Make Delicious and Nutritious Cookies with Kodiak Pancake Mix
Can you believe you can create amazing cookies using pancake mix? It’s true! These Kodiak Cake Cookies are not only delicious but also packed with protein and made with whole grains. In this article, I’ll share my Kodiak Cakes Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, provide nutrition information, and offer tips to achieve the perfect cookie texture—whether you prefer them dense and chewy or thin and crispy.
Why Choose Kodiak Cakes for Your Cookies
We’re exploring the world of Kodiak pancake mix cookies today, and I must say, they have won me over. All I did was take the Original Nestle Toll House Cookie Recipe and substitute the white flour and baking soda with Kodiak Buttermilk Power Cakes Flapjack & Waffle Mix.
Kodiak mixes already contain leavening agents, eliminating the need for baking soda. This means you can use Kodiak pancake mix to make most of your favorite cookies. If chocolate chip cookies aren’t your thing, you can try making Kodiak oatmeal cookies or Kodiak peanut butter cookies instead.
But why make a Kodiak Cakes cookie recipe, you might ask? Are these healthy Kodiak Cakes cookies? Well, in my humble opinion, using my Kodiak cookie mix results in cookies that taste just as good as those made with all-purpose flour. The added bonus is that your Kodiak protein cookies will have more protein and a bit more fiber from the whole grains.
Nutritional Comparison: Kodiak Mix vs. White Flour
Here’s a breakdown of the nutritional values for using Kodiak mix versus white flour in this chocolate chip cookie recipe (per cookie, based on 1/18th of the entire recipe):
- Protein (g)
- Net Carbs (g)
- Fiber (g)
- Kodiak Buttermilk Power Cakes Mix
- All-Purpose Flour
As you can see, the differences aren’t significant. But wait, there’s more to come…
Kodiak Cake Cookies: Calories, Net Carbs, Protein
So, how many calories are in a Kodiak Cake cookie? Each Kodiak Cakes chocolate chip cookie contains 149 calories, 17.2 grams of net carbs, and 2.9 grams of protein.
It’s worth noting that homemade chocolate chip cookies may have more calories than store-bought options like Chips Ahoy because we tend to make our cookies larger in size.
The Benefits of Kodiak Cake Cookies
Why should you give this Kodiak Cakes chocolate chip cookie recipe a try? Here are a few reasons why you’ll love this snack:
- Added protein: Kodiak Power Cakes mix contains wheat protein and whey protein, along with the flour. Cookies made with Kodiak mix have slightly higher protein density per calorie compared to your average cookie.
- Lower carb: The Kodiak pancake mix we’re using is lower in carbs than white flour. Keep reading for low-carb Kodiak cookies tips.
- Whole grains: The Kodiak Cakes buttermilk mix combines whole wheat flour and oat flour in a way that doesn’t compromise the taste.
- Delicious: Cookies are the epitome of comfort food, and these Kodiak cookies deliver. They’re a delightful treat that may even take you back to your childhood. Don’t forget a glass of milk!
Ingredients for Kodiak Cake Cookies
To make Kodiak Cake cookies, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Buttermilk Flapjack & Waffle Mix
- Light Brown Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Large Egg
- Chocolate Chips
For precise quantities, refer to the recipe card at the end of this article.
I chose the Kodiak buttermilk pancake mix for this protein cookie recipe because it contains relatively low amounts of added sugar. The mix has only 2 grams of added sugar per 53 grams (half cup). If you opt for a different Kodiak pancake mix, you may need to reduce the sugar in the recipe.
Hot tip: Kodiak Cakes recommends refrigerating their boxed pancake mix after opening to maintain the freshness of the whole grains.
Essential Equipment for Kodiak Cake Cookies
To make Kodiak Cake cookies, you’ll need the following kitchen equipment:
- Food Scale
- Electric Hand Mixer
- Cookie Scoop
- Parchment Paper
- Dark Cookie Sheet
Of course, don’t forget the oven! In the United States, measuring cups are commonly used for dry ingredients in baked goods recipes. However, for consistent results with your Kodiak cookies each time, I highly recommend using a food scale to weigh the dry ingredients.
If you bake cookies frequently, investing in a cookie scoop is worthwhile. It helps create uniform cookies for even baking and enhances the final presentation.
I used a dark baking sheet for this recipe. If you have a lighter-colored cookie sheet, your baking time may be slightly longer.
How to Make Kodiak Cake Cookies
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the butter, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Use an electric hand mixer to beat the mixture until creamy. Be careful not to overmix; around 2 minutes should do the trick.
- Add the egg and Kodiak waffle mix to the bowl and mix again until fully incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Refrigerate the bowl of Kodiak cookie dough for one hour. Chilling the dough ensures soft and thick cookies.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) while the dough chills. Line a metal cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Scoop nine portions of cookie dough (half the dough) onto the prepared baking tray, leaving enough space between cookies. Bake half a batch at a time.
- Bake your Kodiak Cake cookies for 8-11 minutes, or until golden brown. On a light cookie sheet, it may take 9-11 minutes, while on a dark cookie sheet, the baking time is 8-9 minutes. Position the cookie sheet about one-third of the way from the top of the oven for optimal results.
- Here’s the secret to amazing chocolate chip cookies: slightly underbake them. Remove the cookies from the oven just before they appear fully done, as they will continue to firm up as they cool.
- Allow the cookies to cool on the baking tray for 2 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. With a dark baking sheet, it’s best to remove them as soon as possible.
- Enjoy these delightful Kodiak Cake cookies warm or cold. They’re absolutely delicious!
Storing Kodiak Cake Cookies
Kodiak Cake cookies can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Wrap them in plastic wrap and place them in a covered container.
These cookies also freeze beautifully. Stack them in a freezer-safe container with parchment or freezer paper between each cookie to prevent sticking. When you’re ready to enjoy them, simply thaw in the fridge.
Expert Tips from a Dietitian
As a registered dietitian, I must share that these Kodiak Cake cookies, while tasty, aren’t significantly healthier than classic chocolate chip cookies. They contain a considerable amount of sugar from table sugar, brown sugar, and chocolate chips. Additionally, butter adds a generous amount of fat to the recipe.
While snacks made with Kodiak Cakes may be perceived as healthier due to their slightly higher protein and fiber content, it’s important not to overindulge based on this assumption alone.
Swapping flour for Kodiak Cakes mix only saves around 5 calories per cookie and adds 1 gram of protein. For a more significant nutritional impact, you can substitute the sugars with Swerve and use sugar-free chocolate chips.
Here’s a comparison of the calorie and net carb values (per cookie) for the different sugar options:
- Sugar + Brown Sugar + Regular Choc Chips
- Swerve Granular + Swerve Brown + Lily’s Baking Chips
By making these swaps, you can save over 30 calories and 13 grams of net carbs per cookie. Please note that these wouldn’t be considered keto Kodiak cookies, as Kodiak mix is only moderately low in carbs.
Lastly, I don’t recommend using lower-calorie or light butter in this recipe, as they often contain more air and/or water, which can affect the texture of the cookies.
FAQs: Answering Your Burning Questions
Other Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Recipes
Wondering what else you can make with a box of Kodiak Cakes mix? After trying out Kodiak Power Cakes Cookies, give these recipes a go:
- Kodiak Cakes Banana Muffins
- Blueberry Protein Muffins
- Kodiak Cakes Banana Bread
- Kodiak Cakes Waffles
Please note that all recipes on this website may or may not be suitable for you, depending on your medical needs and personal preferences. Consult with a registered dietitian or your physician to determine the best dietary pattern for you.
The nutrition information provided is only an estimate and may vary based on specific brands and ingredients used. Calorie information on food labels can be highly inaccurate, so don’t stress too much over the numbers.
For more information on how the recipe levels can help you with your weight management goals, check out my overnight oats no sugar post. Now let’s get baking!
[The recipe card will be provided in the original article.]