High Protein Pancakes: DIY Power Cakes Mix

Jessica Penner, RDBreakfast, Recipes36 Comments

high protein pancakes DIY power cakes

Keep this high protein pancakes mix on hand and you’ll only be a couple steps away from a filling nourishing breakfast!

I might be breaking ALL the recipe creation rules with this one.

There’s the “list all ingredients in order of use” rule…. I ALWAYS follow that one. It’s a big pet peeve of mine when I’m making someone else’s recipe and I’m scrambling to find how much to add of the ingredient that comes next. Making a recipe isn’t some kind of treasure hunt. Just give it to me straight!

Then there’s the “list ingredients added at the same time in descending order” rule. I love this one! It makes recipes look so neat and tidy!

Oh no, I follow all the organizational type of recipe rules. But with this one (ssshhh, don’t tell anyone!) I actually made a copycat recipe for a food I’ve never even tasted!

So to all those people who called me a goodie two shoes in elementary school: ha! There you have it; I do have a rebel streak in me!

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High Protein Pancakes Craze

I kept seeing all these Dietitians posting about Kodiak Power Cakes in their #costcofinds Instagram photos. A million Dietitians couldn’t be wrong so I picked up a box the next time I was at Costco. One reason everyone was raving about this pancake mix was that it was made with simple, whole food ingredients. I flipped the box over to read the ingredient list and the first thing I thought was “I have all these ingredients at home; I could just make this myself!” Then I put the box down and went home with a mission to re-create it.

high protein pancakes DIY power cakes

Being a nutrition nerd and proud of it, I used the nutrition facts to guide my recipe creation. My first attempt was nearly right on the money! Ka-ching! A few tweaks and I had a recipe that lined up with the nutritional breakdown of the boxed stuff.

Fat (g)21.5
Sodium (mg)400375
Carbs (g)3031
Fibre (g)54
Sugar (g)33
Protein (g)14


DIY power cakes

The power cakes instructions say you can make the pancakes one of three ways:

  1. Just add water (left in photo)
  2. Just add milk (middle)
  3. Add milk and an egg (right)

For these photos I added 3/4 liquid for each cup of dry mix. As you can see in the photo the egg clearly made a “runnier” thinner pancake. I thought I would like the thicker ones but they weren’t as fluffy as I had expected. The milk and egg version proved to be a clear winner in our family.

high protein pancake mix

Why These High Protein Pancakes are a Smart Choice

Compared to a regular box of pancake mix, this high protein pancake mix has

  • more than DOUBLE the protein
  • 1/3 the sugar
  • nearly THREE times the fibre!

So what does that mean for you? Protein and fibre are two very important, key nutrients at breakfast. They pack a mean punch in keeping hunger at bay. When you start your day with a meal high in protein and fibre, you are going to feel full for hours. No need for a morning pick-me-up!

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This recipe uses whey protein isolate. I prefer this choice for a protein powder because that’s all that’s in it: no sweeteners or flavours or other fillers or sketchy performance enhancers. It’s also much more versatile; you can add it to anything because it has a very mild flavour on its own.

Don’t know where to get it? I order mine online. Check out this one from Amazon (affiliate link):

If you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or snap a photo and tag it with #smartnutritionrecipes on Instagram!  I’d love to see your creations! 

high protein pancakes DIY power cakes

high protein pancakes: DIY power cakes mix

  • Author: Jessica Penner, RD


Save money and make your own high protein pancake mix!


For the dry mix:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 75g (1 cup) whey protein isolate (NOT concentrate)
  • 4 1/2 tsp buttermilk powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For making the pancakes:

  • milk
  • eggs


To make the dry mix:

  1. In a blender or food processor, pulse the oats until you get a rough flour texture.
  2. Whisk together the oat flour with the rest of the dry ingredients.

To make the pancakes:

  1. Whisk together 1 cup of dry mix with 1/2 cup of milk and 1 egg. 
  2. To use ALL the dry mix, add 3 eggs and 1 3/4 cups milk.

Nutrition info for 1/2 cup dry mix. 

Calories: 195 | Fat: 1.5g | Carbs: 31g | Fibre: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Protein: 14g

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36 Comments on “High Protein Pancakes: DIY Power Cakes Mix”

  1. I LOVE these pancakes! We just made box mix par cakes and then I mixed a double batch of these and these win! So fluffy! And hearty. Thank you!!

  2. I would like this recipe but without the sugar using yeast instead of baking powder. I don’t know how to go about substituting the yeast for the baking powder but I will certainly make 2 variations:
    1. your recipe, as is
    2. less sugar, I’m looking for a like bread flavor
    3. figure out how to use yeast instead of baking powder (maybe)

    Thanks so much !!

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