Light and Fluffy Kodiak Pancakes

July 7, 2024

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

A stack of light and fluffy pancakes with a bite taken out and fork on the plate.

Light and Fluffy Kodiak Pancakes

It may come as a surprise, but this recipe for my Light and Fluffy Kodiak Pancakes is one of THE MOST POPULAR recipes on my blog! With hundreds of cakes and other desserts, this is one of the most viewed, most made recipes on – and there’s a reason!

My Light and Fluffy Kodiak Pancakes aren’t just a box mix of pancakes with water. With whipped egg whites folded into the batter, we take this pantry staple to the next level! The texture is light and fluffy and truly delicious! I have no double they’ll be on your weekly rotation just like they are at our house.

Stack of pancakes with syrup being poured on top.

The Best Meal of the Day

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 Loaf, 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.

A stack of pancakes on a plate with butter and syrup.

A Healthier Light and Fluffy Pancake

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 (btw, no this isn’t sponsored). 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.”

Ingredients for Light and Fluffy Kodiak Pancakes

For this recipe, you’ll need Kodiak Pancake Mix (which is found at Costco and most grocery stores), egg yolks, egg whites, vanilla extract and milk.

How to Make Light and Fluffy Kodiak Pancakes

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!)

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.

Pancakes on a skillet.

The result is not only a pancake I feel good about serving my family, but one that tastes as delicious as it looks.

A stack of pancakes with syrup and fruit.


A stack of light and fluffy pancakes with a bite taken out and fork on the plate.

Light and Fluffy Kodiak Pancakes

5 from 4 votes
A little twist on these easy-to-make, protein-packed pancakes takes them to a whole new level! 
Servings 18 Pancakes


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


  • Combine the Kodiak mix, milk, egg yolks and vanilla in a medium sized bowl. Stir until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. 
  • Gently fold the egg whites into the Kodiak mixture.
  • Cook the batter on a skillet at medium heat for a couple minutes on each side. I measure each pancake with a ¼ cup measuring cup.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Pancakes
Keyword: Breakfast, Pancakes

Join the Conversation

  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.

    1. Yay I’m so thrilled.

  2. Ashley kadar says:

    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. Shoot I don’t have any tips on waffles!

      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. ♡♡♡

    2. 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. Jamie Herrmann says:

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

  5. Danielle says:

    Hello, how many pancakes does this make with the 1/4 measuring cup?

    1. It should be about 10-12

  6. Turned out delicious and fluffy, followed the other comments added cinnamon.

  7. These are PERFECT! Hubs has the taste buds of a 5 year old when it come to breakfast foods and he has always battled me on healthier options. But we got 2 thumbs way up on these! This will be my new go-to recipe for pancakes!

  8. Kim - San Jose, CA says:

    Whipping the egg whites def makes the pancakes fluffier. But IDK how no matter how much sugar/stevia and salt I add, Kodiak still tastes like nothing! We added bananas and chocolate chips to try to help it. Thanks for posting.

  9. Hello. I just wanted to say huge thanks fot your recipe. It’s a family favorite and I just wanted to say thank you.

  10. Katelyn Stoner says:

    Yummmmm this is such a better Kodiak recipe than the box. We added mini chocolate chips and was perfect and fluffy!

    1. Yay! So happy to hear it was a hit. We also love it with blueberries too. So many fun add-in options.

  11. Wow, what a great way to make such fluffy and wholesome 🥞 pancakes. Yummy 😋

  12. Have you ever tried to freeze this batter??? Or maybe cook the pancakes first & then freeze?

    1. I’ve never tried that!

  13. My family loves these! I add some brown sugar to increase the sweetness, perfect!

  14. Thank you!! I’ve been trying everything to get my Kodiak pancakes thicker & fluffier like traditional pancakes to no avail. Your recipe was perfect!

  15. Thank you for this recipe. I recently gambled on a bulk sized box of Kodiak pancake mix and was very disappointed after my first attempt at making them according to the box instructions. This method is making me want to go buy another box! Highly recommend. Thanks again.

  16. S. Nicholson says:

    Thanks to your advertiser, your recipe is no longer visible.

    1. Actually, not an advertiser issue. Just had some site updates and it’s back up.

  17. 5 stars
    Delicious!!! I added about 2/3 cup blueberries, think I will do more next time. My boyfriend and I loved them!

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