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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Cherry Chip Sourdough Muffins

These cherry chip muffins taste like a treat, but are really pretty good for you. They are a great way to use up some of that sourdough starter too!

cherry chip muffins on platter with fresh sweet cherries

    These muffins are loaded with the good stuff. They are a perfect way to turn sourdough discard into a delicious breakfast.  The oatmeal practically melts into the batter, but the chocolate and  cherries don't, their flavor pops! Your morning will be much better with one of these on the menu!

    Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to school we go... mornings are busy. Whether you're trying to get everyone to the bus on time or just trying to get yourself to work, there is rarely any time to mess around. So the more you have done ahead of time, the better!

     That is why I love having muffins like these on hand.  They are actually pretty nutritious and aren't full of too much sugar.

    Yet they still taste like a treat. They are a great grab and go for adults or children.

    Plus they freeze beautifully. When I have some extra time, I like to bake up a couple of different batches and toss them in the freezer.

    In the morning little dude can pick a flavor and after 20 seconds in the microwave breakfast is served!

      These are based on my favorite sourdough muffin recipe. The base is full of oatmeal and yogurt and the result is soft and delicious.

    You'll be surprised how much goodness goes in them and how little sugar.

muffins studded with cherries and chocolate chips

      Anyway, I made a few versions of these muffins last year after Big Bertha, my sourdough starter, took up residence at our house. She likes to be fed and I have a hard time tossing the discard. A lot of times she helps make pizza dough and sometimes sandwich bread.

    Occasionally she actually makes boulles of bread like I envisioned making all of the time when I created her.  But it's nice to have options and even nicer to have muffins!

      I have always enjoyed the muffin recipes and so have my family. My youngest brother likes to work out and at least somewhat tries to watch what he eats.

   So he is always happy when I have a fresh baked batch of these muffins available as an alternative to a likely more unholy dessert. (Not that I would ever make anything unholy! Not me!)

     But I knew I was really on to something when I heard from one of you. I've been having a really lovely conversation in the comment section of the chocolate chip muffin recipe about how great they really are and all of the flavor combinations we have tried or want to try.

 I am really fired up about the possibilities all over again. This flavor combination was actually Jamie's idea.

   She added almonds, I left them out because my husband won't eat anything with nuts in them. I did use almond extract though because I love that flavor with cherries and chocolate.

    The results were delicious! Thank you so much for the inspiration! If you figure out a pumpkin cream cheese recipe before me you'll definitely have to let me know!

     Jamie even makes the batter the night before and bakes them in the morning. She said that gives the sourdough time to work on the flour and allows her gluten sensitive sister to enjoy them without discomfort.

     Luckily we are not gluten sensitive, but I love the idea of having warm fresh muffins on the table with almost no effort in the morning anyway!

plate with cherry chip muffin halves spread with butter

     If you like these, you may also be interested in the other versions I have posted. So far there's an oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, cranberry and orange creamsicle.

   But I wouldn't be surprised if there are more to come! What are your favorite muffin flavors?

cherry chocolate muffins, recipes that use sourdough discard
Yield: 12 Muffins

Cherry Chip Sourdough Muffins

Cherry Chip Sourdough Muffins

These muffins are loaded with the good stuff. They are a perfect way to turn sourdough discard into a delicious breakfast. The oatmeal practically melts into the batter, but the chocolate and fresh cherries don't, their flavor pops! Your morning will be much better with one of these on the menu!
Prep time: 15 MCook time: 20 MTotal time: 35 M


  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter discard*
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (may sub more all purpose)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F and grease enough muffin tins for 12 muffins.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oatmeal, milk, yogurt, cherries and sourdough starter. You may continue immediately, but I prefer to let this step sit for about 10 minutes to let everything soften a bit if I have the time.
  3. Stir in the oil, egg and almond extract.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the flours, and baking powder. Stir into wet ingredients until just mixed. Fold in the chocolate chips and then spoon into the prepared muffin tin.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden and a toothpick tests done.
  6. Cool in muffin tin for about 10 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Store in an airtight container for a few days on the counter or freeze until ready to eat.


You can use starter fresh from the fridge or discard when you feed your starter
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These muffins are loaded with the good stuff. They are a perfect way to turn sourdough discard into a delicious breakfast.  The oatmeal practically melts into the batter, but the chocolate and  cherries don't, their flavor pops! Your morning will be much better with one of these on the menu!


  1. Well....I guess first I would have to bite the bullet and actually try making a sourdough starter LOL. It is nice having a base for so many different baked goods, especially these muffins. I always add almond extract when using cherries. YUM.

    1. It really is easy, Wendy! Just a few days and a bit of flour and water and you'll be in business. Keeping it fed... that's a different story! Luckily we like muffins and homemade pizza!

  2. My love for sourdough never wanes and a good muffin has my heart anyway!! What a great recipe!! These look scrumptious!!!

    1. Thank you, Andrea! I think muffins are one of my favorite things to make with my starter.

  3. Hi Carlee, making a sour dough is something I considered a while back, but never got around to doing. I must check out your Big Bertha recipe. Muffins aren't something I tend to make, I'm not sure why, but your chocolate chip and cherry combination does sound tempting! I may have to create a sourdough and give them a go!


    1. I have really enjoyed my starter and MiMi has been enjoying Bertha's offspring, Granny. It's a lot of fun, but a little bit of a commitment!

  4. These look great! Before I make them I just wanted to ask one question to make sure I do it right: is the "oatmeal" dry oats (that I use for oatmeal), or prepared oatmeal (oats cooked in water or milk). Thanks!

    1. Yes, just use the dry oats. They soften in the liquid in the recipe and almost melt into the muffin. You will be amazed! I hope you enjoy them!

  5. These muffins look great. The reference of back to school was kind of a shock though. Summer flies by so fast each year. This is the first year that I will not have anyone going back to school. I won't miss trying to get my youngest out of bed to get to school, but it does bring back some feelings of nostalgia. Thank you for sharing the muffin recipe.

    1. Isn't it crazy? It seems like summer just started, but the school supply lists just came in the mailbox the other day! I am sure it will fly even faster for us next year!

  6. So many options but what a great way to start the day or for a snack after school. Certainly a winning combination!

  7. These sound like a delicious combination, and I like the idea of being able to make them and leave them overnight, too.

    1. The sourdough loves that longer fermentation too! That muffin base is definitely one of our favorites.

  8. Your Cherry Chip Sourdough Muffins will be perfect for an after school treat! I sure appreciate you sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thank you, Miz Helen! We love keeping the sourdough starter happy while keeping our taste buds happy too!

  9. Totally perfect for back to school! Thanks for sharing at the Friday Frenzy Link Party!

  10. These look wonderful! I've pinned them so I can make them the next time I pick up some cherries.

    1. Hooray! Thank you and I hope you love them!

  11. These sound like a great muffin to start the day. You always have me wanting to get some sour dough starter, and I just never get to it. Going to talk to a friend about it right now, maybe together we can make it happen!

    1. Just do it!! You can start your own starter, it's easy!

  12. Ilove the idea of another great use for sourdough starter! and the whole wheat is right up my alley! So glad you shared this on #celebrate365

    1. This muffin base is my go-to now. I loved it before and now that I've had some really fun reader feedback I'm even more energized about it! Thanks, Jan!


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