Costco Kodiak Power Cakes Review

Is there such a thing as a healthy pancake? The Costco Kodiak Power Cakes Mix promises a more nutritious pancake with the benefits of more protein and whole grains. At this point, you’re probably wondering if it’s possible to have healthier pancakes without sacrificing taste. How does this Kodiak pancake mix compare to your favorite pancake mix when it comes to fluffiness and flavor?

Image of the Costco Kodiak Power Cakes box sitting on a table.
Costco Kodiak Power Cakes.

My husband is a huge fan of pancakes or waffles. He can easily eat a giant stack and I make what should be enough for a family of four for just the two of us. I try to eat somewhat nutritious foods so the whole-grain Kodiak Power Cakes mix from Costco is something I’m interested in trying and reviewing.

Image of the product and company description from the back of the box.
The Kodiak Power Cakes are made with whole grains.

Other similar breakfast-type products from Costco are the Hartybake Maple Belgian Waffles, Kirkland Signature Maple Syrup, Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix, Smokey River Meat Company Turkey Breakfast Sausage, Belgian Boys Traditional Crepes, Crepini Egg Thins, LeMarie Patisserie Mini Crepes, Spudlers Breakfast Hash and La Boulangere Chocolate Hazelnut Filled Crepes.

Top down closeup image of a white plate with two pancakes on it and two strips of bacon.
This is my husband’s plate, with lots of butter and syrup!

Location in Store

These are located in the aisle with the other pancake mix, jams and syrup. In my Costco, this is in an aisle near the front of the store. The item number is 391394.

Top down image of a white plate with two pancakes on it and two strips of bacon with a fork and knife beside the plate.
Breakfast of champions.

Taste

I made the Kodiak mix and the Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix this past weekend so we could compare the two. At first bite, you notice the whole-grain flavor in the Kodiak mix. If you’re used to whole-grain products you’ll probably enjoy the flavor or not mind it. However, if you like restaurant-style, traditional pancakes using refined flour, you might find the flavor displeasing.

Side view image of a white plate with two pancakes on it and two strips of bacon with a fork and knife beside the plate.
Syrup and butter definitely make the Kodiak Power Cakes taste better.

There are three different ways to prepare the Kodiak cakes, you can make them with just mix and water or replace the water with milk or thirdly replace the water with milk and add an egg. Replacing the water with milk and adding an egg to your batter increases the amount of protein and also makes a bit heartier, richer, fluffier pancake.

Closeup image of a forkful of Kodiak Power Cakes with a plate in the background with pancakes and bacon on the plate.
Digging in.

The Kodiak mix makes decently thick and tasty pancakes when you either just replace the water with milk or add an egg and replace the water with milk. If you use just water and mix I find the pancakes a little thin for my liking, they still taste okay with just water and mix but they taste much better with the water replaced. I used non-dairy milk and they turned out great.

Image of a pancake being cooked in a frying pan on the oven.
Easy to make! I added milk to my mix.

They definitely need some sort of topping though. One suggestion is a smear of nut butter and banana to keep it nutritious. I’ll be honest, when I taste the Kodiak Power Cakes and compare them to Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancakes that I made I prefer the Krusteaz flavor. I also like how fluffy the Krusteaz ones are but I choose to eat the Kodiak Power Cakes for the nutrition!

Image of the three bags of Kodiak Cakes mix that comes in the box.
There are three bags of mix in one box from Costco.

Cost

The two-kilogram box costs $16.99 Canadian at Costco and contains three 680-gram bags in the box. Fun fact, the price has only gone up one dollar since 2018 when it was $15.99 at Costco.

Image of the Kodiak Mix cooking instructions from the back of the box.
Recipe and cooking instructions.

I don’t think the price is too expensive considering they’re marketed as a healthier, whole-grain, protein-packed pancake mix and the box comes with quite a bit of mix.

Image of raw pancake batter being cooked in a frying pan on the oven.
Not quite ready to flip.

Convenience

The box comes with three 680-gram bags that aren’t resealable. Once I open a bag I use an elastic band to store the open bag of mix. The best-before date is about ten months from when I purchased the mix.

Image of the Kodiak Power Cakes blueberry grunt recipe from the back of the box.
Kodiak Power Cakes blueberry grunt recipe.

The nice thing about the Costco Kodiak Power Cakes mix is that you can make more than just make pancakes with the mix! There is a recipe for chocolate chip cookies and blueberry grunt on the box and the website has even more recipes.

Kodiak Power Cakes chocolate chip cookies recipe from the back of the box.
Kodiak Power Cakes chocolate chip cookies recipe.

I have a few topping ideas for the Kodiak Power Cakes! Greek yogurt and fresh berries, almond butter and sauteed apples or peanut butter and banana.

Image of the Kodiak Power Cakes protein options from the back of the box.
Protein options.

Nutrition

Calories

1/4 cup of mix contains 110 calories, one gram of fat, 18 grams of carbohydrates, two grams of fibre, two grams of sugar, eight grams of protein and 220 milligrams of sodium. If you replace the water with milk the protein per 1/4 cup goes up to 11 grams and if you add an egg it increases to 14 grams!

Image of the Kodiak Power Cakes nutrition facts from the back of the box.
Nutrition facts.

Ingredients

The ingredients list is pretty impressive! Whole grain whole wheat flour is the first ingredient followed by protein. There is sugar in the mix, brown sugar which I find just a tad disappointing because I think it could easily be omitted.

These are not gluten-free or dairy-free. They contain milk, oats and wheat and also may contain egg, tree nuts and soy.

Image of the Kodiak Power Cakes ingredients from the back of the box.
Ingredients.

Scoring

Taste: 7/10

Cost: 8/10

Convenience: 5/10

Nutrition: 7/10

Overall

Must buy.

Kodiak does a great job of offering a higher protein pancake using whole grains. Considering all factors including the cost, I myself will not be repurchasing these.

Have you tried these Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes before? What do you think of them?


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8 thoughts on “Costco Kodiak Power Cakes Review”

  1. I have been eating this brand of pancake for a few years. I love to put sliced banana and blueberries in the mix before cooking, no topping needed. So good!

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  2. I also make “healthier” waffles. 1/4 c mix, 1/4 c almond milk, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 tbsp Greek yogurt, splash of vanilla, pinch of cinnamon and salt. It makes two large waffles which I top with berries and sugar free syrup.

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  3. I use the mix (with the egg and milk added) to make waffles. I also add a scoop of protein powder to increase the protein. We really like them, and appreciate the whole grain taste.

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  4. I used to buy the Krusteaz brand mix that Costco carries and was always very happy with it. I noticed when the Kodiak product showed up at my local store, but thought it was expensive, so it took me awhile to give it a try.

    I buy pancake mix almost exclusively to make my own ‘toaster waffles’…. mix the batter at home and cook in a Belgian waffle maker. Freeze them whole and put in the toaster to reheat and crisp and eat. (If I put jam on them instead of syrup I can even eat them when driving…..lol).

    Hands down the Kodiak product is so much more tasty. Yummy enough so that I only buy the Kodiak product for my waffles now. (The only waffle mix I have found that I prefer over the Kodiak is a mix that is only sold to the restaurant trade and is only sold by the case.)

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  5. How MUCH water??? I have a package but do not have the box. Nowhere on this post does it indicate how much water, not on picture of box, not in comments??

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