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High Protein Kodiak Cakes Waffle Recipe – Easy & Healthy

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If you’re looking for a sweet & comforting breakfast that still packs a huge punch of protein and fiber, look no further than this amazing Kodiak Cakes Waffle recipe! This recipe is super easy, tastes like the waffles you know and love, and packs even more protein than what comes in the mix alone.

This is a large Belgian waffle with strawberries and blueberries on a white plate with the macros in the corner-- 309 calories, 31g protein, 2g fat, 42g carbs.

Let’s face it–if you have small kids, you probably have realized you’re going to be making your fair share of pancakes and waffles.

While traditional waffles are the type of food that could easily become a sugar bomb, it’s also been an area that I’ve challenged myself to find a way to turn into a healthy breakfast. My kids love them so much, and honestly, so do I!

We love the Kodiak Cake Mix in our house–it’s one of the best pancake mixes out there! With whole wheat flour as a main ingredient, it’s packed with whole grains and much more protein than what comes in a typical pancake mix.

As much as I love making homemade bread products, the Kodiak Pancake Mix is one packaged mix I stock up on as I have found it difficult to completely recreate and achieve the same delicious, fluffy texture that it offers. Almost all grocery stores carry Kodiak mix nowadays.

While this whole grain pancake mix offers more protein and fiber than typical pancake or waffle mixes, it still was under the amount of protein I typically try to target in a meal. I really wanted to get my portion up to 30 g protein, so I have experimented with a few tweaks and oh my goodness, these Kodiak protein waffles are incredible!

The best part is that you don’t need any crazy ingredients–if you’re a high-protein eater, you likely already have everything you need in your fridge or pantry to make these Kodiak waffles.

This is a large kodiak waffle topped with butter and a side of fruit.

Ingredients

To make these high-protein Kodiak Cake waffles, you will need a Belgian waffle maker. For ingredients, you will need:

  • Kodiak Waffle Mix – We just use the standard pancake and waffle mix for this recipe. There are a few different flavors and variations you can find in the supermarket, but we just stick to the regular one.
  • Nonfat Greek Yogurt – This adds some additional protein to the mix while keeping the texture soft.
  • Vanilla Protein Powder – Just 2 tablespoons– this adds some nice vanilla flavor as well as additional protein.
  • Ultra-Filtered Skim Milk – Ultra-filtered milk is higher in protein and lower in calories than other dairy milk. Regular skim milk is fine to use, too.
  • Cinnamon – This gives our waffle mix more flavor.

This recipe makes two large Belgian waffles. 

These are the ingredients for the Kodiak cakes waffle recipe including box of kodiak mix, milk, yogurt, protein powder, and tsp of cinnamon.

Instructions

To make this high protein Kodiak Cakes Waffle recipe, follow the simple steps below:

This is a person turning on the waffle maker to preheat.

1. Preheat Waffle Iron

Plug in your waffle maker and turn it on to preheat. I set mine to medium (my waffle maker has a dial with the numbers one through three–I set it to two).

This is milk pouring into the mixing bowl of dry ingredients.

2. Mix Ingredients

Add the Kodiak Cakes mix plus the other ingredients to a large bowl and stir to combine until the waffle batter is smooth.

This is a bowl pouring batter into the hot waffle iron.

3. Cook Waffle

Spray your waffle iron liberally with cooking spray. The mix has no oil in it, so you want to make sure you grease the waffle iron. Add half of the batter from your mixing bowl to your preheated waffle iron. Close your waffle iron and let it cook for 5-6 minutes.

This is the fully cooked waffle removed from the waffle iron and set on a plate.

4. Remove Waffle

Once the steam from your waffle maker has gone down significantly or disappeared, carefully open your waffle maker. Your waffle should be golden brown and fully formed. If you try to open it before the waffles are completely cooked, you may ruin the waffle and cause it to stick. See the “Waffle Tips” section below for help with making foolproof waffles every time.

Waffle Quick Tips:

To avoid sticking & ripping your waffle, make sure to do the following:
1) Generously spray the waffle maker with cooking spray
2) Make sure waffle is completely cooked all the way through before trying to open.

3) Watch the steam — if the waffle maker is still steaming, it is not yet ready to open.

More Recipe Tips

One common issue when making waffles is the waffle sticking to the plates and ripping in half when you try to open the waffle maker. For best results, make sure you spray your waffle maker plates with olive oil spray or another cooking spray. But you also need to make sure you are letting them cook all the way through before opening.

If you know you greased your waffle maker, but when you start to open it you see it sticking and ripping apart, it may simply be that it needs to cook a couple of minutes longer. We watch the steam from the waffle maker as our cue–once the steam is gone, then we know the waffle is fully cooked.

When opening your waffle maker, if you notice a bit of sticking, pull gently. Use a fork to pry the edges of the waffle off of the waffle maker plates. Again, there should not be significant sticking if you grease your waffle maker and allow the waffles to fully cook.

Variations & Toppings

We use ultra-filtered milk in this waffle recipe. While you could substitute something like unsweetened almond milk if needed, it will decrease the grams of protein per serving.

Try some of the other Kodiak Cake flavors, like raspberry-lemon or birthday cake for a fun flavor twist!

You can also try adding a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the batter, or even try topping it with some chocolate chips. Yum!

Here are some fun and delicious topping ideas:

  • Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries
  • Sliced banana
  • Butter, peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter
  • Pure maple syrup or sugar-free maple-flavored syrup
  • Greek yogurt
  • Chia seeds or pumpkin seeds
  • Coconut whipped cream
This is a kodiak waffle with bite missing on fork with butter.

Serving Suggestions

You can eat these waffles on their own as a complete meal! Some other ideas to round out the meal are to serve with a side of fruit and nuts, or to eat with some scrambled eggs or chicken sausage.

You can also make a big batch of these and freeze them for homemade toaster waffles. I recommend cutting the large waffles into quarters so they are easy to fit in the toaster.

Nutritional Information

This recipe makes two large Belgian waffles.

The stats below are for one large waffle (1/2 the full recipe). These were calculated using my macro-counting app of choice (MacroFactor) and based on my chosen brands of ingredients. Your macros may vary. Always do your own calculations for the most accuracy.

Macrofactor nutrition stats for the waffle including 309 calories, 31g protein, 2g fat, and 42g carbs.
  • Calories: 309
  • Protein: 31.2 grams
  • Fat: 2.4 grams
  • Carbs: 41.6 grams (35 grams net carbs if you subtract fiber)
  • Fiber: 6.6 grams

Recipe Notes

Store leftover waffles in an airtight container in the fridge. They reheat well in about 45-seconds to one minute in the microwave. 

These also freeze great! Sometimes we make big batches and then cut the large waffles into quarters to freeze. We reheat the frozen waffle quarters in the toaster for homemade toaster waffles.

Other Breakfast Recipes

Want some other high-protein breakfasts? Try my Healthy Biscuits and Gravy! This is a favorite we make again and again.

If sweet breakfasts are more your jam, try any of the following:

FAQ

Do Kodiak Cakes taste better with milk or water?

My kids are adamant that they taste best with milk. 🙂 But of course, it’s a matter of opinion! Milk will add more protein and make these waffles softer.

Can pancake mix be used for waffles?

Most of the time, yes! Most pancake mixes suggest adding some oil to turn it into a waffle batter. We do not do that in this recipe, but we make sure we spray the waffle maker before pouring the batter.

Waffles + Protein = A Match Made in Heaven!

This recipe is a God-send for those who need more protein but still want to eat their favorite foods. Give it a try, then please leave a comment and review! It means the world!

This is a kodiak cakes protein waffle with butter & syrup with fruit on a white plate.
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High Protein Kodiak Cakes Waffle Recipe

This recipe packs even more protein into the delicious Kodiak Cakes mix!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time6 minutes
Total Time11 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: high protein, high protein waffle, kodiak cakes waffle recipe, kodiak waffle recipe
Servings: 2 Belgian Waffles
Calories: 308kcal
Author: Holly Lee
Cost: $3

Equipment

  • Waffle Iron

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Kodiak Cakes Pancake & Waffle Mix 126 grams
  • 1/2 cup Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 2/3 cup Ultrafiltered Nonfat Milk ex: Fairlife
  • 2 tbsp Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon

Instructions

  • Plug in your waffle maker and turn it on to preheat to medium (my waffle maker has a dial with the numbers one through three–I set it to two).
  • Add the Kodiak Cakes waffle mix, yogurt, milk, protein powder, and cinnamon to a large bowl and stir to combine until the waffle batter is smooth.
  • When the waffle iron is finished preheating, spray it liberally with cooking spray. Add half of the batter from your mixing bowl to your waffle iron. Close your waffle iron and let it cook for 5-6 minutes, or for the amount of time as directed by the instructions for your model.
  • Once all of the steam from your waffle maker is mostly gone, your waffle should be fully cooked. Carefully open your waffle maker. Your waffle should be golden brown and fully formed. If you try to open it before the waffle is finished, you may ruin the waffle and cause it to stick. See the Recipe Notes section below for help with making foolproof waffles every time.

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Notes

One common issue when making waffles is the waffle sticking to the plates and ripping in half when you try to open the waffle maker. Make sure you spray your waffle maker plates with cooking spray, and make sure you are letting them cook all the way through before opening.
If you know you greased your waffle maker, but when you start to open it you see it sticking and ripping apart, it may simply be that it needs to cook a couple of minutes longer. Close the waffle maker and let it continue to cook. Watch the steam from the waffle maker as a cue–once the steam is gone, then we know the waffle is fully cooked.
When opening your waffle maker, if you notice a bit of sticking, pull gently. Use a fork to pry the edges of the waffle off of the waffle maker plates. There should not be significant sticking if you grease your waffle maker and allow the waffles to fully cook.

Nutrition

Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 54mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I just made these. I’m beyond seriously shocked that these are so delicious. I can’t believe either how filling they are. I’m beyond stuffed. You truly created a terrific recipe. Thank you so much this. I’m going share this recipe with everyone I know. You are a true blessing.

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