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Kodiak Pancakes (Light and Fluffy Recipe)

Kodiak pancakes are perfect for when you want something wholesome but full of flavor. Made with Kodiak pancake mix, these flapjacks put a healthy twist on a classic breakfast fave. 

Kodiak pancakes are a nutritious, delicious treat and will satisfy anyone who tries them. They’re high-protein and packed with whole grains, giving you a satisfying start to the day!

Stack of pancakes topped with slices of strawberries and maple syrup served on a white place.
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You need only a few ingredients to make Kodiak pancakes. They are: 

  • Kodiak pancake mix – Obviously, you can make pancakes with any brand of pancake mix. However, if you want KODIAK pancakes, use the Kodiak brand. They have several types, but I stick to the regular Kodiak Power Cakes.
  • Milk – Some people make these pancakes with water. I prefer milk because it gives them a richer flavor. Whole milk is my go-to, but you can use what you have. 
  • Egg – Remember to keep the white and yellow of your egg separate. You’ll need them in two different bowls. 
  • Vanilla – Just 1/2 teaspoon will enhance the pancakes’ flavor and give them a delightful warmth. 
  • Cinnamon – Cinnamon is optional but delicious. I highly recommend adding it. 
  • Salt – Just a pinch to act as a flavor enhancer. 
  • Butter – For greasing the pan. I typically use salted, but unsalted is okay, too. 

Of course, no pancakes are complete without an array of sweet (or savory!) toppings. Try maple syrup, berries, whipped cream, and more! Load your pancakes up with it all. 

Pancakes stack on a white plate garnished with slices of strawberries on top.

How to Make Kodiak Pancakes 

Wondering how to make these high-protein pancakes? Follow these simple steps: 

1. Make the batter. Add everything except the egg white, butter, and toppings to a large bowl. Whisk the ingredients together. 

Then, use a hand mixer or whisk to beat the egg white in a separate bowl. Beat it until it forms stiff peaks, then stir it gently into the batter. Don’t overmix!

2. Cook the pancakes. Heat your skillet over medium heat, then melt the butter. Turn the pan as needed to spread the melted butter over the bottom and sides of the pan. 

Finally, cook the pancakes. Each one will use about 1/4 cup of batter. Pour the batter into the hot buttered skillet and cook it for 2-3 minutes. (Or until you see bubbles.) 

Then, flip the pancake and cook it for another 2-3 minutes. Continue until you’ve used all the batter. 

3. Serve. Top the warm pancakes with whatever toppings you like best, and enjoy! 

The Secret to Light and Fluffy Pancakes 

Every chef and amateur cook seems to have a “secret” for the fluffiest pancakes possible. And yep! That includes me. 

Honestly, it really isn’t much of a secret. In fact, it’s super simple. Separate the egg yolk and white, then beat the white!

That’s all it takes to make these pancakes super fluffy. Beat the whites until they form stiff peaks. Then, gently fold them into the prepared batter. 

You’ll turn out ridiculously light and fluffy pancakes every time. 

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Pancakes stacked on a white plate topped with sliced strawberry garnished and dripping maple syrup.

Recipe Variations

Want to try a few variations? No problem! Here are some things to experiment with: 

  • Banana Rama. Simply mash 1/2 of a ripe banana into the batter before cooking the pancakes. You can also cook some banana slices in brown sugar and butter to caramelize them. Use them as a pancake topping, and WOW!
  • Berry Bliss. Bananas aren’t the only fruit you can work into your pancake batter. Try adding 1/2 a cup to a cup of fresh or frozen raspberries or blueberries to the batter. 
  • Get spicy. Cinnamon isn’t the only thing that tastes amazing in pancakes. Mix in some allspice, cardamom, or apple pie spice for more flavor. 
  • Chocolate chip pancakes, please! Fold in some semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips for a more decadent breakfast. (They also work well in banana pancakes!)
  • Go nuts. Add your favorite chopped nuts into the batter or use them as a topping. 
  • Go wild with toppings. You don’t have to stick to “normal” pancake toppings. Why not top your pancakes with baked cinnamon apples or caramelized bacon instead?

Kodiak Pancakes (Light and Fluffy Recipe)



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These Kodiak pancakes are light, fluffy, and delicious! By adding vanilla, milk, and cinnamon to the mix, you’ll have a flavor that’s out of this world.


  • 1 cup Kodiak pancake mix

  • 3/4 cup milk

  • 1 large egg, divided

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

  • pinch salt

  • butter for greasing the pan

  • toppings of your choice


  • Add the pancake mix, milk, egg yolk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt to a large bowl. Whisk thoroughly but gently.
  • Use a whisk or hand mixer to beat the egg white in a separate bowl. Beat until the egg white forms stiff peaks. (i.e., The whites will “stand up” when the beaters are removed.)
  • Gently add the egg white to the batter. Stir it in carefully and stop when it’s just incorporated.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once the skillet is warm, add and melt the butter.
  • Add approximately 1/4 cup of batter to the pan for each pancake. Cook it for 2-3 minutes or until bubbles appear on the top. Then, flip and cook it for another 2-3 minutes. Continue until the batter is gone. (Add more butter to the skillet as necessary to prevent sticking.)
  • Serve the pancakes warm with any desired toppings. Enjoy!
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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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