Someone recently told me that if I was a food, I’d be a pancake. It just about made my day.
Honestly, there is not much I love more in life than pancakes. I mean, certain people and running and sunshine top the list of things I love too, of course, but pancakes…. Gah.
We go waaaay back.
Needless to say, I was beyond excited when Kodiak Cakes asked if I’d be interested in reviewing one of their new pancake mixes. I nearly leaped for joy when their special delivery arrived on my doorstep. Better than Christmas, you guys.
Although homemade pancakes are always number one in my heart, I’ve been a fan of the original whole wheat Kodiak Cakes mix since I first learned about them about a year ago. They’re truly one of the most nutritious (and tasty) boxed mixes I’ve ever tried, and I’m no stranger to the pancake/waffle mix aisle in the grocery store. Let’s be honest – mixes require a whole lot less bowls to wash after you’re done cooking.
As you may recall, I ate pancakes just about every week on the nights before my long runs for my past two half marathons. 90% of the time they were made using Kodiak Cakes mix (that I bought with my own money, unbeknownst to the Kodiak Cakes powers that be).
Pancakes = running fuel. Even Ryan Hall agrees with me on that.
The mix that Kodiak Cakes sent me last week, though, were for their new “power cakes,” aka pancakes packed with protein – 14 grams per three-pancake serving. Um, awesome! Even more perfect for pre-long run fueling.
To be honest, I was a little nervous about trying the mix, because a lot of times products that promise to be jam-packed with protein actually taste like chalk. These power cakes (<–catchy, right?), though, do not taste the teeniest bit like chalk. Quite the opposite actually. They’re pretty darn delicious! My boyfriend even enjoyed them and he usually says he hates pancakes (I know, I KNOW).
In fact, I think I like this protein mix even better than their regular, old fashioned one! The pancakes are definitely more filling per serving, and the taste was a little bit more complex. And per usual, just the right fluffiness level and flavor — not too sweet, not too dry.
I made a batch on Saturday morning after going to Body Pump class and devoured my stack within seconds, paired with a runny egg and some syrup. I used unsweetened almond milk per the alternative directions on the back of the box for even more protein and flavor, and added some banana slices into a couple of the ‘cakes, just because.
Breakfast Brunch of champions.
Big thank you to Kodiak Cakes for sharing their new product with me! As always, all reviews are 100% my own honest opinion. (Full disclosure: I even told the kind Kodiak Cakes folks that I had to try it and like it before I’d recommend it to you guys. )
Have you tried Kodiak Cakes mixes before? FYI, they’re running a special 25% discount on orders if you use promo code SHARKTANK through May 4!