Hummingbird Cake -- A Lighter Version

Michelle Greiner


This is a great recipe for all occasions. It is also a great way to offer something sweet for those who may be watching their caloric intake. Just by substituting / swapping out two ingredients from the classic recipe, I was able to cut the calories by over 60%, sugar by 50%, and fat by 50%.

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30 Min
1 Hr


1 c
chopped pecans
3 c
1 c
1 c
granulated splenda
1 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp
3 large
eggs slightly beaten
1 3/4 c
mashed ripe bananas (about 4 large)
1 8 oz can(s)
crushed undrained pineapple (about 1 cup)
3/8 c
3/8 c
vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp
vanilla extract
cool whip for garnish

How to Make Hummingbird Cake -- A Lighter Version


  • 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2Toast pecans in oven by arranging them in a single layer and baking in a 350 degree oven for 5 - 10 minutes (stirring after 5 minutes) or placing the pecans in a saute pan over medium high for 5 - 10 minutes stirring frequently. Remove pecans from heat and allow to cool.
  • 3Grease and flour a 14 cup bundt pan, tapping out as much excess flour as possible.
  • 4In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, splenda, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  • 5In a medium mixing bowl, lightly stir together eggs, bananas, pineapple, applesauce, oil, and vanilla extract.
  • 6Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stirring until all the dry ingredients are moistened.
  • 7Spread the toasted pecans into the bottom of the bundt pan.
  • 8Evenly spoon cake batter over pecans and smooth the top.
  • 9Lightly tap the filled cake pan on the counter to remove any air bubbles.
  • 10Bake cake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes or until cake tests done.
  • 11Remove cake from oven and set on wire rack to cool for 15 minutes.
  • 12Using oven mitts tap cake lightly on counter to loosen edges and turn out onto serving dish or wire rack.
  • 13Serve warm or cold. Garnish with Cool Whip if desired.
  • 14Store any left over cake in tightly sealed container(does not require refrigeration).

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About Hummingbird Cake -- A Lighter Version

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Diabetic, Low Fat, Low Carb
Other Tag: Healthy