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How to Make Low Sugar Sourdough Pear-Ginger Buns in Your Air Fryer (Diabetic Friendly)

These buns are quite good, and they don't have loads of added sugar or butter in them. The sweetness in the buns comes from the pears, golden raisins, and a bit of chopped candied ginger (yes, the ginger has sugar in it, but you don't need to use much, especially if you're diabetic!). You can taste the sourdough tang in the buns, but it's not strong. You also don't need to wait for the buns to rise, as the recipe includes baking powder. That means that, if your starter isn't robust, you don't have to worry. The baking powder will give them lift. If your starter is active, you'll get a bit of extra lift. The buns also include plenty of whole grains, which boosts their nutritional content. Sweet spices provide extra flavor and make the buns smell incredible as they cook in the air fryer. If you'd like to bake the buns in the regular oven, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the buns for 15-20 minutes until they are a deep, golden brown. Try the buns for breakfast or with a slice of cheddar cheese and a cup of tea for a great snack. Enjoy!

How to Use Your Discard to Make Low Sugar Pear-Ginger Buns in Your Air Fryer (Diabetic Friendly)
How to Use Your Discard to Make Low Sugar Pear-Ginger Buns in Your Air Fryer (Diabetic Friendly)

Air Fryer Sourdough Pear-Ginger Buns -- Makes About 9


1/2 cup of sourdough starter/discard

2 tablespoons of milk

3 tablespoons of canola oil

2 tablespoons of orange juice

1/2 cup of quick oats

1/2 cup of white whole-wheat flour

1 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 medium pear, peeled, cored, and chopped (about 1/2 cup)

1/4 cup of golden raisins (or use dark raisins)

1/4 cup of chopped candied ginger (plain, not the kind rolled in sugar)


In a large bowl whisk together well the starter/discard, milk, oil, and juice. Add the oats, flour, baking powder, salt, ground ginger, and cinnamon to the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir everything together. Add the pear, raisins, and candied ginger and stir them in. Cut pieces of parchment paper to fit your air fryer basket and drop 2-3 tablespoon mounds of the dough onto the parchment, leaving at least an inch between the mounds. I usually put only a few mounds on each piece of parchment, and I have a medium-sized air fryer. If you want more uniform dough mounds, with damp hands, shape the dough into roundish, or biscuit-like mounds. You can let the dough sit at room temperature for an hour or two (it will rise a bit if your starter is active), or you can air fry the dough (in batches) immediately at 320 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

How to Use Your Discard to Make Low Sugar Pear-Ginger Buns in Your Air Fryer (Diabetic Friendly)
How to Use Your Discard to Make Low Sugar Pear-Ginger Buns in Your Air Fryer (Diabetic Friendly)

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