Sourdough Discard Granola Bars Recipe (Make It Easily!)

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Sourdough discard granola bars make the perfect breakfast treat. Though if you’re feeling a bit hungry, you can certainly enjoy them as a light snack before dinner. The best part is, you can use any kind of dried nuts, seeds, and fruits for these gorgeous breakfast bars. And here’s how you can make them.

Sourdough discard granola bars

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What Is a Sourdough Discard?

Sourdough discard is a discarded portion of an unfed sourdough starter that is often “discarded” or kept in a separate jar in a refrigerator.

The discard can be used in a variety of recipes, to create unique flavored treats, like fudge brownies, cookies, and granola bars!

Why Use a Sourdough Discard For This Recipe?

With this delicious sourdough granola recipe, the sourdough discard will act as a binding element, keeping the nuts and grains merged together, as well as providing a distinct sourdough flavor to your breakfast bars!

Type of Sourdough Granola Mix-Ins

Homemade granola bars are absolutely incredible. Not only are they brimming with nutrition, but they’re also great for experimenting with.

Mix and match a variety of flavorful elements in your granola recipe, to achieve deliciously chewy granola bars.

Here are some of my favorite mix-in ideas for you to try:

  • Blueberries and almonds: The perfect breakfast bar doesn’t exist… until now. Use ½ a cup of silvered almonds, combined with ¼ cup of dried blueberries, and ¼ cup of shredded coconut.
  • Salt and peanut: Salted peanuts are simply mouthwatering, and admittedly addicting. If you’re looking for a salty-flavored granola bar instead of a sweet one, then use 1 cup of salted peanuts in your recipe. Additionally, you could add ½ a cup of peanuts, with ½ a cup of chocolate chips for that heavenly sweet taste.
  • Nutritious blast: These bars are great for school-packed lunches. Use ½ a cup of goji berries, and ½ a cup of pumpkin seeds.
  • Chocolate and pecans: Transform your granola bars into a sticky sweet treat, by adding ½ a cup of chopped pecans and ½ cup of dark chocolate chips.
  • Fruity punch: This flavor combination combines fruity sweetness with high-protein nuts, for power-boosting energy, that’ll have you ready to start the day! Use ½ cup of mixed fruit i.e., mango, pineapple, and papaya, with ¼ cup of cashews and shredded coconut.
Sourdough discard granola bars

Sourdough Granola Bars Recipe

For this granola bar recipe, you’re going to need an unfed sourdough starter, along with some dried fruits and nuts for a flavorful bite.

This recipe is entirely customizable, especially for those who are on a gluten-free or vegan diet.


  • 1 cup sourdough discard
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe banana (mashed)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 cup raw, sliced almonds
  • ½ cup pepitas
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • ½ cup dried dates
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a 9-inch baking tray with parchment paper, and spray both the parchment paper and baking tray with cooking spray. Set this aside.
  3. Stir the dry ingredients, including the fruits and nuts.
  4. Combine vanilla, sourdough starter, and honey in a separate bowl.
  5. Peel and mash the banana, and add this to the wet mixture.
  6. Fold the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, until the mixture has combined.
  7. Spread the granola bar batter out evenly on the prepped baking sheet, patting it down lightly.
  8. Bake the bar for 25 to 30 minutes, or until it is golden brown around the edges.
  9. Once it’s done, remove it from the oven, and allow it to cool on a wire rack for half an hour, before cutting it into bars or squares.
  10. Enjoy these deliciously chewy sourdough granola bars for breakfast, or as a light snack!

Sourdough Granola Bars

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Sourdough Discard Granola Bars – FAQs

How Long do Homemade Granola Bars Last?

Your homemade granola bars will remain chewy and delicious when refrigerated for up to a week. You can also freeze them for up to two months.

How Long Are Granola Bars Good For?

Store-bought granola bars are good for 6 to 12 months, and they tend to remain edible 3-6 months after their best-by date.

How Long After Expiration Date Are Granola Bars Good?

Granola bars can be eaten 3-6 months after the expiration date.

By Natasha Krajnc

Hi! My name is Natasha and I'm specialized in home sourdough bread baking and currently based in Slovakia - a very small country in Central Europe. My bread baking story began in 2011 when I decided to give up commercial yeast. I felt tired all the time (especially after eating bread and other foods made with yeast), I wasn’t motivated to do anything, had trouble concentrating throughout the day, my abdomen was bloated and I was like a trumpet on steroids – basically, I was quite a wreck. I was a big bread lover (and still am) and having to stop eating bread was quite hard at that time but I felt I was on a right way to give my body a chance to heal itself.

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