Kodiak Cake Muffins
Healthy Kodiak Cake Muffins bake up soft, fluffy and moist! These are easy to make with Kodiak Cakes Pancake Mix, naturally sweet bananas, maple syrup and chocolate chips. A wonderful, freezer-friendly breakfast or snack!
I love this recipe and have used it numerous times! It’s healthier and a family favorite.— Christina
These Kodiak Cake Muffins have been wildly popular since this recipe was first published in 2014, which is no surprise because these simple banana muffins are easy, taste amazing and are a great way to use up overripe bananas! They’re also healthier than your average muffin recipe with just 128 calories and 3 grams of fat per muffin.
Why you should make this recipe
- Easy to make. Using Kodiak Cakes Pancake Mix in place of flour makes these a cinch to whip up!
- So delicious. These are perfectly soft and tender with a sweet banana flavor and bites of chocolate goodness.
- Great for meal prep. You can make these the night before and wake up to a tasty breakfast or snack. They last for 2-3 days stored in an airtight container at room temperature or up to 5 days stored in the fridge. They also freeze beautifully! We love to meal prep these on Sunday and enjoy them during the week.
These Kodiak Cake Muffins are similar to my Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins, but made a bit healthier thanks to some simple ingredient swaps. Here’s what you’ll need to make them:
- Kodiak Power Cakes Mix. For a boost of protein, we’re using Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Mix instead of all-purpose flour.
- Bananas. Be sure to use extra ripe bananas, with brown or black spots. Trust me, it will add the perfect sweetness.
- Milk. A cup of milk helps to give these a wonderful moist texture. We typically use almond milk, but any milk will work.
- Egg. You’ll need one egg to help with binding, give the muffins structure and ensure they bake up properly. A flax egg would probably work to make these egg-free, but I have not tried using one.
- Sweetener. To sweeten these muffins ever so slightly, we’re using 1/4 cup pure maple syrup. 1/4 cup honey, date syrup or coconut palm syrup would also work well.
- Flavor makers. Vanilla and cinnamon add delicious flavor!
- Chocolate chips. We love using mini chocolate chips for better dispersion, so there is chocolate in every bite. Don’t forget to sprinkle the tops with some extras before baking!
Note: You won’t need any baking soda or baking powder for this muffin recipe because the baking essentials are already mixed into the pancake mix.
How to make this recipe
This Kodiak Cakes muffins recipe is very easy to whip up! Here’s how:
Please see the recipe card for the full, printable recipe with all of the details.
- Prep. First, you’ll want to preheat your oven to 350ºF. Then, you’ll spray your muffin pan with a nonstick cooking spray; set it aside.
- Make the batter. Add the Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Mix to a large bowl and set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, add the mashed bananas, milk, egg, maple syrup, cinnamon and tsp vanilla; stir to combine. Add the wet ingredients into the pancake mix. Stir everything together until just combined.
- Add chocolate chips. Gently fold in the mini chocolate chips. For presentation, save some back to sprinkle over the tops of the muffins before baking.
- Fill muffin tins. Divide the muffin batter evenly among the sprayed muffin cavities, filling each one almost all the way up (about 3/4 full). Sprinkle tops with reserved chocolate chips and bake for about 22 minutes, or until the tops have domed and a toothpick comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs when inserted in the center.
- Cool. Allow muffins to cool in the pan, placed on a wire cooling rack, for 5 minutes before removing. We love to enjoy these with a smear of peanut butter!
- For this muffin recipe, we don’t recommend using paper liners because these muffins have a tendency to stick to those, but they come out so easy without the cupcake liners.
- The best way to mash the bananas is to place the peeled bananas in a mixing bowl or shallow bowl and mash with a fork or a potato masher.
- Do NOT over mix batter. Stir the wet and dry ingredients by gently folding together with a large spoon or spatula. Do not use a whisk. Over mixing the batter can produce tough muffins.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, these muffins are healthier than most and are loaded with whole grains including whole wheat flour and whole grain oat flour. The kodiak pancake mix used to make them contains whey protein concentrate, wheat protein isolate, and milk protein concentrate for extra protein and is lower in sugar than most. With almost 6 grams of protein, these make for a satisfying breakfast or snack option!
Not all pancake mixes are created equal! We recommend sticking with Kodiak pancake and waffle mix because it’s the only one that’s been tested. We use the buttermilk variety for this protein muffin recipe. You can find this mix at most grocery stores and Costco.
Yes, simply use a mini muffin pan, and be aware that the recipe will make more muffins and they will require less baking time.
These are great alone, but they also pair well with a variety of breakfast sides. Below are some options:
- Hash browns or breakfast potatoes
- Fresh fruit or fruit salad
- Greek yogurt for a high protein meal
- Bacon, sausage, or ham
Storing. Place leftovers in a covered container and store for up to 2 days and up to 1 week in the fridge.
To freeze. Simply place in freezer bags or an airtight container and freeze up to 3 months. When ready to eat, microwave for 30-45 seconds or thaw out in the refrigerator.
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Kodiak Cake Muffins
- 2 cups Kodiak Power Cakes Mix – Buttermilk
- 2 ripe bananas (approx. 209g), mashed (the riper the banana, the sweeter the muffin)
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, (any milk will work)
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (save a couple of tablespoons for topping the batter before baking)
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- Add Kodiak Cakes Mix to a large bowl; set aside.
- In a separate mixing bowl, combine mashed banana with milk, egg, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Add liquid ingredients to Kodiak Cakes Mix and stir until just combined. Gently fold in mini chocolate chips. I like to save a couple of tablespoons to top the muffins before baking for presentation.
- Use a large spoon to transfer batter to muffin pan and fill all 12 muffin cavities evenly; about 3/4 full. Sprinkle with extra mini chocolate chips.
- Bake at 350ºF for about 22 minutes or until golden brown and inserted toothpick comes out only slightly moist. Cool muffins for 5 minutes then remove and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Muffins are best served warm and even better the next day.
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These were easy and turned out great! Sometimes kodiak cake mix turns out dense and/or dry. The texture of these was great. They were perfectly moist, and fluffy. Lightly sweet. Great healthy breakfast choice for my fam. Thanks for the recipe!
So happy to hear that! Thanks for your comment!
I love this recipe and have used it numerous times! It’s healthier and a family favorite.
I was wondering how will I need to modify the recipe if I would to add coco powder, make it into a chocolate base muffin?
That makes me so happy to hear! To make a chocolate based muffin, I would use the chocolate variety of the Kodiak Cakes mix. Other than that, you could try this recipe https://www.kimscravings.com/best-healthy-double-chocolate-banana-muffins/
Very yum! I added a scoop of vanilla whey protein(extra 25g per scoop) and 1/2c of Greek Yogurt in place of 1/2 of the milk or milk substitute. Extra doses of protein and the Greek yogart made it more moist!
So happy to hear you enjoyed! Thanks so much for sharing your feedback!
Can these be made with protein drink instead of almond milk for added protein?
I would think that would work fine.
So good! My whole family thoroughly enjoyed these and I’ll definitely make them again!
Amazing! I tried another protein banana muffin last week and hated it. I tried this one today (substituted the egg for 1/4 cup applesauce) and OMG! So moist. So delicious! Definitely my new favorite recipe.
Oh that makes me so happy! Thanks so much for your comment!
This recipe is a no brainer. Super easy to make and delicious! My family looks forward to it. I’ve also made for friends and family and they’ve all enjoyed. Definitely recommend this recipe! I like to add walnuts along with the chocolate chips.
This makes me so happy to hear!!
Great muffins. Perfect proportions. I added 1/4 cup walnuts.
So happy you enjoyed!
Love this recipe! I want to experiment and swap the banana for pumpkin. Would you suggest a cup of pumpkin puree? I’m a baking noob and am not yet good at swapping ingredients! 🙂
I would do a little less than a cup… maybe 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree. Three medium bananas is about 1 cup mashed and since this recipe uses 2 bananas, I think slightly less than 1 cup pumpkin would work. Enjoy!
Leave out the chocolate chips and use extra maple syrup and cinnamon. Whole family loves these!
So happy you enjoyed!
I was on the hunt for a healthier banana muffin recipe and found this one. These were delicious! They were moist, not over sweet and super tasty. This recipe will definitely be my go to when I need to use up over ripe bananas! Thank you.
Awesome! So glad that turned out great for you!
These are so good! I’ve made these multiple times, i like to freeze them and then pop them in the microwave for a few seconds (not too long or they get hard) and they’re good to go. Perfect for mornings before school or work. One thing i will say is do NOT use liners in the tin, the muffins will stick to them and its impossible to get them off without little pieces stuck on the muffin or half the muffin stuck to the liner.
So happy you enjoyed! Thanks for sharing your tips!
This is my favourite muffin recipe. They are so quick and easy and my kids love them. I usually double the recipe so I have extra for school lunches. Thank you for this gem!
Awesome! So happy to hear and thanks so much for taking time to comment.
These are a staple in our house! I just made a quadruple batch, using Nestlé dark chocolate chips, pecans, and walnuts. I got 12 mini muffins, plus 42 regular ones out of it. So easy and so yummy 😋!
That makes me so happy to hear! I love all of your additions. Sounds delicious!
Recipe is solid and easy canvas for your own mix-ins
So happy you liked the muffins! Thanks for leaving feedback!
I have made these twice in one week! My father and stepmom ended up eating half of them so I made another batch. I used sugar free maple syrup and Lilys stevia semisweet baking chips. This time I added 1 scoop of oatmeal cookie protein powder and they came out sweeter, whereas before they tasted more like banana bread to me. Both are delicious!! I am doing Weight Watchers and it came out to 3 points a muffin or 2 for 5 points. These will absolutely be a staple in my kitchen and nobody can tell they are healthy. Im very happy to find this recipe and thank you! I have shared a few times over the Weight Watchers app as well.
Thank you so much for all of your feedback and sharing the recipe! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy them as much as I do!
We make these probably monthly, if not more frequently. My toddler and preschooler love them. When I’m low on banana I use applesauce. Today we used Christmas mini m&ms because my 3 yo wanted “Christmas” muffins.
Thanks for this easy and yummy recipe. The kids usually help me too and it a being simple recipe means I have fun with them instead of feeling stressed about their “help.”
So awesome! I love hearing that your family enjoys this recipe so much. Thanks so much for taking time to leave a comment!
These turned out great! Used chocolate chunks and added a handful of walnuts to the batter when mixing in the chocolate. Also subbed about 1/4 cup whole wheat flower for the equal amount of Kodiak powder. Since my bananas were frozen, I also used slightly less almond milk. Easy and delicious!
Always have a batch in my freezer to pull out for a quick mid morning snack. Ran out of ripe bananas so substituted 1 cup of pumpkin purée last night- equally delicious.
Oh yum! That’s so good to know!
Has anyone tried to make this as a thicker cake? I am looking for a healthier birthday smash cake for my toddler and want to make it in a 6 inch x 2 inch cake pan. Would I just extend the cook time?
I think I am going to try this in a loaf today. Is it possible to freeze the leftovers? I’m not sure the two of us can eat all of this in a week.
Sorry about that – I see it in your description above. Thoughts on the cook time for making a loaf.. should it be the same?
You’ll definitely need to increase the bake time. I would follow baking instructions for this bread https://www.kimscravings.com/chocolate-chip-banana-bread/
I made these today and I am new to baking and they turned out great. My 3 boys (12, 15 and 19) loved them. I used a touch of olive oil on the pan to keep the muffins from sticking. I like the suggestions of using cranberries (as a sub to chocolate chips) and applesauce (as a sub to bananas). I will try these sub next time. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!
Yay! So glad your family enjoyed!
I made these and they are AWESOME! I’ve also made these and substituted the banana for Pure Pumpkin filling (not the type with sugar in it ) and added all spice and nuts to make pumpkin muffins, or apple sauce, chopped up apples and cinnamon to make apple cinnamon muffins. This recipe is such a good base recipe! Thank you! I
Love hearing that! I can’t wait to try the pumpkin version!
This recipe is great, thanks for sharing!! I added some cacao nibs to mine. Also, I noticed that the kodiak cakes website uses your recipe but I didn’t see them credit you anywhere.
Woo hoo! So glad you enjoyed, Jojo!
WOW!!! Nothing better on a dreary day during quarantine than some absolutely delicious muffins. I added walnuts and they came out perfect. I already have bananas on my shopping list for the next time I venture out. Will make again and again! Stay safe everyone!
Yum! Love the addition of walnuts! So glad you liked the recipe! 🙂
Please show the weight watacher points for your muffin recipes, thank you
I don’t have the WW calculator, but I know that if you have the ww app it is very easy to figure out the points for recipes. Good luck!
Delicious muffins! Great texture, moist and flavorful.
I followed the recipe exactly as is, using 2 very large and very ripe bananas and raw honey for the sweetener.
I divided my mix and added cranberries and walnuts to one half, and chocolate chips and walnuts to the other so I ended up with 6 of each muffin.
Will absolutely make again!
So glad you enjoyed! Love your additions! Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback!
Do you know the point value of these?
I’m sorry I’m not sure. I don’t have the ww app, but I’m sure if you do, it would be easy to figure out using the recipe builder option.
These turned out amazing but I ended up with more than 12 muffins. I think I followed it exactly. Did you really just get 12?
I filled the muffin cups pretty full, but I definitely got 12. How did they turn out?
These are so good! We even had enough to make a mini loaf to go with it. Definitely will make again 🙂
Yay! So happy you enjoyed!
These turned out great. Thank you!
Yay! So glad to hear that!
Love these muffins! They are absolutely delicious and I love that they are healthier! Thanks for sharing! Do they keep long?
They’ll keep just fine in the fridge for a week. Enjoy!
This looks so good! What a great breakfast meal prep for the whole family for the week!
So good! Tastes like dessert!! Thank you!
Yay! So glad you enjoyed!
so we don’t eat bananas and I need to use this mix, any suggestions for the muffin recipe without bananas?
It might work to replace the banana with applesauce or pumpkin purée. Here are two other recipes that I came across, using Kodiak Cake mix but not bananas. https://champagneistablog.com/2016/04/blueberry-protein-muffins.html and https://happilythehicks.com/cinnamon-sugar-kodiak-cakes-muffins/
Made these over the weekend and they were soo good
I did notice the muffins didn’t rise all the way to the top of the muffin pan and I filled 3/4
Maybe I did something wrong
I am thinking of trying this as a loaf. Think I should double or triple the recipe??
Hi Lauren, I’m so glad that you enjoyed the muffins. I don’t know why your muffins wouldn’t have risen. Did you use the Kodiak Cakes Mix? Was it a fairly new box? You might try adding 1 teaspoon of baking powder into the dry ingredients next time and see if that helps. I haven’t made this as a loaf, but typically a recipe that makes 12 normal-sized muffins will make 1 loaf. I don’t think you would need to double or triple the recipe. Let me know if you end up trying the loaf and how it works out.
Hi! I’d love to try these. Not a big chocolate fan. Can I use blueberries instead?
That should work great!
I made these muffins and they are absolutely delicious and no too sweet, I added a bit more almond milk and they came out super moist. This will be my go to recipe to make muffins. I am assuming banana could be substituted with shredded carrots or zucchini as well.
So glad you enjoyed! Not sure about the carrots or zucchini, but please let us know if you give it a try.
Thank you for this recipe! So delicious and easier than making numerous pancakes! They taste really good with some maple syrup poured over top!
Oh that does sound good! So glad you enjoyed!
P.S. Just had one. They are so good. Definitely a keeper.
These are cooling on the counter! I subbed Sukrin gold fiber syrup and some sukrin brown sugar for sweetner, and used lily’s choc chips, a bit more, and made full size (1/4 cup measure) cupcake size. result 2 grams fat, 8 carbs, 2 weight watchers freestyle points for those who wonder. did not figure calories. Thanks for delicious recipe.
These were so delicious! I added plain yogurt instead of bananas. I also added Matcha powder, vanilla extract, almond extract, and white chocolate chips instead of the cinnamon and milk chocolate chips.
Yay! So great to know that yogurt worked well and I love your other additions! Thanks so much for taking time to come back and comment!
I’m not a fan of bananas and was hoping someone asked about substitutions. What kind and how much yogurt did you put in the mixture ?
I am also not a fan of bananas I only like them in smoothies. So I just made these muffins tonight with plain Greek yogurt. There was a note above in the recipe that said 209 grams of mashed bananas were used, so I turned that into ounces (well, google did) and it’s around 7.4 so basically I just bought (2) 5.3 ounces of wegmans Greek yogurt & I used one whole container and a little less than half of the other one! I think they turned out great! I really loved these muffins! I ate 3 omg! :))
Love it!! Thanks so much for your comment and all of the feedback!
I was wondering what you would suggest as a substitute for bananas. Maybe applesauce?
I would try applesauce or yogurt. Let us know how it works.
Love this! By far the best muffins I’ve made! I blended some baby spinach right into the milk to add some greens. Not too sweet and the flavor is ahhhmazing! What nutrition calculator do you use? I’m having a hard time finding one that includes the Kodiac mix
SO glad you enjoyed and I love the spinach idea! I use myfitnesspal.com to calculate all nutritional info on my site.
I adjusted this recipe a bit for high altitude. I added a little more milk, an additional egg and a little more maple syrup. They came out moist and delicious! Thank you!
So glad you enjoyed and thanks for taking time to leave feedback!
Just made these! And they look JUST like the picture! I added a scoop of vanilla protein powder to add more protein in it and they came out AMAZING!! These are delicious! Thank you for the recipe!!
So glad these came out great for you!
These were incredible! Made them this morning for my toddler and they were a hit. I used Ripple milk, added spinach which I blended with the banana milk mixture, pinch of cloves and semi sweet chocolate chunks. Thank you for sharing!
LOVE that you added spinach! So glad you guys enjoyed and thanks so much for taking time to comment! 🙂
Just made these tonight as a healthy alternative to breakfasts on the go !!! They are absolutely delicious, thanks so much for sharing the recipe!!
So glad you enjoyed and thanks so much for taking the time to comment!
Could one use greek yogurt instead of almond milk, and if so any guess how much?? lol trying to use what I have on hand. Thanks!
Hi Kendra, I’m really not sure how this would work because the almond milk is so much more liquidy. Do you have any other milk product on-hand? You could try 1/2 cup Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup water. Let us know if you try it and how it works. Good luck!
Hi Kil ! Do you think it would work with no egg at all ? Meaning just the Mix, Banana, Milk, Sweetener and chocolate or fruits (and maybe some baking powder ?)
Hi Caty! It really should work without the egg because banana can be a substitute for egg. I haven’t actually tried it, though, so I can’t say for sure. Would love your feedback if you end up giving it a try!
Definitely making this!! Could I sub some of the Kodiak cakes for protein powder? Thanks!
I think it would work okay as long as you don’t sub too much protein powder. I honestly haven’t tried it, though, so I can’t say for sure. Hope you like them!
I just made these with Trader Joe’s Protein Pancake mix because I was out of Kodiak cakes and they came out great! Will definitely make again.
I also use Lanako sweetener (1/4 cup) instead of maple syrup to lower the WW points. Came out to 3 points per muffin or 2 for 5.
Thanks so much for your feedback! So happy to hear you enjoyed!
These are a staple in my house. My husband eats 2 every morning for his breakfast. I was wondering though, would these fair well being made into actual pancakes? Or to add protein how do you think adding in some plain Greek yogurt would work?
Love it! So glad your family enjoys these as much as mine does. You could totally do pancakes adding in banana and mixing in protein. This recipe may work as is with a scoop or two of protein powder mixed in. I’m not really sure of exact measurements, though, since I haven’t tried it.
These are so good! I use my silicone muffin pan and they pop right out. Love these!
So happy to hear you enjoyed! Yes, silicone muffin liners are the best!
I’d love to add some peanut butter to these! Could I swap out 1/4 of the milk for peanut butter? Or could I just add the PB without any other modifications?
That’s a great idea, but I can’t say how they would turn out because I’ve never tried this before. But they would be great with a slathering of pb!
How about PB2 or PBFit?
I haven’t tried adding either, so I’m not sure how these would turn out. Let us know if you give it a try!
Can I omit the maple syrup?
Sure, they will just not be very sweet.
Stumbled upon this recipe searching for healthy, tasty, protein dense breakfast/snacks/always options for my 2 HS swimmers. Disclosure: I can drop some heat in the kitchen: but I can.not. bake. It’s weird & upsetting. BUT, I had 2 ripe bananas & these looked so easy & fast! (and chocolate) I had to try again.
Oh SIR, it happened. Mashed my bananas right in the mixer, plopped in an egg for a turn, used the Kodiak buttermilk mix, cashew milk, honey, coconut sprayed my brownie pan (bc it’s newer & thus, not encrusted in failure) – must’ve missed the pig flying by my window bc 20mins later, HEAVEN. Sooooo good. Dense in a hearty “that’ll satisfy!” way, which is awesome. I’m so, so SO EXCITED for my girls to find these babies in their bags tomorrow morning, after 1st practice:)
THANK YOU. I’ll definitely be back for more!
I love it!! I’m so glad that they turned out great for you. I hope your daughters love them too!!
I have made these delicious muffins several times and now the kids argue over “who ate all the muffins!”
I had difficulty finding a cupcake liner that the muffin doesn’t stick to. Now I just don’t use liners. I have read there are parchment paper cupcake liners but have not found those.
I’ve also substituted the plain kodiac pancake mix with the chocolate one and those cake out great as well. Just note that the chocolate mix has a higher sugar content.
Kim, these are a hit with the entire family and now I have shared the recipe with my co-workers.
I love it!! Thanks so much for your comment! I’ll definitely have to try the chocolate Kodiak Cake mix!!
Just made these and they are absolutely delish! I used kodiak cakes power mix (found your recipe on their website), semi sweet chocolate chips, and madhava coconut sugar. macro’s came to fat: 4g carbs:27g protein: 7g fiber: 2g. So easy to make. Thank you for this recipe! my husband is already calling it a breakfast staple! Haha.
Thank you so much for your comment, Darcy! I’m so glad you loved them as much as we do!
Could you use the protein Kodiak pancake mix?
Yes, I actually think that’s what I used. Enjoy!
These turned out super yummy! Will definitely be making again!
I’ve never even thought of using pancake mix for muffins but it makes total sense! I just made them and they turned out amazing!!!
These are absolutely my favorite healthier muffin recipe! They turn out amazing every time!
Love these so much! Easy to make and everyone in my family loves them!
Hope you’re having great weather and you’re having a fun weekend!
Yum!! These were scrumptious!