Have you ever heard of Hummingbird Cake? Once, I heard about it on Paula Dean’s old show (remember her? she gone) but it had 18 pounds of butter in one cake, so I kind of forgot about it. But when I recently walked into my favorite breakfast restaurant Devil’s Food and they had samples of gluten free hummingbird bread. And if a sample includes the word gluten free in it, I’m trying it. Samples are my favorite past time. It’s not really a past time when I’m in Whole Foods in the bulk section, but you know what I mean. Anywho, their hummingbird bread was boooooomb. Like, so good. So I made it for myself. So here ya go.

Let’s talk about the weekend. Because it was filled with fun exercise. I get sick of being in my CrossFit gym sometimes. I loooove CrossFit Broadway, but sometimes my body needs a break from excessively painful workouts. I love how I feel after a CrossFit workout, but my hip flexors don’t always love it. So this weekend, I went to spinning class, ran Red Rocks, and biked around Denver. Those things hurt, but not nearly as bad as wall balls. Eff wall balls.

So this is what I figured out in spin class. I’m not motivated to work very hard in spin class unless a REALLY good song comes on. Spin class takes patience, because well, it’s an hour. An hour of straight pedaling is BORING. Especially when you’re staring at your miserable self in the mirror. That’s exactly why I don’t do yoga. I get much too bored. All I think about is everything else I could be doing. Like cutting my toenails. Or braiding my hair. And I don’t ever braid my hair. But out of the hour class, I got at least 7 minutes of hard work in with this song. I’m obsessed with this song now. If the instructor would have played this on repeat, I would have burned at least 800 more calories.

This is what I figured out about workout at Red Rocks. Those workouts are always finished with bloody mary’s. I don’t know why alcohol tastes so much better after running up and down stairs at a higher altitude…wait wait wait…slowly waddling up and down stairs at a higher altitude, stairs are hard…but it totally does. I feel like I only really LOVE bloody mary’s when exercise is involved. Or maybe I really only love exercise when I know I will be rewarded with a bloody mary. Either way, my poor waitress poured a glass of water down my shirt so I got a free bloody mary! She thought I would be upset, but I was just pumped to finally not feel sticky anymore. She actually cooled me down. But she was so embarrassed. I wish that happened to me more often.

Last but not least, this is what I learned from biking around Denver. You can never rely on a man to plan something. Sorry bros, but it’s true. A group of 3 guys and I biked to the other side of Denver to go to the GIANT REI to rent blow up paddle boards. As soon as we passed the river, I knew I was going to pass on the paddle boarding. People were wearing helmets and eatin’ sh*t every 5 seconds. That’s not my kind of paddle boarding. But luckily, REI doesn’t rent those paddle boards. And it started pouring rain. So we went and got tacos back on the other side of town instead. So even though I got more exercise in then planned, I figured out, you cannot rely on men to plan out your Sunday.

I’m learning so much as I age.

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Hummingbird Bread

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  • Yield: 4-6 1x




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add tapioca flour, coconut flour, coconut suguar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt to a large bowl and mix.
  3. Then add the rest of the ingredients, folding in pecans at the end.
  4. Pour mixture into a loaf pan (I lined mine with parchment paper for easy removal) and smooth at the top
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until bread is completely cooked through (use the toothpick trick to check)
  6. Let cool slightly before serving.


Yields 8 slices

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  1. Katie says:

    I just made this and it is so good! Super easy to make and it tastes like a treat when it comes out. I have a thing for bread/cupcakes/muffins etc and this definitely hit the spot.I will be making again!

  2. Jen says:

    I have been scarfing down your gingerbread banana bread like crazy! Do you suppose you could mix all these in a food processor as well?

    1. juli says:

      maybe!! the texture would be a tad different but i’m sure it would be great!

  3. Kim says:

    What size pan are you using? I want to make sure it bakes right. For most of my paleo breads is use 8×4 but I have a 9×5 if this recipe requires it.

    1. juli says:

      I believe this bread was made in an 8×4. i can’t say for sure since this bread was made so damn long ago haha but i’m remembering 8×4

  4. Anne Marie says:

    I have tried and loved many recipes from paleomg but I have been making this recipe for years now! I sometimes replace the bananas with butternut squash or do half and half. I sometimes add flax meal and chia seeds, sometimes dried cherries or apricots, what ever I have on hand. This is the most versatile and always amazing recipe, my go to muffin recipe. Thank you for sharing all these with us.

    1. juli says:

      that’s amazing you’re still loving this old recipe!!