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Ready Nutrition: Power Protein Pancakes – Just Add Water

Adding some just-add-water protein additions to your pantry is a must to maintain health and vigor during emergencies.

Recently Mrs. Johnson went out on a buying mission and obtained something that I find will be excellent to add to the supplies. Kodiak Cakes is a pancake and waffle mix that is manufactured in a plant in Park City, Utah. What’s the big deal on this? First of all, the ingredients are actually good for you: flour of wheat and oats, along with egg whites, wheat protein, sea salt, and honey, for starters. It also has yeast and baking soda.

A box of this stuff will give about 13 servings: each serving is (3) pancakes of 4” in diameter. Here are the stats on a serving of these:

  • 8 grams (g) protein
  • 37 g carbohydrates
  • 1.5 g of fat
  • 20% RDA for Calcium and 10% for Iron

Just Add Water and You’ve Got a Go-To Protein Powerhouse for Your Pantry

A box contains 24 ounces of this mix (a pound and a half). This stuff is perfect for a grid-down disaster food and addition to the pantry.

The Mrs. took all of the interior bags of this mix (a strong plastic that can take a beating) and loaded them all into the freezer for 48 hours. This is to kill any bugs that may exist (and do exist in most types of flour). Then she withdrew them, sealed them up in large Ziploc bags, and placed them into storage. Voila! When it is needed, it can be prepared with water simply and easily.


Unfortunately, we’re in the middle of fire season here, so I’m not using the woodstove just yet. I did cook up a batch on my “regular” stove, and they’re not only good, but you can do a lot with them. For extra protein, you can add ground beef or shredded/finely-chopped chicken into them. After they’re made (especially in the wintertime) they should keep a few days in that state.

You can cook them on a flat griddle over an open fire easily, and what I’m looking forward to trying is cooking them directly on the top of my woodstove, as I am able to do so with other things, such as eggs, bacon, and the like. As it keeps without any refrigeration and only needs the addition of water, this is a perfect source of fiber (5 grams per serving mentioned) and a high-protein and carb adjunct that you can make with little effort. They beat the daylights out of plain buckwheat flour because of the stats and the ingredients.

There are plenty of brands you can get that will allow you to add just water, but the quality of this stuff in terms of actually being good for you is light years ahead of standard brands out there on the shelf. It will run you about $5.99 per box (the Mrs. found them on sale for just $3.99 a box and bought a lot of it) at the grocery store. You can find them at either Costco or the other common supermarkets: your Costco/warehouse-type store will sell them at lower prices when you buy a case or whatever increments they sell in bulk.

I’m also thinking about taking some of this stuff with me and “field-testing” it in the fall when the fires are gone and it’s time to cut wood. As I said, they taste really good and fill you up, along with being made from ingredients that are good for you. Store them properly and they’ll keep for years, and you can FIFO out the older supply from what you use on a regular basis. You can make other things such as muffins, etc., out of the mix, but we haven’t tried that out yet. One step at a time, and (at least for me!) half a dozen pancakes at a time!  JJ out!



Adding some just-add-water protein additions to your pantry is a must to maintain health and vigor during emergencies. This is a great frugal addition to your Ready Nutrition pantry that can last for years.

This article was originally published at Ready Nutrition™ on November 7th, 2018

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