Kodiak Pancakes Recipe: A Delicious Upgrade

August 30, 2021   20 Comments

This Kodiak pancakes recipe does not follow the recipe on the box. Why? Because it is boring!

Kodiak Pancakes Recipe: A Delicious Upgrade

My kids won’t eat the 100% whole grain Kodiak cakes original recipe because they say it “tastes like cardboard”. I can’t entirely disagree that they are a bit flat and brown.

Kodiak Cakes is a rare pancake mix that is 100% whole grain and only has 3 grams of sugar for three pancakes.

But, I like whole grain pancake mix because it makes my life easier. Also, they sell this in big boxes at Costco so I have a ton of this stuff.

I made a Kodiak Cakes muffin recipe that my family enjoyed and was super easy.

Time to upgrade the pancakes! I went for the obvious by adding frozen (thawed) blueberries because everyone loves blueberries in their pancakes.

I added an egg, yogurt and a banana. I love yogurt in my pancakes because it gives them a sour flavor (kinda like sourdough bread).

The original Kodiak pancakes recipe calls only for water so I changed it quite a bit.

How did they turn out? They didn’t taste like cardboard! Kodiak pancake mix is the perfect 100% whole grain mix to upgrade. When you add yogurt and banana they become fluffier and less like cardboard.

My kids are still home all the time because school is online so they demanded that I make more after I developed these for Snack Girl. There I was stuck making pancakes for an hour (probably about 10 minutes but it felt like an hour).

My kids are teenagers so I don’t usually cook them breakfast as they wake up at noon (and they can make their own pancakes). I know I am a cranky mother but they have to learn how to cook for themselves. They both can do quite a lot in the kitchen.

The banana and blueberry ensures these are sweet enough to not need syrup. Have you made anything with the Kodiak Cakes pancake mix? What did you make?

Kodiak Pancakes Recipe

3.3 from 76 reviews

Makes 7 pancakes
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 minutes

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1 medium banana
1/2 cup plain yogurt (nonfat, low fat, or whole milk)
1 large egg
1 cup frozen blueberries, thawed with juice
3/4 cup Kodiak Cakes pancake mix
2 tablespoons water


In a medium bowl, mash the banana with a fork until almost a liquid. Add the yogurt, egg, blueberries with juice, pancake mix and water. Mix well.

Heat a nonstick griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat. Grease the pan with non-stick spray or a small part of butter to keep the pancakes from sticking. Using a ladle, pour small circles of batter in the pan. Cook for a few minutes, until bubbles from on top of the pancakes. Flip the pancakes and cook until firm.

Eat hot, warm, room temperature or cold.

Nutrition Facts

One pancake = 96 calories, 1.6 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 18.1 g carbohydrates, 6.0 g sugar, 2.3 g protein, 2.6 g fiber, 125 mg sodium, 2 Green, 1 Blue, 1 Purple WW SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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I have been eating Kodiak pancakes for a couple of years now - and I love them. However, I find that if I beat three eggwhites until they're fluffy and hold a peak and then fold that into the Kodiak batter, it's such an improvement over the original recipe. And for 0 WW points on Blue/Purple, 1 on Green. Then I make a topping using a cup of frozen blueberries and a tablespoon of sugar free blueberry jam - cook in a saucepan until the berries are all melty and softened...pour hot over warm pancakes...delish!

I add a little vanilla, raspberries or blueberries.

Whenever I make any pancake "mix" I always sub egg+milk of some sort for the water. These look good, thanks, Lisa! I'm having fun playing with your Kodiak Cakes Muffin Recipe - adding extra spices, fruit and oats.

I, too, have been making these pancakes for years now. I just add lots of fresh blueberries and vanilla ... they are delicious!

Did you know Trader Joe’s has a similar mix?

I will have to try the muffins, but only w/blueberries.



Say, can you come up with a pumpkin muffin recipe?

Thank you!

Any ideas for a substitution for the yogurt for those who don't like that slightly sour yogurt flavor?

I will look for Kodiak Pancake Mix. The suggestions are great. Yogurt and banana to fluff up the pancakes, and vanilla extract with additional fruit for more flavor seems to be the way to get delicious flavor.

@Wendy - go with milk or water. Thanks for your question!

I make my Kodiak pancakes with 2% milk and egg then add

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of baking powder

I mix it then let it sit while the baking powder does it’s magic and stir it again.

I heat my griddle on medium with 2 teaspoons of unsalted butter before pouring my batter.

I love to add fresh thinly sliced strawberries or whole blueberries to each individual pancake vs adding it to the mix. Once the bubbles form I flip them and transfer to plate.

Topped with fresh fruit, a sprinkle of powdered sugar and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. Voila they are irresistible!

AMAZING!!!!! My favorite recipe!!!!

I like to add crushed blueberries, 2tbsp egg white, 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce, almond milk & baking powder to Kodiak pancake mix, makes them perfectly fluffy & moist. I agree with your kids made as the box suggest they do taste like cardboard.


Reyna how much brown sugar you have 1/2 is it a cup?


I just add vanilla, cinnamon, and a touch of sugar free maple syrup. I am that rare bird who does not like yogurt, as it always seems “expired”, (sour), and I don’t fancy bananas or blueberries.

I use Kodiak mix in this recipe, but I make it into waffles!…

Can’t wait to try the suggestions!

I agree with the kiddos this mix always kinds of taste like cardboard but I refuse to buy pancake mix that is filled with empty calories.

I really enjoyed this recipe!

I used the flat cake recipe -- using 1/2 cup mix, 1/3 c milk, 1/egg and pouring into greased 1/8th baking sheet -- sprinkling grated cheese and crumbled bacon and cut up spinach on top -- baked for 20 min at 350 degrees -- delicious -- great comfort food for brunch.


I use milk and eggs instead of plain water, and always add fruit! Berries, peaches, bananas, all make a big difference.

The best trick I have found by far is to use coconut oil for the pan! It adds just a touch of extra flavor, and the pancakes are gone!

While I get some of the suggestions like yogurt and blueberries/bananas, I'm not sure I understand why everyone is adding baking powder? Isn't the whole idea of a pancake mix that its already in there? Otherwise it would just be flour... lol.


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