One day, my husband and I were aimlessly making our way around Target. You go in for one thing, come out with five things you never went in for, and end up forgetting what you went there for originally. We were in the grocery section when an elderly woman stopped us suddenly with a very important question. “Excuse me, can you point me in the direction of the pancake mix?” I don’t know why we thought it was strange; maybe because nowadays everyone uses google maps to direct them to their own bathroom. But, like the good Samaritans we are, we directed her to the right aisle and went about the rest of our shopping. When we finally checked out, we looked behind us in line to be greeted by the pancake mix lady. My husband asked her, “Did you find the pancake mix you were looking for?” And with a huge, bright eyed smile she pulled out a box of Kodiak Cakes and as if she were the spokeswoman for the company said shamelessly, “Why yes! I get these for my husband. 21 grams of protein…makes him strong as a bear!” I don’t know who blushed more, my husband, the pregnant cashier, or me. When we left the store we couldn’t help but chuckle at the thought of this woman, but we were also intrigued by the pancakes she was so enthusiastic about.
About a week later my husband texted me on his way home from work saying that he had a surprise for me. I hate surprises and had no clue what it was. I came downstairs to find a box of the Kodiak Cake mix next to the stove and a skillet already on the stove top. Well…okay that’s not forward of you or anything but, I couldn’t even be upset. I just wanted to get to cooking so we could see if the pancake lady really knew her stuff.
She did indeed. The box has three different options for preparing. The first is just 1 cup of mix and 1 cup of water. This will provide you with a whopping 14 grams of protein. The second option is to use milk as the liquid. This gives you 18 grams of protein. The final option is to use milk, and an egg. This is where you get the “strong like bear” 21 grams of protein. I’ve made them all three ways and milk and an egg makes the best tasting pancakes.
Now, if you’re anything like me and like to mix things up in the kitchen, you’ll probably want jazz these up a bit. Here’s a few extra ingredients I’ve added that make these Kodiak Cakes even more awesome.
1.) What’s life without a few chocolate chips? Just sprinkle a handful of your favorite chocolate chips on top after you’ve poured some batter onto your skillet.
2.) Slice up some bananas and add them to the top of your freshly poured batter. Or, add them to the top of your chocolate chip pancakes.
3.) I don’t know about you, but I love blueberries. Add a handful of fresh or frozen blueberries to the pancake or save for the top of your pancakes.
4.) My absolute favorite is sliced cinnamon apple pancakes. You can either add the sliced apples and sprinkled cinnamon to the batter after it’s on the skillet, or you can add it as a topping. It’s literally just thinly sliced apples and plain cinnamon.
5.) If you like to stay away from the high sugar content in syrup, an alternative method is a tablespoon of coconut oil and a tablespoon of peanut butter heated up and poured over the top. I prefer this over syrup anyway, but probably because I’m a peanut butter fanatic.
These pancakes are unquestionably awesome, however, I wouldn’t recommend eating them every day. I like to eat these for my carb loading meal and/or before I want to lift heavy. They do have a high carbohydrate count per serving, and if we’re being honest, I never eat just the serving size. I ate three of these bad boys thirty minutes before my last heavy lift day and hit two PR’s. Those Kodiak’s made me strong like a bear too. Next time you’re contemplating what to make on a cheat day or a weekend breakfast, Kodiak Cakes will not disappoint. Even my son is a big fan!