Review: Kodiak Cakes

Someone recently told me that if I was a food, I’d be a pancake. It just about made my day.

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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 1

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. photo 5Um, 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.

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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! 

7 Comments on Review: Kodiak Cakes

  1. Gloria
    April 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM (4 years ago)

    Saw them on Shark Tank, have heard about them in the blogging world for awhile, and now I’m especially interested since I assumed, like you, that the protein mix would make them chalky. Happy to hear they’re not and may have to give them a try now!

    • joelle
      April 18, 2014 at 10:39 AM (4 years ago)

      Yeah, do it! I buy mine at Target usually.

  2. allie@sweetpotatobites
    April 18, 2014 at 12:49 PM (4 years ago)

    Seeing this post reminded me that I need to buy more Kodiak Cake mix! I’ve only had the regular pancakes but am definitely intrigued by the protein ones.

    • joelle
      April 19, 2014 at 12:54 PM (4 years ago)

      They’re definitely worth trying! By the way, re. your reply to my comment on your blog- I’m in OC a lot… you guys have lots of yummy restaurants up there!

      • allie@sweetpotatobites
        April 19, 2014 at 2:18 PM (4 years ago)

        Nice! If you ever need OC restaurant recommendations let me know 🙂 I used to live in LA so I got spoiled with the food up there but OC is definitely catching up.

  3. jon
    April 24, 2015 at 10:01 PM (3 years ago)

    I bought them, tried them, liked them even more than I liked the Original Kodiak Cakes. I live at high altitude and they cook up just fine.

    Trying to think of something bad to say about them. It may take awhile.

    I’ll write again if I can think of something bad about them.

    • Maria
      November 6, 2015 at 7:21 AM (2 years ago)

      I began eating Kodiak Cakes Pancake/Waffle mix about 8 months ago…then i noticed the box with the 14g of of Protein in it so I purchased that one and have been a faithful user of this kind. I love them so much. I add about 2 TBSP of non-fat plain yogurt and about 1/3 cup of blueberries and some chopped walnuts to the mixture…allow it to sit for a while and it thickens nicely. Once they are all cooked I then top off with 1/4 cup of Sugar free Syrup and perhaps some natural peanut butter….talks about chock full of protein! The best pancakes ever!!!!


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