Overnight Sourdough Belgian Waffles

Overnight Sourdough Belgian Waffles
4.6/5 – (10 votes)

You’ve heard it before, breakfast is the most important part of the day. I believe it, and lately these Overnight Sourdough Belgian Waffles have been quite the obsession in my house. My daughter would eat these every day if I let her, in fact she asks me for them every morning! I don’t blame her, they are pretty amazing.

When it comes to breakfast, few things rival a perfectly prepared waffle except maybe cinnamon rolls. But. I have to say that these are perfection. As my dad says, better than a donut, and I think it’s the overnight fermentation that makes these stand out. There is some kind of magic that happens in that big bowl while you are sleeping. Crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and with those signature deep pockets that are just waiting to be filled with your favorite toppings.

I have tried MANY waffle recipes over the years. I have even made sourdough, but none of them compare to these. They are next level delicious. The depth of flavor and unique texture is out of this world. I understand that the idea of infusing sourdough into your morning waffles might sound a little strange and unconventional, but trust me – the result is nothing short of extraordinary. Skip the cereal or toast and get ready to whip up a breakfast that is worth waking up early for. So, whether you’re seeking a comforting weekend breakfast or a special treat for yourself and your loved ones, these waffles are bound to become a recipe that you will make again and again.

The History & Benefits of Sourdough

Sourdough has a long history that goes back thousands of years, making it one of the oldest forms of leavening bread. It can be traced back to ancient civilizations like the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. They discovered that the simple act of mixing flour and water and leaving it to sit out or “forgotten”, would eventually begin to ferment. That fermentation would result in a rising dough rather than a “flatbread”. Who would’ve thought that bread could also be a fermented food?

This “rising” was caused by the naturally occurring wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria present in the air. The pioneers of sourdough likely stumbled upon this technique completely by accident, but over time, the process has been refined. They have unknowingly passed down their knowledge through generations to all of us, forever changing the way bread was made and also paving the way for commercial yeasts to be available at our fingertips.

In recent years, sourdough has regained its popularity and become a staple for many people when other forms of leavening agents were not readily available. Also for its health benefits and even as a hobby. It is living and breathing which requires care to keep it alive. Some people have gone as far as to name their starter like a pet. How times have changed!

Why is long fermentation better?

This technique isn’t just for the convenience of saving you time in the morning, but it also allows the sourdough to work its magic. As the prepared batter rests overnight, the wild yeast and bacteria continue to release enzymes that contribute to the waffles’ development of flavor and structure. Hence, crispy on the outside and light & airy on the inside.

One of the most distinct advantages of sourdough is its “tangy” flavor profile. The long fermentation period allows for the development of some complex flavors. Resulting in a pungent, earthy taste that is often missing in store-bought breads without added ingredients. Aside from the incredible flavor, it also offers several health and nutritional benefits. Sourdough has a lower glycemic index compared to other types of baked goods, which also means it causes a slower rise in blood sugar levels, making it a better choice for those looking to manage their blood sugar.

The fermentation process also breaks down gluten and phytic acid (an anti-nutrient), making it easier to digest and potentially more suitable for people with mild gluten sensitivities. The presence of good lactic acid bacteria in sourdough can be helpful in maintaining gut health. These bacteria may also promote a more diverse and balanced gut microbiome, which plays a major role in our overall health and a strong immune system.

Letting a sourdough batter or dough ferment for 8, 12, 24, or even up to 72 hours (depending on your recipe guidelines) could possibly make it a digestible option for those that have minor issues with gluten in their diet. The long & slow process allows for more time to break down the complex carbohydrates and some (if not most of the gluten), making the final product easier to digest. Again, lactic acid in sourdough also lends to better nutrient absorption by getting rid of those anti-nutrients, making it a great choice for those seeking better nutritional value from their home baking. Though it may not be safe for severe cases of intolerance, it is worth looking into for some.

What You’ll Need: Crafting Heavenly Waffles

Sourdough Starter- I use mine when it is active. Since I make this batter in the evenings, I will feed it a few hours before and give it time to get nice and bubbly. I tend to like my starter on the thicker side, with a slightly higher flour ratio. I try not to over think it, since this is my first successful starter I feel it has been best to just let it tell me what it needs. Whether that is a bigger jar, a second feeding, or changing the ratios of water to flour.

More than likely if you are reading this recipe then you already have a starter going. If not and you are looking to dive in, I HIGHLY recommend checking out Anya over at Our Gabled Home. I took her advice for starting a healthy sourdough and it paid off.

I love her easy approach, she is a great resource for a beginner. There are only two things that I do differently. Number one, I used an Organic Full-Fat Greek Yogurt, just enough bottled water, and a quality Organic Unbleached All-Purpose Flour. I mixed it together with a plastic spoon until it was the consistency of thick pancake batter. I covered the lid with a coffee filter and fed it daily. I’ll be honest, I almost gave up. It took close to 14 days for it to bubble up properly, but now I am happy to say that I finally have a success story.

The second thing I do differently is keep it on my counter. I have yet to try her method for refrigeration. I find that I enjoy the challenge of using it once or twice a week to keep my jar at a good level. There are several delicious and easy recipes that I make to help me use it up. I am not a fan of the idea of discard. I would rather bake something and freeze it, then toss it away.

Tips: Do the float test. Just take a spoonful and drop into a glass of water. If it floats, it is ready. If it sinks, it is not and will either need more time OR more feedings.

*If you use a good flour and have poor results, try a different brand. Good quality flour equals a healthy starter culture and a healthier you!

*Use filtered water. Tap water has been treated with chlorine and will damage the starter.

Flour- Every good sourdough starter relies on a quality organic & unbleached flour, it is no different when baking. Whether it is Organic Unbleached All-Purpose Flour, Spelt, or a combination of both, feel free to mix it up. Our favorites have been All-Purpose, or a half & half with sprouted spelt for that extra dose of health benefits.

Whole Milk

Greek Yogurt- Non-fat or Whole both work beautifully.

Honey- I use a good quality honey. I love the idea of all those naturally occurring enzymes working in harmony with the bacteria and wild yeasts.

Large Glass Bowl- I use a 4 quart glass mixing bowl. Plastic will also work, however make sure it is fully clean from any soap residue that may interfere with the fermentation. It is not recommended to use metal bowls. Metals can corrode over time with the acidic components.

Digital Gram Scale- (optional) I use my scale every chance I get. Less dishes, more accurate, and much quicker! Metric/volume measurements are provided in the recipe card below.

Whisk- You can also use a large fork or dough whisk. You want all of the ingredients to be well combined.

Salted Butter– Any real butter will do but I typically reach for grass-fed such as Kerrygold. Choose any brand you like, but I think the flavor is better with grass-fed and the crispiness of the edges is my favorite part. I like to think a good butter makes these extra amazing. Margarine is not recommended.

Large Eggs

Vanilla Extract

Baking Powder, & Baking Soda– You can skip the baking powder if you have a VERY active batter the morning of cooking. I tend to add it anyways because I want my waffles as light & airy as possible, but it is optional.

Plastic Wrap- To protect the batter while sitting on the counter overnight.

Waffle Iron- I love the Belgian sized waffles, but use what you have. Follow any manufacturer’s instructions.

Large Scoop- I’d like to say it is optional but it’s definitely the key to making waffles easy and mess free. I use a 3.25 ounce scoop for the standard Belgian waffle size. Depending on what you have, you can try the ice cream scoop or a glass measuring jug to pour it in.

Tip: Aim for the center when pouring in the batter. When you close the lid, it will spread out a little bit filling in the corners.

Toppings & Variations

The beauty of waffles is the possibility of toppings you can adorn them with. From classic maple syrup and butter to fresh berries, whipped cream, chopped nuts, and even a drizzle of honey, the options are limited only by your imagination.

Blueberries & Walnuts

Sweet & Savory- Butter, bacon, & maple syrup

Jam “Toast- My favorite! Spread on plenty of butter and a thick layer of your favorite jam or jelly.

Homemade Whipped Cream-

Churro- Butter the waffles and sprinkle with as much cinnamon & sugar as you like. Dip into maple syrup or drizzle with dulce de leche.

Leftovers, Freezing, & Re-Heating

This is a large batch recipe that can also be cut in half. If by some miracle you have leftover waffles, don’t let them go to waste, they are PERFECT for meal prep. Simply store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Be sure to cool them on a cooling rack, then freeze in a single layer on a large baking sheet for one hour. After that place them in air-tight container or a freezer bag. Reheat them in a toaster, oven, or air-fryer. They will crisp right back up especially in the air-fryer.

Looking for more breakfast recipes? Check these out!

Buttermilk Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Bakery Style Vanilla Bean Scones

Overnight Breakfast Strata

Blueberry Oatmeal Bake

Orange Maple Brioche Sticky Buns

Glazed French Toast Brunch Bake

If you try these Overnight Sourdough Belgian Waffles or any of my other recipes tag me on Instagram @joymakersandco, I’d love to see what you make!

Overnight Sourdough Belgian Waffles

Overnight Sourdough Belgian Waffles

Whether you're seeking a comforting weekend breakfast or a special treat for yourself and your loved ones, these waffles are bound to become a recipe that you make again and again. Perfect for batch cooking and freezing OR the recipe can be reduced by half.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Overnight Fermentation 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 14
Calories 189 kcal


  • 1 Belgian size waffle maker, or other waffle iron
  • 1 3.25 ounce scoop, or ice-cream scoop
  • 1 Digital Gram Scale optional
  • 1 4 quart glass bowl
  • Plastic Wrap


Overnight Batter: (Cut recipe in half for a smaller batch)

  • 2 cups sourdough starter*, active & recently fed. See notes below.
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt, whole or non-fat
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups organic unbleached all-purpose flour*, and/or blend of spelt. See notes below.


  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted & cooled
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  • Make sure your sourdough starter is active by feeding it a few hours before making the overnight batter. If you are taking it out of the fridge, please take your normal steps to reactive it.
    Overnight Sourdough Belgian Waffles
  • In a large 4 quart glass mixing bowl measure in the starter, Greek yogurt, milk, and honey. Whisk well, cover with plastic wrap, poke a few small holes and set aside in a warm and draft free area overnight. Approximately 8-12 hours.
    Overnight Sourdough Belgian Waffles
  • In the morning, your batter should be active an bubbly. There should be signs that it has risen and dropped back down, or stayed risen.
    Overnight Sourdough Belgian Waffles
  • Melt your butter & set aside to cool. Pre-heat your waffle iron to medium.
    Overnight Sourdough Belgian Waffles
  • Whisk in the room temperature eggs, butter, vanilla, baking powder, and baking soda (make sure these are free of clumps).
    Overnight Sourdough Belgian Waffles
  • Grease the waffle iron and start cooking until golden brown.
    Overnight Sourdough Belgian Waffles
  • Serve hot with toppings of your choice or cool on cooling rack then freeze in a single layer before storing in an air-tight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.
    Overnight Sourdough Belgian Waffles


Nutritional Values & Servings may vary.
*Sourdough Starter- I use mine when it is active. Since I make this batter in the evenings, I will feed it a few hours before and give it time to get nice and bubbly. I tend to like my starter on the thicker side, it has a slightly higher flour ratio.
*Flour- Every good sourdough starter relies on a quality organic & unbleached flour, it is no different when using it. Whether it is Organic Unbleached All- Purpose Flour, Spelt, or a combination of, feel free to mix it up. Our favorites have been All-Purpose, or a half & half with sprouted spelt for that extra dose of health benefits.


Calories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 5gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 257mgPotassium: 65mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 252IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 1mg
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