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Keep this high protein pancakes mix on hand and you’ll only be a couple steps away from a filling nourishing breakfast!
I might be breaking ALL the recipe creation rules with this one.
There’s the “list all ingredients in order of use” rule…. I ALWAYS follow that one. It’s a big pet peeve of mine when I’m making someone else’s recipe and I’m scrambling to find how much to add of the ingredient that comes next. Making a recipe isn’t some kind of treasure hunt. Just give it to me straight!
Then there’s the “list ingredients added at the same time in descending order” rule. I love this one! It makes recipes look so neat and tidy!
Oh no, I follow all the organizational type of recipe rules. But with this one (ssshhh, don’t tell anyone!) I actually made a copycat recipe for a food I’ve never even tasted!
So to all those people who called me a goodie two shoes in elementary school: ha! There you have it; I do have a rebel streak in me!
High Protein Pancakes Craze
I kept seeing all these Dietitians posting about Kodiak Power Cakes in their #costcofinds Instagram photos. A million Dietitians couldn’t be wrong so I picked up a box the next time I was at Costco. One reason everyone was raving about this pancake mix was that it was made with simple, whole food ingredients. I flipped the box over to read the ingredient list and the first thing I thought was “I have all these ingredients at home; I could just make this myself!” Then I put the box down and went home with a mission to re-create it.
Being a nutrition nerd and proud of it, I used the nutrition facts to guide my recipe creation. My first attempt was nearly right on the money! Ka-ching! A few tweaks and I had a recipe that lined up with the nutritional breakdown of the boxed stuff.
The power cakes instructions say you can make the pancakes one of three ways:
- Just add water (left in photo)
- Just add milk (middle)
- Add milk and an egg (right)
For these photos I added 3/4 liquid for each cup of dry mix. As you can see in the photo the egg clearly made a “runnier” thinner pancake. I thought I would like the thicker ones but they weren’t as fluffy as I had expected. The milk and egg version proved to be a clear winner in our family.
Why These High Protein Pancakes are a Smart Choice
Compared to a regular box of pancake mix, this high protein pancake mix has
- more than DOUBLE the protein
- 1/3 the sugar
- nearly THREE times the fibre!
So what does that mean for you? Protein and fibre are two very important, key nutrients at breakfast. They pack a mean punch in keeping hunger at bay. When you start your day with a meal high in protein and fibre, you are going to feel full for hours. No need for a morning pick-me-up!
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This recipe uses whey protein isolate. I prefer this choice for a protein powder because that’s all that’s in it: no sweeteners or flavours or other fillers or sketchy performance enhancers. It’s also much more versatile; you can add it to anything because it has a very mild flavour on its own.
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If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or snap a photo and tag it with #smartnutritionrecipes on Instagram! I’d love to see your creations!
high protein pancakes: DIY power cakes mix
For the dry mix:
- 1 cup oats
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 75 g 1 cup whey protein isolate (NOT concentrate)
- 4 1/2 tsp buttermilk powder optional
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
For making the pancakes:
To make the dry mix:
- In a blender or food processor, pulse the oats until you get a rough flour texture.
- Whisk together the oat flour with the rest of the dry ingredients.
To make the pancakes:
- Whisk together 1 cup of dry mix with 1/2 cup of milk and 1 egg.
- To use ALL the dry mix, add 3 eggs and 1 3/4 cups milk.
Nutrition info for 1/2 cup dry mix.
Calories: 195 | Fat: 1.5g | Carbs: 31g | Fibre: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Protein: 14g
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