Learn how to make Kodiak protein waffles with this easy recipe! You'll love how fast my Kodiak Cake waffles whip up. These fluffy Belgian waffles are the perfect breakfast for a lazy Sunday morning. Drizzled with homemade mixed berry syrup and topped with whipped cream, this one's truly a treat. Your family will never guess that the Kodiak waffle mix has a secret ingredient…
Someone on my email list asked me to cover the Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes mixes. Your wish is my command! I will happily take this assignment of waffle making and evaluation. Lol
One thing to know about the Kodiak Cakes mixes is that they all contain added sugar. Some of the products, such as the Kodiak muffin mixes, contain a lot of added sugar. Cane sugar is the second ingredient in these mixes.
Other Kodiak Cakes items contain far less added sugar. The Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk Power Cakes mix appears to be one of the best options, with only 2 grams of added sugar per serving. That's the mix I've chosen to use in this recipe.
The other thing to know about the Kodiak Cakes mixes is that they all contain a secret ingredient, protein powder! If you've been reading a while, you know I'm not a fan of protein powder. I find it tends to have a chalky, icky taste that isn't easily hidden in foods.
To be honest, I typically avoid protein powders and stick to getting my protein from delicious whole food sources. So, what is my honest review of this waffle mix with protein powder?
Believe it or not, I thought it was really tasty. It's hard to believe they managed to pack a bunch of protein powder in there. It's pretty amazing.
- Kodiak Cake Waffles Nutrition
- Kodiak Cake Waffles Ingredients
- Kodiak Cakes Waffles Instructions
- How to Make Mixed Berry Syrup
- How do you reheat homemade waffles?
- Expert Tips from a Dietitian
- What are some other breakfast recipes with berries?
- Frequently Asked Questions
- More Breakfast Recipes with Protein That You May Enjoy
- And now for the disclaimer…
- 📖 Recipe
Kodiak Cake Waffles Nutrition
It's pretty easy to whip up a batch of homemade waffles or pancakes from scratch. They're delicious, they're a crowd-pleaser, so why in the world use a mix?
I prefer to make homemade waffle batter. It allows me to fully control the ingredients, including skipping the added sugar. However, I can see the benefits of choosing to make Kodiak Cakes waffles instead.
The various Kodiak Cakes pancake and waffle mixes all have different nutritional profiles. Here's some nutrition information for their buttermilk waffle mix:
- 190 calories per half cup of dry mix: A half cup of all purpose flour provides approximately 220 calories. The Kodiak mix is a slightly lower calorie option.
- Low fat waffle mix: You're getting only 2 grams of fat and 0 grams of saturated fat per ½ cup of dry mix. Of course, we're going to add oil, milk, and eggs to our recipe.
- 100% whole grain waffle mix: The first two ingredients in this mix are whole wheat flour and whole oat flour. All of those whole grains mean you're getting a hefty amount of fiber in these waffles (5 grams per serving).
- PROTEIN: One of the biggest advantages of this mix is protein. You get 14 grams of protein per half cup of dry mix. One-half cup of whole wheat flour contains only 7.9 grams of protein (and none of it is high-quality dairy protein like in the Kodiak mix).
- Lower net carbs: For my low carb friends, this Kodiak mix contains fewer net carbs than the same volume of whole wheat flour.
- Protein and calcium: One serving of Kodiak Cake mix provides 15% DV for calcium and 10% DV for iron. This doesn't count the additional minerals you get when you add milk and eggs to this waffle recipe!
Kodiak Cake Waffles Ingredients
You don't need many ingredients for Kodiak Cakes waffles. Here is the roundup:
- Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Flapjack & Waffle Mix (Buttermilk flavor)
- 2% Milk
- Avocado Oil
- Cooking Oil Spray
- Frozen Mixed Berries
- Maple Syrup (either the real deal or a sugar free maple substitute)
- Whipped cream (optional; sugar free or regular is fine)
- Other fruit for topping, such as fresh banana slices (optional)
My favorite frozen mixed berries to use in this recipe is a frozen triple berry blend. This is a mix of blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries. You can also use an individual package of frozen blueberries, frozen blackberries, or frozen raspberries instead.
Strawberries are my least favorite berry to use in this berry syrup recipe because I find they don't mash as easily. Frozen wild blueberries are really nice because they are small and need little mashing.
You'll also need a few pieces of kitchen equipment to make this recipe. The first is a Belgian waffle maker. Belgian waffles often have larger, deeper squares than American waffles, better for holding your delicious mixed berry syrup!
It's not too difficult to find a reasonably priced Belgian waffle maker that gets good reviews online. If you really can't spring for the extra kitchen equipment right now, you can use this waffle batter to make pancakes instead. It's going to be delicious either way.
The other piece of (mildly unusual) equipment that might be helpful is a potato masher. You can use the masher to do a rough mash of your berries for your berry syrup. A fork can be used in place of the masher, but it will take a bit longer to mash the berries.
Kodiak Cakes Waffles Instructions
This recipe is pretty close to the Kodiak waffles recipe on the box. I found that the box recipe waffle batter was pretty thin, so I've decreased the liquid to mix ratio a bit.
You can use water or milk with the Kodiak Cakes waffle mix. You can also choose whether to add eggs or not. I chose to include both milk and eggs for additional protein (as well as more essential vitamins and minerals).
Anyhow, let's get to making the waffles, shall we?
Measure your Kodiak Cake mix into a medium sized bowl. Add the milk, eggs, and oil. Stir it up into a fairly uniform mixture (some small lumps in the batter are fine).
Plug in your Belgian waffle maker and let it heat up. If you don't preheat your waffle maker before pouring in the batter, your first waffle will become overly dry. Spritz both sides of the heated waffle maker with cooking oil spray.
Pour the right amount of batter into the waffle maker. My waffle maker uses ½ cup of batter per waffle. Shut the waffle maker and let your waffle cook.
When your waffle has finished cooking, spray the waffle maker with more cooking spray and make your next waffle. My waffle maker has a light that goes off when the waffle is done cooking.
You'll have a few minutes to spare while each waffle cooks. You can use that time to make the mixed berry syrup, if you wish.
How to Make Mixed Berry Syrup
A few years ago, I made some special stuffed orange waffles with mixed berry syrup for a holiday breakfast. The berry maple syrup was so delicious and easy, I continue to make it just about any time I have pancakes or waffles. It's a great way to use frozen fruit and gives a little bump to your fruit intake too!
Another advantage of adding berries to your maple syrup is that you're increasing the amount of syrup per waffle without increasing the added sugar. Berries are also far lower in calories by volume than maple syrup.
To make the syrup, put your frozen berries in a small saucepan over medium heat and add the maple syrup. If you're using a sugar free "maple" syrup, you may want to heat and mash the berries first, then add the syrup. Some sugar free syrups react strangely to being heated.
Keep the berries over the heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. They will thaw and become quite mushy. Remove them from the heat and mash them with a potato masher or a fork.
You can make the mixed berry syrup as smooth as you like by mashing the berries more thoroughly. I like my syrup to have some texture, so I don't mash the berries extremely well.
When your waffles have finished cooking, plate them and top them with the berry syrup, whipped cream, and fresh fruit. I bet you'll find it hard to believe there's hidden protein powder in the waffles!
How do you reheat homemade waffles?
This recipe makes six waffles, or 3-6 servings, depending on your household members' appetite. Put leftover waffles in the refrigerator, covered with plastic wrap. Don't top your uneaten leftover waffles until after they've been reheated.
To reheat the waffles, put them directly on the top oven rack in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. It will take approximately 8-9 minutes for the waffles to heat up. If your waffles have become slightly soggy, the oven will help them to crisp back up.
Leftover mixed berry syrup can be refrigerated to use the next day. If you'd like warm berry syrup for your waffles, you can gently reheat the syrup on the stovetop. I’m thinking leftover mixed berry syrup would also be a tasty topping for yogurt or ice cream.
Expert Tips from a Dietitian
This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). While the Kodiak Cakes mixes count as ultra-processed food, they're an easy way to fit more protein into breakfast. If you usually have things like muffins, waffles, pancakes, cereals, or donuts in the morning, using a Kodiak mix instead may help you to increase your protein intake.
The photographs show a stack of three large Belgian waffles, but an appropriate serving size for most is only 1-2 waffles. (Yes, this excludes those with higher energy needs, such as your average teen boy. Lol) The waffle stack was pictured this way for aesthetic appeal only.
If you have a weight loss goal, I don't consider items primarily made of flour to be the best choice. That said, there are some additional ways to make a lower calorie waffle that I did not use here. What follows are some tips for making a lighter waffle.
Use a sugar-free syrup instead of real maple syrup in the mixed berry syrup.
This swap removes most of the added sugar in the recipe and greatly lowers the calories and carbs. One half cup of maple syrup (the total amount in the recipe) provides 420 calories. If you divide the syrup between four servings, that's a savings of over 100 calories per serving.
Mix the Kodiak pancake mix with water instead of milk and eggs.
This mix can work with water instead of milk and eggs. The box recommends using one cup mix, one cup water, and one tablespoon oil for waffles. Swapping out the milk and eggs for water in this recipe would cut about 400 calories (67 calories per waffle). Unfortunately, you'd also lose out on the high quality protein and other nutrients in the milk and eggs.
Use skim milk and egg whites instead of 2% milk and whole eggs.
This one is a compromise between my original recipe and using just water. You do lose out on some nutrients with this swap, but you keep the protein and calcium.
Of these suggestions, I think swapping the maple syrup for a syrup that is sugar free is best. Maple syrup provides riboflavin and small amounts of other B vitamins, but it is mostly added sugar. Milk is an excellent source of riboflavin without the added sugar, and it is rich in many other essential nutrients as well.
What are some other breakfast recipes with berries?
Berries might just be some of my very favorite fruits, and they happen to be low carb and low calorie too! Check out these recipes if you need more ways to fit berry goodness into your mornings:
- Chocolate Hazelnut Granola with Raspberries
- Zoats Recipe with Raspberry Chia Jam
- Banana Split Fruit and Yogurt Bowls
- Overnight Oats with Frozen Fruit
- Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Overnight Oats
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Kodiak Cakes waffles healthy? Are Kodiak Cakes healthier than regular pancakes?
Sometimes it's difficult to pin down what foods can be considered "healthy." It's helpful to have more information before passing judgment on whether a food might be a good choice for an individual.
For example, what if you normally eat regular white flour pancakes or waffles for breakfast? Switching to these Kodiak Cakes means you're getting whole grains plus more protein and (maybe) less added sugar. It sounds like a good swap to me!
Ok, but what if you have a wheat or dairy allergy, or you're on a ketogenic diet as part of your medical nutrition therapy? In that case, both regular pancakes and these Kodiak Cakes will not be a healthy choice for you. Context matters!
Another thing to consider is that the various Kodiak Cakes products have vastly different nutritional profiles. For example, their strawberry chocolate chip baking mix has 9 grams of added sugar per serving. That is over quadruple the amount of added sugar in the buttermilk pancake mix!
Are Kodiak Cakes filling?
At least in theory, waffles made with Kodiak Cakes mix should be more filling. These whole grain waffles contain more fiber and more protein than your typical refined grain waffle. Protein and fiber are two of the dietary elements that help to promote satiety.
That said, are Kodiak Cakes a filling option for you? You are the one in the best position to answer that question!
Compare how you feel after having a meal of Kodiak Cake waffles to other breakfast options. What type of (appropriately portion-sized) meals feel most satisfying to you? I tend to find unsweetened Greek yogurt, fruit, plain oatmeal, and eggs more filling than waffles.
What kind of protein is in Kodiak Cakes?
The Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes flapjack and waffle mix (buttermilk flavor) contains a blend of three different proteins:
- Wheat protein isolate
- Whey protein concentrate
- Milk protein concentrate
Since this product contains protein from various dairy sources plus additional buttermilk, it is not vegan. This waffle recipe contains eggs and milk for even more protein.
Are Kodiak Cakes Power Waffles gluten free?
This waffle recipe made with the buttermilk Kodiak waffle mix is not gluten free. The first ingredient in the mix is gluten-containing whole grain wheat flour.
That said, Kodiak Cakes does offer a gluten free pancake and waffle mix, which you can purchase on Amazon. This mix is "frontier oat" flavor.
It has 4 grams of added sugar and only 6 grams of protein per ½ cup of dry mix. (In other words, twice the added sugar and less than half the protein of the buttermilk milk.) While I wouldn't call it their best offering from a general nutrition standpoint, gluten-free is definitely best for those with celiac disease!
Are Kodiak Cakes waffles keto? How many net carbs are in Kodiak waffles?
No, neither the Kodiak Cakes waffle mix nor this Belgian waffle recipe can be considered keto friendly. One-half cup of dry Kodiak mix (buttermilk flavor) provides 25 grams of net carbs. That is the grams of total carbohydrates minus the grams of fiber.
If you use maple syrup or honey on your waffles, that will drive the carb count even higher. Though Kodiak waffles aren't a good fit for very low carb diets, they may fit some moderately low carb diets. I would use sugar free syrup on the waffles if you are trying to lower your carb intake.
Where can I buy Kodiak Cake power waffles?
If you are in the United States, you may be able to find Kodiak Cake power waffles (including waffle mix and frozen waffles) wherever you shop for food. This includes stores such as Walmart and Costco. My Costco has a really great price on a large box of the buttermilk waffle mix.
For those having trouble finding it locally, you can also purchase Kodiak Cake mix on Amazon. Amazon has a lot of flavor options that may be difficult to find in brick and mortar stores.
How do you make fruit syrup thicker?
You have a lot of options if you feel like your mixed berry syrup is too watery. The easiest is to simply boil more water off of the berry mix and syrup. You could also add a thickener (such as cornstarch) to the syrup.
One more idea to make your pancake syrup thicker is to add some chia seeds (after removing the syrup from the heat). The chia seeds will help your berry syrup to thicken up as it cools.
More Breakfast Recipes with Protein That You May Enjoy
Are you looking for protein packed breakfast recipes? Many of us have difficulty getting enough protein at breakfast. Use these delicious and healthy recipes to help you eat more protein in the morning:
- Keto Blueberry Smoothie Recipe
- Applesauce Overnight Oats | High Protein, No Added Sugar!
- Proats Recipe: Egg White Oatmeal
- Baked Protein Oatmeal (with a Secret Ingredient!)
- Keto Crustless Quiche | High Protein Frittata Recipe
And now for the disclaimer…
All recipes on this website may or may not be appropriate for you, depending on your medical needs and personal preferences. Consult with a registered dietitian or your physician if you need help determining the dietary pattern that may be best for you.
The nutrition information is an estimate provided as a courtesy. It will differ depending on the specific brands and ingredients that you use. Calorie information on food labels may be wildly inaccurate, so please don't sweat the numbers too much.
For more information on how the three recipe levels may help with a weight management goal, refer to my overnight oats with yogurt post. Let's get cooking!
Kodiak Cake Waffles with Mixed Berry Syrup | Kodiak Protein Waffles
- 2⅔ cups Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Flapjack & Waffle Mix, buttermilk flavor
- 2 cups milk, 2%
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- cooking oil spray of choice
For the mixed berry syrup and waffle toppings:
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- ½ cup maple syrup (real maple syrup or a sugar-free substitute)
- whipped cream (optional; can use sugar free whipped topping or regular)
- other fruit for topping, such as fresh banana slices (optional)
- Measure the Kodiak Cake baking mix into a medium-sized bowl. Add the milk, eggs, and oil. Stir it up into a fairly uniform mixture (some small lumps in the batter are fine).
- Plug in your waffle maker and let it heat up. Spritz both sides of the heated waffle maker with cooking spray.
- Pour the right amount of batter into the waffle maker. My waffle maker uses ½ cup of batter per waffle. (Nutrition information per waffle will be impacted if you use a different volume of the batter.) Shut the waffle maker and let your waffle cook.
- When your waffle has finished cooking, spray the waffle maker with additional cooking spray and make your next waffle. My waffle maker has a light that goes off when the waffle is done cooking. Make the mixed berry syrup while the waffles are cooking.
To make the mixed berry syrup:
- To make the syrup, put the frozen berries in a small saucepan over medium heat and add the maple syrup. If you're using a sugar-free "maple" syrup, you may want to heat and mash the berries first, then add the syrup. Some sugar-free syrups react strangely to being heated.
- Keep the berries over the heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. They will thaw and become quite mushy. Remove them from the heat and mash them with a potato masher or a fork.
- To serve: when your waffles have finished cooking, plate them and top them with the berry syrup. Finish with any optional whipped cream, or fresh fruit you've decided to use. Bon appetit!
This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). While the Kodiak Cakes mixes count as ultra-processed food, they're an easy way to fit more protein into breakfast. If you usually have things like muffins, waffles, pancakes, cereals, or donuts in the morning, using a Kodiak mix instead may help you to increase your protein intake. The photographs show a stack of three large Belgian waffles, but an appropriate serving size for most is only 1-2 waffles. (Yes, this excludes those with higher energy needs, such as your average teen boy. Lol) The waffle stack was pictured this way for aesthetic appeal only. If you have a weight loss goal, I don't consider items primarily made of flour (even whole grain flour) to be the best choice. That said, there are some additional ways to make a lower calorie waffle that I did not use here. What follows are some tips for making a lighter waffle.