Light and Fluffy Kodiak Pancakes

These light and fluffy Kodiak pancakes are packed with protein, easy to make, and kid approved!

Light and Fluffy Protein

Breakfast is quite possibly my favorite meal of the day. Whether it’s french toast, pancakes, oatmeal, fried eggs on toast, an omelet, cereal, or even my favorite Cinnamon swirl breakfast, I’m willing to eat it any time of day. In fact, at this house, breakfast for dinner is a thing at least twice a week, if not more.

One of my go-to breakfast meals has always been pancakes. My kids and husband love pancakes, especially my father-in-law’s “light and fluffy pancakes.” His pancakes are truly top notch. Something we look forward to every time we visit him. Yes, I make them as well, but they’re never quite as good as when grandpa makes them.

Testing Ingredients

Feeling a little discouraged by the reviews I was getting, I decided to try something new. I wanted to come up with a pancake that my kids liked but was a little healthier than grandpa’s version. After trying several “healthy” pancake recipes and “just add water” waffle mixes from Pinterest, (which were all met with poor reviews from my critics), I then turned to the Kodiak Power Cakes Mix that had been sitting in my pantry for several months. When I first saw them at Costco, I was so excited to have a healthier pancake option for my family. But, to be honest, the pancakes (as made from the instructions on the box) didn’t make the cut with my husband and kids. They all said the pancakes were “too flat.”

How to make these amazing light and fluffy pancakes

The Key to Light and Fluffy

I thought the flavor was there but these pancakes definitely needed to be a little lighter in texture. Inspired by my father-in-law’s pancakes, I made a few tweaks to the Kodiak recipe. I’m pleased to report I landed on a much lighter and fluffier pancake. Plus, two thumbs up from my critics!

The key to my light and fluffy Kodiak pancakes is beating egg whites and folding them into the Kodiak cakes mix that I’ve also added milk and egg yolks. This is something my father-in-law does with his pancakes and it’s a game changer. Look how fluffy these pancakes get! As light and fluffy as any buttermilk flapjack or any other buttermilk power cakes. (and 14 grams of protein per serving!)

How to make my favorite protein pancakes

I also reduce the other liquid (milk) by about a half cup, since I’m adding the eggs, so the mixture it’s too runny.

Light and Fluffy pancakes everyone will love! cakebycourtney.comThe result is not only a pancake I feel good about serving my family, but one that tastes as delicious as it looks.


Light and Fluffy Kodiak Pancakes

Yield 18-20 Pancakes

A little twist on these easy-to-make, protein-packed pancakes takes them to a whole new level! 


  • 2 cups (240 g) Kodiak Flapjack Mix
  • 1 1/2 cups (360 g) milk
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • 1 teaspoon (4.2 g) vanilla


  1. Combine the Kodiak mix, milk, egg yolks and vanilla in a medium sized bowl. Stir until combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. 
  3. Gently fold the egg whites into the Kodiak mixture.
  4. Cook the batter on a skillet at medium heat for a couple minutes on each side. I measure each pancake with a 1/4 cup measuring cup.

Courtney Rich

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  1. Thank you for posting this recipe, it has been a game changer! I’ve made it twice this week. 1/3 the recipe for just me, going to try it out on my teenage son this weekend. Added lots of cinnamon per another comment and cooked in some sliced banana, perfect for my pancake craving as I continue on a Weight Watcher’s journey.

  2. Super thrilled to try this recipe out. My whole family dislikes these pancakes but they eat it cause they know the benefits. I’m going to surprise them with this recipe and see if they notice the difference. I’m sure it’ll be delicious.

  3. I see this is an old post, but asking anyway. 🙂 Do you (or your father-in-law) have any tricks for waffles? I really love making waffles for the kids and putting them in the freezer for the kids to grab themselves (especially the chocolate version, as they enjoy them without syrup), but one of my kiddos is on the spectrum and doesn’t like how “heavy” they are, but he NEEDS the protein. I’m excited about this recipe tweak for pancakes, but curious if you have any thoughts on waffles. 🙂 Thanks!

      1. Hoping this helps…what I do to make a pancake mix into a waffle mix is add 1 tbl of oil, (oil of preference) for each cup of mix used. Make sure to still spray the waffle iron. ♡♡♡

    1. Hoping this helps…what I do to make a pancake mix into a waffle mix is add 1 tbl of oil, (oil of preference) for each cup of mix used. Make sure to still spray the waffle iron. ♡♡♡

  4. I also use the lemon Vital Protein Collagen Peptides for a little extra flavor goes awesome with the blueberry kodiak cakes

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