Are you a pancake person or a waffle person?
Waffles are definitely more fun, but I’m a pancake girl through and through. I love the texture of baked goods, and breakfast is hands down my favorite meal of the day.
However, I do NOT love the heavy, weighed down feeling and energy crash I get after eating traditional sugar and carb-laden pancakes. While the Tone It Up protein pancake recipe is a great healthy alternative to satisfy pancake cravings, sometimes it’s not enough and using only brown rice protein powder as a dry ingredient can produce a weird texture. I’ve compromised by making my own protein pancake recipe with the addition of oat flour, but it takes a lot of time in the morning to make a single serving pancake.
Kodiak Cakes pancake mix has been taking over the healthy living Instagram scene lately, and I must admit I was intrigued by the concept and convenience of an all natural, whole foods boxed mix. I was THISCLOSE to picking up a box at Target last week, but then I looked at the ingredients list and realized that I already had everything at home! So I decided to save $5 and come up with my own homemade protein pancake mix. And then I proceeded to spend way more than $5 on other Target impulse buys, obviously.
The result: fantastic! Now I can make a larger batch of pancake mix, store it in a Tupperware, and scoop out a single serving whenever I’m in the mood for pancakes for breakfast. I know exactly what ingredients are in my pancakes and they taste amazing. Plus the combination of healthy whole grains, protein, fiber, and healthy fats when I top my pancake with almond butter keeps me full and energized all morning!
Don’t be intimidated by the concept of making your own food. It’s easier than it sounds and friendlier for your grocery budget. Which obviously means you can save your money for other impulse buys...
Homemade Kodiak Cakes Protein Pancake Mix
Makes 4 servings
Ingredients for Pancake Mix
+ ½ c oat flour (grind oatmeal in a blender or food processor)
+ ½ whole wheat flour
+ 5 scoops brown rice protein powder (I use Sunwarrior or Perfect Fit)
+ 1 tsp baking soda
+ ¼ tsp salt
+ 2 tsp cinnamon
Add all ingredients to a tupperware or canister and shake to combine! You can double or triple the recipe to make a larger batch, I imagine the dry mix would keep in your pantry for several weeks.
For each serving, combine:
+ 1 egg
+ ¼ c milk
+ ½ c pancake mix
+ optional: ½ mashed banana
+ optional: ¼ tsp vanilla extract
Feel free to multiply the ingredients to make multiple servings, to store in the freezer for later or share!
Preheat a skillet until a drop of water sizzles. Coat pan with cooking spray, and pour in your batter to make one giant pancake. You can also make multiple smaller pancakes if you want. Be creative and have fun!
Ready to flip!
Turn heat to medium low, and cook for 3-5 minutes or until bubbles form and the edges look set. Gently flip pancake, cook an additional 2 minutes, and serve!
Perfection! You need to use a big spatula if you're making one giant pancake.
My favorite toppings
+ Plain Greek yogurt sweetened with stevia
+ Fresh fruit, or microwaved frozen berries
+ Almond butter or peanut butter
+ Pure maple syrup