe calls for. But good to know in case others are sensitive to salt! Thanks for the feedback.