Hummingbird Pancakes


A few months ago, this girl told me about a little thing called Hummingbird Cake.

I was floored at her mentioning a type of cake I’d never even HEARD of…much less eaten. I sort of packed it away in my head, and then last week I stumbled across this pretty little cake and I REMEMBERED.

Hummingbird Cake!

But instead of making a whole cake which I would undoubtedly eat all by myself – I went for pancakes and shared them with my girl and the pup. (Meeker doesn’t really like pancakes. I KNOW. But really, it’s okay. More for me.)


Hummingbird Pancakes

{adapted from Southern Living}

  • 1 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 3/4 t salt
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 C mashed banana
  • 1/2 C crushed pineapple (fresh or canned)
  • 1/3 C sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 C toasted pecans
  • 1 C plain (or vanilla) greek yogurt
  • 2-3 T cream cheese

Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.

In a 1C measuring cup, squeeze half a lemon, then fill the rest with milk. Stir and let set (you could also use buttermilk if you have it on hand).

In another bowl, combine the banana, pineapple, sugar, and milk + lemon juice mixture.

Add the wet to the dry and stir until just combined.

Pour the batter by 1/4 C full onto a hot griddle (or pan), sprinkle each pancake with chopped pecans. When the pancake starts to bubble, flip to the other side for 2-3 minutes or until browned. Repeat with remaining batter.


While the pancakes are on the griddle, combine the yogurt and cream cheese. Serve this between and on top of pancakes along with more banana slices, pineapple, and pecans.


39 comments on this post.
  1. Olivia @ Liv Lives Life:

    Those look like a plate of happiness.

    I’ve never actually had Hummingbird Cake either…guess I’ll have to try it and these pancakes soon! :-)

  2. Nicole @ Just Live It:

    That. Looks. AMAZING!!!! (And so pretty too!).

  3. emily hassman:

    Girl! I need those pancakes, like, RIGHTNOW. Yummmm! (And pancakes on pretty china and a cake stand? Love it.)

  4. Lindsay's List:

    oh yum!

  5. Natalie:

    These would be lovely for a Christmas morning breakfast! Thanks for sharing!

  6. christina:

    Boy, oh, boy am I glad I told you about Hummingbird Cake!!! <3

  7. Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats:

    I love Hummingbird cake…I thought maybe it was a Midwest thing, but maybe a Southern thing?

    And that cake stand….love it.

  8. Ashley:

    All I can say is, WHOA. And, I’ve never heard of those either!

  9. Cait:

    These are my kinda pancakes!! I’m still not as brave about bananas as you so I might have to sub the fruit for something else…but otherwise I’m totally on board!

    Also, Meeker, you need to like pancakes!! What if Katie and I made you bacon pancakes…topped with steak…and eggs. Would those be more acceptable?

  10. Heather @ Heather's Dish:

    I could totally eat that entire stack right this second – and Nate loves pancakes, so I’d probably wait til he left for work to make them ;)

  11. Tamara:

    Hummingbird cake is amazing, but these look even better, if that’s possible!!!

  12. Em (Wine and Butter):

    I LOVE discovering new desserts – like if I find out about a cookie I didnt know existed and im just SO EXCITED!

  13. allie@sweetpotatobites:

    hummingbird cake is quite delicious, but i love this pancake version!

  14. kim@hungryhealthygirl:

    I absolutely love pancakes and these look scrumptious! Well I know what’s for breakfast tomorrow morning!

  15. Carly @ Snack Therapy:

    Pancake versions of real cakes make me happy. Because then I can eat them for breakfast.

  16. Katie @ Blonde Ambition:

    I had never heard of Hummingbird Cake until I started reading food blogs regularly! I think I first saw them as a cupcake…

    Anyway, the cake itself never really appealed to me (I have a thing about cooked fruit!), but OMG do these pancakes look good. That is an epic stack of flapjacks.

  17. Kristen Waby/KristensFitnessNook:

    Those pics are mouthwatering. Loving that cake stand! Did you paint it yourself or buy it that way?

  18. Katie:

    Made it! It is a flower pot with a larger flower pot tray glued to it. Then painted. Easy peasy.

  19. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More:

    oh my yum….

  20. Sarah:

    I have always wanted to make hummingbird cake. When you come over for tea someday, we will dine on it together, mkay?

  21. Katie:


  22. Katie:

    I’m pretty sure that would be a done deal in his book.

  23. Katie:

    Thank you! Super easy to make!

  24. Katie:

    <3 you.

  25. Ross | TheFaceBaby:

    That stack looks incredible! Double-love that the filling is made with Greek yogurt. I can’t imagine my diet without that stuff. I eat it daily and sub it for mayo/sour cream in everything I make. It’s a health saver!

  26. Katherine:

    Waah – this looks amazing!!!

  27. lorie:

    Oh yum. Hope baby A face planted in that goodness!

  28. emily:

    That looks yumtastic! I made a humming bird cake for book club this year (my first ever cake from scratch and also my first time tasting humming bird cake!) and it was ridiculous good.

  29. Kristy @ Sweet Treats & More:

    I’ve never seen or heard of or tasted hummingbird cake! But now I want to, along with a stack of hummingbird pancakes. They look amazing!

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  32. Erika:

    These look SO gorgeous!! I’m actually not the biggest fan of hummingbird cake, but these do look delicious :) I love the styling!

  33. Shelby:

    Looks delicious as always! I was wondering what kind of camera you use? You’re photographs are all so beautiful!

  34. joelle (on a pink typewriter):

    I’m sure you already know that I’m appalled that Meeker doesn’t appreciate the amazingness of pancakes.. They’re the breakfast holy grail.

    THESE look awesome though! I also have a recipe for actual Southern hummingbird cake, if you want that. :)

  35. Amanda @ The Unfamiliar Kitchen:

    I loooooove Humingbird Cake. This is so smart. Very very nice :)

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