- Nutritionists and fitness influencers swear by Kodiak Cakes, so I decided to try them out.
- The $US6 ($AU8) mix, which contains whole grains and a protein blend, has 14 grams of protein per serving.
- Kodiak doesn’t taste like a regular pancake, but it’s still tasty, and I was full for hours.
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“You can use their mix to make waffles and pancakes because they are higher in protein, higher in fiber, so they leave you satisfied for a lot longer than something like the Eggo’s brand,” Kylie Sakaida, a registered dietitian, told me.
Andy Bellatti, another registered dietitian, said the brand is a better option than typical mixes — in some ways.
“Kodiak Cakes are made with whole-grain flours, so they are healthier than mixes made with refined flours,” he said.
However, there are 8 or 9 grams of added sugar per serving in some of the flavors — that’s typically higher than other mixes. So just because Kodiak Cakes are higher in protein, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a better option, Bellatti said.
One morning, I decided to find out if Kodiak was worth the hype.
It cost $US6 ($AU8).19 for 11 servings, which was much more expensive than any other pancake mix in the section, so I had very high expectations going into this taste test.
The cinnamon-oat flavor contains whole-grain wheat flour, whole-grain rolled oats, cane sugar, wheat protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, milk protein concentrate, leavening, cinnamon, buttermilk, and salt.
But the back of the box also told me I could “power up” and adjust the protein amount.
For instance, if I just added water to the mix, then the pancakes would have 14 grams of protein each. But if I added milk instead of water, then the pancakes would have 16 grams of protein. If I added milk and an egg, there would be 18 grams of protein.
I always like to make things as simple as possible in the kitchen, so I decided to take the just-add-water route.
Rather than using just 1/3 cup of mix, I used a whole cup because that seemed like the amount I’d actually want to eat.
By making three pancakes — and three times the 1/3 cup serving size — I made three servings, adding up to a staggering 42 grams of protein.
While Kodiak pancakes were tasty, they didn’t satisfy my traditional pancake craving. I can definitely see myself turning to Bisquick again in the future, but I can also see myself turning to Kodiak when I’m being more food and health-conscious.
So would I recommend Kodiak? It depends. If you’re craving a pancake, then I say skip Kodiak and use your go-to mix. But if you’re looking for a way to get in more protein, want to stay satiated for longer, and can afford a splurge, then you won’t be disappointed with Kodiak.