Kodiak Cakes Review
Parents are often asking me how to get more protein into their child’s diet. I had seen Kodiak Cakes in the store and had a number of people ask about their products because of their high protein content. When I saw a big box for sale in Costco one day, I knew I had to investigate further.
If Costco is selling them,
I know a lot of people are buying these
While Costco was selling the pancake and waffle mix, I decided that my kids (my taste testers for this) would definitely be into the double dark chocolate muffins.
The first ingredient of the muffin mix is 100% whole grain wheat flour which I love. Compare this to most other popular muffin mixes in which the first ingredient is enriched flour (not a whole grain). There are no GMOs, artificial preservatives or additives in the muffins. Because they are made with whole grains, not refined grains, the muffins are packed with minerals. But, their real selling point (as seen in the right corner of many of their boxes) is their high protein content. Each muffin when prepared according to the directions (meaning with eggs and milk) has 7.5 grams of protein. That’s in comparison to a typical muffin mix with only 2 grams of protein per muffin. Even a healthier muffin mix like Simple Mills only provides 3 grams of protein per muffin. The Kodiak Cakes muffins also have about 5x the iron of a typical muffin mix which is important for many vegetarian kids or those whose diet does not contain a lot of animal protein. Now don’t misunderstand me. When someone asks how to get more protein into their child’s diet, my first recommendation isn’t a muffin. Even for a child who doesn’t eat chicken, fish or beef, there are many other sources of protein. A glass of milk, an egg or even a drinkable yogurt (6 oz) have 6 grams or more of protein. However, because many kids’ diets are high in carbs rather than the other sources of protein, I think Kodiak Cakes can help fill a gap in many children’s diets. These muffins are sweet (with 11.5 grams of sugar per muffin) and really are more like a sometimes snack or dessert. But, if you are going to offer your child a sugary snack or dessert, and they need more protein, I would definitely recommend trying these. They also freeze really well which always ups the value of a product in my mind. Make one batch of 12 (which is really quick and easy) and have 12 desserts that freeze for at least a couple of weeks. (I had one for dessert myself one night. I popped it into the microwave for 25 seconds and had a gooey almost cupcake like dessert. The extra protein was an added bonus) My kids all thought the muffins were good and it’s rare that I am 3 for 3 children liking a food. And, even though they are packed with whole grains, my kids and I didn’t find them to have a gritty texture like many whole grain products do. Given the success of the muffins, I will definitely be testing out the pancake mix next. Let me know what you think if you try any of the Kodiak Cakes products.
Note: This post is not sponsored. These are my opinions on the products mentioned above.