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Low FODMAP Hummingbird Snack Cake


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Low FODMAP Hummingbird Snack Cake – Bananas, Pineapple & Pecans

A favorite in the southern part of the United States, Hummingbird cake is loaded with pineapple, nuts, and bananas making it moist, flavorful and a good keeper. This is my version for FODMAPers: a Low FODMAP Hummingbird Snack Cake.

In my The Birthday Cake Book I baked the original version in a Bundt pan (decorative ring pan) and filled the center with fresh fruit.

While it was a lovely rendition, it is too over-the-top for us FODMAPers: too much fruit per serving. This Low FODMAP Hummingbird Snack Cake is the solution!

low FODMAP Hummingbird cake; square piece on a blue and white plate

Good Old 13 x 9-inch Pan

Also, I had an idea to reimagine it as a snack cake, baked in a 13 x 9-inch pan. This makes it easy to cut into small square portions and is my preferred pan shape for cakes that I want to bring to potlucks, office parties, school events and what have you.

You can frost and transport right in the pan. You can even leave it “naked” for a simpler presentation, or lightly dust with confectioners’ sugar.

low FODMAP Hummingbird cake; closeup on blue and white plate

Speaking of Frosting

The frosting, by the way, is our Lactose-Free Cream Cheese Frosting, which is incredibly versatile. It is equally welcomed on cupcakes, snack cakes as well as layer cakes.

As with all the recipes that use Green Valley Creamery Lactose-Free Cream Cheese make sure to follow the directions. This kind of cream cheese does not act like regular cream cheese upon agitation.

It tends to liquefy, which mean you cannot take your own favorite cream cheese frosting recipe and simply replace the lactose-free cream cheese in the same amount, nor can you follow the traditional preparation technique.

Using the lactose-free is not any more difficult; just follow the simple instructions and it will work the first time, every time!

Crazy For Bananas

Bananas get a bad rap in FODMAP circles and that is only because there is so much misinformation and misunderstanding out there. We have an article for you that dives deep into everything you need to know about bananas and FODMAPs. Please check out Are Bananas Low FODMAP?

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low FODMAP Hummingbird cake; closeup on blue and white plate
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Low FODMAP Hummingbird Snack Cake

Our Low FODMAP Hummingbird Snack Cake is packed with banana, pineapple and nuts - yet our serving sizes are low FODMAP!

Low FODMAP Serving Size Info: Makes 1, 13 x 9-inch (33 cm x 23 cm) cake; 24 pieces; serving size 1 piece

Makes: 24 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Author: Dédé Wilson



  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C. Coat the inside of a 13 x 9-inch (33 cm x 23 cm) pan with nonstick spray. Dust lightly with extra flour, shaking out excess.
  2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl to combine and aerate; set aside.
  3. In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together the oil and eggs until well blended. Stir in bananas, nuts, pineapple and vanilla.
  4. Pour wet ingredients over dry and stir until combined. Batter will be heavy; make sure you combine well and there are no pockets of flour left. Scrape into prepared pan and smooth top with a small offset spatula.
  5. Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes or until a wooden skewer shows a few moist crumbs. Cool pan on rack until completely cooled. Cake is ready to frost - or serve as is, or dusted lightly with confectioners’ sugar.
  6. If using frosting, make sure it is nice and creamy and spreadable. Cover entire cake top with casual swirls of frosting, using an icing spatula or even the back of a spoon. Cake may be served immediately or stored at cool room temperature in covered container for up to 3 days.


If You Can Tolerate

  • Fructans: If you have passed your fructan wheat Challenge successfully then you can use conventional all-purpose flour made from wheat for the cake. Use weights (not volume) to figure out amounts.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Calcium: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more. For a more detailed explanation, please read our article Understanding The Nutrition Panel Within Our Recipes.