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Kodiak Cake Waffles with Mixed Berry Syrup | Kodiak Protein Waffles

Summer Yule
Learn how to make Kodiak protein waffles with this easy recipe! You'll love how fast my Kodiak Cake waffles whip up.
4.75 from 16 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 277 kcal

Ingredients

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)

Instructions

  • 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!

Notes

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.

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 suggestion 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.
Nutrition information is for one serving of the recipe (the waffle only). Adding ⅙ of the mixed berry syrup to the waffle (made with real maple syrup) adds approximately 82 calories per serving. Realistically, we tend to add more like ¼ of the syrup per waffle (123 calories).

Nutrition

Calories: 277kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 17.1gFat: 9.6gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 401.2mgFiber: 4.4gAdded Sugar: 2gVitamin A: 5.3% DVVitamin C: 1.3% DVCalcium: 12.4% DVIron: 6.7% DV
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