Fun fact: I actually met Kenna Bangeter at my local grocery store during Covid!
She had forgotten her mask and wasn't allowed inside, and I happened to hear the conversation right as I was walking in with my baby.
I offered her a mask and that was that!
I knew who she was, but didn't mention anything. Stage fright I guess? (Kenna you're so cool!)
Well, hours later I finally found enough courage to message her on Instagram and tell her who I was.
We became instant friends and we've kept in touch ever since!
Today's recipe for Kodiak protein waffles is Kenna's go-to breakfast recipe and she shares it weekly on her Instagram.
I thought it needed a more permanent place in the world than a 24-hour social media post, so here it is!
I know you're going to love it as much as we do!
Easy to make: the entire recipe is made in the blender with only 5 ingredients. Now THAT'S an easy recipe!
Healthy ingredients: made from real, whole foods that are nourishing and delicious.
Macro friendly: this recipe has a balanced ratio of carbs, protein, and fat to keep you fuller longer
Great for meal prep: double the recipe to make your busy mornings easier and tastier.
The FLUFFIEST waffles: no, really, these truly are extra fluffy protein waffles!
Enjoy anytime: this recipe is perfect for an easy breakfast or a post-workout snack
Kid friendly: Kenna's two-year-old and my 15-month-old both love this recipe!
I'm a firm believer that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
It's one of the first things you do for your body after a long stretch of sleeping and fasting. You want lots of good energy from wholesome ingredients to get you through your day.
One of the easiest ways to do that is by having at least 20 g protein with your meal.
Protein isn't just for building muscle, it's for boosting metabolism, reducing cravings, strengthening connective tissue, and boosting energy levels.
These easy protein waffles are a great recipe for hitting your protein goals first thing in the morning but with less time and effort in the kitchen.
So, the next time you go to make a regular waffle recipe, try this protein waffle recipe instead!
Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Make sure to scrape down the sides as necessary.
Tip: if you have one of those blenders that you have to flip upside down before blending, put the dry ingredients in FIRST, then the cottage cheese, then all the remaining ingredients. That way, when you flip it, the wet ingredients blend first.
If you want your waffles to be a bit sweeter, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract!
Lastly, if you have any mix ins like chocolate chips or chopped fruit, fold those in now.
Heat a waffle iron until it's ready to cook.
Spray your waffle maker with with nonstick spray, then pour half the waffle batter (about 2/3 cup of batter) into the center. Use the back of a spoon or spatula to spread out the batter to the edges, but leave some room for the batter to expand or you'll end up with a huge mess!
When the waffle iron finishes the cycle, remove your golden brown waffle with a fork and repeat with the remaining batter.
Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy your delicious waffles!
Cool waffles to room temperature, then store in an airtight container like a ziploc bag or a glass tupperware.
Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
If storing in the freezer, wrap in plastic wrap before adding to an airtight freezer bag.
Heat in a toaster or toaster oven straight from the freezer until warmed and slightly crispy.
Yes! Kodiak Cakes is our favorite because it's high protein, but you can use any pancake mix you like. Our other favorites are Bob's Red Mill, Simple Mills, and Birch Benders!
Yes! Just use a pancake griddle or large skillet on the stove and add your favorite mix ins. Omit the milk if you want thicker flapjacks.
Of course! For the best results, I recommend vanilla protein powder, but chocolate protein powder would taste great, too. You might need an extra tablespoon or two of extra milk.
For all my recommendations and evaluations of different protein powders, read this blog post.
In general, yes. They use 100% whole grains, minimal added sugar, and whey protein powder in their pancake mixes, so the Kodiak waffle mix is considered a healthy alternative to regular pancake or waffle mixes.
The variations of pancake mixes are a great option for people looking to improve their dietary choices and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The frozen waffles, however, do have a few inflammatory or processed ingredients like vegetable oil and soy lecithin, so if those ingredients aren't a good choice for you, it's best to stick with the instant pancake mixes.
No. All variations of the instant pancake mix, including the gluten free and plant-based mixes, have some type of added sugar like brown sugar or cane sugar.
The buttermilk waffle mix is available at most wholesale retailers and local grocery stores. You can also find a large variety of their products on Amazon or purchase any product directly from their website.
Sure! Just use the Frontier Oat gluten free blend.
Use the Kodiak Cakes "plant based classic" mix and add water with a bit of melted coconut oil. There are no eggs or dairy and it's made with plant-based protein.
Please note that this recipe is not adaptable for vegan diets, so the above suggestion is for basic vegan protein waffles and not a vegan version of this waffle recipe.
I hope you love these high protein waffles as much as Kenna and I do! They're an easy way to get a wholesome breakfast in minutes. (Warning: they might become your new favorite recipe!)
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Made with Kodiak Cakes, cottage cheese, and minimal added sugar, these healthy protein waffles are a weekly staple for Kenna Bangeter. Each waffle has 40 grams of protein per serving, so it's easy to see why this recipe is her favorite!
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