Are you looking for an easy, high-protein breakfast recipe that tastes delicious and is ready in less than 20 minutes? Here’s a new twist on one of my go-to recipes: a cinnamon roll pancake skillet!
Cinnamon roll pancake skillet
I love pancakes. Like, love them, in all shapes, sizes, and flavors! One of my favorite ways to make pancakes is with Kodiak Cakes mix. The mix makes cooking pancakes easy, nutritious, and delicious. Instead of standard flapjacks, I also love to make pancake skillets.
This cinnamon roll skillet is a twist on my easy protein pancake skillet. It’s the same delicious breakfast packed with protein, but instead of chocolate chips and peanut butters, this is made with cinnamon, brown sugar, and a creamy frosting.
One of the best things about this recipe is that the prep & cook time total is less than 20 minutes total. So grab your cast-iron skillet and let’s get cooking!
What ingredients do I need?
The recipe only requires 6 ingredients! I love recipes that are EASY and use what I already have in the pantry. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Mix - Kodiak Cakes is the only pancake mix I ever use. I love the flavor, the nutritional components, and how easy it is to make. The classic Buttermilk flavor is what I use for this recipe!
- Brown Sugar - This will be mixed into the pancake batter and sprinkled on top to create the delicious cinnamon roll flavor.
- Cinnamon - You can't have a cinnamon roll without the cinnamon! In addition to tasting so good, cinnamon is also loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and has several other health benefits.
- Greek Yogurt - This recipe uses greek yogurt as a base to make an icing that is thick, creamy, and high-protein. I use plain greek yogurt, but you could even use a vanilla flavored yogurt if you have that in your fridge already.
- Vanilla - Adding a little bit of vanilla to the greek yogurt will help to sweeten the icing that will go on top of the pancake skillet.
- Confectioners Sugar - This will be added with the vanilla and greek yogurt to create the creamy delicious icing.
Can I make substitutions to this recipe?
Absolutely. I haven’t tested all of the ingredient swaps, but I would be you can make the necessary changes based on your dietary needs and available ingredients.
- Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk Power Cakes Mix – You can swap this pancake mix for whatever kind of pancakes and waffles mix you like best. You could even make your own batter from scratch if you're feeling ambitious!
- Brown Sugar and Cinnamon – I would definitely use some brown sugar and cinnamon, otherwise this will taste like a normal pancake. You can definitely change the ratios to add more or less of them based on your preference.
- Yogurt – I like greek yogurt for the extra protein, but you could use another kind. You could also make the icing with cream cheese if you want an even creamier and sweeter option.
- Vanilla – If you use plain greek yogurt, I would keep the vanilla to add some sweetness.
- Confectioner’s Sugar – If you use plain greek yogurt, I would keep this to add sweetness to the icing. I haven’t tested other kinds of sugar, but I would imagine you could use a different kind.
Are these pancakes healthy?
Each person has their own definition of healthy, and this recipe absolutely is healthy for me! This recipe has a balance of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. The recipe is packed with protein and has 15 grams per serving. Kodiak Cakes does a really great job of creating nutritious mixes so they make it easy to keep recipes healthy. The icing is made with healthier alternatives like greek yogurt and vanilla, which lower the amount of sugar in the recipe as well. With less than 300 calories per serving of pancake goodness, you can sign me up for this meal every day!
What other equipment do I need?
The main piece of equipment you need is a cast-iron skillet. A cast-iron skillet is a heavy-duty, durable, versatile dish that makes is easy to cook with and clean. This recipe involves heating up the cast-iron skillet, adding the mixture, and cooking it all in the oven. The cast-iron skillet in the oven will do all the work for you for cooking a crispy, hot and delicious pancake. I used a 12–inch cast-iron for this recipe, but you can cut the recipe in half or double it to adjust it to fit your needs.
If you don't have a cast-iron, try these baked pancakes in a classic cake pan! Or use this exact recipe and make it in a cake pan.
How long does this take to make?
I like this recipe because it is quick and easy. This is one of my typical weekend breakfast meals, which means I’m usually making this right after I finish a morning run. Since I usually have a 30-minute window from when I finish my workout to when I’m ready for breakfast, this recipe can be made start to finish (including cleanup!) in less than 30 minutes.
What is the process to make this recipe?
The process for this berries and cream pancake skillet is the exact same as my easy pancake skillet. Here’s how to break it down:
- Heat up the cast-iron skillet
- Make the pancake batter
- Cook the giant cake
- Top with the creamy icing
Y’all, I promise. This recipe will give you confidence in the kitchen! It’s so quick and easy to make. It’s the perfect healthy yet still so delicious brunch or late-night dessert recipe.
Looking for something similar?
If you love this pancake skillet, try these two other variations!
If you don't have a skillet but you want a fluffy pancake recipe, try these extra fluffy baked pancakes! All you need is a cake pan.
Can I have the recipe?
If you try this recipe and love it, please rate it and me know your thoughts! If you're looking for something similar, try the chocolate chip and peanut butter pancake skillet or berries and cream pancake skillet. Try what you love and make this your own!
Cinnamon Roll Pancake Skillet
- Measuring Cups
- Mixing Bowl
- Cast Iron Skillet (12 inches)
For the Pancake:
- 2 cups Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk Mix
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
For the Icing:
- ¼ cup greek yogurt
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 4 tbsp powdered sugar
For the Topping:
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put the cast iron skillet in the oven while it is preheating.
- Mix 2 cup of Kodiak Cake mix with 2 cups of water.
- Stir in 2 tbsp of brown sugar and 1 tbsp of cinnamon. Mix well.
- Once oven is preheated, take out the cast iron skillet.
- Melt 2 tbsp of butter into the skillet. Spread it around so it covers all of the surfaces.
- Pour mix into the skillet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes, then sprinkle with 1 tbsp brown sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon.
- Continue baking for another 10 minutes or until the top is light brown and the pancake is baked all the way through.
- While the pancake is baking, make the icing. Mix the greek yogurt, vanilla, and powdered sugar together in a bowl. Put the icing in the fridge to get cool.
- Take the skillet out of the oven.
- Drizzle the icing all over the pancake skillet. Swirl if desired.
- Cut into pieces and enjoy!
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