Oh my gosh, how in the world is this my first pancake recipe? I can't believe I've gone this long without posting one!! In full transparency, I'm not a fan of boxed pancake mixes. I'd rather make my own because I know all the ingredients are actually ingredients I can pronounce. And now that I know I literally only have one pancake recipe, watch out for more coming soon! One of the very few boxed pancake mixes I like is Kodiak. BUT, because I can't help but tweak recipes, of course I have to change it up! This Kodiak Pancake Recipe is the leveled up version!
Why a leveled up version?
Because they're protein pancakes, they can taste a bit.....how do I say this politely?.....like a bbq'd hockey puck. But with some changes, they become a lightened up version with so much more flavor! First up, when it comes to boxed mixes, I ALWAYS substitute whole milk for water. Always. I highly recommend you do as well, whether you're making pancakes, waffles, brownies or cake. Whole milk adds a richer flavor, but you can also use 2%. I haven't tried this recipe with almond, coconut or oatmilk, so if you use these instead, I'd love you to leave a comment and let us know how the pancakes turned out!
Other ways this recipe levels up the flavor.......
Besides using whole milk, I also add a mashed up banana, an egg, a generous sprinkling of cinnamon and a dash of cardamom. I also love topping this with blueberries or, if you're feeling fancy, top them with sautéed cinnamon apples. And, yes, I'm a lover of syrup to top them off. But, please, for the love of all that is flavorful and delicious, heat your syrup!! Room temperature, straight out of the pantry is not nearly as delicious. Trust me on this!
If you make this recipe, I'd love if you'd leave a comment and let me know how it turned out! Your comments are super helpful to other guests who swing by looking for tasty recipes.