Hummingbird Bundt Cake (Whole Wheat, Greek Yogurt)

Enjoy a slice of lightened Hummingbird Bundt Cake loaded with bananas, pineapple and pecan. It is a taste of the South in every bite.

Love that this cake is made with some Greek yogurt! Hummingbird Bundt Cake Low Calorie Low Fat Healthy Pineapple, Pecan & Banana Cake

I am a cookbook and food magazine junkie. Yes I like to read them like a fiction book. I especially love to pick up all the baking magazines this time of year. Southern Livings Best of Fall Baking caught my eye and I just could not resist. I looked through drooling at all the gorgeous cakes, pies, muffins and tarts I wanted to bake. I started making a list then realized – oops DIET!

Hello, do you remember that word? How quickly you forget! My feeling of euphoria over all the new treats to try was quickly squished. Yes, I would love to make all of these little jewels but I want to lose weight more. Hip Hip Hooray for making a good decision. All’s not lost, I can lighten the recipes up. So my first stab was the Hummingbird Bundt Cake. The hummingbird cake is a great place to start since it already contains about 4 bananas.

I have already developed a couple of tricks to lower the fat and calories in sweets.  Greek yogurt, applesauce, egg substitute and stevia make  great substitutes.  So it was a matter of figuring out what I wanted to use.  2% fat Greek yogurt was the winner.  I think the texture is slightly better than using just applesauce and I like that it adds calcium and protein.  Finally I  decided rather than using half oil and half yogurt; I would substitute all the oil for yogurt.  A bold move I know 🙂

Love that this cake is made with some Greek yogurt! Hummingbird Bundt Cake Low Calorie Low Fat Healthy Pineapple, Pecan & Banana Cake

I do not like to totally remove the fat from a sweet treat.  I am not trying to make a sweet something to have every day.  The calories still make it something for a special occasion but I am trying to make that special occasion healthier.  So you are not going to see an ultra-low calorie cake from me.  As we only occasionally have cakes, I want to make it still taste spectacular and be a little healthier.  So what does that mean for this cake, I kept the eggs rather than an egg substitute.  If I use an egg substitute then I use some sort of fat from oil or butter.  It is a trade-off I am comfortable with.

Luckily this cake is loaded with 4 bananas and a can of pineapple in its own juice.  Hooray for a cake with fruit.  I did have to sacrifice some of the pecans.  The original recipe called for a lot more.  While nuts are a very healthy fat, they are still fat and calories.  My body doesn’t seem to know that I should be able to eat more because they are healthy.  I wish I could teach my body that.

Another plus for this cake is the glaze.  Most times it is actually the frosting on the cake that makes it so high in calories.  Since there is only a little glaze, I kept all the sugar and just reduced the fat in the cream cheese by using a third less fat cream cheese.  The glaze is so good!  Don’t skip it.  I could have licked the entire bowl and spoon.  It is also super easy to make since you do it in a food processor.

This cake is a true winner from Southern Living.  My husband who is not a sweet fan ate two pieces.  He never eats two pieces of cake.  He doesn’t even want cake for his birthday.  I make him a chocolate pudding.  That is how good this cake is.  Moist, tender, lots of banana flavor with spurts of pineapple and pecans.  I also noticed he forgot to take the rest of the cake to work.  I think he is trying to keep it for himself.  Watch out, you may not want to share either.

Love that this cake is made with some Greek yogurt! Hummingbird Bundt Cake Low Calorie Low Fat Healthy Pineapple, Pecan & Banana Cake

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Hummingbird Bundt Cake

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 20 slices
Calories 225 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (I use Gold Medal), 240 grams
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour 120 grams, I used Bob’s Red Mill
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup domino sugar/stevia mix
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 eggs set out for 30 mins.
  • 1 3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas about 4 large
  • 8 oz crushed pineapple in juice do not drain
  • 3/4 cup Fage 2% Greek yogurt set out for 30 mins.
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Glaze:

  • 4 oz light cream cheese cubed and softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar sifted then measured
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 - 2 tbsp milk or coconut creamer

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Spread pecans out onto a baking shet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until toasted, stirring halfway through.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together both flour, sugar, sugar/stevia mix, baking soda, cinnamon and kosher salt.
  4. Stir in eggs and next four ingredients. Stir until dry ingredients are moist.
  5. Spray or grease and flour a 14-cup bundt pan all over. Make sure to get the middle. Sprinkle pecans onto the bottom of the pan and spoon over the batter.
  6. Bake for 1 hour or until a long wooden pick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  7. Place pan on a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes.
  8. Carefully release cake from pan and place directly on the wire rack. Allow to cool completely.
  9. For the glaze: In a food processor, process cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and 1 tbsp. milk until well blended. Add 1 tsp more at a time of milk until the glaze is smooth.
  10. Pour glaze over the cake.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 10  Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Hummingbird Bundt Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 225 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 25g
Protein 4g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Adapted from Southern Living Best of Fall Baking Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. Your cake looks delicious!
  2. Gloria Miles says
    Could you please tell me what domino sugar /stevia mix is, I live in France and we do not have ths product. Many thanks, love your recipes.
    • Fooddonelight says
      Hi Gloria, a compant called Domino makes a product that has both regular sugar and Stevia in it. It is called Domino Light. I believe it is half regular sugar and half stevia. So you could make your own if you can get Stevia. If not I would think a different sugar substitute would work.
  3. I've always wanted to try this cake and your version sounds wonderful!
  4. When I was a kid I loved hummingbird cake, but it really did make me hum with all that sugar! I'll have to try this recipe! THanks for sharing. I host the Photo Friday Blog Hop and welcome you to join up with this or any other post you think readers would enjoy. Hope to see you there. Cheers!
    • Fooddonelight says
      Thanks Deirdre. I would be happy to link up. My photography is not the best but my recipes taste delicious!
  5. Your Hummingbird Bundt Cake looks awesome, a perfect dessert for fall. Enjoy your weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen
  6. Banana, pecan and pineapple, 3 of my favorites! This looks so good. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon!
  7. This looks so delicious! I would love a slice right now! This will be one of the features at tomorrow's All my Bloggy Friends! Thanks you so much for sharing. I can't wait to see what you bring this week :)
  8. This looks so good! I love that it's low in calories! I want to try this for Thanksgiving dinner, we need a little low-cal that day, wouldn't you agree? Thanks for joining the fun at Keep Calm and Link Up! Make sure to come back next Friday to see if you were featured! Barbara at Chase the Star chasethestar dot net
  9. Your cake is just beautiful and sounds delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout! Hope to see you back this week! -Trish
  10. Linda Dietz says
    Just found your site & am de-lighted! I noted in the Hummingbird cake(& other recipes) it calls for whole wheat pastry flour. I have whole wheat flour...but can't seem to find ww pastry flour. Is there a difference & where do you buy it?
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      So happy you found Food Done Light. I can find WW pastry flour at Kroger but not at Publix. It is Bob's Red Mill brand and with the organic/ gluten free products not on the baking aisle. WW pastry flour is a little finer ground and will make the cake lighter. If your grocery store does not have it, they may get it for you. Bob's Red Mill products have gotten very popular so it should be too much of any issue for them. It really will make a big difference.
  11. I am so glad you lightened up this cake! It is one of my favorites, but I wouldn't make it because of the high fat and caloric count.
  12. This cake looks and sounds wonderful...I can't wait to try it....Super Bowl Sunday is coming up, I needed a covered dish, I just found it...Thank You
  13. This looks delicious !!! could you tell me what the nutrition info as far as calories, fat, carb and protein grams would be if I did not use the glaze ?? Thanks so much !
  14. I've never tried a hummingbird cake - but it sounds just delicious
  15. What a beautiful cake! That would last about five minutes in my house! :)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      I have to admit this cake went very quickly in my house. I don't have big sweet eaters but for some reason this cake was loved by all.
  16. I've never heard of Hummingbird Cake before, though I'm not from the south. I love the combination of flavors and it looks so moist.

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