Hummingbird Granola

by Erin

Hummingbird Granola is one way to work the southern favorite Hummingbird cake into your breakfast routine, with banana, pineapple, pecans, and white chocolate.

Hummingbird Granola.

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I adore homemade granola. You really can make just about any flavor you want, and lately I’ve been feeling the tropical vibes so I decided to turn Hummingbird Cake into granola! Hummingbird granola is certainly one way to get away with eating cake for breakfast.

Have you ever had Hummingbird Cake? It is a banana-pineapple spice cake originating in Jamaica but has since become a popular dessert in the southern United States. Ingredients of note include banana, pineapple, cinnamon, pecans, vanilla extract, and usually a cream cheese frosting.

Hummingbird Granola Ingredients.

We all know how much I love cream cheese (frosting), but incorporating one of my favorite ingredients into granola didn’t seem feasible. I thought about letting the yogurt I inevitably would serve this humming bird granola with to substitute for cream cheese, but then I found some sense and added white chocolate chips.

Obviously I also didn’t use fresh pineapple or banana. I also didn’t just use dehydrated because I find dehydrated banana and pineapple to be a bit chewy sometimes. Instead I opted for freeze dried for some extra crunch! But if you struggle to find either in your local grocery stores like I did, feel free to use regular dehydrated.

Homemade Hummingbird Cake Granola in a Bowl.

Welcome to #BrunchWeek! This event has been around for over 7 years. It’s a fun way to share our love for all things brunch related to help celebrate Mother’s Day! We have 11 bloggers sharing over 30 recipes this year!! That’s 30 plus delicious recipes to help celebrate mothers, family, and friends. If you’re putting together a brunch, then you’ll appreciate all the variety this event offers! From cocktails to baked goods and even sandwiches, there’s something for everyone.

Here are today’s #BrunchWeek recipes:

Hummingbird Granola in Two Bowls.

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Nine years ago: Apricot Honey Scones

Eleven years ago: Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

Twelve years ago: Fried Mac and Cheese

Hummingbird Granola.


Yield: 5 cups Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed or hemp hearts
  • 1 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil*
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp flaky sea salt
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup freeze-dried banana slices
  • 1/2 cup freeze-dried pineapple pieces


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, flaxseed or hemp hearts, and pecans. Mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the coconut oil and syrup or honey. Microwave for 30-60 seconds, or until melted*. Stir in vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into oat mixture and stir until the oats are evenly coated. Evenly spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and stir. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the granola is golden and crisp. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Stir in the white chocolate chips, banana, and pineapple.
  6. Store in an airtight container.


*You could alternatively use vegetable oil, in which case microwaving is unnecessary.

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Source: Adapted from my Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola and Hummingbird Cake.

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This sounds very tasty! I love sprinkling granola on top of my Greek yogurt and this will be perfect for that!

Christie April 29, 2023 - 9:02 am

There is so much flavor packed in this granola! I am adding it to the must make list. I love granola with yogurt for breakfast.

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Tara April 28, 2023 - 11:00 am

Oh how fun! I don’t make homemade granola nearly enough and love how you incorporated the flavors of Hummingbird Cake. Looks so good!

Erin April 28, 2023 - 12:58 pm

Thank you, it come out really well! It’s like it was meant to be a granola.


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