If you’re looking for a way to have 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 great, and packs even more protein than what comes in the mix alone.
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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.
To make these high-protein Kodiak Cake waffles, you will need a waffle maker. I am using this ceramic Belgian Waffle Maker, but you can use whatever waffle maker you have on hand. 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.
- Cinnamon – This gives our waffle mix more flavor.
This recipe makes two large Belgian waffles.
To make this high protein Kodiak Cakes Waffle recipe, follow the simple steps below:
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).
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.
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.
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.
Tips & Variations
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.
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.
There is so much you can do with these fluffy Belgian waffles to complete your breakfast! Whether you eat them the traditional way with butter and maple syrup or use a sugar-free syrup alternative, these can be a healthy alternative to satisfy those sweet breakfast cravings!
Top your waffle with a pile of fresh fruit, vanilla yogurt, or your favorite nut butter.
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!
For 1/2 of this recipe (one large Belgian waffle), the nutritional information is as follows:
- Calories: 309
- Protein: 31.2 grams
- Fat: 2.4 grams
- Carbs: 41.6 grams
- Fiber: 6.6 grams
Store leftover waffles in an airtight container in the fridge. They reheat well in about 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 our Healthy Biscuits and Gravy! This is a favorite we make again and again.
If sweet breakfasts are more your jam, try our High Protein French Toast Casserole.
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.
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.
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High Protein Kodiak Cakes Waffle Recipe
- Waffle Iron
- 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
- 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.