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 3 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. Thanks for this recipe! Perfect fluffy Kodiak pancakes!

  2. I liked the sound of these so I decided to try my hand at them despite never having been able to successfully wipe egg whites. In the end, my family really enjoyed this recipe. I didn’t feel the initial pancakes tasted of vanilla so I ended up quadrupling the vanilla. These really made vanilla pancakes rather than nice pancakes with vanilla flavor, but my dad loved them!

  3. Made exactly as recipe stated. Came out perfect. So fluffy & delicious. This will be my go to Kodiak pancakes From now on. Very easy recipe for such decadent results!
    Thank you!

  4. This was the fluffiest pancakes recipe I’ve ever made! I added chocolate chips and lavender and my kids loved it! Finally, I made a decent pancake! Thanks so much!

  5. Thanks, these were nice and fluffy! I added a little extra milk because it was too thick to spread. Also added some cinnamon which made a big difference in the mix taste.

  6. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe of Kodaik Cakes. I recently ordered kodaik cake premix from the online store. Definitely I will try your recipe.

  7. This is a great upgrade but with 1/4 chip, I got 10- 12 pancakes. Lol

  8. Alyssa Quinn says:

    I made these for breakfast this morning and they are amazing! I added mini chocolate chips which were a great addition.

  9. Thank you! We are regular kodiak waffle makers but when I tried to make pancakes using their recipe on the back, we were very disappointed. Wanting pancakes, I searched for how to make them better and found your recipe. They were great! Light and fluffy, just like you said. Your recipe will be our go to whenever we want pancakes. Thanks again!

    1. We love these! I’ve made them three times with the following modifications.

      Eliminate the vanilla extract. Replace with one scoop of vanilla protein powder. Add blueberries as they are cooking.

      This makes 13 quarter cup scoop pancakes.

  10. Vicki McDaniel says:

    Made these this morning but decreased ingredients to 1 serving. I also added a few blueberries and topped with sugarfree syrup heated with a few more blueberries. They are delicious! Thank you!

    1. Glad you liked them!

  11. Steve Benn says:

    Thanks – My wife and I are just starting a better nutrition plan and wanted to try this one. Do you have the calculations per pancake for calories and proteins? Thanks again

    1. I don’t I’m sorry!

    2. Mary Weller says:

      We use the weight watchers app and it lets you add ingredients to a recipe and gives you the nutrition per serving. I think there’s a free trial. 🙂 I don’t work for them. LOL Honest. It’s just been a helpful tool for me.

  12. Michelle Hill says:

    Great recipe! Fluffy and delicious!

  13. I am a total fool in the kitchen and I was able to follow this clearly stated recipe / directions. Thank you for the awesome post! My kids loved the fluffier pancakes!

    1. That makes me so happy!

  14. One egg seemed to have the same effect as three. I added less water so they would be thick and that helped a lot. I tried sifting the mix too, but that didn’t cause a difference.

  15. Mary Weller says:

    We’ve tried to make Kodiak pancakes work multiple times and always ended up with breakfast coasters. I used your recipe this morning and they’re as gorgeous and fluffy as any pancake I’ve ever made. Excellent recipe. Thank you!! My husband and kids are devouring them for Fathers Day breakfast.

  16. Could you make these with homemade buttermilk instead of regular milk? Didn’t know if that would elevate it or just be no big deal. Thoughts?

  17. I appreciate this recipe- I made the standard back-of-the-box version and added chocolate chips. My kid was cool with it, I was not. They were dense and flat and lacked flavor. I knew I wanted a pinch of vanilla in them but adding the egg and milk is what I need to do. Thanks!

  18. This recipe passes the test for my kids. I am always fighting to get protein down my 7 year old (pickiest eater in the world). And he loved them! Before he ate them, he asked if they were Kodiak. I had to lie and say no. He fell for it and said he wanted another one. Thanks Courtney!

  19. Hi,
    Do you use butter or oil to cook it with? Thanks

  20. Can I make this batter the night before and my husband can use it for breakfast in the morning?

    1. I would do it fresh.

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