Are Kodiak Cakes Vegan? (Here’s all you need to know)

Are Kodiak Cakes Vegan? (Here’s all you need to know)

Health experts believe breakfast to be the most important meal of the day. But once you go vegan, it can be a bit of a nuisance to find alternatives to common breakfast options like eggs, muffins, or yogurt.

Kodiak Cakes is a breakfast option people think about when attempting to make pancakes or waffles, simply because they’re products that make life in the kitchen easier.

Kodiak Cakes started as a small family operation in 1982, though it met limited financial success. It wasn’t until 2014, when the brand appeared in an episode of Shark Tank, that the company’s revenue shot upward. Though it’s important to mention, they didn’t land a deal on the show.

Meanwhile, the brand has expanded and launched oatmeal formulas, brownie mixes, frozen prepackaged waffles, frozen prepackaged pancakes, granola protein bars, and fruit syrups. However, Kodiak Cakes is still best known for their flapjack and waffle mixes, which we’ll find out whether they’re vegan.

Kodiak Cakes: Vegan Status

Kodiak Cakes is not a vegan brand, nor does it claim to be vegan-friendly. They have products with and without animal ingredients, and they’re mostly a brand that emphasizes the use of whole grains, and their products also carry plenty of protein, vitamins, and antioxidants, which is unusual in this sort of products.

They also steer clear from “genetically modified organisms” which means their products don’t contain any weird substances or chemicals that may impair your health in the medium-long term. I can see why this bundle of qualities makes Kodiak Cakes very popular, including for someone that is vegan.

Let’s look at the different Kodiak Cakes products and figure out which ones are vegan-friendly:

  • Power Cakes, Almond Poppy Seed Flapjack and Waffle Mix

This product contains whole grain wheat flour, cane sugar, whole grain oat, wheat protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, blanched almond flour, milk protein concentrate, buttermilk powder, leavening (mono-calcium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate), poppy seeds, sea salt, and natural almond flavor.

Status: Not Vegan

  • Energy Cakes, Buttermilk & Chia Flapjack and Waffle Mix

Just by looking at the name, it’s clear that this product is not vegan.

Still, it has whole grain wheat flour, whole grain oat flour, brown sugar, buttermilk, wheat protein isolate, flaxseed, organic quinoa, whey protein concentrate, chia seed, leavening (mono-calcium phosphate, baking soda) sea salt, and a B vitamin blend (Niacinamide, D-calcium pantothenate, B6, B2, B1, biotin, B12, malto dextrin).

It’s possible to appreciate the use of plant-based ingredients like flaxseed, organic quinoa, and chia seed, but that doesn’t make the product vegan, unfortunately.

Status: Not Vegan

  • Frontier, Buttermilk & Honey Flapjack and Waffle Mix

This variety is also not vegan, since it contains the following ingredients: whole grain wheat flour, whole grain oat flour, buttermilk powder, dried honey (honey, wheat starch), egg whites, leavening (mono-calcium phosphate, baking soda), wheat protein isolate, sea salt, natural vanilla flavor. Honey is a controversial ingredient because ethical beekeepers claim to not cause bees any suffering, but some, if not most vegans will disagree.

Still, you have plenty of other ingredients that make this product non-vegan.

Status: Not Vegan

  • Power Cakes, Buttermilk Flapjack and Waffle Mix

This mix contains whole grain wheat flour, 100% whole grain oat flour, wheat protein isolate, brown sugar, whey protein concentrate, milk protein concentrate, buttermilk powder, leavening (mono-calcium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate), and sea salt.

Status: Not Vegan

  • Carb-Conscious, Buttermilk Flapjack and Waffle Mix

This mix packs half the carbs other mixes have, and it contains the following ingredients: blanched almond flour, whole grain wheat flour, whole grain oat flour, eggs whites, wheat protein isolate, whole eggs, leavening (mono-calcium phosphate, baking soda), buttermilk, sea salt, natural flavor.

Status: Not Vegan

  • Power Cakes, Chocolate Chip Flapjack and Waffle Mix

This mix contains whole grain wheat flour, whole grain oat flour, wheat protein isolate, semisweet chocolate (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, dextrose, sunflower lecithin), cane sugar, whey protein concentrate, milk protein concentrate, buttermilk, light molasses (refinery syrup, cane molasses), leavening (mono-calcium phosphate, baking soda), natural flavor, sea salt.

Status: Not Vegan

  • Power Cakes, Cinnamon Oat, Flapjack and Waffle Mix

This waffle mix contains whole grain wheat flour, rolled oats, cane sugar, wheat protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, milk protein concentrate, cinnamon, buttermilk powder, leavening (mono-calcium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate), and sea salt.

Status: Not Vegan

  • Power Cakes, Dark Chocolate Flapjack and Waffle Mix

I was hoping for the dark chocolate waffle mix to be vegan, which is natural, considering that dark chocolate, in a lot of cases, is vegan, particularly the varieties with higher cocoa content.

This mix contains whole grain wheat flour, wheat protein isolate, cane sugar, cocoa (processed with alkali), semi-sweet chocolate (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, dextrose, sunflower lecithin), whole grain oat flour, whey protein concentrate, milk protein concentrate, natural flavor, leavening (baking soda, mono-calcium phosphate), and sea salt.

Status: Not Vegan

  • Frontier Oat, Gluten-Free Flapjack and Waffle Mix

This gluten-free waffle mix contains whole grain oat flour, brown sugar, tapioca flour, egg whites, eggs, leavening (mono-calcium phosphate, baking soda), brown rice protein, pea protein, sea salt, xanthan gum.

Even though it doesn’t contain milk derivatives, it still has eggs.

Status: Not Vegan

  • Power Cakes, Peanut Butter Flapjack and Waffle Mix

This peanut butter waffle mix contains whole grain wheat flour, whole grain oat flour, peanut flour, cane sugar, wheat protein isolate, peanut butter drops (sugar, palm kernel oil, peanut flour, nonfat dry milk powder, salt, soy lecithin), whey protein concentrate, milk protein concentrate, buttermilk powder, leavening (mono-calcium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate), sea salt.

Besides the obvious animal ingredients, it also contains palm oil, which is an ingredient that is highly controversial within the vegan community because of how destructive it is to the environment.

Its impact on the environment consequently affects animal habitats, which naturally leads to animal suffering. For this reason, a lot of vegans are against its consumption.

Status: Not Vegan

  • Plant-Based, Classic Flapjack and Waffle Mix

Finally, a vegan-friendly flapjack and waffle mix!

It contains the following ingredients: whole grain wheat flour, whole grain oat flour, cane sugar, pea protein concentrate, brown rice protein concentrate, wheat protein isolate, baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, cornstarch, mono-calcium phosphate), natural flavor, and sea salt.

Status: Vegan

  • Energy Cakes, Pumpkin Seed Flapjack and Waffle Mix

This waffle mix contains whole grain wheat flour, cane sugar, whole grain oat flour, pumpkin powder, wheat protein isolate, flaxseed meal, milk protein concentrate, whey protein concentrate, baking powder (cream of tartar, sodium bicarbonate), cinnamon, sea salt, nutmeg, ginger, ground cloves, ground allspice, B vitamin blend (vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6, vitamin B2, vitamin B1, vitamin B7 (biotin), vitamin B12, and maltodextrin).

Status: Not Vegan

  • Power Cakes, Strawberry, Chocolate Chip Flapjack and Waffle Mix

The strawberry and chocolate chip waffle mix contains whole grain wheat flour, whole grain oat flour, wheat protein isolate, cane sugar, semisweet chocolate (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, dextrose, sunflower lecithin), whey protein concentrate, milk protein concentrate, leavening (mono-calcium phosphate, baking soda), strawberry powder, buttermilk, sea salt, and natural flavor.

Status: Not Vegan

  • Frontier, Whole Wheat, Oat & Honey Flapjack and Waffle Mix

This mix is comprised of whole grain wheat flour, 100% whole grain oat flour, non-fat dry milk, dried honey (honey, wheat starch), egg whites, leavening (mono-calcium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate), wheat protein isolate, and sea salt.

Status: Not Vegan

Controversial Issues & Ingredients

Like most food manufacturers, Kodak Cakes process their products in facilities where cross-contact and cross-contamination is a possibility, which means even vegan products may contain trace amounts of milk or eggs.

However, you can also say the same about thousands of other products, and I’ve noticed by speaking to other fellow vegans that their stance on this issue isn’t extremely rigid. In fact, many don’t mind cross-contamination as long as the product doesn’t have any ingredients derived from animals.

Yes, stricter vegans may disagree with this view, but this is what you should expect, in the first place, from products without an official vegan certificate.

Kodak Cakes contain cane sugar, and while it’s derived from a plant (i.e. sugar beets or sugarcane), there’s still a chance it may not be vegan because of how it’s processed.

This is not relevant for every sugar supplier, but there are sugar suppliers that process sugar using bone char, which is a decolorizing agent obtained by heating the bones of cattle at high temperatures. The Plant-Based Flapjack & Waffle Mix doesn’t have animal ingredients, but we don’t know if they’ve processed the sugar within the product with bone char, which would pose a problem for many vegans. 

Summary

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Unfortunately, when we filter Kodiak Cakes’ products by dietary restriction, and we select “plant-based”, the only option that comes up in their entire catalogue is the Plant-Based Classic Flapjack and Waffle Mix.

We have analyzed many of the mixes and its ingredients, and Kodiak Cakes does heavily use animal ingredients such as milk and eggs. So, having one option seems to be quite positive.

If you’re interested in alternatives to Kodiak Cakes (particularly their pancake or waffle mixes), the following brands also seem to offer some vegan options:

  1. Bisquick Original Pancake Mix
  2. Aunt Jemima Original Pancake and Waffle Mix
  3. Hungry Jack Complete Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix
  4. Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Pancake & Waffle Mix
  5. Arrowhead Mills Organic Gluten-Free Pancake & Waffle Mix

Even though these options are currently vegan as I’m writing this, it’s natural for recipes or formulas to change over time, so make sure that you always check the ingredients before purchasing ANY product.

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Alexandre Valente

Hey there! My name is Alex and I've been vegan for more than three years! I've set up this blog because I'm really passionate about veganism and living a more eco-conscious life. Hopefully, I can use this website as a channel to help you out on your own journey!

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