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Hummingbird Cake is full of pineapple, banana, and pecans... and lots of calories and fat too. But NOT this one! This HEALTHY Hummingbird Cake so delicious, sweet, moist, and decadent, you'd never know it's lower calorie, lower fat, and lower sugar than the original. Healthy Dessert Recipes with sugar free, low calorie, low fat, low carb, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, and vegan options at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)
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Healthy Hummingbird Cake

Servings: 1 8" cake
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 55 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Hummingbird Cake is a classic cake full of pineapple, banana, coconut, and chopped pecans. This healthier version is just as sweet and moist as the original, but it's been made refined sugar free, high protein, and whole grain!


  • 120g (1 cup) Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 32g (⅓ cup) Unflavored Whey Protein Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp Double-Acting Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • tsp Salt
  • ½ cup Chopped Pecans
  • 145g Canned Pineapple (packed in 100% juice; weigh after draining juice)
  • 75g Banana
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Large Egg Whites
  • 114g (½ cup) Plain, Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 112g (⅓ cup) Pure Maple Syrup
  • 28g (2 tbs) Grapeseed Oil
  • 20g (2 tbs) Coconut Sugar
  • tsp Liquid Stevia Extract
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray an 8" cake pan with cooking spray.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, protein powder, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and chopped pecans.
  • In a blender (I used my NutriBullet), add the drained pineapple, banana, egg, egg white, yogurt, maple syrup, oil, coconut sugar, stevia extract, and vanilla extract.  Puree until completely smooth.  Pour over the dry ingredients and fold together.
  • Pour the batter into prepared pan and bake for ~55 minutes or until the surface springs back when tapped.
  • Let cool completely, flip the cake onto a serving tray or cake stand, and wrap with plastic wrap.  The next day, frost with Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkle with chopped pecans.  If you're feeling a little extra, make pineapple flowers too and you've got yourself a showstopping dessert!  Slice, serve, and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Keep leftovers covered and refrigerated for up to 4 days.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Hummingbird Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 serving = 1/10th slice)
Calories 200 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 125mg5%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 7g14%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cake & Cupcakes