Beautiful Low-FODMAP Hummingbird Cake Recipe; Gluten-free, Dairy-free

Print Friendly Version

You can’t help but smile when you eat this beautiful low-FODMAP Hummingbird Cake.  This low-FODMAP recipe is a low-FODMAP version of a Southern cake favorite!

Low-FODMAP Hummingbird Cake is filled with sweetness of banana and pineapple, infusing the cake with moist and delectable flavors.  This is how it got it name- they say it attracts hummingbirds with its sweet, nectar-like taste.  The additional moisture from these fruits allows less oil to be required in the low-FODMAP cake recipe.

My low-FODMAP fluffy cream cheese and low-FODMAP ermine frostings (dairy-free) are the ideal toppings for this sumptuous cake.

Check out over 300 more low-FODMAP recipes on my blog.  You may also love my low-FODMAP Red Velvet Cupcakes and low-FODMAP Coconut Layer Cake.  Or peruse this low-FODMAP Cake Collection for more low-FODMAP cake inspiration!

Be healthy and happy,

Rachel Pauls, MD

Beautiful Low-FODMAP Hummingbird Cake; Gluten-free, Dairy-free

Although this recipe has not been tested, a single serving should be low-FODMAP based on the ingredients

Serves 24

Makes 2 x 9-inch cakes, or 24 cupcakes

Prep time: 15 min

Bake time: about 20-25 minutes for cupcakes; 25-30 minutes for cakes

  • Time to bake depends on whether you place all the cakes in one or two ovens
  • Since gluten-free can be tricky and ovens vary I usually start to check the cake 5 minutes before the time allotted so it doesn’t over-bake
  • To make a 3 layer cake (like I did) use 3 round cake pans and bake about 20-25 minutes

Bake: 350 F


  • 1 cup chopped pecans plus 1-2 tablespoons whole pecans for decorating, if desired
    • 1 cup is about 140 g or 7 low-FODMAP servings
  • 3 cups low-FODMAP gluten-free flour
    • I use Authentic Foods GF Classical Blend
      • this is my favorite low-FODMAP baking flour- great results every time! See my bake off blog to see reasons why.
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum
    • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 2 cups finely chopped or mashed ripe bananas, at room temperature (about 4 medium bananas)
      • 4 bananas is about 12 low-FODMAP servings
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped pineapple
      • Since we lack FODMAP testing on canned pineapple recommend use only fresh pineapple
        • Canned fruits often contain concentrated fruit juices, so that the product always tastes consistently sweet and exactly the same
        • These concentrates can result in higher-FODMAP levels than fresh versions
      • I used very ripe pineapple and cut off the harder internal surfaces
    • 1/3 cup pineapple juice, from fresh pineapple
      • You will need about 1 & 1/2 cups of fresh pineapple for this amount of juice
      • Make this in your blender with pineapple chunks, then strain, or press out chunk pineapple for juice by hand
      • Using fresh pineapple will mean more variation in flavor, so try to get really ripe and sweet pineapple for this part
    • 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup canola oil
    • Vegetable shortening, for greasing
    • Low-FODMAP Cream Cheese Frosting, or low-FODMAP Opera Cream/Ermine Frosting (for a dairy-free version)


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF
  • Position rack in center of oven
  • Bake pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet for about 6-8 minutes, until lightly toasted and fragrant; stir once or twice, as needed (this step makes a huge difference in how delicious the pecans taste!)
  • Cool pecans
  • Lightly grease baking pans, line with parchment paper rounds and grease these
  • In a medium bowl whisk low-FODMAP flour, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, cinnamon, and salt
  • In a separate large bowl beat eggs until lemon colored (can do by hand or in electric mixer)
  • Add granulated sugar; beat until smooth and thick (1-2 minutes)
  • Add bananas, pineapple, pineapple juice, and vanilla and mix until well combined (you can leave tiny pieces of banana in the batter)
  • Scrape bowl
  • Add flour mixture and oil and mix or beat at medium-low speed for about 30 seconds; scraping down bowl as needed
    • Do not overmix
  • Fold in chopped pecans
  • Spread batter into prepared pans
    • In my case I evenly distributed into 3 rather than 2 pans, using the same amount of batter and baked about 22 minutes
  • Place in center of oven and bake about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean
  • Cool cakes on a rack for 10 minutes
  • Carefully remove cakes from pan and cool completely on rack
  • Move to cake plate to frost, garnish with whole toasted pecans or pecan pieces
  • Serve at room temperature, store in refrigerator
  • Best served within 3 days of baking, can be frozen up to 1 month
  • Look at that beautiful low-FODMAP Hummingbird cake!  I love the 3 layers 🙂

  • Taste the delicious pineapple, pecans and banana in every bite.

Comments Rating 5 (2 reviews)

4 Responses

  1. Delish

    This is a fabulous recipe. Tastes just like my grandmas but low fodmap! I really missed this cake.
    Thanks for your awesome blog. I was so glad I found it!!

    1. Amber,
      How awesome to hear this feedback. Thank you for sharing- it made our DAY 🙂
      Stay in touch!!

  2. Beautiful Birthday

    Halved everything including the ermine frosting I chose to go with the cake. A simple quantity for a family of four, and hubby’s a happy camper. He always requests this cake as it’s his favorite. Finally a lovely recipe that I can enjoy as well. Thank you for a lovely celebration and a happy husband!

    1. Thank you so much!
      Fabulous to hear you enjoyed the cake and how lovely you used the low-FODMAP Ermine frosting! We are so happy to have improved your celebrations.
      We love this cake too…probably a great idea to make it again!
      Stay in touch 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


As an IBS-sufferer myself, I know how badly you want to feel healthy and happy. I’ve spent over a decade researching IBS and FODMAPs, and my recipes and guidance will help you succeed.

Enjoy everything my site has to offer!

More about me


Low-FODMAP Options at Starbucks: Coffee, Bakery and More!
Our 20 Most Popular Low-FODMAP & Gluten-free Family Dinners: Easy 30-Minute; One-Pot, Sheet-Pan and Slow Cooker Recipes
Dr. Rachel’s Top 10 Favorite Low-FODMAP Food & Snacks
Dr. Rachel’s Low-FODMAP Grocery Shopping List; IBS-friendly, Gluten-free