Gluten Free Hummingbird Cake

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Gluten Free Hummingbird Cake with Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting is a moist fruit and nut filled cake that is sweetened only with bananas and honey, and filled with all kinds of goodness.

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Gluten Free Healthy Hummingbird Cake with Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Reflections for my Two-Year-Old on his Birthday

Little dude, as a perfectioninst-in-recovery, there’s a phrase I’m working towards accepting – Perfectly Imperfect. In fact, I got it from my friend Kristen and her name for a project where I was pretty darn perfect for about a week, and then, because I could not maintain perfection, I fell off the bandwagon completely so that I could still be perfect – perfect in not doing it at all.

The first few years of your brother’s life were the gold standard of stability – a stability that your daddy and I never knew. Two happily married parents settled into a cozy home. Enough space for everyone indoors and out. After a brief attempt at being full time working mom, it was decided that for our family, SAHM life was the way to go. He had my full attention all the time, and daddy’s whenever he was home from work. Chores and hobbies were generally done while he was sleeping, and he was our world. All he knew was all he knew, and in his world, all he knew was pretty darn good. So let’s just say his capacity for change was pretty much nonexistent because, really, he never had to. Life was about as close to perfect as you could get.

Then one day we reached the point where we knew it was time to bring along a little companion for him. That proved to be rather difficult, both before your were even in existence and leading up to the moment you came into this world, and honestly, even for a few months afterwards. Mommy had a tough time physically and mentally, so was not always the awesome Mommy I wanted to be, Then one night he went to bed, the next morning Mommy and Daddy weren’t home (though he was happy to see Grandma), and all of a sudden there was a new human being in his life! Let’s talk about change for your big brother and all of us! While it hasn’t been easy, there is nothing more I could want. Your brother is the one who challenges me – both by pushing my buttons and to make me become a better person as I continue on my journey of understanding his highly intelligent and complicated soul. You are my little miracle who just takes me as I am, good days and bad.

Maybe it’s because in your two short years, life hasn’t been the smooth ride it was for your brother. You hear more yelling than your brother did, courtesy of your brother being, well, a three and four year old boy who has been trying to adapt to more change than he ever had to experience in his life. You don’t get the same one-on-one attention as your brother did, because now you both need our attention. Mommy is growing a business, Daddy dealt with turmoil at work that ultimately led to him having to leave the only company he ever worked for out of college and sent us to a new home in a new state through a several month long process that involved home improvement projects, shuttling you off to grandma’s house, three hour drives back and forth, and a stress that Mommy has never experienced before because New Jersey was the only place I ever called home.

But through all of this perfectly imperfect craziness, you help me embrace the crazy because you just go with the flow. Oh sure, you are going through the terrible two tantrum stage, throwing yourself on the floor, slamming cabinets and drawers, that sort of thing. But those episodes are short-lived and in general, you are happy and flexible and social. As a wee one, you were Baby Smiles since all you did was smile, then you became King Stuff because you just thought you were the biggest, most awesome thing on two legs. And now, you are just my little dude, because that is you – one chill little dude.

Peyton's 2nd Birthday Collage

You make us smile everyday, you are just super cool, slightly devilish in the most endearing way, and I couldn’t love you more.

So yes, life is imperfect, but that’s what makes our life experiences special. And perfectly imperfect… like this cake, which yes, I did slice and photograph two days before your birthday and then hide the evidence. I’m sorry, little dude, but that’s what you get when mom is a food blogger…

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I try to share recipes that are slam dunks the first time out, or that I’ve perfected. My Gluten Free Healthy Hummingbird Cake, well, I’ll be honest, to be completely perfect, it could probably use a little less banana, maybe a bit of coconut flour to absorb some of the moisture, and a little more time in the oven. However, is it good as is? Will I happily devour a slice or three? You betcha! Dense and moist, with tons of banana flavor, a hint of cinnamon, and bursts of pineapple. In the interest of today’s theme of full disclosure, how do I know this, since we won’t be enjoying it as a family until late in the day this post goes live? I sliced it to photograph and sampled a minute sliver before I frosting-glued it back together.

Yeah, awesome mom I am. No, I’m perfectly imperfect.

Gluten Free Healthy Hummingbird Cake with Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting - a moist fruit and nut filled cake sweetened with bananas and honey. Perfect for spring! | cupcakesandkalechips.com

But you guys, why in the world would I risk my reputation on sharing an imperfect, albeit yummy cake? Well, I made it, sliced into it, saw that it could have used another trial or two, but just didn’t have the time. Like all of you, I don’t live in a perfect world, and I had committed to Sunday Supper this week, and I really wanted to share this cake for my little dude’s birthday and ON my little dude’s birthday. You see, I made it just for him. What does he love? “Fooooooot” and “tin-min”, also known as fruit (especially bananas and pineapple) and cinnamon (which he wants sprinkled on everything). So as I thought about what he loves, I couldn’t get Hummingbird Cake out of my head. I think he is going to love it!

Plus, I also made it a but healthier. Yes, it’s gluten free so that I can enjoy cake with my little dude, but it’s also sweetened only with fruit and honey, even the tangy cream cheese frosting that is lightened up with Greek yogurt and had just a hint of warm cinnamon flavor to complement the cake. And unlike traditional Hummingbird Cake, I used fresh pineapple instead of canned. Normally I like a little cake with my frosting, but with all of the flavor in the cake, I think going light on the frosting really helps the flavor of the cake to shine through.

Gluten Free Healthy Hummingbird Cake with Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting - a moist fruit and nut filled cake sweetened with bananas and honey. Perfect for spring! | cupcakesandkalechips.com

So try the recipe as is, play around with it a bit, but whatever you do, make it with love and embrace the imperfect. That’s what I did, because that’s what brings joy to life!

 

Gluten Free Healthy Hummingbird Cake with Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting - a moist fruit and nut filled cake sweetened with bananas and honey. Perfect for spring! | cupcakesandkalechips.com

Now just go ahead and pick yourself up some almond flour and tapioca flour, and get baking!

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5 from 3 votes

Gluten Free Healthy Hummingbird Cake

A moist fruit and nut filled gluten free cake sweetened with bananas and honey.
Prep: 40 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 12

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup oat flour see Note, certified gluten-free, if necessary
  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder certified gluten-free, if necessary
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted and cooled (or vegetable/canola oil)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup milk at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 large very ripe bananas mashed (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

For the frosting:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese at room temperature (I used light)
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt I used nonfat
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

For the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray three 9-inch cake pans with cooking spray or mist with oil, and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the almond meal, oat flour, tapioca starch, baking powder, and salt until thoroughly combined.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, honey, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold gently to combine.
  • Stir in the mashed bananas until smooth, the stir in the pineapple and pecans.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until slightly browned and firm to the touch.
  • Let cool for 10-15 minutes in the pan on a rack, then remove from the pan and cool to room temperature directly on the rack.
  • Frost with Greek yogurt cream cheese frosting.

For the frosting:

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and beat with an electric mixer until thoroughly combined and smooth.

Notes

Oat flour was made by grinding oats in a food processor or blender until a powder. If any large pieces remain, they can be sifted out.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Healthy Hummingbird Cake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 428 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 352mg15%
Potassium 432mg12%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 185IU4%
Vitamin C 10.6mg13%
Calcium 204mg20%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Gluten Free Healthy Hummingbird Cake with Greek Yogurt Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting - a moist fruit and nut filled cake sweetened with bananas and honey. Perfect for spring! | cupcakesandkalechips.com
24 Comments
  1. I just made this cake and the batter is so thin I’m afraid to put it in the pans and bake it. So many great ingredients, but I’ve never made a cake with such a thin batter.

  2. Brianne this cake looks amazing and I hope your little one loved it and had a great birthday. I am often told that perfection is unattainable and it’s true. As long as you do your best and the people around you love you for who you are (faults and all), that’s all that matters.

  3. I made a version of this years ago. Your looks so much better then mine. Pinning for my baby’s first birthday because as fast as these 5 months have gone it will be here before i know it.

  4. Healthy cake – I’m all in!!! That means I can have two big slices right?
    Love the trick of putting the cake back together and patching it with frosting. Brilliant and something I need to do when I bake a cake and need to photograph it before serving to family or friends.

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