What sets these muffins apart from any other chocolate chip muffins is the addition of creamy buttermilk and nutritionally packed sourdough starter. Theses are hands down the best chocolate chip muffins and they have the added health benefits of sourdough! The best part is that they are so easy to make, you can quickly whip them up anytime you are looking for a snack or breakfast treat. Not to mention, you can easily switch out the chocolate chips for blueberries or any other ingredient of your choice.
What is Sourdough Starter
To make sourdough starter, which is needed for any recipe that calls for active or discard sourdough, you simply need only two ingredients. Equal parts flour and water. Sourdough is often referred to as a the “wild yeast” because it begins to ferment and bubble from wild yeast in the air. Sounds crazy right?! But it is so good and healthy for you too!
I was always intimated by making my own sourdough starter, for fear of killing it or doing it wrong. However, truth be told, it is actually pretty hard to kill once you get a good starter going. Not to mention, it is really easy to maintain, especially if you store it in the fridge when not using.
To make sourdough starter, you simply begin by combining equal parts flour and water. Then for about seven days you discard and feed it until fully developed. For a complete step by step guide to starting your own sourdough, check out Lisa from Farmhouse on Boone’s blog for a 7 day start up recipe: Sourdough Starter. She also has a great blog post on Maintaining and Feeding a Sourdough Starter.
How to Make Sourdough Muffins
This recipe is so easy, that you can whip it up early in the morning or late at night for the next morning! Here is how you get started:
- In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt
- Mix dry ingredients together and put aside
- In a large bowl, combine softened butter, eggs and sugar. Whisk together.
- Then add to the whisked butter, eggs and sugar: sourdough starter, buttermilk and vanilla.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, until fully combined.
- Fold in the chocolate chips. I like to use both dark chocolate chips and semi sweet chocolate chips. The combination is delicious!
- Bake at 425 degrees for the 1st 5 minutes and then reduce the heat to 375 degrees and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes. The muffins are cooked through when a toothpick comes out clean when placed in the center of the muffin.
How to Make Buttermilk
Don’t have buttermilk on hand, no worries! You can make your own buttermilk with only 2 ingredients! Alternative Buttermilk TIP: If you do not have buttermilk – you can combine 1 cup of whole milk with 1 tbsp of white vinegar. Let sit for at least 10 minutes and you will see the milk begin to curdle. Ta da! You now have homemade buttermilk!
Chocolate Chip Sourdough Muffins
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 stick butter or 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sourdough starter
- 1 cup buttermilk if you don't have buttermilk (combine 1 cup whole milk and 1 tbsp white vinegar) let sit for 10 minutes.
- 2 cups chocolate chips mix 1 cup of semi sweet with 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- In a large bowl, combine butter and sugar – whisk until fully combined
- Whisk in the eggs to the butter and sugar
- Add vanilla and sourdough starter to the eggs, butter and sugar – whisk until smooth
- Add the buttermilk to the wet ingredients and whisk until smooth
- In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder
- Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients slowly. Mix until fully combined.
- Fold in two cups of chocolate chips. I like to use 1 cup semi sweet and 1 cup dark chocolate chips.
- Add the mixture into cupcake pans – this recipe makes 24 muffins
- Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to 375 and bake an additional 10-12 minutes.
Sourdough Muffin Variations
- Blueberry Sourdough Muffins: add fresh blueberries instead of chocolate chips
- Chocolate, Coconut Sourdough Muffins: add 1/2 cup shredded coconut, in addition to chocolate chips
- Dried Cranberries and Walnuts: add dried cranberries and walnuts instead of chocolate chips